This Week in Words – Aug 18

by Treehouse Editors

compiled by Rachel Bondurant

Treehouse contributor Brandi Wells (author of “Domesticity”) made the real news this week: CNN. She and some friends took themselves on The Southern Summer Comfort Book Tour (say that three times fast) of the “dirty south” with a little help from small press promoters like The Lit Pub and Vouched Books – and whiskey.

As much as I’d like to, I can’t seem to get on board with podcasts. I can’t keep my brain focused on listening and doing whatever it is I should be doing while I’m listening. But if you like podcasts, The Wall Street Journal has some solid suggestions for the best ones out there about books, authors, writing, and the like.

William Gass surprises everyone by publishing a book for the iPad. It’s a $4.99, 15,000-word essay meant to be read alongside photos by Michael Eastman. This article in The New York Times includes a bit of an interview with Mr. Gass addressing his previously staunch position against the Internet, and how his opinion seems to have evolved – a little. Frankly, I think he comes off as a bit of a curmudgeon, but it only makes me like him the better for it.

I love Jack Handey. The New Yorker and I have that in common. Here’s why.