Monday, January 27, 2014

Magazine Anthologies

Recently, a copy of Nick Hornby's Ten Years In the Tub, a collection of the best of his monthly column "Stuff I've Been Reading" in The Believer magazine, showed up on our desk.  We've been a fan of Hornby's columns since his first collection, The Polysyllabic Spree, was published in 2004.  In "Stuff I've Been Reading", Hornby lists the books he's bought and the books he's read (and the lists are often quite different) and ruminates over the titles he's read.  "Read what you enjoy, not what bores you" is his most cherished maxim - and "whether plunging into a biography of Dickens whilst his children are destroying something in the room next door or devouring a whole series of children’s books whilst on holiday, Hornby is the intelligent, committed but sceptical reader we’d all like to be...  These accounts of one reader’s experience of buying and reading, and sometimes not reading, books differ from all other reviews or critical appreciations – they take into account the role that books actually play in the lives of readers," his website explains.

Having thoroughly enjoyed Hornby's columns over the years, we thought we would turn our attention to other books with content taken from magazines.  Several magazines, newspapers, and literary websites have published books compiled from stories from their pages - here's a list of a few!

The New Yorker 

Blown Covers : New Yorker Covers You Were Never Meant to See by Francoise Mouly

For other books with content from The New Yorker magazine, check the library catalog.

The Paris Review

The Paris Review Book of Heartbreak, Madness, Sex, Love, Betrayal, Outsiders, Intoxication, War, Whimsy, Horrors, God, Death, Dinner, Baseball, Travels, The Art of Writing, and Everything Else in the World Since 1953 by the editors of the Paris review; with an introduction by George Plimpton

For other books with content from The Paris Review, check the library catalog.

The Onion

The Onion Book of Known Knowledge: A Definitive Encyclopaedia of Existing Information by The Onion

For other books with content from The Onion, check the library catalog.


The Best of McSweeney's edited by Dave Eggers and Jordan Bass

For other books inspired by McSweeney's website, check the library catalog.

Vanity Fair

The Great Hangover: 21 Tales of the New Recession edited by Graydon Carter

For other books with content from Vanity Fair magazine, check the library catalog.

Sports Illustrated

Sports Illustrated: Baseball's Greatest by Bill Syken

For other books with content from Sports Illustrated magazine, check the library catalog.

The New York Times

The New York Times Magazine Photographs edited and with a foreword by Kathy Ryan

For other books with content from The New York Times, check the library catalog

And finally, here are a couple of random books with content from other printed sources:

"They Call Me Naughty Lola": Personal Ads From the London Review of Books edited and with an introduction by David Rose

Black Mask Audio Magazine - Volume 1: Classic Hard-Boiled Tales From the Original Black Mask by Paul Cain ... [et al.]. [eAudiobook]

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