Photos from the Elephant House

For the dedicated Edward Gorey fanatic, check out this collection of "still photos and publicity images for Christopher Seufert's upcoming documentary project about the late illustrator Edward Gorey. Shot with him between 1996 and his death in April, 2000." There are 130 pictures in the collection, including a vibrant array of colored glass bottles, a backlog of reading matter and an artfully cluttered countertop. Knowing that some these photos were taken just before the author's death yields a particularly poignant quality. Found via the indispensable BoingBoing.

April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

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In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.