On the Books: Elizabeth Gilbert returns
– In the years since Eat Pray Love became a phenomenon, Elizabeth Gilbert has been all over the place: giving TED Talks, touring with Oprah, being played by Julia Roberts. And soon, she’ll be back on bookshelves.
In the just-announced Big Magic, due out September 22, Gilbert will discuss creativity in everyday life. In an interview with Etsy, the author elaborated on her perspective of magical artistry. “My book is an effort to lure people back into the ‘Big Magic’—into a more celebratory and mystical way of being a maker,” Gilbert said. “I certainly like this fanciful approach to creativity better than the modern notion of the tormented artist, suffering alone in anguish and martyrdom.” [Etsy]
– For most people, perusing a tablet on a crowded New York subway is much easier than lugging a hardcover around. Photographer Reinier Gerritsen thinks this preference has made physical books an endangered species. So he set out to document them.
Gerritsen took to the subway and snapped a picture of every single person he saw reading a book. These photos are alphabetized by author of the books in his series The Last Book, available for perusal on his website, as a book and at the Julie Saul Gallery through Feb. 7. In an interview with Slate, Gerritsen elaborated on his process, including the obvious question: how could he take so many pictures of people on the New York subway without anyone yelling at him? “I’m 60,” Gerritsen said. “When I was a young guy, a lot of things were not allowed, but when you’re older people are more accepting.” [Slate]
– Plagiarism is becoming harder and harder to get away with. The most recent national-profile writer accused of plagiarism (after Fareed Zakaria and Malcolm Gladwell) is speaker and Republican presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson. A BuzzFeed article published last week demonstrated that Carson’s 2012 book America the Beautiful had borrowed passages wholesale from a wide array of sources, from conservative historians to an old website called SocialismSucks.net. In response, Caron’s publisher issued a statement saying that “it has become apparent that further source citation is appropriate in Dr. Carson’s America the Beautiful. Any necessary updates will be made in subsequent printings.” [Publishers Weekly]