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Lit Links for the Work Week

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Last Saturday was Cormac McCarthy’s birthday, and BookRiot celebrated with “A Beginner’s Guide to Cormac McCarthy.” We don’t have all the YouTube videos, but the Library does have quite a stash on Mr. McCarthy. You can come listen to Cormac read from The Crossing or just follow the links to the sample text here for a little afternoon reading.

There’s also a great interview of Martin Amis in the Los Angeles Review of Books. The title of the interview is “The Past Gets Bigger and the Future Shrinks,” which seems especially apt for preparing oneself for a week of work at the largest repository for books and print culture in the nation. With over 100 materials which include Martin Amis’s name alone just below me in the Main Reading Room, I am going to venture a guess and say that’s a pretty fair statement.

I want to leave you with a special treat—Richard Burton reading Gerard Manley Hopkins. I just showed this recording to one of our staffers, and couldn’t think of a better start to the week than sharing it with all of our readers. It’s one of those things that makes you stop and remember that this poetry thing is really, really important.

If you know of any great new lit links, please do let us know!