Writers notes: the record label remixing novels into music | Books

[ad_1] Last year, Taylor Swift’s album Evermore featured two prominent nods to literature: the Rebecca-inspired Tolerate It, and Happiness, a breakup song which references F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. After the news that Dolly Parton’s debut novel is to be released alongside her new album, it seems that fiction-inspired music is having its moment. … Read more

‘Chipageddon’: how a global tech crisis came to sound quite tasty

[ad_1] First chickens, and now a worldwide shortage of microprocessors … the word ‘chip’ is the latest word to gain an Armageddon flavour As if there weren’t enough disasters happening simultaneously, people are now speaking of the present “chipageddon”: the worldwide shortage of microprocessors that is affecting supplies of everything from toasters and games consoles … Read more

Tunnel 29 by Helena Merriman review – escape to the west | History books

[ad_1] It was a plan that seemed to defy not just caution but geography: to build a tunnel to help East Germans escape to the west – in cold war Berlin, of all places. To this day the preponderance of Berlin street names ending in “damm” reminds locals that the German capital is mainly built … Read more

A new start after 60: ‘I always dreamed of being a writer – and published my first novel at 70’ | Life and style

[ad_1] When Anne Youngson’s agent told her a publisher had made an offer for her first novel, she was worried. “I said: ‘Don’t they want to meet me?’ I was convinced that when they discovered how old I was, their whole attitude to whether they wanted me would change,” she says. Youngson was 69 then … Read more

Why do so few men read books by women? | Books

[ad_1] The byline at the top of this piece reads MA Sieghart, not Mary Ann. Why? Because I really want men to read it too. Female authors through the centuries, from the Brontë sisters to George Eliot to JK Rowling, have felt obliged to disguise their gender to persuade boys and men to read their … Read more

Summer in the city: Lauren Oyler on a bike accident in Berlin | Books

[ad_1] Every summer when I come to Berlin, someone says, “Wouldn’t you rather be at the beach?” No. I want to drink beer from the Späti (corner shop) and marvel at the sudden appearance of disparate architectures. But increasingly, there are heatwaves. If pressed, even these I can romanticise: everyone is carefree and dirty (even … Read more

The new award from the Women’s prize should scrap its age limit | Books

[ad_1] Last week, the Women’s prize announced a new award in partnership with Good Housekeeping magazine. “Futures” will provide promotional support to 10 female writers of fiction in the UK and Ireland who have published one book. The award, however, has an age limit of 35. It’s great to encourage young writers, so what’s the … Read more

‘We always see sex from the man’s view’: Cammie Toloui, the peep show performer who peeped back | Culture

[ad_1] “As a rebellious preteen, I sat down and made a list of my life goals,” writes Cammie Toloui in her photobook 5 Dollars for 3 Minutes. “It was pretty simple: 1. Sex. 2. Drugs. 3. Rock’n’roll.” Born in the San Francisco Bay Area in the Summer of Love, Toloui was in the right place … Read more

Dear Diary: how keeping a journal can bring you daily peace | Life and style

[ad_1] I still get funny looks from people when I mention that I keep a diary. Maybe the practice strikes them as shifty or weirdly old-fashioned. It’s true that I never feel more furtive than when my wife finds me writing it at our kitchen table – it’s like being spotted entering a confessional box … Read more