The Week’s Most Popular Posts: May 12 – 16, 2014

Another week is in the books, so to speak. Let’s take a look back at the most popular posts.

Bronze Horseman

Do not read aloud passages of the book that you find to be comically overwrought. This is neither big nor clever. It is sarcastic and cheap. You may think you are showing that you’re engaging with the book. All you are doing is showing that you are an insufferable snob.

from How to Tell A Loved One Their Favourite Book Sucks by Edd McCracken


You read War and Peace? Odds are you’ll find a way to rope it into conversation at your next social gathering. As long as you don’t do it like an ostentatious, bombastic butthead no one should hold it against you. After all, in many ways Tolstoy’s work is like Jupiter. It’s that big. You could read George Orwell’s Animal Farm eighteen times before finishing War & Peace once. This of course does not make either work more or less valuable, but from a perspective of commitment, it’s a casual first date versus going steady.

from The Big Book Breakdown by Aram Mrjoian


Sylvia Plath Texting


from Texting with Sylvia Plath by Brenna Clarke Gray


Jim Jarmusch’s newest film, Only Lovers Left Alive, is the story of depressed vampire musician Adam (Tom Hiddleston) who’s reunited with his vampire lover Eve (Tilda Swinton)—in short, lifestyle porn for goths. For those of us who never quite recovered from reading Interview with the Vampire at a too-tender age, it’s pure crack. And Eve is my kind of vampire: for her travels, she packs two suitcases full of nothing but books. (I loved the movie so much I will forgive her Infinite Jest.) If, like me, you’re reluctant to return to the world of the mundane after an excursion into the gothic, here’s a handful of literary vampire reads that are, as Eve says, the really good stuff.

from Tilda Swinton, Vampire Reader: Tasty Treats for Literary Goths by Sarah McCarry