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Today, Elsewhere

Some fictional names are filled with semantic clues about the nature of their owners: you know that someone called Gradgrind will not be an advocate of child-centred learning, and that Luke Skywalker will not stay long on Tatooine. What’s in a literary name?

The beginner’s guide to identifying first editions.

I’d suggest that no matter how well-intentioned we are, a lot of us still feel like art is frivolous, that books matter less, that certain things should be free or cheap for the “greater good,” that art is a luxury. Roxane Gay on the disconnect between what we say we value and what we do about it.