Happy Comic-Con! Whether you’ve managed to snag tickets to this year’s convention or not, you might enjoy Paul Gravett’s ode to the medium. In his review of the book, Daniel Rasmus highlights the way Gravett goes beyond a standard explanation of comics and their history, including art from all over the world and the increasingly abundant digital landscape.
Harold Bloom ruminates on the nature of isolation, in this archival video, recently discussed by The Paris Review, and considers what it means to read and teach with passion.The iconic professor and literary critic tears up as he reflects on obsolescence and personal inadequacy.
"Wilfred Own, throughout his short life, felt quite bitterly that he had been denied things, particularly education … Anyone looking at Wilfred Owen’s poetry will get a sense of a man who was an outsider, a man who will question the war and the reasons behind it and for it."—Guy Cuthbertson, author of Wilfred Owen
David Carr talks to Pamela Paul about Andrew Pettegree’s The Invention of News on the June 8th edition of the Inside the New York Times Book Review Podcast. The book outlines how people have satisfied the need to know in all kinds of ways across the centuries, from word of mouth to songs to letters to newspapers to the web.
You can find more episodes of the Inside the New York Times Book Review Podcast in their archive.
Today is the last day of our summer reading theme on the YUP blog, but the fun doesn’t stop! There is plenty more summer for you to sit out in the backyard or take a vacation with a good book or three.
Here are a few more suggestions to add to your list this summer:
Jack the Ripper by Paul Begg & John Bennett: Experts agree that Jack the Ripper murdered five London women, but how many others did he slaughter in Britain or across the seas?
The Invention of News by Andrew Pettegree: The extraordinary history of news and its dissemination, from medieval pilgrim tales to the birth of the newspaper
The Last Lover by Can Xue: From the sensational Chinese author who has been called “a new world master,” a Kafkaesque novel set in a fictional Western nation
Chasing Monarchs by Robert Michael Pyle: Pyle’s classic account of discovery along the migration trail of monarch butterflies is part natural history, part road trip adventure
New books by members of the Yale community:
Sensational Religion: Sensory Cultures in Material Practice
Edited by Sally M. Promey, professor of American studies and of religion and visual culture, and deputy director of the Institute of Sacred Music
R. John Williams, assistant professor of English
Günter P. Wagner, the Alison Richard Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Stephen J. Davis, professor of religious studies
A sneak peek inside Swedish Wooden Toys (Edited by Amy F. Ogata and Susan Weber, published in association with the Bard Graduate Center), to be published in August.
These whimsical toys look like great fun to us! Which is your favorite?