Judge the book cover: The Stranger

Depending on where you're from, the English title of Albert Camus' 1942 French novel L’Étranger will either be The Stranger (US) or The Outsider (UK). Why two different titles, you ask? There's actually an interesting article about that in The Guardian, but basically, it was sort of an accident. Regardless of the title, ...

Friday Reads: Nabokov’s Favorite Word is Mauve

Considering that Ben Blatt's book Nabokov's Favorite Word Is Mauve: What the Numbers Reveal About the Classics, Bestsellers, and Our Own Writing is as much about statistical analysis as it is about literature, I've been pretty engaged with it since the very first chapter. I like the idea behind this book, that Blatt is putting ...