- “In French, we were learning how to buy a train ticket; but in Latin we learnt … what happens when a city is sacked, what happens to the old people when the young are slaughtered before their eyes, and the terror of trying to escape and survive”: David Kern of the Circe Institute interviews Drs. Emily Wilson and Sarah Ruden on their translations of the Odyssey and the Aeneid.
- Another intriguing interview, this one with the owner of one of Boston’s oldest secondhand bookstores. Highlights include their enviable catalog of rare editions and the story about a customer who eats Bibles (preferably Catholic ones).
- I’m pretty sure J. R. R. Tolkien has new work coming out more often now than he did when he was alive: the Bodleian Library is hosting a Tolkien exhibition which includes some of his previously unpublished artwork.
- “Pen-and-ink drawings, watches, cookbooks splotched with notes and stains, Plath’s own copy of her only published novel, The Bell Jar“: Nilanjana Roy reports from a recent Bonham’s auction which features dozens of items that once belonged to Sylvia Plath.
- From Literary Hub, a handy list of everything you need to know before visiting the graves of 75 famous writers.
- One more interview and then I promise I’m done: Argentinian writer Alberto Manguel talks to NYPL’s Paul Holdengraber, among other things, about reading out loud to Jorge Luis Borges after he went blind.
I hope you’re all well and have a happy Easter tomorrow!