paper trail

Feb 6, 2013 @ 12:51:00 am

Theodor Geisel and the Cat in the Hat.

After more than two years and $16 million, Hachette Book Group, Penguin and Simon & Schuster have finally debuted Bookish, a website designed to recommend books, share excerpts of new novels, and feature original essays.

At The New Republic, a paean to Barnes & Noble and its ability “to intuit the craving for a bit of bookish culture in the working- and middle-class suburbs” in the late '80s and early '90s: “It’s easy to forget now, but at the time suburban culture had few places that weren’t bars, bowling alleys, or the kind of restaurant where you could drink coffee and smoke for three hours without the waitstaff looking at you funny."

A new Believer review of American Psycho urges readers to skip the chapters that involve murder.

Martin Scorsese is filming a documentary about the New York Review of Books.

A comic debut novel about Adolf Hitler as a Sleeping Beauty-type character who wakes up in 2011 only to become a media sensation has sold more than 400,000 copies in Germany since its release last year and is slated for an international release in 2014. According to author Timur Vermes, He’s Back not only satirizes Germany’s obsession with Hitler, but also the culture that enabled it: "I want to show that Hitler would have a chance to succeed nowadays just as he did back then, just in another way."

Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, didn’t only dress his characters up in elaborate headgear—he wore it himself. A new exhibition at the New York Public Library, “The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins,” highlights the exotic sartorial decisions of the man behind the Cat In the Hat.