Isaac Fitzgerald suggests on Buzzfeed great gifts for book lovers but actually, one of them is…yeah, you guessed it.
From The Thing Quarterly: A periodical in the form of an object, which gets sent to the recipient four times a year and is radically different every time (past “thing”s include a cutting board, a shower curtain, a pair of glasses, etc.).
“Why do I love YA? Because Teenagers Are Friggin’ Awesome”
Kelly Barnhill blogs:
These kids today! So crazy. So odd-ball. So curious and confused and interested and bored and brave. So hopeful. So cynical. So fully and completely and wonderfully themselves.
This is why I love YA novels. Because I love teenagers. Because they are awesome.
Books about teenagers have a responsibility to be wonderful. They have a responsibility to be honest and incisive and brutal and brave. They have a responsibility to be just as honest and incisive and brave as the teenagers who read them.
The Bad Sex Awards, the world’s best literary prize
It’s an honor shared by Norman Mailer and John Updike, as well as Philip Roth, Stephen King, and Tom Wolfe, Emily Shire writes in This Week.
It’s not the Pulitzer Prize or the National Book Award. It’s the Literary Review’s Bad Sex Award.
Since 1993, the British publication has been bestowing the title “to draw attention to the crude, badly written, often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual descriptions in the modern novel, and to discourage it.” The award tends to go after awkward and/or hilarious sex scenes that make you cringe so badly it takes you out of the novel.”
Female Role Models
A poster on Claudia Christian’s site features fictional female TV and film figures. Now we need two more:
1) Fictional characters in books
2) Real women
The 14 Most Eye-Opening Quotes By Joan Didion
Arianna Rebolini offers in BuzzFeed “A celebration of all the ways Ms. Didion helps us make sense of it all.”
Quote of the Day
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ~ Oscar Wilde
The nster website recently posted photos of the “Most Terrifying Places on Earth.” Number 2 on their list was Culloden Moor, Scotland. It could be my number one, although I found it haunting, not terrifying.
Culloden Moor is the site of the last battle fought on British soil between government forces and Jacobites loyal to Bonnie Prince Charlie. The site is reputedly haunted by those who died during the bloody slaughter.
A couple of years ago I posted the following on another of my blogs about my trip to Culloden sometime in the 80s.
Veil Between Worlds: On the Battlefield:
I don’t generally enjoy those “let’s-all-go-in-a-clump” group excursions to anywhere. I tend to be a private person who doesn’t do well with enforced gregariousness.
But I had an opportunity to go to Scotland, a place I’d always wanted to visit, and I found myself sitting on a tour bus trundling through the Highlands, together with a bunch of loud American tourists who wore awful clothes and had obnoxious children called things like Chuck and Mary Lou with whom communications always seemed to be at full volume.
One of the spots the bus stopped to disgorge us was Culloden.
If you know anything about your Scottish history at all, this name will ring a dolorous bell. It was the site of a battle between the Highlanders and the British army – no, hardly a battle, make it a slaughter. There were so many dead bodies strewn on the field that there was no way that they could all be buried individually – so they were sorted according to Clan, by the tartan that they wore, and buried in mass graves over which a stone was raised with their clan name on it.
The visitors’ center was a low modern building crafted for utility rather than beauty or atmosphere. It had an audio-visual theatre inside where you could take in a presentation about the place and its history, a display area with gory woodcuts depicting death and destruction beside data cards detailing times and dates and the course of the battle as it unfolded, and, yes, the inevitable souvenir shop at the exit, selling trinkets to remember Culloden by.
None of these things held any interest for me, really. What I was drawn to was the edge of the parking lot. It was divided from an open field by a low wooden barrier, a single bar at maybe shin- or knee-height which marked the border between the crass and the modern and the workaday and that which lay beyond, that field, so innocent, so green… and all that it meant.
I walked across the parking lot with gravel crunching at my feet and distant birdsong somewhere above me in the blue sky. A gap in the fence marked the beginning of a path across the field, over to a hillock where I could see the grave markers standing. I came to the fence. I crossed the gap, and took a step into the field.
The light changed. The birdsong vanished. All I could hear was whispers, whispers, whispers – all around me – and beyond them all was silence. I moved through that strange flat yellow light to a hillock where a rock stood, surrounded by granite headstones carved with fading names. Clan Cameron. Clan Macdonald. Clan MacGregor.
I stood there, in the silence, in the whispers, in the presence of ghosts, and wept.
I honestly don’t remember how I got out of the field, and back to the bus. Maybe it was the ghosts from beyond the Veil, who took me by the elbow and guided me back from the edge of the Blessed Realm whispering all the while, “Go back. Go back. It is not yet your time.”
I wonder, sometimes, if that much death weighs heavily enough on the Veil to make it porous, to make it eaier to reach through and touch and sense and hear and understand.
Culloden remains the only battlefield of its level of historical fame and repute that I have ever been near; I do wonder sometimes if I would have the same experience if I walked on the fields of Gettysburg, or the ground where they filled in the once-trenches of the Somme and of Passchendaele.
There is something in me that is deeply afraid of finding that out.
Quote of the Day
“People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” –Nelson Mandela
If you can pronounce correctly every word in this poem, you will be speaking English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world, the folks at The Poke say.
After trying the verses, a Frenchman said he’d prefer six months of hard labor to reading six lines aloud.
Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
Ads can be dangerous to your health
But what about ads that steered consumers into dangerous territory, espousing outmoded scientific evidence or misleading half-truths to convince people that appallingly toxic products were actually good for them? Doctors and scientists routinely told us precisely the wrong things to do, as they are likely still doing today.
So here’s a look back at 10 colossally painful advertisements, which make you wonder: What modern “health” products might look a little more evil in the future?”
Ursula K. Le Guin
“Where I can get prickly and combative is if I’m just called a sci-fi writer. I’m not. I’m a novelist and poet. Don’t shove me into your damn pigeonhole, where I don’t fit, because I’m all over. My tentacles are coming out of the pigeonhole in all directions.”
From a Paris Review interviewed with Ursula K. Le Guin by John Wray:
In the early 1960s, science fiction was dominated by hard science fiction grounded in physics and chemistry and technology was an unalloyed good. The space adventures tended to be written by, for, and about white men.
No single work did more to upend the genre’s conventions than 1969 publication of The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin.
In this novel, her fourth, Le Guin imagined a world whose human inhabitants have no fixed gender: their sexual roles are determined by context and express themselves only once every month. In the decades that followed, Le Guin continued to broaden both her range and her readership, writing the fantasy series she has perhaps become best known for, Earthsea, as well as the anarchist utopian allegory The Dispossessed
Samuel R. Delany honored
SFWA has named Samuel R. Delany, Jr. as the 2013 DAMON KNIGHT MEMORIAL GRAND MASTER for his contributions to the literature of Science Fiction and Fantasy.
Delany is the author of numerous books of science fiction, including Nova, Dhalgren, Stars in My Pockets Like Grains of Sand, and most recently Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders.
Krampus: Saint Nicholas’ Dark Companion
While Saint Nicholas may bring gifts to good boys and girls, Alan Taylor tells in in The Atlantic, ancient folklore in Europe’s Alpine region also tells of Krampus, a frightening beast-like creature who emerges during the Yule season, looking for naughty children to punish in horrible ways — or possibly to drag back to his lair in a sack.
In keeping with pre-Germanic Pagan traditions, men dressed as these demons have been frightening children on Krampusnacht for centuries, chasing them and hitting them with sticks, on an (often alcohol-fueled) run through the dark streets.
A man dressed as Krampus, the companion of St. Nicholas and one of Austria’s unique Advent traditions, makes his way during a traditional Krampus procession in Unken, Austrian province of Salzburg, on December 5, 2010. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
Makes our dear little Grinch looks quite tame.
Quote of the Day
“Don’t give up what you want most for what you want now.” ~ StickleyMan, Reddit
At SF Signal, James Aquilone asked writers and editors about their influences outside of the literary world — what or who has influenced their work? The answers ranged from George Carlin to Gandhi, the Beatles and Pink Floyd to Wagner, from food to paintings.
I was one of the contributors who spoke of music: “Composers with a flair for the dramatic make me want to write because images imprint themselves on the insides of my eyelids…Siegfried’s funeral march from Wagner’s Ring Cycle, the sweeping theme from Dragonheart, the theme music for Game of Thrones makes me see things.”
See the rest of what I and the others had to say:
Novelist error messages
From the Gallery of Dangerous Women, a site that celebrates ” Women with power — intellectual, political, sexual, personal — are always dangerous to the patriarchy. Here you’ll find saints and sex radicals, social justice crusaders and pirate queens.”
I can relate to these error messages:
15 books you’ve read that will always stick with you
A Facebook challenge. Here are the rules for anyone else who might want to try their hand at it.
Rules: Don’t take too long to think about it. 15 books you’ve read that will always stick with you. First 15 you can recall in no more than 15 minutes. Tag 15 friends, including me so I can see which books you are reading. The end.
Here’s my list. in random order – cheating a little, perhaps, because some of these ARE multiples:
1. Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien
2. The Amber books, Roger Zelazny
3. Once and Future King, T H White
4. Kindred, Octavia Butler
5. Dune, Frank Herbert
6. Bridge on the Drina, Ivo Andric
7. My Son, My Son, Howard Spring
8.Through Desert and Jungle, Henryk Sienkiewicz
9. Tigana, Guy Gavriel Kay
10.The Merlin trilogy, Mary Stewart
11. The Callahan books, Spider Robinson
12. Hans Christian Andersen’s original fairy tales
13. Oscar Wilde’s fairy tales
14. Thousand and One Nights, shall we say Scheherezade…?
15.Time of Death, Dobrica Cosic
Why don’t you give it a try?
Amazing Shadow Sculptures
From discarded wood, welded scrap metal, broken tools, cigarette packets, soda cans and piles of trash, Tim Noble and Sue Webster make assemblages and then point light to create projected shadows of people standing, sitting, smoking, drinking or anything easily recognizable. Marvelous digital magazine shows us the startling, and sometimes creepy, results.
Every debris is precisely set in place, taking into consideration its distance from the wall, and its angle with the spotlight. The result is surprising and powerful as it redefines how abstract forms can transform into figurative ones.
She knew it like the back of her hand
The National Archives holds a vast accumulation of historic maps but few are as unusual as this one, Andrew Janes writes at The National Archives.
It’s a leather glove painted with a map of London landmarks and was designed to help fashionable ladies find their way to and from the Great Exhibition held in London’s Hyde Park in 1851. As far as we know, the glove was never produced commercially.
Today, of course, we’re more likely to use the palm of our hand where our smart phones are fused.
Quote of the Day
“A lot of people think they can take my books and analyze me from them. On that principle Agatha Christie would be a serial killer.” ~ Muriel Spark
Being the Designated Book Nerd in your family or social circle is an important job, Rebecca Joines Schinsky reports on Book Riot, and it brings with it a certain set of expected experiences.
You can find in any conversation an opportunity to say, “Oh, I read a book about that!”
How NASA might build its first warp drive
Physicist Harold White stunned the aeronautics world when he announced that he and his team at NASA had begun work on the development of a faster-than-light warp drive, George Dvorsky reports on io9.
His proposed design, an ingenious re-imagining of an Alcubierre Drive, may eventually result in an engine that can transport a spacecraft to the nearest star in a matter of weeks — and all without violating Einstein’s law of relativity.
The idea came to White while he was considering a rather remarkable equation formulated by physicist Miguel Alcubierre. In his 1994 paper titled, “The Warp Drive: Hyper-Fast Travel Within General Relativity,” Alcubierre suggested a mechanism by which space-time could be “warped” both in front of and behind a spacecraft.
White speculates that such a drive could result in “speeds” that could take a spacecraft to Alpha Centauri in a mere two weeks — even though the system is 4.3 light-years away.
What International Air Travel Was Like in the 1930s
Equal parts harrowing adventure and indulgent luxury, taking an international flight in the 1930s was quite an experience, Matt Novak reports in Paleofuture. But it was an experience that people who could afford it signed up for in droves.
Nearly 50,000 people would fly Imperial Airways from 1930 until 1939. But these passengers paid incredibly high prices to hop around the world. The longest flights could span over 12,000 miles and cost as much as $20,000 when adjusted for inflation.
A flight from London to Brisbane, Australia, the longest route available in 1938, took 11 days and included over two dozen scheduled stops.
A Centenarian’s Advice to Young Women: Figure Out What You Want
Marion Cannon Schlesinger talks about feminism, privilege, Julia Child, and the Kennedy era, in a conversation with Heidi Legg reported in The Atlantic.
“Just go ahead and do your thing no matter what,” says Marian Cannon Schlesinger to today’s young women. At 101 years of age, she is still painting, writing, watching Rachel Maddow, and reading two newspapers a day.
Frankenstein’ Manuscript Comes Alive in Online Shelley Archive
Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” famously conceived during a waking dream in the stormy summer of 1816, has inspired countless plays, movies, comic books, even iPhone apps.
And now, the original manuscript is also the centerpiece of the first phase of the online Shelley-Godwin Archive, an ambitious digital project, Jennifer Schuessler reports in NYT’s Arts Beat.
The manuscript is itself a sort of patched-together monster. It survives mainly in two notebooks written by Mary, with editorial changes and comments made in Percy’s hand. On the site, users can hit a button to view only those words written by Mary or Percy. They can also view the surviving portions of the fair copy, written mostly in Mary’s hand, which was circulated to publishers.
Quote of the Day
“The vows of love-passion are like confessions obtained under torture. Erotic love is a madness. . . a state of mental imbalance.” ~ Muriel Spark
Brooklyn oil painter Tatyana Fazlalizadeh got fed up with dudes invading her space. So she started telling them so—very publicly.
For many women, just walking down the street can mean being subject to harassment by men, Nina Liss-Schultz writes in Mother Jones,—from subtle comments to overtly hostile remarks.
Fed up with such treatment, Tatyana produced an illustrated self-portrait with a caption—”Stop Telling Women To Smile”—and plastered copies all around her Brooklyn neighborhood. Since then, Fazlalizadeh has created countless posters, literally taking to the street to combat sexist harassment.
Each piece features a different woman, with a caption that reflects her own experiences with public harassment. With $35,000 raised on Kickstarter, Fazlalizadeh has now taken her project, named after that first caption, on the road.
Emily Graslie gets some ugly mail
Emily Graslie is currently at the Field Museum in Chicago, where she wanders from department to department, exploring, delighting, asking questions and talking about it on her video blog, NPR correspondent Robert Krulwich reports. And, he says, she gets mail that is troubling.
Many of the folks who write her, write not about the science, but about her body, her looks, her clothes. She’s a science reporter who happens to be a young woman, and her woman-ness is the thing they focus on. The science, to her chagrin, often takes second place.
Gaaaah. Every time I look away something like THIS pops up. You go, Emily. You’re AWESOME. And I will try and be better about supporting you and others like you who are putting yourselves out there… so that you get more from it than… than… than THIS SHIT.
A Letter From Fred
When music producer Jacob Colgan received 96-year-old Fred Stobaugh’s handwritten lyrics iin memory of his recently departed wife of 72 years, he helped bring Fred’s words to the ears of the world.
Fred had penned the song “Oh Sweet Lorraine” in memory of his wife ; but, as his letter to the studio said, “I don’t sing. It would scare people.”
Searching For the Coyote Totem
There are different layers of reality from which we can experience the coyote, Ted Heistman tells us at Disinformation®.
The Indians legends examined coyote from a deeper layer of reality than the field guides. The field guides don’t tell you what you see when you look in its eyes and see red clay in the hills staring back at you, laughing at you, challenging you, and then looking away again at something it finds more interesting, such as a piece of garbage buried in the dirt.In this deeper layer of reality there is really only one coyote. The shamans spoke of seeing coyote, not coyotes or a coyote. Coyote is an aspect of the Universe.
It is not by accident that Coyote is a major character in my own YA Worldweavers books.
Just WAIT till you see what he gets up to in the fourth and final book, “Dawn of Magic”, due out in 2014.
Quote of the Day
“If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.” ~ carsgobeepbeep, Reddit
This was written to suggest a reading list for last summer, but it’s good any time.
The original title of the piece was “95 Young Adult Books To Read Instead Of Reading Harry Potter AGAIN” and the author, Rebecca Eisenberg, admits, that the list does actually include the Harry books. “But so are a lot of other really good books that you probably haven’t read yet. Instead of rereading your old favorites, why don’t you pick up something new to read.”
My own YA books. the Worldweavers series, are not on her list, but I’ll suggest them anyway, particularly now that the fourth in the series, Dawn of Magic, is nearing publication. You can find the first three here.
Some Of The Most Powerful Images Ever
These 30 photos from Bored Panda are gripping and unforgettable because of the volumes they speak about the human condition, about the best and worst moments of contemporary human existence.
Killer Websites that can make you brilliant — well, look brilliant anyhow
There are countless websites out there that are geared to make you smarter for low or no cost, Jon Negroni writes in Technology, and lists 25. Things like Cooking for Engineers, Nerd Fitness, Speed Reading, etc.
Native American travels across U.S. photographing citizens of tribal nations
As a potential legacy of, and tribute to, what may be changing and even vanishing cultures, often steam-rollered by “progress” and modern society, this is an awesome project.
Women writers who served time
Writing can be a scandalous art. Numerous lists abound of famous male authors who have gone to prison, and most can probably name a few pretty quickly — Miguel de Cervantes, Jean-Paul Sartre, Antonio Gramsci, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Oscar Wilde, for instance, have all spent time behind bars.
Imprisoned women writers seldom come to mind. Emma Goldman, for example, learned the hard way that sometimes expressing your mind is a criminal offense.
Imprisoned women writers
25 Everyday Things You Never Knew Had Names
There are so many things out there that we deal with or see everyday, but have no idea what they are called. Fear not, Buzzfeed has the answer.
But in my mind that’s not the exact definition of ‘petrichor’. I think of it as the way it smells outside after the first rain after a long dry spell.
Tears of joy and tears of sadness
They look different under the microscope, Casey Chan tells us on Sploid.
Quote of the Day
“The reason a writer writes a book is to forget a book and the reason a reader reads one is to remember it.” ~ Thomas Wolfe
Several books have been written about the meals Austen might have eaten, based on the hints from her letters, Nicole Villeneuve, writes for Paper and Salt.
She mentions legs of mutton, lobster, pea soup, and chows down on more than a few apple pies. But my favorite food moment is when Austen and her nieces …order a local specialty: “some cheesecakes, on which the children made so delightful a supper as to endear the town of Devizes to them for a long time.”
(The) cheesecakes are not what you’re probably expecting. The original recipe was actually a helpful way for cooks to use leftover cake, combining the crumbs with a custard base and pouring it all in a pastry shell. It’s like a smoother, creamier, cake-ier bread pudding.
Everything I Knew About Dating I Learned From 19th Century Novels. Huge Mistake.
Any reader of fiction knows how powerfully a great book can shape your view of the real world, Claire Fallon, Deputy Blog Editor, The Huffington Post, writes.
The novels I’ve read over the years have informed my beliefs about the world around me — including the world of dating. In the course of my literary education, I plowed through classic marriage-plot-centered novels, and no scrap of apparent romantic wisdom was left behind in my wake. Jane Eyre, Elizabeth Bennet — these were my role models in the realm of dating. The results were catastrophic. It turns out that trying to recreate the plotlines of romances written 200 years ago wasn’t the best strategy for finding love.
Date a guy who thinks you’re just attractive enough to tolerate. (Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen) He’s willing to hook up with you, so does it really matter that he once told your friend he thought he could snag a hotter girlfriend than you?
F. Scott Fitzgerald lists essential books of 1936
Let’s see, there are:
Sister Carrie, by Theodore Dreiser
A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen
The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiel Hammett
The Plays of Oscar Wilde
and…almost a score more. Most still readable and read. How many have you read?
Meet the Man Who Wrote a 260-Page Biography on His BlackBerry
Geordie Greig wrote his Lucian Freud biography, Breakfast with Lucian, on his BlackBerry, Laura Bennett writes in the New Repblic.
Greig found that the most convenient time to write was in bed between the hours of 2 and 3 a.m. when tapping away on his BlackBerry Bold seemed less likely to wake up his wife than working on a computer.
He’d write an entire chunk of book as an email and then send it to himself so he could smooth out the prose later. It took him two years to finish the book, squeezing in miscellaneous writing sessions on his phone while sitting on park benches or during a ferris wheel ride at a fair with his children. “The rather snotty New York Times guy seemed to think the BlackBerry comment in my book was a casual sort of boast,” Greig said. “Actual it was a practical necessity. I’m sure Dwayne or Dwight writes brilliant prose without pause. But I, mere reporter, write to rewrite.”
The Year the Monarch Didn’t Appear
ON the first of November, when Mexicans celebrate a holiday called the Day of the Dead, some also celebrate the millions of monarch butterflies that, without fail, fly to the mountainous fir forests of central Mexico on that day, Jim Robbins reports in the NYT. They are believed to be souls of the dead, returned.
This year, the monarch butterflies began to straggle in a week later than usual, in record-low numbers. Last year’s low of 60 million now seems great compared with the fewer than three million that have shown up so far this year. Some experts fear that the spectacular migration could be near collapse.
The library without books
San Antonio’s BiblioTech offers computers, Internet access, and technology classes, Jeff Glor reports at Cnet, but zero books — no printed books that is.
The library lends out inexpensive e-readers, permits downloads from home, and conducts technology classes.
The library is the brainchild of Judge Nelson Wolff who says BiblioTech costs less to operate than traditional libraries. It needs less space and fewer workers. “We’re able to focus more on patrons and community outreach and we don’t have to do the physical processing of the books,” said head librarian Ashley Eklof.
This is the time of year when gift books suggestions and “best of” lists begin to appear.
io9 offers us: “Holiday Gift Books for Lovers of Science and Science Fiction”
SF & Fantasy
Middle Earth Envisioned: This unique and richly-illustrated book explores the artistic legacy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s series, from the world of theater to painting. It’s a great homage to the books, and will introduce fans to adaptations they’ve probably never heard of.
In the Guardian, writers and critics recommend the books that impressed them this year
I love surprise finds, so I’ll recommend two debut novels that swept me away. The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker (Blue Door), has the detailed realism of historical fiction, the haunting feel of a folk tale, and is one of only two novels I’ve ever loved whose main characters are not human. (The other was The White Bone by Barbara Gowdy.) And Susan Nussbaum’s Good Kings, Bad Kings (out in March 2014 from Oneworld Publications) is a ferociously honest, funny, completely unstoppable trip through an institutionally corrupt home for disabled teenagers. I had no intention of going where they took me. That’s the thrill of fiction.
The Best Books of 2013
The Washington Post selected the “10 best books of the year, 100 notable works of fiction and nonfiction, 5 best photography books, 6 best audiobooks, 10 best graphic novels and more.”
In Canada, the Toronto Globe offered its “Globe 100 guide to the year’s best books.”
Princess Bride memoir
Cary Elwes, lead actor of cult 1980s movie, will publish an account of making the postmodern fairy story
As You Wish: Tales From the Princess Bride apparently arose from Elwes’ enjoyment of a 25th-anniversary screening of the film at the New York film festival in 2012, The Guardian reports.
Famous Novelists on Symbolism in Their Work and Whether It Was Intentional
It was 1963, and 16-year-old Bruce McAllister was sick of symbol-hunting in English class, Lucas Reilly” reports in Mental Floss. Rather than quarrel with his teacher, he went straight to the source: McAllister mailed a crude, four-question survey to 150 novelists, asking if they intentionally planted symbolism in their work. Seventy-five authors responded. Here’s what 12 of them had to say.
Nowadays, you aren’t likely to find a famous novelist shilling for their favorite brand, Emily Temple writes for Flavorwire. For one thing, most writers just aren’t as recognizable as your average actor, and for another, well, they’re artists.
But it wasn’t always that way: quite a few writers have appeared in advertisements over the years, even lending their own words to support a product.
Yep, Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck: both sellouts. We kid, we kid. After the jump, check out a few famous writers selling everything from alcohol to… well, it’s mostly alcohol.
What else do readers of Alma Alexander read?
It seems that I am in some very good company. But there are some surprises – I am further away from SOME I would have thought to be a good match and closer to others I wouldn’t immediately have picked…
The company I keep
Their first book
Writing a book is a daunting task, Sandra Allen writes for Buzzfeed, writing a first book seems especially so.
And yet despite so many obstacles, books do get published, lots of books — over 2,000,000 worldwide in 2011 alone, by one estimate. Here, 21 successful writers share the stories of their first published books, complete with many false starts, debacles with agents and publishers, and advice they’d travel through time to give their younger selves.
Clever Signs That Will Make You Want To Buy A Book
Kaleido Books in Perth, Australia really makes an art out of shop signage, Aaron Calvin of Buzzfeed informs us.
50 Books to Read Before You Die
A selection of books from List Challenges that can be found on a stainless steel bookmark available in most book stores.
I’ve read 39 of the 50, including all of the classics on the list. The ones I failed on were the more Americentric ones.
But there are many books that *I* would have included, sometimes instead of the ones selected, for a list like this… things like “Dune” and “Left hand of Darkness” and quite possibly “A Wrinkle in Time” instead of something like “His Dark Materials”, if you want to pick genre.
But also Oscar Wilde’s fairy tales, possibly instead of the iconic Dorian Gray, and things like “Black Lamb Gray Falcon” by Rebecca West and books by Nobel Literature prizewinners, books like “Kristin Lavransdatter”and “Bridge on the Drina”. Does a book have to be familiar enough to induce a yawn when you see the title for it to qualify as being a book that you have to read before you die…?
In the digital age the period has become aggressive
The period was always the humblest of punctuation marks, but recently, it’s started getting angry, Ben Crairsays says in the New Republic.
You text your girlfriend: “I know we made a reservation for your bday tonight but wouldn’t it be more romantic if we ate in instead?” If she replies,
we could do that
Then you can ring up Papa John’s and order something special. But if she replies,
we could do that.
Then you should probably drink a cup of coffee: You’re either going out or you’re eating Papa John’s alone.
On text and instant message, it seems, punctuation marks have largely been replaced by the line break.