I have always been fascinated by World War I, viewing it as the hinge between the old world and the modern. I’m also a fan of graphic novels that manage (or at least attempt) to do something different. Here’s a good example of that. This book made of a single, folded-up, 24-foot page depicting a single battle (Battle of Somme). Sounds like the ultimate 3rd grader margin doodle. Definitely worth a look, and it sounds like a solid holiday gift idea for the history buff in your family.
Well, this is pretty hilarious. No, I don’t consider “reviews” on Amazon products to be actual, critical reviews, but check out the user that ripped apart this new book about Amazon and its founder Jeff Bezos. Yup, that’s his wife. Amazon has confirmed as such, though Jeff Bezos has kept mum about the book. The publisher is standing by their sourcing and the book’s veracity, so it will be interesting to see if anything comes of this. (I really hope that WaPo chimes in.) Also, the book sounds somewhat worthwhile.
If I had been born someone else, I would want that person to become an astronaut. I have always been fascinated with outer space, and leaving the Earth’s atmosphere is number 1 on my list of 3 at-the-ready wishes in the event I ever stumble upon a genie’s lamp. So I spend a lot of idle internet time poking around the NASA website, and Hadfield’s videos of how to do various everyday things in zero gravity have been amongst my favorite content. He came back to Earth and wrote a book, and this memoir sounds fascinating and funny. I will absolutely be reading it.
Quickly: I saw Ender’s Game this weekend; it is a pretty good and faithful adaptation. But I hate OSC for being a shitty bigot, and refuse to get excited about him writing any more Ender books, despite my childhood fondness for the series. Somewhat in the same vein: I love Boston, but sometimes I’m embarrassed for my city. More shuttered publishers blame ebooks and online discounts, but I don’t really buy it.