Links this week cover ghostwriters, misogyny, books in art and e-reader apps. What are the most interesting book-related links you came across this week? Share in the comments.
Here on The Book Case, we’ve covered books by Snooki and Lauren Conrad, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t wondered if the celebs actually wrote their own books. In the Fashion & Style section, The New York Times confirms what we already suspected: That starlets and reality TV stars use ghostwriters, and that they don’t want to give them credit. Does this news make you less likely to buy Hilary Duff’s next novel?
V.S. Naipaul recently provoked anger and eyerolls when he claimed that women writers are “different, they are quite different” from male writers. He criticized their “sentimentality” and says he does not consider a single woman writer his equal. Truthfully, it’s hard for me to get too bent out of shape over this kind of baloney, although you’d think a Nobel Prize winner would know better. (And yes, I’d love to see Lionel Shriver duke it out with Naipaul.)
Still, I enjoyed that The Guardian published a “Naipaul test.” They posit: “Can you tell an author’s sex?” Read 10 paragraphs and see if you can guess if the author is a man or a woman. Naipaul claims he can tell the different from only a paragraph or two because a woman’s writing is inferior. Jennifer Weiner reports on Twitter that she got 6/10 answers correct.
On the LA Times‘ book blog Jacket Copy, Carolyn Kellogg shares photos and info from a series by German artist Daniela Comani:
In the series, Comani retitles books by inverting gender-focused words in the titles: “La Petite Princesss” for “The Little Prince,” “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman” in place of James Joyce’s “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.” She uses images of vintage book covers and very closely recreates them.
Do you think Doña Quixote would have had the same staying power?
If you have an iOs device (iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad) and you’re in the market for an e-reader app, you ought to check out The Book Designer’s reviews of the Kindle App, Stanza and Google Books. Blogger Joel Friedlander will also take a look at Apple’s iBooks, Barnes & Noble Nook and Kobo . . . so stay tuned! What’s your favorite e-reader app?