Articles by Matthew Schantz

August 23, 2012

A Conservative Estimate 0

While makers of the graph admit that it’s no substitute for a real poll, according to a heatmap of political books purchased on Amazon in the United States, conservative books are more popular than their left-wing rivals. Another heatmap of note: a firm tracked the use of the F-bomb on twitter over the course of […]

August 23, 2012

Know thy bic 0

Because you’ve probably never bothered to get to know your stalwart writing companion: A history of the ballpoint pen.

August 23, 2012

Dough Country For Old Men 0

Taking its name from one of our heat-wave puns earlier this summer, the blog As I Lay Frying pairs literary quotes with pictures of doughnuts.

August 23, 2012

Like TED for books 0

The annual Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference wrapped up earlier this week, but, thanks to the wonders of the internet, you can relive the magic: Transcripts and videos of notable speeches are available on the conference’s website, including the concluding talk on the future of the novel by China Mieville.

August 20, 2012

Reinventing the Classics 0

How to write a sequel that isn’t terrible.

August 20, 2012

A Detestable Dichotomy 0

Paulo Coelho recently condemned Ulysses for being all style and no content. In response, Ali Smith makes the case for style.

August 20, 2012

Dostoyevsky, Babel, Brodsky, Pussy Riot? 0

In their closing statements, Russian dissidents du jour Pussy Riot cited the authors who inspired them and placed themselves in Russia’s rich history of imprisoning their artists. Also check out Carol Rumens’s excellent translation of the song that landed Pussy Riot in hot water.

August 20, 2012

Talk about Graphic Novels 0

Why do we strain ourselves to apply scientific methods to the humanities, when the results of such studies always miss the point, asks Maria Konnikova. For those looking to do some field research on the fruits of the growing digital humanities movement before condemning them, the latest issue of the Journal of Digital Humanities is packed with […]

August 20, 2012

Hip-Hop Men of Letters 0

Eminem as an essayist. What Usher is reading.

August 16, 2012

The End of Copyright, The Death of the Novel 0

Would anyone write novels in a world without copyright? According to Tim Parks, they probably would not. For more on the relationship between the market and the product, see Parks’s essay on whether more money leads to better writing.