It’s been an amazing first week here at Common Novel, and we’re so happy that you were all able to stop by. We’ll be picking up again next week, when you can look forward to a Father’s Day gift-guide, a piece discussing why you should care about young adult fiction, and our second Date Night article.
In the meantime, here are a few links we’ve been reading and thinking about this week.
Fellow grown-ups, at the risk of sounding snobbish and joyless and old, we are better than this. I know, I know: Live and let read. Far be it from me to disrupt the “everyone should just read/watch/listen to whatever they like” ethos of our era. There’s room for pleasure, escapism, juicy plots, and satisfying endings on the shelves of the serious reader. And if people are reading Eleanor & Park instead of watching Nashville or reading detective novels, so be it, I suppose. But if they are substituting maudlin teen dramas for the complexity of great adult literature, then they are missing something.
In short: huffy sigh.
Richard Dawkins hates fairy tales.
At least one of Harvard’s “human skin books,” pleasingly titled “On the Destiny of the Human Soul,” is actually bound in human skin.
The time of The Fifth Element is now.
And because I’m still irritated over that stupid Slate article, here’s my favorite sloth video—guaranteed to lower one’s blood pressure.
What are you going to be reading this weekend? I’ll be finishing the sixth Vampire Academy book (I haven’t read a series this crack-like since The Hunger Games—I’ve read five books in two days) and starting Anthony Doerr’s All The Light We Cannot See. Rachel is planning on reading Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park, possibly just to spite Ruth Graham.
See you next week!