William Hazlitt, author of Bookkake’s Liber Amoris, is the subject of this week’s series of evening essays on BBC Radio 3. The philosopher and historian Jonathan Rée is arguing that William Hazlitt was a committed philosopher as well as a great essayist, and on the strength of the first episode, it’s convincing and highly enjoyable stuff.
You can listen to the programmes for up to a week, as they appear, on the BBC programmes site. You can also read Zeeba Sadiq’s introduction to the Bookkake edition of Liber Amoris, read a free ebook, or purchase the book itself.
“Nearly all the changes in which you’re allowed to participate are in things which aren’t very important. The real and difficult changes are those which give more and more people power to decide more and more things for themselves”
For those who don’t know Speechification, it’s an excellent little blog for fans of speech radio, podcasting the best bits of the UK’s Radio 4, and occasional things from the rest of the world. I’m one of the contributors, and I’ve just posted a 30 minute documentary that Bookkake readers will probably enjoy.
The Little Red Schoolbook, translated from the Dutch Danish and published in 1971, advised children about sex, drugs and how to assert their rights at school. It was subsequently banned in the UK as an obscene publication, but continued to be distributed by radical groups, becoming something of a cause celebre in the process. Wikipedia has more references on the history of the book – and you can pick up a copy on Abe, should you so desire. There’s also another good resource on the history of this fascinating little book here. Enjoy!
Bokkake’s publisher, James Bridle (me), was on BBC Radio’s Pods and Blogs last week, for a books special. We talked about publishing, ebooks and the future, alongside a number of other interesting parties including The Mousehunter Alex Milway, Joshua Rothass of 140Story and Stephen Ely, editor of The Escape Pod. The best bit, for me, was hearing Jamillah say “bookkake” on national radio, but I’m easily pleased.
If you’re interested in the business of books, and their future, it’s definitely worth a listen. You can download it here, or listen, right here: