13 November 2011
Late Sunday Salon: My Newest Book Crush
That thing is...KINDLE SINGLES!:
I don't have a Kindle, but I do really like this idea of reading articles that on intriguing topics that are just the right length, not stretched out to fill a book, or smooshed to fit in a magazine. Some of them are also available outside of Amazon, if you wish to purchase them elsewhere. Here are three that I really enjoyed (complete with my affiliate links to buy if you click on the picture):
1. "Three Cups of Deceit" by Jon Krakauer: I am a big fan of Krakauer. I've read Under the Banner of Heaven, Into Thin Air and Into the Wild. I find his brand of journalistic, social science-y writing to be very appealing and informative and readable. So, when he published this article exposing the falsities (I'm being polite) in Greg Mortenson's bestselling Three Cups of Tea, I couldn't wait to read it. I wasn't disappointed at all by Krakauer's piece, but I was super happy that I didn't buy any of Mortenson's books.
2. "How A Book is Born" by Keith Gessen: This is an expanded Vanity Fair article about the publishing of Chad Harbach's, The Art of Fielding. I think I learned about it from reading Greg at The New Dork Review of Books. Gessen is a writer himself and a friend of Harbach's. I learned a lot about the publishing industry from reading this, and afterwards I was even more excited to read The Art of Fielding.
3. "The Getaway Car" by Ann Patchett: The subtitle for this one is "A Memoir of Writing and Life." I like both memoirs and books about writing. However, both sometimes drag on a bit for me, and I really found that this was a great format and length. Ann Patchett's writing is charming and honest and I could relate to her sentiments about writing. It made me really want to fix the whole in my reading that is her work, and I think I'll pick up one of her novels soon.
So, what do you think? Do Kindle Singles sound like a good idea to you? Have you read any that you would like to recommend?