The perfect gift for Book Giving Day (http://bookgivingday.com/about-2/) & Valentine’s Day! One More Thing by B.J. Novak.
The Embassy of Cambodia
By Zadie Smith
The Embassy of Cambodia was a short story by Zadie Smith in the New Yorker (Feb. 2013) and now Hamish Hamilton has published a wonderful pocket hard cover edition, which I recently received as a gift.
This story is beautifully crafted and is one that begs to be read and reread. Smith’s short work of fiction is a vivid portrait of humanity and society that will certainly provoke questions regarding complicity, suffering and relationships for the reader.
Today it’s articles! The majority of the pieces below were shared/sent to me by Paul. I guess he really knows what writers and themes/topics I’m interested in reading! :) (The George Saunders link is actually a video, not an article at all, but it is one of my favourites of 2013 and it fits well here - I’ve decided.)
Enjoy these finely crafted, thought provoking reads!
Next up is books! I’ve only read about 13 books so far this year, and not all of them were published in 2013. Below is my list of my favourite titles from the ones that were, click covers for more info. (Fox 8 is a short story, not a “book” really.) Enjoy!
Click songs for links to youtube videos (none of them are my uploads) with lyrics or a separate link for lyrics if I couldn’t find a video.
I won’t assign the songs to characters or parts of the book because I don’t want to spoil anything. (Make sure you listen to the entire Notorious B.I.G. song.) Making this list was a lot of fun, haha.
Meowsers. I’m so happy that “Fox 8” was made into this nifty e-book. This is one of my favorite stories by George Saunders. I think I did a dance at work during my break when I saw the link. File this under: required reading for being a Yuman.
I just read this for the first time today. So.Good.
Doodler’s Questionnaire with Fox in Wolf’s Clothing
Fox in Wolf’s Clothing aka Paul has been a professional in the Canadian book industry for 6 years. From the local bookstore, to supply chain with a national retail company, and more recently the digital side of things with a publisher, he remains a self-described bookseller at heart.
A sometimes blogger, this sports fan and vinyl record enthusiast is an avid reader and book lover.
As I fancy myself a fan of books (I confess I need to make more time to read these days) and being a person who daydreams about being a writer one day, I was curious to hear about the “new normal” in the book world.
Fox was kind enough to answer Doodler’s Questionnaire! Thanks Paul!*
*Full disclosure: this is my real-life spouse
Doodler’s Questionnaire with Fox in Wolf’s Clothing
Aside from a good book, what are your “must have” items while you are reading?
Well, personally I have a really hard time reading without adequate light. Shadows really seem to distract me, even if its one page casting a shadow onto another. I guess if I’m reading at home, I like to have tall, back lighting. If not at home, I’d have to say a book mark - I can’t deal with page-bending to mark a page and I have a spotty memory at best (not a good combo). In a perfect world, I would also love to have a proper arm chair to read in (ideally well lit from the back! Lol).
Whenever I ask successful people how they got started they usually answer similarly, explaining to me that they simply “did it”. How and when did you personally know your love of books was more than a hobby?
I think it probably was about 8 years ago. I was really disenchanted with my career at the time and had taken a quick trip across the border to Buffalo for some shopping. On the way, I was talking with my mother who asked me what it was I really wanted to do with my life. I had always wanted to be an author, and I told her so, but the more I thought about it the more I realized that I could be happy just being around books. I think my Mom was probably the main factor in my love of books and the printed word - she always made time to read to me, take me to the library, and encourage me with my writing (no matter how poor I might have thought it was).
What is the most frustrating and what is the most rewarding aspect of working in the digital publishing industry?
In your opinion what is the most common misconception about e-reading and the current e-book market?
I think the most common misconception is that eBooks are killing physical books. I don’t believe that they are - I believe the two will ultimately compliment each other. See: vinyl and digital music as a model.
If you could only own 1 record what would it be?
The White Album by the Beatles - amazing quality and so diverse/eclectic in sound that it wouldn’t soon get boring.
If we went back in time to ask your 4 year old self what they want to be when they grow up what would they answer?
What is the most beautiful experience you can imagine?
Watching the sun set over the ocean from the deck of a (my) boat, dog at my feet, love at my side.
Anything to add?
Never give up on dreaming - without a dream to chase, I’d feel like I was standing still. And never let anyone else tell you what your dream should be - there’s nothing in that direction but emptiness.
"The world was made up of people putting one foot in front of the other; and a life might appear ordinary simply because the person living it had be doing so for a long time."
Publisher Bond Street Books
Published July 24, 2012
While tracking the ebooks tag I am usually disappointed, finding mostly suspect links soliciting or sharing pirated e-books. Lately I have been noticing more posts sharing links with legitimate promotions (like Cyber Monday deals) and of course the tag is largely authors promoting their own ebooks (which is awesome).
This book is so good, it is life changing. I’m only on page 68 and I feel this way. I’m already looking forward to re-reading it. The end.
Life complete! (for now haha)
Thanks to foxinwolfsclothing <3 :)
Hazlitt is a new digital habitat from the folks at Random House Canada - publishing originally commissioned ebooks, videos, essays and more.
Looks like the beautiful design is matched with some beautiful content, especially enjoying Suzanna Showler’s account of house-sitting for Sheila Heti, How Should a Person House-Sit?
(The name takes after nineteenth century journalist William Hazlitt, not a Lolcat reference btw)