Yesterday, a NASA test vehicle lifted off from the ground in Florida, flew freely through the air, and landed about 650 feet away. It landed, crucially, in the same position it launched—upright—and that makes it look kind of like a science fiction film.
I have not read most of the big 19th — century novels that people consider “essential,” nor most of the 20th-century ones for that matter. But this does not embarrass me. There are many films to see, many friends to visit, many walks to take, many playlists to assemble and many favorite books to reread. Life’s too short for anxious score-keeping. Also, my grandmother is illiterate, and she’s one of the best people I know. Reading is a deep personal consolation for me, but other things console, too.
— Teju Cole, in response to the question, “What books are you embarrassed not to have read yet?” (via ethiopienne)
In 1962, Lynne Sharon Schwartz and her husband Harry decided to make audio recordings of some of the literary up-and-comers they enjoyed reading. “We were aware of Caedmon, which had brought out the Dylan Thomas record of A Child’s Christmas in Wales. And we thought, we could do something like that,” Lynne tells NPR’s Susan Stamberg.
Baldwin led them to William Styron, who led them to James Jones, and eventually to Philip Roth, then a wunderkind with only one short story collection under his belt. "He was this warm, jovial, welcoming young person," Lynne recalls. "We sat around the fire, had a drink … and then of course when he started to read the passage and burst out with this comic rendition, we had no idea he had this in him."
Originally issued on vinyl in the 1960s, the recordings are now being made available in CD and download format.
"Some of these works are available read by actors," says Lynne. "But it’s not quite the same thing when you hear an author read his own. Then you really understand more about what it means to him, what he intended.”
Breathtaking view of the Milky Way from the surface of Mars
the universe is amazing
it really is
A white shelf cloud caps brownish dirt from a dust storm, or haboob, as it travels across the Indian Ocean near Onslow on the Western Australia coast in this handout image distributed by fishwrecked.com and taken January 9, 2013. (Reuters/Brett Martin/fishwrecked.com)