Everyone dreams of finding a lost novel by their favorite author. At Flavorwire, they’ve collected 10 instances where this actually happened. Several are recent releases—including one that was reviewed by BookPage last month.
If you haven’t visited Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris and locked lips with Oscar Wilde’s gravestone—you’ve missed your chance. The tomb of the beloved playwright has been restored and a protective barrier has been put in place to protect it.
Read more about the tomb renovation and listen to actor Rupert Everett’s comments at the unveiling on BBC news.
With the rise of eBooks, the topic of how much books are worth is cropping up everywhere these days. At The Outlet, Kristopher Jansma gets a different perspective on that issue by visiting The Book Thing in Baltimore, where all the books in stock are—you guessed it—completely free. Their mission is “to put unwanted books in the hands of those who want them” and apparently they’re succeeding. As Jansma says, these are books that are:
Bought once, passed over, forgotten in basements, and finally simply given away. I began to suspect that I’d wandered into a library out of a Borges story, full of made-up names. Many appeared hopelessly irrelevant and out-of-date. Kafka could hardly have imagined a better illustration of how little books seem to be worth to so many people these days.
But then, out of the corner of my eye, I spotted Middlesex. I already had a copy at home but… well… it was free. I felt a little guilty, almost as if I was shoplifting, except that all around me there were others mining for their own hidden gems. Suddenly I saw that the brilliance of The Book Thing: by removing all cost, each book is given a new chance at appreciation.
Do you agree?
Here’s a lovely little story to send you into the weekend.
Over in Scotland, a “Library Phantom” has been dropping “glorious little paper sculptures into libraries and museums all over Edinburgh.” Just recently, a librarian discovered a note from the Phantom in the Women’s Anthologies section. Apparently the anonymous sculpture project is “a tiny gesture in support of the special places.” Read more on NPR.org.
What links have you discovered this week?