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Weekend Reads: Anatomy of a MASH script, Julian Barnes on books and disappearing ink

Each weekend we round up some of the best articles or features that you may have missed during the week. Sit down with a coffee (other beverages are available) and enjoy.

Anatomy of a M*A*S*H script – (Whole Earth Blog)

What went into making a single episode of M*A*S*H.

Julian Barnes: My Life As A Bibliophile – (The Guardian)

From school prizes to writing his own novels, the author reflects on his lifelong bibliomania and explains why, despite e-readers and Amazon, he believes the physical book and bookshops will survive.

And finally, a book that won’t wait to be read…

Weekend Reads: Mystery Genre’s Terrible Secret, E-Book Inheritance, What Facebook Knows About You and Aaron Sorkin’s Newsroom

Each weekend we round up some of the best articles or features that you may have missed during the week. Sit down with a coffee (other beverages are available) and enjoy.

The Case of the Mystery Genre’s Terrible Secret – (The Millions)

The biggest secret in crime fiction is that there are only four ways to tie up a mystery. Get ready to have an entire genre irrevocably spoiled.

Will Your Children Inherit Your E-books? – (NPR)

What happens to your e-books when you die?

What Facebook Knows About You – (Technology Review)

The data that Facebook knows about you and the effects it can have on society.

The Newsroom: Are news anchors really that important? – (The Guardian)

Will Aaron Sorkin’s major series The Newsroom do for journalism what his acclaimed West Wing did for US politics?

Weekend Reads: Incredible Bookcases, Symbolism in Books, Subversive Little Women and Joyce’s Dublin

Each weekend we round up some of the best articles or features that you may have missed during the week. Sit down with a coffee (other beverages are available) and enjoy.

Twenty Brilliant Bookcases – (Incredible Things)

Twenty bookcases that have to be seen to be believed.

Famous Novelists on Symbolism in their Works – (Mental Floss)

In 1963 16-year-old Bruce McAllister was sick of symbol-hunting in English class. So rather than quarrel with his teacher, he went straight to the source: McAllister mailed a crude, four-question survey to 150 novelists, asking if they intentionally planted symbolism in their work.

The Mother Of All Girls’ Books – (Prospect)

The supposed secret subversiveness of Little Women.

Colm Tóibín on Joyce’s Dublin – (The Guardian)

Tóibín revisits the city that has become a sacred place to Joyce lovers.

Weekend Reads: Franzen, Spoilers, The Pleasures of Being Read To and Rushdie on Censorship

Each weekend we round up some of the best articles or features that you may have missed during the week. Sit down with a coffee (other beverages are available) and enjoy.

Jonathan Franzen: the path to Freedom – (The Guardian)

Before the huge success of The Corrections, the novelist was broke, depressed and stuck in an unhappy marriage. In a lecture on autobiography and fiction, he explains how he overcame a sense of shame, guilt and disloyalty.

What Do Spoilers Spoil? – (The New York Times)

Stanley Fish on exactly what do spoiler spoil?

The Pleasures of Being Read To – (The New Yorker)

John Colapinto on the history of the audiobook and why being read to is so special.

On Censorship – (The New Yorker)

Salman Rushdie on censorship and why no writers wants to face it.

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Robert Chilver – @robchilver