Coming ‘atcha with your Friday roundup of literary haps on the web!
Let’s talk The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
I’m sure you’ve heard by now that Margret Atwood has written a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, but still, whaaaaat?
Here’s a fairly snarky article from Electric Literature that addresses this straight up revelation: Please, Margaret Atwood, Don’t Write a Sequel to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.’ Still not sure where I weigh in on all of this, I mean, the cover hasn’t even been revealed yet, but I’m intrigued. My feeling is that Atwood was like, “this is MY story, Hulu, and I say how it ends! Byeeee…” If that’s the case, I say get it my dystopian Queen!
In response to reader’s burning questions about the sequel, Atwood herself has simply responded, “Dear Readers: Everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in.”
Got your tissues ready? Books becoming Movies/TV shows in 2019
Electric Lit also had an article this week listing all of the new books-to-movies/TV shows for us readerly folks to dread: “17 Books Coming to TV and Film in 2019.”
Well, maybe not all of us, but I definitely get anxiety when books I haven’t read yet are adapted before I get a chance to read them. Not to mention, when a book I am in love with is in danger of being mangled in cinematic translation.
The real heartbreaker for me on this list is The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, which is my most beloved book of 2018, and I will almost certainly boycott it. I mean, I DO love Sarah Paulson, Nicole Kidman and Luke Wilson, but still, I can’t.
Just the other day, I began compiling a list of the most distinguished or otherwise important book awards that one should follow if they are to consider themselves a proper book person. (Post about that coming soon.)
Until now, I’ve never been one to keep up with these awards, and truthfully don’t even know what they all are, though this readerly deficit makes me feel left out and mildly imposter syndrome-y. But to to be perfectly honest, these (perhaps somewhat arbitrary) lists of what’s “worthy” give me anxiety. Just when I think I’m catching up on everything I want to read, here are 319,000 more must-read-and-be-able-to-intelligently-discuss books to add to the list.
So here is my gift to you, an absurdly long list of books to peruse if you want to be sure, once and for all, that you’ll never be able to read all of the books you want to read, NPR’s Book Concierge.
In honor of my collaboration with Write or Die Tribe for December poetry month… (as if one list wasn’t enough)
Cynicism aside, this is a list I am actually excited about! I’ve been on the hunt for some awesome new poetry collections, and I think this will be a great place to start. Hopefully I will find some other things I’m over the moon about to share with the rest of the tribe.
And last, but definitely not least—Brain Pickings is the best, and I LOVE this article about the writer’s process!!!
This is an older article I came across that I felt was relevant to my current writerly mission. Maria Popova shares words of wisdom from SO MANY WRITERS, including Jennifer Egan, Hemingway, Didion, Baldwin, Fitzgerald, Sontag, Vonnegut, Bradbury, Morrison, Orwell, and other literary icons in an article from Brain Pickings, Timeless Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers.
Blogs to Follow
First and foremost, I would like to introduce The Ardent Biblio, a literary lifestyle blog, and curators of their whimsically creative literary dinner parties.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Literary Dinner Party
These ladies, Michaela and Rikki, were very much the inspiration for both my journey in creating this site, and these weekly roundup posts, which I like to think of as a blog-based weekly newsletter featuring some interesting literary offerings on the web each week. The intent is to send you off into the weekend with lots of stuff to immerse you in literature, entertain, and get you thinking, while unwinding from the work week.
The Ardent Biblio can also be found on their Instagram account @theardentbiblio. Not only that, but they have also curated an account @theindiebiblio that promotes works published less know titles by small and independent presses. Which is just so cool.
Another literary blog I’m really loving this week is Bookiful Life.
Created by Yadi, a Chicago based blogger, who I discovered through Instagram @bookiful.life when I first began following bookish accounts. To visit her website, which she calls her “wild jungle of thoughts,” and check out her lovely musings and gorge photos, click the link above, or the image below.
Not only are her photos beautiful, but her book recommendations and reviews are diverse, thought-provoking and often off-the-beaten path.