And the rest of the week’s best writing on books and related subjects.
Welcome to the weekly Vox book links roundup, a curated collection of the internet’s best writing on books and related subjects. Here’s the best the web has to offer for the week of January 7, 2018.
- Pirate book news! Pirate book news! Archaeological conservators found paper fragments on the ship of the 18th-century pirate Captain Blackbeard, and have determined he was reading Captain Edward Cooke’s A Voyage to the South Sea.
- At the New Republic, David Dayen reports that while Amazon receives massive tax incentives to create jobs, many of its jobs pay so little that workers need food stamps to survive:
This reflects a perverse form of double-dipping: Amazon gets a bounty to create jobs in Ohio, and then a good chunk of the jobs are so low-paying that workers have to seek federal assistance, providing a second subsidy for the e-commerce giant.
- At LitHub, Ann Hulbert tells the tale of Nathalia Crane, the celebrated child poet of the early 20th century. Here’s part of a poem she wrote at age 9:
“The History of Honey” — by an aged mandarin,
And I bought it for the pictures of the burnished bees therein.
For the dainty revelations, masquerading up and down,
For the odor of the sandalwood that talked of Chinatown.
According to the mandarin, the Oriental bees
Were the first to hoard their honey in the mountain cavities.
- Also at LitHub, novelist Jillian Medoff explains why she doesn’t quit her day job:
It was perfectly reasonable, then, for my accountant to suggest that I leave Deloitte and write full time. “Look at the numbers,” he said. “Why continue to work at a job that pays less than what you earned selling one book?” Are you fucking crazy? Read More Here