1. ciudades-otras:

    "When I felt the wind on my face and saw that the tide was in it seemed all at once that I didn’t need answers to anything. The tide and the moon, the beacon on the headland and the wind were so here, so this, so now that nothing else was required. I felt free of myself, unlumbered. Where the moon ended and I began and which was which was of no consequence, Everything was what it was and the awareness of it was part of it.”

    —Russell Hoban, Turtle Diary

  2. “I’d recommend Turtle Diary to anyone who thinks zoos are depressing, those who like to plan imaginary crimes, and people interested in a good book who maybe don’t have a lot of reading time available.”

    — Turtle Diary by Russell Hoban, review at Outgoing Signals

  3. greenapplebooks:

    We’re really into NYRBs.

    Is there an award for best bookstore staff recommendation? Because Green Apple Books would take it year after year.

    Here’s a close-up of their Moravagine recommendation and it is a sight to behold.

  4. theinsectworld:

    For some time now on bad days I’ve been falling back on a news item I read last month. An important witness in the current American government scandal was said to be desperately afraid of going to prison because he’s so good-looking that all the homosexuals will be after him. I have many problems but not that one.

    Turtle Diary (1975), by Russell Hoban

  5. An Animated Review of Turtle Diary by Russell Hoban

    gifusakiss:

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  6. Can you tell how much we like street artist ROA? If you happen to live in Vienna you can go see a show of his right now. Otherwise you might have to live in London, Malaga, or in Richmond, VA if you want to check out the turtles that grace the cover of Russell Hoban’s Turtle Diary.

  7. “Too-lateness, I realized, has nothing to do with age. It’s a relation of self to the moment. Or not, depending on the person and the moment. Perhaps there even comes a time when it’s no longer too late for anything. Perhaps, even, most times are too early for most things, and most of life has to go by before it’s time for almost anything and too late for almost nothing. Nothing to lose, the present moment to gain, the integration with long-delayed Now.”

    — Russell Hoban, Turtle Diary. (via twistednuns)

  8. If you need something literary after all the beer, BBQ, and fireworks of July 4th weekend, come to McNally Jackson on Monday, July 8th at 7 pm to celebrate the life and work of the great Russell Hoban. We’ve just published Turtle Diary, but the event is a tribute to all his books, adult and children’s, and the participants are truly stellar: Ed Park, Damion Searls, Brigid Hughes, John Wray, and Phoebe Hoban. 
We’re really excited to be able to team with McNally Jackson to put on this event. And if you want to RSVP via Facebook go here.

    If you need something literary after all the beer, BBQ, and fireworks of July 4th weekend, come to McNally Jackson on Monday, July 8th at 7 pm to celebrate the life and work of the great Russell Hoban. We’ve just published Turtle Diary, but the event is a tribute to all his books, adult and children’s, and the participants are truly stellar: Ed Park, Damion Searls, Brigid Hughes, John Wray, and Phoebe Hoban. 

    We’re really excited to be able to team with McNally Jackson to put on this event. And if you want to RSVP via Facebook go here.

  9. “In-between is really where I feel best. Neither here nor there.”

    “There isn’t any in-between,” I said. “Any place you pass through is this moment’s here. In-between is an illusion.”

    “Thanks very much,” he said. “You’ve just invalidated most of my life.”

    — from Turtle Diary by Russell Hoban (via readandbreathe)

  10. millionsmillions:

Want to win a copy of this book?

If you don’t win The Millions’s the I’ve Been Reading Lately blog contest, you can always buy at your local indie bookstore. But a chance at a free book is worth a comment, we think.

    millionsmillions:

    Want to win a copy of this book?

    If you don’t win The Millions’s the I’ve Been Reading Lately blog contest, you can always buy at your local indie bookstore. But a chance at a free book is worth a comment, we think.

  11. Hoban + Sartre at Three Lives!

    Yesterday, a staff member walked past our neighbors, Three Lives & Co. and lo! Turtle Diary AND We Have Only This Life to Live were already in their always-lovely window display. You know how to make us go weak in the knees, TL&Co.

  12. Win a Copy of Turtle Diary

    "Just this morning I got a letter with a turtle stamp on it! And the stamp wasn’t even canceled!"


    …is an example of a not-very-good turtle story. But if you have a good story about a turtle, you could win a copy of Russell Hoban’s Turtle Diary from I’ve Been Reading Lately. All you have to do is leave your good turtle story on that blog (don’t leave it here, because we’re not sending you nothin’—though we are offering the book at a discount at the moment).

  13. "The mystery of the turtles and their secret navigation is a magical reality, juice of life in a world gone dry."

         Relative to her size my beetle has more than twice as much swimming-room as the turtles. And in that little tank the turtles were flying, flying in the water, submarine albatrosses. I’ve read about them, they navigate hundreds of miles of ocean. I imagined a sledge-hunter smashing the thick glass, letting out the turtles and their little bit of ocean, but then they’d only by flopping about on the wet floor.
         I’m always afraid of being lost, the secret navigational art of the turtles seems a sacred thing to me. I thought of the little port of Polperro in Cornwall where they sell sea-urchin lamps, then I felt sad and went home.

    —A couple of ( perhaps opaque) paragraphs from Russell Hoban’s Turtle Diary, which went on-sale today.  Though the references to beetles, turtles, English port towns might not make sense here, it all comes together in the book. 

  14. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
    Hoban, Russell.
    Turtle diary / by Russell Hoban ; introduction by Ed Park.
    pages cm. — (New York Review Books classics)
    ISBN 978-1-59017-646-7 (pbk.)
    1.  Bookstores—Employees—Fiction. 2.  Women authors—Fiction. 3.  Turtles—Fiction. 4.  Zoo animals—England—London—Fiction. 5.  Psychological fiction.  I. Park, Ed, 1970– II. Title.
    PS3558.O336T87 2013
    813’.54—dc23
         2012045910

    It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes it seems like the Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication department really knows what will make us pick up a book.

    (This post inspired by Michele Filgate and Liberty Hardy, whose love of books set in bookstores we share.)