The idea of Coverspy is that a “team of book nerds” is riding the NYC subway system and reporting on the books they see and the people who are reading them. The result is something that sounds like it’s just one step away from a great missed connection:
American Gods, Neil Gaiman (M, 30s, Trader Joe’s bags, backwards cap, Red Sox-esque beard, C train) [Me: F, 20s, down to eat those groceries and talk about modern mythology.]
Looking for something under the radar? Hit up Writers No One Reads, with all of its excerpts from writers who are “forgotten, neglected, abandoned, forsaken, unrecognized, unacknowledged, overshadowed, out-of-fashion, under-translated.”
(Just try not to get too bummed out when you find out that the book that’s described as “unlike anything seen before” is only available in Welsh.)
One of the few literary blogs that is creating good, meaty stories of its own, The Books They Gave me is a series of reflections about books that were given to the author, by a loved one. They range from long-form narratives to short-and-sweet recollections, and the whole thing makes you wonder if the act of gifting a book is more about the person giving it or the person getting it.
(Meta bonus: it’s now available as a book, which you can buy for someone else.)
- President Obama commuted the federal sentences of 111 prisoners, nearing a total of 700 over the course of his presidency.
- BuzzFeed News exposes a secretive legal system that allows corporations to intimidate entire countries with one threat.
- Facebook has a fake news problem. Phony content is still everywhere despite the network's promise to block it 📰👀