Barnes & Noble pressured to restrict sales of 2021's most banned book

"Anderson signaled that he won't stop at targeting 'Gender Queer' and 'A Court of Mist and Fury.'

'We are in a major fight. Suits like this can be filed all over Virginia. There are dozens of books. Hundreds of schools,' he wrote."


Crowley’s London

About City of the Beast: The London of Aleister Crowley by Phil Baker, due July 2022 (affiliate link)

"A work that combines biography and pyschogeography to trace Aleister Crowley's life in London."

Defining Shugendo: Critical Studies on Japanese Mountain Religion eds Andrea Castiglioni, Fabio Rambelli, Carina Roth (affiliate link)

"Defining Shugendo brings together leading international experts on Japanese mountain asceticism to discuss what has been an essential component of Japanese religions for more than a thousand years."

Translating Myself and Others by Jhumpa Lahiri review – the sanctuary of language

The novelist’s collection of essays on translation only hint at what led her to take refuge in Italian

Hook-ups, pansexuals and holy connection: love in the time of millennials and Generation Z

About Heartland: What is the future of modern love? by Jennifer Pinkerton (affiliate link)

The Challenge of Making Art in a Culture That Cheapens It

In Alexander Maksik’s “The Long Corner,” a writer leaves a dreary city for an enigmatic, possibly sinister artists’ colony.

About The Long Corner by Alexander Maksik (affiliate link)

"A bold novel about ambition, grief, creativity, beauty, and existential emptiness that retraces the arc of American life and culture in the first decades of the 21st century."

AI is changing the way people relate to other beings

James Bridle explains how in “Ways of Being”

About Ways of Being: Animals, Plants, Machines: The Search for a Planetary Intelligence by James Bridle (affiliate link)


"What would you wish for? From director George Miller, watch the official trailer for 3000 Years Of Longing now. Only in theaters this Summer."

dir George Miller, with Idris Elba, Tilda Swinton!

Based on The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye by A S Byatt (affiliate link)

People typically associate apps with smartphones (in definition apps are just programs designed to execute tasks that don't run the computer itself). But apps are common in premodern books.

A 🧵 on app technology in this book from 16th-century England!/1

It's an antique Hipster PDA!

Hellboy Universe Expands to the Post-Apocalyptic With New Dark Horse Comic Series

"Dark Horse Comics has announced major news for the Hellboy Universe line of comics with Frankenstein: New World, a four-part miniseries from Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and many of his frequent collaborators."

Humble Comics Bundle: Supermassive Heavy Metal Comic Bundle

"A hoard of awesome sci-fi, horror, and fantasy

Explore 45 years of groundbreaking graphic fiction ripped from the pages of Heavy Metal … and support Comic Book Legal Defense Fund with your purchase!"

Bundle with 17 days to go …

Apparently, Fernando Pessoa plays for the Portland Timbers:

Brazilian Fernando Pessoa on guiding Portland Timbers' youth: be positive, have patience, respect differences

Pessoa grew up playing street soccer and futsal in the Rio de Janeiro neighborhood of Olaria.

Yeah, not the author, obviously, but I did a healthy double take.

Conan License To Move On From Marvel Comics

"Bleeding Cool understands that this company, or new owners, now wish to publish Conan comic books themselves."

The Diabolical Devilries of Eugène Lepoittevin

The outrageous and provocatively sexual Devilries of the famed French artist. Be warned: this is still eye-popping stuff.

About Bawdy Tales and Trifles of Devilries for Ladies and Gentlemen of Experience by Eugène Lepoittevin, intro by Sarah Burns, afterword by Fanny Woodcock (affiliate link)

"Heartbreaking": Frightened librarians face “hostile” harassment trying to navigate new book bans

“I don’t think there’s been a day that I haven’t been frightened & immobilized by what the future could look like"

The Story That Saved Me: On Writing My Way Out of a Life That No Longer Felt Like Mine

Lauren McBrayer’s Novel Showed up Exactly When She Needed It

About Like a House on Fire by Lauren McBrayer (affiliate link)

Freemasons: The life and times of a men’s cult

How the Freemasons made the Modern World,’ explains how the secret society has persisted through the ages

About The Craft: How the Freemasons Made the Modern World by John Dickie (affiliate link)

‘The Wordhord’ Review: Here Be Dragons

Old English words can be vaguely familiar and strangely evocative. They conjure a long-ago world of mundane worries and wild imaginings.

About The Wordhord: Daily Life in Old English by Hana Videen (affiliate link)

When Iris Murdoch Met Jean-Paul Sartre

Clare Mac Cumhaill and Rachael Wiseman on a Chance Encounter Between a Young Novelist and an Aging Philosopher

Excerpt from Metaphysical Animals: How Four Women Brought Philosophy Back to Life by Clare Mac Cumhaill and Rachael Wiseman (affiliate link)

One Week Left! Pre-Order Hellebore 7 🔮

"The Peculiar Parish Bookshop is offering a two-week pre-order period for The Ritual Issue and other Hellebore zines and books.

Pre-orders close Tuesday, May 24 and will ship in June."

Hellebore #7 (**Pre-Order: Ships in June**)

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