What I Read About When I Read About Books – The Summer Edition

13 Jul

Lil' Capote

Some of my favourite links floating around on the internet recently:

Jezebel takes a look at “The Real People Behind Famous Fictional Characters.” Getting the dirt on the original Alice, Lolita, Psycho, and Flowers in the Attic kids (really!) somehow never gets old. Also, was I the only one who didn’t know that a pint-sized Truman Capote was the prototype for To Kill a Mockingbird’s Dill? Probably.

Everyone’s favourite new ego booster: “A grumpy literary agent wades through query fails” at SlushPile Hell. Because your own query letters/covering letters/what-have-you could never be this bad. And because what’s not to love about this sentence? “Indeed, books & media are an economic past-time today so I expect you are taking advantage of that angle of the biz.”

Slate says that every book, ever, contains a dog barking in the distance. So far, I’ve spotted the faraway barking dog in The Radleys by Matt Haig, and I’ll be keeping an eye out from now on. It’s kind of a slow drinking game though.

Come across any fun booky links lately?

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4 Responses to “What I Read About When I Read About Books – The Summer Edition”

  1. Elly July 14, 2010 at 10:29 am #

    I’m really enjoying this fairly new, beautifully written blog about ‘Children’s Books by Twentieth Century “Adult” Authors Currently Out of Print’ http://wetoowerechildren.blogspot.com/

    • Lija July 14, 2010 at 12:53 pm #

      Aww, thank you for this! (but not thank you for helping me kill more time on the internet, even though I did ask for it.)

      The zoo illustrations are especially wonderful.

  2. savidgereads July 14, 2010 at 12:49 pm #

    I really like that comment about a dog barking somewhere in every single book. I am going to keep my eyes peeled for that too from now on!

    • Lija July 14, 2010 at 12:55 pm #

      Of course, I’m also going to see if I can spot any other pet phrases. I seem to remember reading a lot of “managing a tight smile”s recently.

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