Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

Terry Pratchett

March 13, 2015

Announced all over the place, the death of Terry Pratchett. From the BBC site yesterday, with a wonderful photo:

Sir Terry Pratchett, fantasy author and creator of the Discworld series, has died aged 66, eight years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. [well, an early-onset dementia]

“The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds,” said Larry Finlay of his publishers Transworld.

The author died at home, surrounded by his family, “with his cat sleeping on his bed”, he added.

Sir Terry wrote more than 70 books during his career and completed his final book last summer.

He “enriched the planet like few before him” and through Discworld satirised the world “with great skill, enormous humour and constant invention,” said Mr Finlay.


The bookish cartoonist

March 9, 2015

The work of Tom Gauld, surely the world’s most bookish cartoonist.


Morning names: two literary women

March 4, 2015

Two morning names today (from waking up at two different times, with a name in my head each time): Marijane Meaker (the writer), Kay Scarpetta (the fictional medical examiner).


Gormenghast, the name

March 1, 2015

My morning name today was Gormenghast, the name of a series of books and the title of the second volume in the series:


Books: cartoon/comic classics

February 28, 2015

Published late in 2014, two books on classic cartoons and comics, with non-overlapping subjects:

Richard Gehr. 2014. I Only Read it for the Cartoons: The New Yorker’s Most Brilliantly Twisted Artists.  Houghton Mifflin. (With a foreword by Matt Groening.)


Monte Beauchamp. 2014. Masterful Marks: Cartoonists Who Changed the World. Simon & Schuster. (16 graphic biographies.)



Poets in Their Youth

February 28, 2015

Recently reissued: Eileen Simpson’s 1982 Poets in Their Youth: A Memoir (Random House), a wonderful recollection of poets John Berryman, Randall Jarrell, Robert Lowell, Delmore Schwartz and others in their circle (R. P. Blackmur, Jean Stafford, and more).

(On the cover: a young Berryman, Stafford, and Lowell in Damariscotta Mills ME.)


Chuck Tingle

February 2, 2015

From Gary R. Kelly on Facebook, a link to the Amazon site for the author publishing under the name Chuck Tingle. One of his books:



January 23, 2015

Yesterday’s Zippy has our Pinhead playing with catchphrases:

More grist for my posting mill; I’m working on a posting about:

Orin Hargraves. 2014. It’s Been Said Before: A Guide to the Use and Abuse of Clichés. Oxford.

Tomi Ungerer

January 17, 2015

(About art and sexuality, not much about language.)

In the latest (January 19th) New Yorker, a notice of “All in One”, a retrospective of Tomi Ungerer’s work at the Design Center in SoHo. From Wikipedia:

Jean-Thomas “Tomi” Ungerer (born 28 November 1931 [in Strasbourg]) is a French illustrator and a writer in three languages. He has published over 140 books ranging from much loved children’s books to controversial adult work and from the fantastic to the autobiographical. He is known for sharp social satire and witty aphorisms… Ungerer describes himself first and foremost as a story teller and satirist. Prevalent themes in his work include political satire such as drawings and posters against the Vietnam War and against animal cruelty, eroticism, and imaginative subjects for children’s books.

Not your typical sweet children’s book author. Here’s The Three Robbers


which “tells the story of three fierce black-clad robbers who terrorize and plunder the countryside, armed with a blunderbuss, a pepper blower, and a huge red axe.”


Male sex work

January 14, 2015

Recently published:

Minichiello, Victor & John Scott (eds.). 2014. Male sex work and society. NY: Harrington Park Press.

Over 500 pages, with a survey introduction on MSW (male sex work), 17 topical chapters from contributors, in four sections (MSW in sociohistoric context, marketing of MSW, social issues and cultures in MSW, and MSW in its global context), and a conclusion on future directions.



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