- In this article from Harper’s, Annie Dillard reflects on a lifetime of receiving fan mail from many, um, special people.
- Given my newfound interest in “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” I’ve found it much easier to appreciate this essay by Karen Swallow Prior on “When T. S. Eliot Invented the Hipster.”
- From the New York Public Library, a collection of excerpts from the journal that Louisa May Alcott kept while writing Little Women.
- A rather sweet story out of Australia about a 100-year-old man who is famous in his hometown for reciting poetry wherever he goes.
- From The Hedgehog Review, an oldie-but-goodie about the dangers of modernizing Shakespeare’s language.
- Of the 2017 releases that have already been announced, I’m especially looking forward to Czeslaw Milosz’s dystopian science fiction novel, written in the 1970s and coming out in English for the first time next month.
And lastly, here’s a recording that Neil Gaiman made earlier this month of himself reading Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven.” A sort of early Christmas present, it was. (HT: Open Culture)