LitBlog Roundup: Book Tube, Essays, Typography and More


I don’t know how I ever missed out on the phenomenon of Book Tube, the community of book bloggers on You Tube. It’s a huge, vibrant, diverse, active community that talks about books all the time, with people joining Book Tube, dropping out of Book Tube and even rearranging book shelves. This is good stuff. (I heard about it on the Write for your Life podcast.) So, for this week’s roundup, I think I’ll start with an overview of Book Tube and a blog about Book Tube. It seems the best way to get the highlights from Book Tube is by subscribing to the Book Tube News videos. Here’s the Book Tube news for this week.

Great Essays

Publisher’s Weekly has a post this week that reviews “The Top 10 Essays Since 1950” which, of course, invites the question: “what makes a good essay?

Speaking of essays, here’s one about Glitch Aesthetics.

Talking about Typography

The Paris Review shares some ephemeral gems from the days of the Linotype printmaking machine. And at least one reader, at Blogalicious, wishes that Amazon and other booksellers would include information about a book’s typography, which can be a crucial factor for deciding whether to buy, read, and enjoy a book.

Indie Publications, Now and Then

The New York Review of Books is now fifty years strong, with a new documentary about the history of the New York Review of Books. Now, there is an ongoing explosion of new, independant publications, Vogue reports.

My Screenwriting Workflow

Jonathan Ball has a post about his “workflow for screenwriting — what software I use, and so forth.”

Audio: Posthumous Publications

Italo Calvino’s Into the War and Philip K. Dick’s We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, two posthumously published books of short fiction, contrast greatly but deliver stimulating reading experiences.

Via NPR Book Review

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