“I am sometimes held up as an example of someone who is changing the publishing paradigm or whatever because I have a lot of Tumblr followers and YouTube subscribers and I can speak directly to my audience and I don’t need the value-sucking middleman of bookstores and publishers, and in the future everyone is going to be like me, and no one will stand between author and reader except possibly an e-commerce site that takes just a tiny little percentage of each transaction,” said Green. “Yeah, that’s bullshit.”
(via John Green: why I’ll never self-publish)
Mole on Mole.
A Moleskine notebook, inside a hand-stitched carrying pouch made of - moleskin. A gift given to The Old Ways author Robert Macfarlane.
He loves it.
When André was 12, he was already over 6 feet tall and weighed 240 pounds. He was too big to fit on the local school bus and his family didn’t have the money to buy a car that could deal with his weight if it drove him to and from school.
Samuel Beckett, Nobel Prize winner (literature) and esteemed playwright, probably most noted for Waiting for Godot, bought some land in 1953 near a hamlet around forty miles northeast of Paris and built a cottage for himself with the help of some locals. One of the locals that helped him build the cottage was a Bulgarian-born farmer named Boris Rousimoff, who Beckett befriended and would sometimes play cards with. As you might’ve been able to guess, Rousimoff’s son was André the Giant, and when Beckett found out that Rousimoff was having trouble getting his son to school, Beckett offered to drive André to school in his truck — a vehicle that could fit André — to repay Rousimoff for helping to build Beckett’s cottage. Adorably, when André recounted the drives with Beckett, he revealed they rarely talked about anything other than cricket.
Beckett, Cricket and André the Giant. Great story.
We’ve teamed up with The Guardian for a great competition to launch Zadie Smith’s NW in paperback.
“Zadie Smith’s latest novel NW has just been published in paperback so we have taken this opportunity to offer you the chance to win a signed copy of NW, two tickets to our event with Zadie Smith and £500 worth of photography equipment. To enter, send us a photograph you have taken of London which best sums up urban life in the city. Good luck”
Our Wayfarer competition has been extended (because we know you’re all a bunch of procrastinators) new deadline is June 16! Head to ajourneyonfoot.com for all the details and to look at some of the amazing entries so far.
We can’t show any favouritism, but this video entry from a similar competition in Canada (the Saskatchewanderer!) had us giggling for weeks (especially recommended if you were fond of the Littlest Hobo).