Thursday, January 6, 2011

Lawrence Public Library Gets a New Logo / The Boys' Book Club is Back

The Larryville Public Library is getting major renovations and is now sporting a (strange) new logo to go along with its new look:

"...library officials say [the logo] can be interpreted in a number of ways." (LJ-World)

Richard: "Yes. I see the red square as a play on "read," as in "I have read many books from the Lawrence Public Library." And the white circle is like an eye peering into the world of reading."

Chip: "When I see a circle in a wall, the first thing I think is 'glory hole.'"


Speaking of reading, it was only a matter of time before more 'literary' novelists decided they might as well cash in on the craze for all things fanged and rake in some of that sweet, sweet vampire money. The Radleys, Matt Haig's new suburban vampire novel, has garnered him a spread in the New York Times Book Review:

"The element of this story that I found most moving, even more than the scary, thrilling, but by now familiar vampire stuff, was a wife’s betrayal of her husband... Here, Haig does justice to the effect of this betrayal on the souls of his characters — the startling pleasure and the lasting woe — proving himself a novelist of considerable seriousness and talent."

Chip: "Haig knows that anything that a vampire does is more interesting than anything a human does, even if it's the same mundane stuff of every literary novel. I will read this book."

Richard: "Agreed. I'm taking the Updike out of my Suburban Lit course and substituting The Radleys."

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