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Presque vu XXXXVII

Some of the ugliest and most tasteless bookshelves in existence?


Deborah Hope in The Australian talks to Peter Carey about the Australian view of his work:

“If I’ve ever had characters that start off being a little close to life, they’ve never come alive for me until all that’s destroyed and got rid of. So I really don’t do it.”

Novelists are “magicians” and “magpies”: “All the time I pick up little things, but they’re little things.”

“I’m just trying to make a work of art.” “I’m trying to make something that’s very beautiful; I’m trying to make something that’s a really nice river of prose.”


Tobias Buckell discusses the pros and cons of giving books away for free on the internet. I might be attracted to this kind of behaviour myself if someone else wasn’t doing it for me already.


The Tyler Morning Telegraph features a row between Peggy Sue, an old friend of Buddy Holly, and the late singer’s widow. Maria Elena Holly is trying to keep the other woman from selling a book – Whatever Happened to Peggy Sue? – detailing her relationship with Buddy Holly.

2 Responses to “Presque vu XXXXVII”

  1. alex says:

    Ugly and tasteless? In what way? Are there none up there that you like?

    It’s interesting how people either seem to be captivated by the designs or repelled by them.

    jb says: They’re not for me, Alex. Maybe I’m a minimalist?

  2. alex says:

    Fair enough. I shall look out for some minimalist ones too!