Monday 5×5 for May 21, 2018
By: Jill Grunenwald, Marketing and Communications Specialist
Welcome to this week’s Monday 5×5! In case you missed the introduction last Monday, this is a weekly series I’ll be doing where I share 5 links from the previous week that I think should be read. Every week will be different, but I’ll try to stick to 5 areas of thought: libraries, literature, publishing, tech, and anything else I find interesting. Hence, 5×5.
With apologies to Stranger Things, it’s my way of saying “Mondays are for coffee and contemplation.”
Buzzfeed ranked the stories from Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark based on fear factor
A few weeks ago, I was in the bathroom brushing my teeth and noticed a spider up in the corner of the ceiling and I had this moment of wondering: Which came first: My fear of spiders or my reading The Red Spot from the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series? It’s a true chicken and egg scenario. The trilogy, complete with original illustrations, will be available in eBook starting next month and I’m already looking forward to freaking myself out all over again. Ah, memories.
(Ed. note: “Harold” not being on the list is a crime)
Researchers have found two new pages from Anne Frank’s Diary, but Electric Literature asks if we should read them
I confess, I have never read Anne Frank’s diary. It was never assigned to me in school and I never had an interest in reading it, even for its historical value. It’s not just Anne, either: I don’t find any interest in reading the journals of others. Perhaps it’s because I’ve always kept a journal myself and would hate for another person to read them, it just seems so intrusive. This case in particular seems fraught with tension because it seems that Anne herself attempted to destroy these pages, which leads to the question of how much editorial authority does an author have after death? (Answer: not a lot, but can readers mitigate that by refusing to read posthumous work that was altered?)
Atlas Obscura introduces us to the ancient libraries of Chinguetti
My coworker Adam shared this story with me and who doesn’t love the idea of ancient texts and libraries? The fate of the Library at Alexandria just kind of makes this librarian want to cry, but here’s a collection of libraries that continue to exist in the same state as when they were originally found.
Popular cozy mystery author Amanda Flower answers the question what exactly is a Cozy Mystery?
I’ve had the opportunity to meet Amanda Flower a few times at local Ohio author events and she is utterly delightful. Her cozy mystery books are equally delightful. Cozies, in general, are delightful and Amanda does an excellent job unpacking what makes a cozy a cozy (aside from a fantastically punny title).
Over on The Ringer, a comparison of the Fishbowl on Westworld v. the Hatch on Lost
This one clearly falls under the heading of “things Jill found interesting,” but I am a huge fan of both Lost and Westworld. Like, tinfoil hat, rabbit hole of Reddit theories huge fan. This past Sunday, while watching the opening of the latest Westworld episode, all I could think about was how much it reminded me of the season 2 opener of Lost (although director Lisa Joy maintains it’s a coincidence). If you’re in need of some Westworld read-alikes, be sure to check out episode #221 of the Professional Book Nerds podcast.