Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Random Assortment of Lit-Related Links

To honor Theodore Geisel's 105th birthday, The National Post has compiled 5 things you never knew about Dr. Seuss.

Researchers at Reading University claim to have found the oldest words in the English language. They're also taking bets on which words are likely to become extinct.

The Book Design Review has collected two pages worth of Haruki Murakami book covers from around the world. They can be found here and here.
Update: RobAroundBooks has even more!

Penguin Books offers sympathetic lip service to struggling indie booksellers in a piece titled, How to Sell Books in a Recession. Oddly, they fail to mention the considerably larger discounts they offer to Big Box and online stores.

The Onion has a humorous bit about a 'Lovecraftian school board member' in MA who argues that "students should return to the fundamentals taught in the Pnakotic Manuscripts and the Necronomicon in order to develop the skills they need to be driven to the very edge of sanity." It's fake but funny stuff.
(Thanks to Book Ninja for the tip!)