Shakespeare Wrote for Money

Shakespeare Wrote for Money


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With an affectionate introduction by Sarah Vowell, this is the third and final collection of columns by celebrated novelist Nick Hornby from The Believer magazine. Hornby's monthly reading diary is unlike any arts column in any other publication; it discusses cultural artifacts the way they actually exist in people's lives. Hornby is a voracious and unapologetic reader, and his notes on books — highbrow and otherwise — are always accessible and hilarious.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781934781296
Publisher: McSweeney's Publishing
Publication date: 12/01/2008
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Date of Birth:

April 17, 1957

Place of Birth:

Redhill, Surrey, England


Jesus College, Cambridge University

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harrietbrown on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A completely delightful anthology of reviews from Nick Hornby's articles for "Believer" magazine from 2006-2008. Hornby has a wonderful sense of humor and these informative essays will keep you interested as you read about Nick Hornby's adventures in reading, and in one month, movie watching.
CBJames on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Shakespeare Wrote for Money is the third collection of the columns Mr. Hornby wrote for Believer magazine about the books he read each month. This is the column that almost got me to subscribe to Believer; a popular author with eclectic reading tastes, writing about the books he's reading every month--sounds like the perfect thing for every incurable biblioholic to me. Shakespeare Wrote for Money, the final collection, covers Mr. Hornby's reading from August 2006 to September 2008 and includes September 2006 when Mr. Hornby read not a single book, due to his obsession with watching the World Cup. It's nice to know that even a devoted reader takes a month off now and then.Each entry begins with a list of the books Mr. Hornby read that month along side a list of the books he bought. The lists never match. Book bloggers tend to love lists of books and I freely admit that these added greatly to my own enjoyment of Shakespeare Wrote for Money. (What is it about list of books that we all like so much? Are we really closeted librarians?) The articles/chapters are breezily written and tend to wonder off on whatever tangents Mr. Hornby's reading suggest, though never in an uninteresting way. One month he reads several books about East Germany's police force the Stasi and a couple on mental illness, while in another he discovers the world of Young Adult fiction. He claims that his editors, whom he calls the Polyphonic Spree, won't allow him to write bad reviews so he ends up recommending almost everything he reads. (This does have the side effect of adding titles to ones TBR list. Consider yourself warned.)Though not as eclectic as I am, since he freely admits his complete lack of interest in fantasy and science fiction, Mr. Hornby reads a wide range of material. His reviews cover non-fiction, some popular, some more serious, and fiction ranging from literature in translation, to graphic novels, to classics, to Young Adult fiction, to best sellers. There is something for almost everyone in Shakespeare Wrote for Money. (Except, of course, people who read only fantasy and science fiction.) While Mr. Hornby is a successful author, he reads more like an everyman. You won't find an esoteric critique of literature in these columns, but you will find an honest and open reflection on what one man's reading experience was like. When something moves him in an embarrassing way, he admits it. When something begins to bore him, he admits that as well. At least, as much as his editors who do not like negative reviews will allow. He does not recommend books that are good for you or that should be read, but books that he enjoyed reading. A useful distinction that makes Shakespeare Wrote for Money a useful and entertaining read.
bell7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The last in his collection of article written for The Believer, Shakespeare Wrote for Money is just as funny as the first two. The dates on the articles are from August 2006 to September 2008, and include a wide range of books read from YA titles to a biography of Shakespeare.I love getting the perspective of someone that's intelligent and interesting and humorous and feels like a real reader telling a friend what they liked or didn't like about the books they've read lately. That's the main reason these books appeal to me. Even when I'm not all that interested in the books he's talking about, I enjoy reading about his experiences as a reader instead of reading a more objective, professional review that tells me lots about a book but little about someone's experience reading it.
Rhinoa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nick Hornby's final collection of his columns from The Believe magazine (published in America). It still tracks "Stuff he has been reading" as well as what he has bought. This collection is a little different as one month he does no reading and another he looks at films rather than books. Among the films he watched was Juno and I am so glad he loved it or we may have had to part ways.It is narrated with the usual dry wit and pokes fun at the Polysyllabic Spree who run The Believer and as usual I got some interesting recommendations for me and to pass on to other people. Probably the most interesting thing is that the columns are from around the time he published Slam, his first young adult book. At the time he hadn't read any young adult books and during book tours he was introduced to his first ones like Skelling and Holes. I find it interesting that he dipped into a genre of writing that he didn't really know much about and hadn't researched. It's great that he liked the authors he found though and helped spread the word to the reading snobs that may have subscribed to the magazine and missed an outstanding genre.I am sad that this was the final collection, despite all the football discussions (boo Arsenel!). I look forward to reading his latest novel, Juliet Naked and hope he writes more soon.
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Shakespeare Wrote for Money is a collection of Hornsby's last columns for the Believer magazine. I'm glad he's given up on these. I must say I liked his earlier columns, but his river of reading has seemed to dry up and lose its charm, so to speak.
sturlington on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the third and final collection of Nick Hornby¿s column in The Believer magazine about what he is reading. While I didn¿t think these essays were as good as the previous two volumes, there were several laugh-out-loud moments. Hornby reads many books I would never consider picking up, but he also suggests intriguing books I might not have discovered otherwise. I am sad that his always entertaining column has come to an end.
BenjaminHahn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the third collection of Nick Hornby's book review column that was featured in Believer Magazine. This was mainly a fairly quick read since I have already read all the columns collected in this book. I am sad that the column is being discontinued but writing a monthly column like this could be time consuming for an author like Nick Hornby, especially when I would rather him be writing books instead of reading a ton and then telling us about them. Don't get me wrong, it was great reading his reviews and to be honest it occasionally effected my opinion of an author or book. His reviews were unique in that he was very candid with his reasons for not reading a book and the column lacked the dullness often associated with drab book reviews. He wasn't afraid to drift off into T.V. or film or just admit that he hadn't read anything for a while because the world cup was on. Now I just need to get the first two collections of reviews, and hope that Believer finds something equally interesting to put in its place.
Girl_Detective on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hornby is a clever, funny, likable guy, and reading his columns was like having a good chat about books with a friend who has far-reaching interests. He mentions books he's read and didn't like, but only names names when he has good things to say. One of my favorite parts of these essays was when he "discovered" young-adult fiction after he wrote a book for young adults. He was nicely abashed at all the good books he hadn't known existed, and now championed. I would definitely read the previous collections of this column, and am sad that it's no longer going on. At least I got to be in on the end, however belatedly.
whitreidtan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I should preface this review by admitting that I am totally in love with Nick Hornby. I have never met the man, or even seen him in a picture (unless the stylized guy on the covers of the three collections of The Believer essays is him) but I have a raging crush on him anyway and it's all because of books like this one.This is the third in the collection of essays Hornby wrote for The Believer magazine, following The Polysyllabic Spree and Housekeeping Versus the Dirt. They all start off with a list of books he's bought and books he's read that month. The lists never match up, which is true for most reading addicts I know and is endearing as get out to this addict, who loves to know she is not alone. Then the essays range over the books he's read that month, sometimes touching on their connections to life and other times entertaining digressions from the world of books entirely. As per magazine policy, he only discusses books he's enjoyed but occasionally mentions, without identifying features, books he's set aside as unreadable. The essays read like a conversation you might have with Hornby while walking down a street together, easy and comfortable, smart and engaging. This is truly a wonderful book for other book lovers, and especially those of us who take some measure of enjoyment from writing about what we've read. Unfortunately, this is the last of the collections of this type as Hornby has left the magazine to spend more time with his family. A sad event for his readers although probably a happy one for his family (darn them anyway). Highly recommended.
Jimmynyehowell More than 1 year ago
Nick Hornby, the rare triple threat (author of touching, truthful fiction and thought provoking criticism, as well as a literate film writer). Has collected his final THE BELIEVER columns into a wonderful and diverse group of essays that have to do as much with his own state of mind, current interests, family concerns, fantasies, and rambles, as with the subjects at hand ("Books Bought" and "Books Read"). Always leading to diverse subjects to further explore, whether Dickens and soccer, Shakespeare and Bob Dylan, or anything at all written in English. Of particular interest to me was the writing on young-adult novels, Thomas Hardy, and Pictures at a Revolution, a book on films that I had just finished before reading Hornby's impressions. Do not be put off by the cartoonish cover--Hornby is fun, yes, but he does spark a literary fire. Brilliant AND fun--a grand combination!