Happy Memesgiving, everyone. Lo, our cornucopia doth overflow with good tidings, and here is a newly annual list of what is deemed to be currently certified ‘good’.
New Novellas are good! Read an extract from Viva-winning novellas The End of Seeingby Christy Collins and Formaldehyde by Jane Rawson, as well as editor’s notes from Nicola Redhouse and Marisa Wikramanayake.
Unnerving Flashers are good! Read Unwelcome Wamth by Zoe Anderson, and never get in your car again, because...
Free bus rides for commuters who read in Romania are good! If you are in Romania. Last June. I’ll be honest, this news could be better all round.
The Man Repeller and repelling men is good! The repeller herself has a list of annoying words cultivated in 2015 that need to die painful deaths, which you can then replace with words that have fallen into disuse by adopting them from the Wheeler Centre. I adopted Obambulate, but I am yet to see a birth certificate.
Azar Nafisi is good! From The Guardian, the author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, discusses why books should be cherished rather than banned.
Women writers are good! I know at least seven! From The Stella Prize, steps of action so that you can make sure you are including women writers in the piles of books that are eventually going to crush you to death. You may wish to include works from Flavorwire's list of essential women writers to read in translation.
From BookRiot, 5 YA pairings with regular adult books is a good way to strategise hiding whichever books you are embarrassed to read inside the dust jacket of the other.
Dust jackets are not good. The jury will disregard.
The Brotherhood of the Wolf St Lawrence has announced a short story prize, intended to bring attention to the issue of poverty. Judged by Kate Grenville, Cate Blanchett and Quentin Bryce, the theme is hope, which is always good, and the prize money ranges between $500 and $5000. You have until January 31 to impress Cate Blanchett, whereas I have the rest of my life.
Lifehacker tells me that Moleskine has released a new range of notebooks intended specifically to aid productivity and organisation. Imagine what Hemingway could have achieved.
Even more opportunities on offer this August from Writer’s Bloc. Good!
Good news from Business Insider, with rock-hard scientific evidence of the benefits of reading before bed. Take that, parents.
Lastly, if you have somehow missed this open letter for the Book Council of Australia, then you don't know what good is yet, or how far we need to reach towards achieving it.
And that's what's good, Miley.