PQ Weekly is a round-up of the most shared links in our social media network—bookish articles, reviews, quizzes, recommendations and more—in convenient digest form.
- There is apparently a Twitter feed for Shit Academics Say (@AcademicsSay) and it is brilliant. I must now stop signing my emails with “Best,” and try not to think about how the joke about 700 humanities professors applying for one job screwing in a light bulb sounds perilously similar to the publishing industry.
- Yet another reason to shop indie. The Guardian ran a fantastic article about how small publishers can’t avoid selling through Amazon, but often lose money by participating in the very programs that Amazon designed for them. Well that just … stinks.
- “Honey, would you read my book?” can be some of the most terrifying works ever uttered. Here’s why.
- Neil Gaiman has the BEST (and most sarcastic) answer ever to a fan asking how to get writing ideas on paper. You had me at “On the top of a distant mountain…”
- Kafka never finished a novel on his own. The plot for George Orwell’s 1984 may not be as original as you thought. Famous authors have some pretty interesting skeletons in their closets!
- Some kind words for Words for Elephant Man: “This is poetry that will fill your socks and then some.”