I’ve heard their interviews with writers I’ve long known and loved, and sometimes writers I didn’t know but whose personalities and insights as they shone through these online chats made me sit up and become interested in what ELSE they had to say, in their books. And then, one day, like in ALL the best stories, it was my turn in the Skiffy and Fanty spotlight: “We talk about her werecritter culture, the immigrant experience, language, and much more!“ I enjoyed this chat immensely; I hope you do too. Listen to it here ~~~~~
In the dark of winterThe days seem impossibly short and the nights never ending, Emily Temple writes at Flavorwire, and suggests that it’s a great time for reading dark books. After all, there’s nothing better to cut through the literal gloom than to curl up with some intellectual doom. All you need is a tiny light to see your book by. She offers 50 of them, starting with the REAL Grimm fairy tales we’ve been talking about recently.Then there is:
Wittgenstein’s Mistress, David Markson A series of missives from the typewriter of the last woman on earth as she mulls over art, literature, life, and her own tragedies. Or pick one of the other 49 ~~~~~ But to lighten the mood, The Stylist offers… 20 opening lines from our favorite Christmas books My favorite is, of course…
“Every who down in Who-ville liked Christmas a lot.” See the rest ~~~~~
50 Writers You Need to See Read Live: It’s a pleasant surprise when a writer is dynamite in person, Elisabeth Donnelly writes at Flavorwire, “whether they’re reading their work or answering questions with confidence and something like charisma. The best live appearances by writers are able to cast a spell over the audience — through a variety of elements — and here are 50 writers make that achievement look easy.”e.g.
Gary Shteyngart He’s very, very funny and quick-witted and he’s written scarily accurate speculative fiction about our future world. Your ribs will hurt from laughing after seeing him live.
A holiday reminder
Books make Great Gifts
THIS ‘n THAT
“Right now, I think we need writers who know the difference between the production of a market commodity and a practice of an art,” Ursula K. Le Guin said at the 2014 National Book Awards.
And she had some thoughts about Amazon, the “profiteer” trying to “punish a publisher for disobedience.
“…I really don’t want to watch American literature get sold down the river. We who live by writing and publishing want and should demand our fair share of the proceeds. But, the name of our beautiful reward is not profit. Its name is freedom.”
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