The Week’s Most Popular Posts: April 30 – May 4, 2012

The most popular posts from the week that was…

I look at the people who write in their books with the same kind of awed reverence that Sal Mineo applied to James Dean. Which likely says something about my conception of rebellion. No lie, I even used a separate sheet of loose leaf for my Mad Lib responses.

From I’m Too Scared to Write in My Books by Paul Montgomery

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To start, I will mention not a memoir, but a fantastic book about a mental health institution – Gracefully Insane: Life and Death Inside America’s Premier Mental Hospital, by Alex Beam, about McLean Hospital in Massachusetts. So many famous people have spent time there, including Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Zelda Fitzgerald and David Foster Wallace. The history of the place is fascinating.

From The Well-Readheads: Darkness Readable by Liberty Hardy and Rebecca Joines Schinsky

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“He drew the dagger and laid it on the table between them; a length of dragonbone and Valyrian steel, as sharp as the difference between right and wrong, between true and false, between life and death.”

As sharp as the difference between writing eye-rolling, over-wrought silliness and not doing that. But this is an epic! Every sentence must be FULL OF DRAMA. FULL OF IT.

From Picking Bones with Game of Thrones by Amanda Nelson

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Those skeptical colleagues and I all believe in the bookstore’s future, though, and so I want to think about the bookstore of the future. What will it look like? What is its environmental footprint? What will it carry? Display? How will people gather there? If they don’t gather there at certain times, how will they access the store? What kinds of systems support that access?

From The Bookstore of the Future by Bethanne Patrick

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