What’s wrong with SF authors?

Just why are these writers shunned?

Science fiction authors have long been outcasts from the literary world, John Howell writes at galacticbrain.com, sometimes attacked by their own.

He quotes Margaret Atwood ‘s mocking remarks several years ago: ‘Science fiction is rockets, chemicals and talking squids in outer space,’ noting that it was just one of her many attempts to convince people that she is not a science fiction author, “even though one of her most famous novels, A Handmaid’s Tale, is exactly that.”

author illustrationPersonally, the distain for the literature-of-the-future by the here-and-now crowd has always astonished me. If anything, the sheer vision required to create ANY future from scratch – yes, even the squid in outer space! or The Handmaid’s Tale – should be a feature of modern literature, not the bug.

But it’s just so easy to wave a hand and close the door on the SF ghetto. Sometimes I think that the “real” writers are so afraid of how they’ll be shown up by us genre folks that they’d rather just not compete at all and fondly imagine that by keeping the gates locked will keep the cooties away.

But I have news for them. it’s HERE in the ghetto that the future lives. The fences and the locks and the keys…they’re keeping THEM out, not US in. Because we’re already out there amongst the stars. Have the literati considered the possibility that it is around THEM, rather than us, that the locked gates and the iron bars really are…?

I’ll get off my soapbox now. You can read more of John Howell ‘s take on this at galacticbrain.com HERE

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In a story at Bookriot headlined

Recommendations From an Unexcitable Reader

Sarah Nicolasan talks about eight books that actually do excite her, including ‘The Shifter‘.

That caught my attention since the last book in my series, The Were Chronickes, is called ‘Shifter‘. Alas, similar name but different book.

The Shifter‘ is by Janice Hardy and it sounds like something I might like myself as it involves “a young girl with a pretty messed up power. She can heal someone, but she must then push their pain into someone else.

The other recommendations by Sarah Nicolasan can be found at Bookriot HERE

For my own ‘Shifter’, a book which has excited readers and reviewers, go HERE

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The 25 Best Quotes About Authors

Happy National Author’s Day! Well, actually you missed it. It was yesterday, November 1 but don’t let stop you from celebrating,

If you listen to my mother, writing is an affliction. When I would go off into my own little worlds she would call it being under the influence of my ‘writing virus’. But it is a syndrome that I have never really wanted to recover from, though.

Perhaps my favorite of this selection is a quote from David Gerrold — “Writers build their own realities, move into them and occasionally send letters home.
Writers are People illustrationSee all the quotes at writerswrite HERE

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Tuck Everlasting author Natalie Babbitt dies at 84

Tuck Everlasting authorNatalie Babbitt. Photograph: Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images

Babbitt wrote and illustrated dozens of books, but was best known for ‘Tuck Everlasting‘, the 1975 novel which has sold over 3.5m copies. 

It explores the concept of immortality and has been adapted into two movies and a Broadway play.

Read more at The Guardian HERE

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Free stories?

Vending machines for short storiesShort Story vending machine(Photo: AFP)

It is now possible to read stories that can be consumed in however much time you’ve got to kill. The ‘three minute’ format, for example, takes the form of a piece of paper 3 inches wide and two feet long. Then there are the 5 minute stories.

The stories from the French machines are completely free. The initiative comes from a collaboration between the founders of publishing company Short Edition and the green party mayor of Grenoble, Eric Piolle.

As a writer, I love the idea and all that, but you can guess my next question. Who really pays for the free stories? Where are they coming from, who are their authors, and how are they being paid for them?

Read the whole story HERE

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The story behind the story

You really should read this book” is the subject line of an Amazon review of ‘Letters from the Fire‘, a book I wrote in fury as the U.S. and NATO were waging a brutal and unjustified bombing of Serbia, the country of my birth.

The review by Deborah Starrett (link below) is based on the original print version which went on sale before the attack even ended. A later ebook version includes a foreword which explained how the book came to be:

Excerpts from the ebook Foreword

Letters from the Fire ebook

Back in 1999 – in the dying days of the last century – my country was attacked. The bombing campaign…cost me pieces of my childhood as the things I had grown up with vanished before my eyes. Places I had loved twisted in flames. I was heartsick, angry, and appalled — but in this darkest hour, a man who had been courting me on the Internet made a suggestion that offered me salvation:

Use your strength, use your passion, and tell the other side of the story,” he said, and with his help I did in ‘Letters from the Fire.’

I was living in New Zealand at the time and Deck was living in Florida. We wrote the book together, literally around the clock, because his day was my night and vice versa. I would write a character-penned email as Sasha, and go to bed. At the same time he would be getting up, reading that particular day’s communication, and replying as Dave, and then he’d go to bed. I’d get up, find the reply and answer him… and so it went.

It was on the shelves in New Zealand less than six months after we had begun it. It garnered some great reviews and well over 100 reader responses….

The lives of Dave and Shasha took unexpected turns in the chaos of war. We, their creators, forged a shared existence that came out of this book, ‘Letters from the Fire’. In 2000, a year after the events events depicted in this book, we were married.

Read Deborah’s review HERE

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This bank finally contains something more valuable than money – Art…

Artist transforms run-down Chicago bank into an Arts CenterArt Center BooksImage credit: Tom Harris © Hedrich Blessing, Courtesy of Rebuild Foundation

Three years ago, Chicago bank Stony Island Savings & Loan was nearly a century old and was in terrible shape. Artist Theaster Gates Jr. bought the derelict building for one dollar and began raising money to restore it.

Now called the Stony Island Arts Bank, it is home to art installations, artists, scholars, and archives on art history, architecture, and black culture.

Read the whole remarkable story HERE

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“เมื่อซุปเปอร์ฮีโร่จาก DC กลายเป็นหนังตะลุงไทย…จะเจ๋งขนาดไหนมาดูกัน!!!”

Are these supposed to be puppets for Indonesian shadow puppet shows? They’re AMAZINGJava SupermanItty bitty problems – WHY does Batman have purple clawed feet? And just how does Superman fly aerodynamically with all those tchochkes on his costume (and never mind the substitution of the skirt for the more iconic Y fronts)? And the Flash sure loses everything that would give him any kind of actual speed, what with the drag on all those bits and bobs on the costume, but my, ain’t he pretty. And as for Wonder Woman, I”d like to see her try and toss that lassoo while looking rather like an Indian Temple Dancer, and without snagging half a dozen pointy bits on her person.

They’re even more impractical than superheroes usually are. But aren’t they a feast for the eyes?

See all the superheroes HERE

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Just in time for Halloween

At Buzzfeed, Tanner Greenring selects2-sentence horrorI begin tucking him into bed and he tells me, “Daddy check for monsters under my bed.” I look underneath for his amusement and see him, another him, under the bed, staring back at me quivering and whispering, “Daddy there’s somebody on my bed.” ~ Juan J Ruiz

See more HERE

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Scary Stories for Grown-Ups

At Electric Literatore, Benjamin Samuel selects 10 stories that will “remind you of the horrors of failed relationships, house-hunting, and dysfunctional families, proving that nothing is as scary as real life.”SuburbsPhoto by Christoph Geilen

Orange” – If you’re considering living a nice quiet life in the suburbs, this story by Tarah Scalzo will make you think again.

Read the other 9 stories HERE

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You won’t sleep with the lights off ever again.

BuzzFeed asked readers to recommend their fave underrated horror books. They obliged.

e.g.

The MonkThe Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis:

Why you should read it: The Monk was originally published in the 1700s, and people still rave about it. It focuses on the dangerous mix between temptation and responsibilities. Relatable, right?

 

22 more underrated horror books HERE

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THIS ‘n THAT

Lonely ATM

 

 

The World’s Loneliest ATM is in Antarctica

 

Read the story HERE

 

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Quote of the Day

Margaret Atwood on Ursula K.Le Quin:
“She never loses touch with her reverence for the immense what is.”

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Your first book?

 

After my mother finished reading Heidi to me, I wanted her to start all over again. When she said no, I picked the book up and taught myself to read.

I was four.

HeidiIn the beginning there was the family treasure that my great uncle had given my mother when she was a little girl herself and she then gave to me, ‘Through Desert and Jungle’, by Henryk Sienkiewicz.

I went on to the flawed adventures that were Karl May’s wild-west-that-never-was, my family’s sets of collected works of Pearl Buck and Howard Spring, and the children’s sets of Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” books. I then went on to illustrated tomes of the myths and legends of the world, to large glorious collections of the ORIGINAL fairy tales by the Grimms and Hans Christian Andersen, on to Wonderland, and Narnia, and Middle Earth, and Asimov and Zelazny and Frank Herbert and Ursula le Guin….

I began by falling in love with the wind whispering in the trees beyond the windows of the cottage that housed Heidi’s mountain dreams, and ended up by listening to the songs of the stars themselves. And Words were the vessel that took me there. Every time. All the way.

All this comes to mind because of an article in The Guardian headlined:

“‘Get your head out of that book!’ – the children’s stories that inspired writers

In my case, it was Heidi. In the case of other authors – Margaret Atwood, JG Ballard, Germaine Greer, Judith Kerr, Doris Lessing — it was everything from sinister water-babies to Chinese warlords, Norse gods to star‑crossed lovers.’

Read the whole story HERE

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Teens Readers Ted talkA Ted talk by Laura McClure offers us books for today’s teens

A science fiction and fantasy reading list for teen creativity

Creative writing is part of being a kid. Writing and reading goofy stories of lost kingdoms and Mars colonies helps the imagination grow strong. But a recent study uncovers an interesting, perhaps even dismaying trend: this generation of kids seems to prefer narrative realism when they write.

One example she offers is
Blue Remembered Earth, by Alastair Reynolds: Why you’d want to give this to a teen: In this futurist game of Diplomacy, Africa wins. A (mostly utopian) vision of Earth in the future.

See all her selections HERE

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Another book for today’s teens – and adultsWolf posterWOLF, Book 2 of The Were Chronicles, is on the way. 

You can pre-order it at Amazon HERE

Buy Random, Book 1 of The Were Chronicles, HERE

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All right. I’m a sucker. All of my cats have been rescues. I feel for every one of these poor tiny wounded souls. I hope there is an angel watching out for all of them.

20 Touching Before-And-After Photos Of Rescued Cats

Cats are mischievous creatures full of cuddles and purrs, an article at earth porm says, adopting one is a win-win, good for you and good for the cat. Here are before and after photos of rescued cats that show just how much a little love and care can change a cat forever.Rescued catSee all the cats HERE

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Speaking of cats…

19 Cats Who Are Having A Life Crisis Because You Won’t Let Them Inside

Your safety might be at risk if you don’t hurry up and let the cat in immediately, Matt Buco writes at Distractify.Cold cat“Seriously it’s getting a bit cold out here.”

Life crisis cats HERE

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THIS ‘n THAT

For those of you who support worthwhile endeavors – here’s one. As a writer, and a scientist, and a huge Octavia Butler fan, this one hits all MY buttons…

“We use sci-fi to encourage Brooklyn girls to dream big”

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The Daily Word Counts of 39 Famous Authors:

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Who’s your favorite spy?

SpiesThe Greatest Spies In Pop Culture

In fiction — as well as the real world — spies are everywhere. At io9, Katharine Trendacosta and Meredith Woerner picked 50 out of hundreds that merit special attention.

GarakGarak, Deep Space Nine
My husband was charmed that they chose one of his favorites, a fellow who he claims had the best line in the Deep Space 9 series.

When a human told the Cardassian Elim Garak that the meaning of the saying “the boy who cried wolf” is that if you tell lies, no-one will ever believe you again, Garek explains that he has it wrong:

“It means that you should never tell the same lie twice.”

Included on their list is one of my favorites, Christopher Foyle from the British series Foyle’s War. Although he started as a police officer, Foyle was so good at his job he ends up recruited by MI5. This, despite that scrupulously honesty is one of his defining features. “That’s right, he’s so good that a spy agency wanted him even though he doesn’t like to lie.”

Others on the list include George Smiley from Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, James Bond, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Ethan Hunt of Mission Impossible, Napoleon Solo and Ilya Kuryakin from the Man from U.N.C.L.E., John Steed and Emma Peel, Jason Bourne…the list goes on and on. Who is your favorite?

See the whole list HERE

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I’m giving a reading tonight…

 'Fan of the fantastic? We're thrilled to welcome back @[67938071280:274:Alma Alexander] tomorrow (Feb. 20) at 7pm with her latest Young Adult novel about shapeshifters, Random: Book One of The Were Chronicles. 

http://www.villagebooks.com/event/alma-alexander-2/20/15'
If you are anywhere near Bellingham, Washington this Friday, you might want to drop by Village Books at 7 p.m where I will be reading from Book 1 in The Were Chronicles…and a snippet from Book 2.
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100 Biographies & Memoirs to Read in a Lifetime

OK, this is a sales pitch for Amazon and they don’t really need any more promotion —

but still …

it’s a fascinating list and contains a number of books I’d recommend myself.

A Walk in the WoodsTake a “A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson, for just one example, a book that both my husband and I loved to the point we’d follow each other around the house reading passages out loud.

The suggested reading list includes works old and new — Malcolm X, Mark Twain, Vladimir Nabokov, Tiny Fey, Jack Kerouac, Joan Didion, Anne Frank…

So check the list put together by Amazon’s Books Editors. You don’t have to buy the books online; you can always get them from your favorite bookstore.

 

See the whole list HERE

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Indies revenge

And speaking of favorite bookstores…

When huge chain bookstores spread across the country decades ago, they drove many independent booksellers out of business. Then most of the chains faltered and many went belly up.

When Borders liquidated a few years ago, for example, it left many communities without a bookstore, Judith Rosen writes at Publishers Weekly.

Most independent booksellers were hesitant about leasing the smaller vacated stores, and shopping centers were unwilling to carve up cavernous locations once occupied by the chain’s superstores.

Now, the bookselling landscape is changing once again. Independents are taking back some of the physical bookshelf space that had been lost.

Time needed to pass for the consumer, the landlord, and the bookstore market to figure out what should fill that space. It’s not another 20,000-sq.-ft. store, but maybe it’s two 4,000-sq.-ft. stores on different ends of town,” said Robert Sindelar of Third Place Books, which recently announced that it will open a third bookstore in the Seattle area.
Third Place BooksThird Place Books in Lake Forest Park, Wash. photo: thirdplacebooks.com

Read the encouraging story HERE

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23 Reasons

Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel about the role of women in a totalitarian state, “The Handmaid’s Tale”, is one of the best books ever written, Krystie Lee Yandoli writes at BuzzFeed.
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It has empowered people to think for themselves outside of conventional social norms.

See the other 22 reasons HERE

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The top 10 novels featuring works of art

I never wrote a novel featuring a painting, but I did win a BBC contest for my short story, The Painting.

Novelist Sophia Tobin chooses her favorite books with paintings at their heart, from Dorian Gray’s hidden portrait to Donna Tartt’s stolen Goldfinch.
Girl with a Pearl Earring by VermeerGirl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier (1999)

The book that inspired a play, a film and thousands of mini-breaks to The Hague. Looking at the Vermeer painting of the same name, Chevalier was inspired by the latent intensity of the sitter’s gaze as it meets the viewer/artist. From this she creates the story of Griet, a servant girl who, through her interest in art, becomes close to her employer, Johannes Vermeer. The influence of Netherlandish art is clear in Chevalier’s luminous version of Delft and her subtle portrait of love and loss, as coolly lit as one of Vermeer’s paintings.

See the others HERE

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THIS ‘n THAT
Dan ReeveArtist Daniel Reeve created and re-created calligraphy and maps for Peter Jackson’s films of the Tolkien adventures in Middle-earth. His gallery of images includes maps and illustrations as well as calligraphy and lettering.

See his work HERE

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In 100 years…

Writing for the future

Margaret Atwood has just been named as the first contributor to an astonishing new public artwork, The Future Library project, Alison Flood reports at The Guardian.

The project began quietly with the planting of a forest of 1,000 trees just outside Oslo. Every year until 2114 one writer will be invited to contribute a new text to the collection, and in 2114 the trees will be cut down to provide the paper for the texts to be printed – and, finally, read.
Margaret AtwoodMargaret Atwood with artist Katie Paterson near where the Future Library trees will be planted. Photograph: Bjørvika Utviklingay

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QUIZ: What children’s book character are you?
The Last SamuraiThey taught us to love adventure, the New York Public Library says. They taught us to yearn for the stars, how to be strong, and what it means to have compassion.

We might be all grown up, but the characters from our favorite children’s books will stay with us forever.

Me? I’m the girl from Charlotte’s Web:  “You’re Charlotte! Practical and compassionate, you are sure to build friendships wherever you go. While you have many talents and you’re known for being clever, your primary joy is helping the people close to you.”

Which one are you most like?

Take the Quiz

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Famous Writers on the Creative Benefits of Keeping a Diary

Reflections on the value of recording our inner lives from Woolf, Thoreau, Sontag, Emerson, Nin, Plath, selected by Maria Popova of Brain Pickings.
Oscar WildeOscar Wilde, a man of strong opinions and even stronger passions, exercised his characteristic wit in The Importance of Being Earnest

“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”

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50 Essential Cult Novels

Just what is a cult novel? Emily Temple asks at Flavorwire. Well, she says, like so many literary terms, the edges blur whenever you try to look right at them, but in the end, you sort of know one when you read one. You can decide whether they are “essential.”

For example:
Masters of AtlantisMasters of Atlantis, Charles Portis — Now here’s a triple-whammy: a cult novel by a decidedly cult author that is also about a cult. Doesn’t get any better than that. Portis saw a little uptick in popularity after the adaptation of True Grit hit the big screens, but I’m here to tell you that it’s not enough. This is probably the most hilarious book that you’ve never read, and it’s not even his best one.
Kindred, Octavia ButlerKindred, Octavia Butler — Why is Octavia Butler still such a cult author? I couldn’t tell you. At least the cult seems to be slowly growing — that’s what happens when everyone who picks up one of her books falls totally in love with her.

48 to go

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THIS ‘n THAT

Sweden is running out of garbage

The country recycles or reuses an incredible 99 percent of its waste, the Intelligent Optimist reports.. It has become so good at managing waste, they now have to import garbage from the UK, Italy, Norway and Ireland to feed the country’s waste-to-energy plants.

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Dreadnoughtus may be the biggest dinosaur ever
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The healing power of dogs
Healer dogsFrom their presence at healing temples in the ancient world to their work as service animals, dogs can cure what ails humans. – Photo by Fotolia/Tifonimages

Dogs can not only be used to find drugs or find missing people, they can detect cancer. with up to 98 percent accuracy.

Read the article

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Book wisdom:If trouble comes when you least expect it then maybe the thing to do is to always expect it.” ~ The Road, Cormac McCarthy

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She hunts with eagles

Girl & eagleA 13-year-old eagle huntress in Mongolia – Photo by Asher Svidensky

The Kazakhs of the Altai mountain range in western Mongolia are the only people that hunt with golden eagles, William Kremer says at the BBC World Service. Today there are around 400 practicing falconers.

Photographer Asher Svidensky took pictures of five boys learning the skill – and Ashol-Pan, the daughter of a particularly celebrated hunter.

Hunting with eagles

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The 13 greatest opening lines from novels of the 1950s

There are many things that make us read the first page of a book, JPW tells us at Whizzpast.

It can be an author’s reputation, a favorable review, a recommendation by a trusted friend or a breathtaking cover. Yet all these pale into insignificance compared against the importance of a wonderful opening line.

C.S. LewisThere was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it. —C. S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952)

Great opening lines

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10 Words and Phrases You Won’t Believe Are 100 Years Old

They may have been on people’s tongues even earlier, but 1914 marks the earliest year the lexicographers at the Oxford English Dictionary could document these words and phrases in print, Judith B Herman tells us at Mental Floss.

DoohickeyBig screen: A hundred years ago, before there was television with its small screen to provide contrast, the big screen already meant the movies. The Fresno (Calif.) Morning Republican on October 24, 1914 reported, “The stage hands will devise noise effects to help carry out the illusion on the big screen.”

Old words

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The Underrated, Universal Appeal of Science Fiction

Why do so many readers still look down on the genre of Orwell and Atwood? Chris Beckett asks.

People who know me have read a book of mine out of curiosity and then told me, in some surprise, that they liked it—”even though I don’t normally like science fiction.” Indeed, when a short story collection of mine won a non-genre prize, it was apparently a surprise to the judges themselves: According to the chair of the judging panel, “none of [them] knew they were science-fiction fans beforehand.”

The assumption seems to be that a book that comes with a genre label like “science fiction” must necessarily be lightweight stuff—not really comparable with “non-genre” works.

SF-FantasyThe appeal of science fiction

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Libraries are dying? Think again

Like many visitors in Seattle, Glenn Nagel found himself in the city trying to avoid the rain. After wandering around, he eventually made his way to the Seattle Public Library to escape the dreary weather, Jareen Imam writes for CNN.

Seattle LibraryGlenn Nagel was awestruck by the Seattle Central Library

“It’s just an incredible building,” he said. “I spent an hour and a half just taking pictures, and while doing that, I was getting the idea that I should visit other libraries.”

This past year, Nagel has traveled to 12 libraries across the United States, photographing their shelves and hallways like an explorer.

San AntonioThe main public library in San Antonio was designed to tap into the city’s Hispanic heritage, according to Robey Architecture Inc.’s website.

Thriving libraries

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Quote of the Day

Edgar Rice Burroughs

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World’s Scariest Trail?

This was part of the inspiration for the mountain temple in my “Embers of Heaven”, so in one sense, I’ve been here before…

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At the base of a mountain in China called Mt. Hua Shan you’ll find a gigantic set of stone stairs, Viral Nova vividly shows us. They are called “The Heavenly Stairs” and go so high up the mountainside, it’s hard to see where they end.

If that wasn’t enough, the precarious stairs lead to the world’s most dangerous trail, the Hua Shan plank path. The plank trail leads high up the Hua Shan mountain just outside the city Xi’an. No one will force you to wear safety gear, although it’s strongly encouraged

And all this to get to…a tea house?

Don’t look down

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Steve Karlin and Susie Bear

There are those among us who cannot exist unless they believe humans are the pinnacle of God’s achievement, that everything else is inferior. People who insist that animals are SO inferior that they don’t even have souls.

Their certitude is sad and crippling. I’ve known animals who knew exactly what to do when it needed to be done. I’ve known animals who were braver and more loyal than any human ever made.

I’ve held dying animal friends and looked them in the eyes as they were dimming and I know – I KNOW – that there was a soul there and the soul was saying goodbye.

I never met Susie Bear but I know her, too. I have known animals like her and I cried reading her story. Tell me this is not a soul speaking.

Anne Veh tells us at Daily Good the story of Steve Karlin, founder of Wildlife Associates, and one of the most important animal companions in his life, Susie Bear, a 330-pound American black bear.

He says simply that Susie Bear was his most powerful teacher and a beloved friend. One of the most extraordinary stories about Susie Bear began many years ago at an elementary school in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area.

The story of Susie Bear

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Sherlock Holmes, everything you need to know – infographic from The Guardian.

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Read to Win the War: Posters Promoting American Libraries

It’s fascinating to take a look through the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s collection of posters and propaganda, Jordan Kushins writes on Gizmodo.

Lots of the images on file are from efforts to increase book donations from civilians during WWI, then later from the Victory Book Campaign during WWII.

War poster

Win the warLibrary posters

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Authors’ Self Portraits

At Brain Pickings, Maria Popova writes about the Divide Between the Private Person and the Writerly Persona.

Only the crazed and the privileged permit themselves the luxury of disintegration into more than one self,” Jorge Luis Borges wrote in an essay ‘Borges and I.’

It is to my other self, to Borges, that things happen… I live, I agree to go on living, so that Borges may fashion his literature,” he said in the essay that eloquently explores our shared human tendency to disintegrate into multiple personas as our public and private selves slip in and out of different worlds.

In 1996, Daniel Halpern asked 56 of our era’s most celebrated writers to reflect on Borges’s memorable meditation and contribute their own thoughts on the relationship between the person writing and the fictional persona of the writer. Some excerpts:

Margaret AtwoodIn an essay titled ‘Me, She, and It,’ Margaret Atwood — a woman of strong opinions about the problems of literature and its how-to’s — pokes at the common, flawed trope of the writerly persona as a separate, superior entity to the writer’s person:

 Why do authors wish to pretend they don’t exist? It’s a way of skinning out, of avoiding truth and consequences. They’d like to deny the crime, although their fingerprints are allover the martini glasses, not to mention the hacksaw blade and the victim’s neck. Amnesia, they plead. Epilepsy. Sugar overdose. Demonic possession. How convenient to have an authorial twin, living in your body, looking out through your eyes, pushing pen down on paper or key down on keyboard, while you do what? File your nails?

Noting her own embodiment of this dichotomy, she admonishes:

A projection, a mass hallucination, a neurological disorder — call her what you will, but don’t confuse her with me.”

Authors other selves

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From the sublime to the ridiculous. At Flavor Wire, Emily Temple gives us

Extremely Silly Photos of Extremely Serious Writers

For example
And his teddyEdward Gorey and his gigantic teddy bear. Image via

Silly writers

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Quote of the Day

 “Selves will accumulate when one isn’t looking, and they don’t always act wisely or well.” ~ Poet Diane Ackerman

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