So as I’m shopping for books for the Library, and especially thinking about books that would be of interest to students taking ENG4U who will be looking to books for their contemporary comparative literary essay…
I’m struggling to find books that will appeal to the segment of the population – certain teachers in particular! – who favour the works of “Literary Bad Boys” so to speak.
In searching for hot contemporary authors whose work would fit that very broad canopy… I’ve come across an interesting article, at The New York Times Sunday Book Review titled, appropriately enough, What’s Become of the So-Called Literary Bad Boy?
For those who are interested I also happened upon another interesting post at Huffington Post titled Modern Literature’s Greatest Anti-Heroes and Unreliable Narrators. (Be impressed that we already have a number of these titles on the shelf, and I’m ordering in a few of the ones we don’t).
Every year for the past decade or so, we‘ve seen new, dire pronouncements of the death of print, along with new, upbeat rejoinders. This year is no different, though the prognosis has seemed especially positive of late in robust appraisals of the situation from entities as divergent as The Onion’s A.V. Club and financial giant Deloitte. I, for one, find this encouraging. And yet, even if all printed media were in decline, it would still be the case that the history of the modern world will mostly be told in the history of print. And ironically, it is online media that has most enabled the means to make that history available to everyone, in digital archives that won’t age or burn down.
One such archive, the British Library’s Flickr Commons project, contains over one million images from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. As the Library wrote in their announcement of these images’ release, they cover “a startling mix of subjects. There are maps, geological diagrams, beautiful illustrations, comical satire, illuminated and decorative letters, colourful illustrations, landscapes, wall-paintings and so much more that even we are not aware of.” Microsoft digitized the books represented here, and then donated them to the Library for release into the Public Domain.
From Open Culture. Read the rest here.