The Year to Come: A Picture Essay

Pretty Good Year: The Millions book preview for the second half of 2012 features books by and about David Foster Wallace — also, Martin Amis, Zadie Smith, Michael Chabon, Salman Rushdie, Junot Diaz, Nate Silver, Chris Ware, Tom Wolfe, John Banville, Louise Erdrich, Emma Donoghue, Kurt Vonnegut, Alice Munro, Roberto Bolano, Barbara Kingsolver and a whole slew of other writers to get excited about.

The Cloak of Visibility: The Millions preview also mentioned the forthcoming book by Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling. People have been reacting to the cover design, which was unveiled on Tuesday the 3rd.


Tenacious Delay: Winter is coming, with no mention of anything new from George R.R. Martin.

All I Need to Get By: If you don’t want to wait for the books to come, Buzzfeed will tell you the only 20 books you’ll ever need to read.

If Dylan Thomas Lived in 2012: No word on which authors will be drunk texting this year, but you can check out the archive at The Paris Review.

Graphic Language: In 2012, multiple celebrated ultracrepidarians will follow the season’s vernalagnia with a great welter of montivagant stories, replete with incidents both infandous and based on ktenology, where the hamartia of their characters, so often engaged in xenization, results in more than one zugzwang to gorgonize readers until the final enantiodromia. Absent an unfortunate biblioclasm, we can expect quite the recumbentibus to the year, with more than enough noegenesis to warm us in the ostentiferous days ahead. If this doesn’t make sense to you, these beautiful pictures at Brain Pickings should help.

- Michael Moats

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One response to “The Year to Come: A Picture Essay

  1. Mike

    Translation of that last bit: In 2012, multiple celebrated [people who give advice and counsel on subjects they're not experts in] will follow the [romantic mood brought on by Spring] with a great [jumble] of [wide-ranging, possibly over hills and mountains] stories, replete with incidents both [too odious to mention] and based on [the science of putting people to death], where the [flaw that leads to the downfall] of their characters, so often engaged in [traveling as a stranger], results in more than one [situation in which any decision or move will result in problems] to [mesmerize and petrify] readers until the final [changing of something into its opposite, i.e. switcheroo]. Absent an unfortunate [ceremonial destruction of books], we can expect quite the [knock-out blow] to the year, with more than enough [production of knowledge] to warm us in the [badly omened] days ahead.

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