December 3, 2015

It’s hard to know what to say after the latest mass shooting, which killed at least fourteen yesterday in California. That’s partly because people have been saying so much about this for so long, and it keeps on happening: NBC News notes that there have been more mass shootings than days in the calendar year so far, and that the US accounts for nearly a third of these incidents worldwide. It might be time to reread Bookforum editor Chris Lehmann’s piece on gun violence, written after Sandy Hook (this latest shooting is reportedly the deadliest we’ve seen since).

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

The Paris Review has appointed a new Paris editor, Antonin Baudry, who sends a dispatch from there that touches on the spike in sales of Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast, Michel Houellebecq’s New York Times op-ed, and perhaps more surprisingly, Edgar Allan Poe’s The Murders in the Rue Morgue, which “begins by imagining exactly that—the worst and most horrible murder ever committed in Paris.”

In the first year that a self-published book made the Washington Post’s “Best of” list, IndieReader compiles its own roundup of nothing but self-published titles.

The copyright is running out on Hitler’s Mein Kampf at the end of the year, and the Institute of Contemporary History in Munich seems confident that someone will want to buy an annotated critical edition.

Meanwhile, teenagers in Sweden are being love-bombed with copies of a translation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s We Should All Be Feminists.

Samuel G. Freedman has produced a book and radio documentary on Jeff Schmalz, his late friend and professional mentor at the New York Times, that is also a kind of oral history of the AIDS crisis and how it was reported. In the Columbia Journalism Review, Freedman recalls his own experiences at the Times and how he got to observe up close Schmalz’s efforts to change the paper’s coverage of gay issues.

And there’s some disagreement in Japan over whether the public has a right to know which books someone (in this case Haruki Marukami) used to check out of his high school library: “It is not right,” someone from the Japan Library Association said, “if people cannot use a library free from anxiety.”