Wednesday News: Macmillan joins Scribd, the “Great American Novel,” 3-d print prosthetics, and “cult books”
MACMILLAN JOINS SCRIBD
Today’s a great day at Scribd (to be fair, most days at Scribd are great, but this one especially so), because we’re partnering with Macmillan to bring more than a thousand of their books to Scribd. Macmillan is home to some of the greatest and most beloved writers around—from Sci-Fi and Fantasy luminaries Ursula K. LeGuin, Elizabeth Bear, and Orson Scott Card to Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa to celebrated social critics Greil Marcus, Louis Menand, and Michel Foucault—and they’re all available to read right now on Scribd.
“We’ve had a great relationship with Macmillan for more than a year,” says our very own Trip Adler, “and we’re really excited to welcome them to our subscription service.” –Scribd
But art isn’t a footrace. No one comes in first place. Greatness is not a universally agreed-upon value (hence there’s no need to email me to disagree with my admiration of Franzen, or to offer advice about whether I should include Luke Skywalker in my next novel). America isn’t one story. It’s a layered and diverse array of identities, individual and collective, forged on contradictory realities that are imbued with and denied privilege and power. Our obsession with the Great American Novel is perhaps evidence of the even greater truth that it’s impossible for one to exist. As Americans, we keep looking anyway. –New York Times
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov (1967)
Satan live and in person, a mansized black cat, a magician and his helpmeet, Pontius Pilate… Classic text of dissident magic realism, banned for years under Stalin: now you’ll struggle to find a Russian who hasn’t read it. Essential stuff, and with the finest description of a headache yet committed to paper. –The Telegraph