Ever nearer we get to that vaunted centennial anniversary. Anticipation builds. The crowds mass. The fever grows. National Geographic is publishing breathtaking imagery of the wreck in its April edition. Book publishers are releasing Titanic titles by the score. John Williams, of the New York Times, “Art Beat” recently wrote:
The centennial anniversary of the Titanic disaster is April 14, and publishers appear to be hoping that readers maintain an almost infinite appetite for it. Viewed as a group, the number of Titanic-related books that have crossed my desk in recent weeks borders on the comical. But to dip into almost any one of them in particular is to be riveted by a story that remains deeply eerie, dramatic and heartbreaking.
According to Williams, Titanic, First Accounts is “the loveliest of the bunch” and I trust him because he’s read them all, or so it seems. He also offers a short, but sweet analysis of the Titanic “cottage industry.”
And speaking of books: our most recent famous shipwreck–the Costa Concordia–will be the subject of at least one upcoming work of prose. An Italian newspaper recently reported that “Costa Concordia Captain Francesco Schettino is planning a book in which he will tell his version of the events that lead to the wreck of his cruise ship.” He’s apparently cinched a deal with a “US publisher.” Can’t say I’ll read that one, but it’s good to know he’ll keep busy while under house arrest.
~many thanks to everyone who has been sending me links!