This Week in Words – Jan 26

by Treehouse Editors

compiled by Rachel Bondurant

The UK’s Telegraph has a photo gallery of the rarest books in existence, including editions of Wuthering Heights, On the Origin of Species, and The Birds of America (a set of which sold three years ago for a whopping £7.3 million.

Happy 10th birthday to The Millions. To celebrate, they’ve introduced The Millions Originals, a platform for contributing writers to publish longer-than-magazine-articles-shorter-than-books essays in ebook form. The first is Epic Fail: Bad Art, Viral Fame, and the History of the Worst Thing Ever by Mark O’Connell; a sample of the first chapter is available at the above link. Epic Fail and the selections that follow can be found at the ebookstore of your choice for $1.99 apiece.

Check out a selection of very awesome lit-themed coffee mugs put together by Book Riot. I already have the Banned Books mug, but I would not be sorry to own every one of these.

“Some of us want to be loyal and think that by wanting to be we may already have cleared the path to it….But we know better. We also know that we will shed our loyalty if given the opportunity. It is the absence of opportunity that keeps us loyal, not what’s in our hearts.” André Aciman and other contributors offer their own definitions of the theme for Granta’s Spring issue: betrayal.