The big story in literature this week was the death of Maurice Sendak, which has inspired dozens of touching remembrances. On our Facebook page, we recommended his recent interview with Terri Gross, but a lesser known—and just as moving—interview is this 2004 talk with PBS host Bill Moyers. “I’m not Hans Christian Anderson,” he says. “I picked a modest form which was very modest back in the 50s, 40s; children’s books were the bottom of the totem pole. . . . I hid inside this modest form called the children’s book and expressed myself entirely.”
There’s a new blog in town for literature fans. Talking Covers interviews authors and designers about their book jackets. It’s a fun look behind the scenes of the book business.
Flavorwire has put together a slideshow of serious writers in “extremely silly poses.” If you’ve ever wanted to see Susan Sontag in a bear costume, or Marcel Proust playing air guitar, or Nabokov hunting butterflies . . . this is your chance!
What links have you discovered this week? Share in the comments!