What we're reading:
Ten most frequently challenged library books of the year
(GalleyCat): The list is topped by an award-winning children’s book about two male penguins who hatch and care for a baby chick; Barbara Ehrenreich's "Nickel and Dimed" also makes the list, as does "The Hunger Games". Don't people know that the best way to lure readers is to make a book controversial?
Orange prize shortlist announced
(Independent): The list of six books by women includes three first-time novelists "tackling macabre subjects"; the award ceremony takes place in June
Salter and sex
(Paris Review): Alexander Chee on James Salter's sexy realism: "Too much writing about sex tries to either make it prettier or more serious, sexier or funnier or shocking, or anything, really, except what it is. On its own terms, sex is information. This I learned from reading Salter."
"Someone has to speak up for the London skyline. It is being viciously attacked, invaded by philistines, and a nation stunned into acceptance of every monstrosity so long as we are told it is modern seems happy to see taste, style and proportion go out of the window. Why are we putting up with the Shard?"
~ Jonathan Jones, "Shard attack: why don't we rise up against this monstrosity?" (Guardian blog)
Picture credit: Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com