PQ Weekly Roundup: 1 September 2023

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Every Friday, the PQ Weekly Roundup collects the most shared links in our social media network—bookish articles, reviews, quizzes, recommendations and more—in convenient digest form.

  • Many book lovers dream of walking the hallowed halls of Penguin Random House or HarperCollins, but working at an indie press can give you a rewarding experience too—and provide a whole lot of variation and excitement.

  • Remembering Seamus Heaney, 10 years after his death, and exploring his influence on contemporary poetry.

  • “It may seem as if these are separate concerns, but ChatGPT and identity politics are two sides of the same coin — both represent bankrupt versions of what literature is and is meant to do. We’re restricting what authors can write on the basis of their identity, and at the same time threatening to dissolve literature into machine babble.” Fascinating article about two of the issues that are preoccupying writers and those in publishing today: the role of AI, and who is allowed to write what.

  • Did you know there’s a project on the go that will put the artistic works of 30,000 artists on the moon? Talk about a library that’s out of this world!

  • And finally, let’s just all take a second to recognize the joy and satisfaction to be found in short books that can be read in one sitting.


Happy Friday, book lovers! Wishing you a lovely literary long weekend with enough time to squeeze in some reading among your Labour Day plans.



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