A Woman With Passion
I love the Maisie Dobbs book series by Jacqueline Winspear. She has created a strong female lead with passion. Gotta love a gal with passion.
What did happen early Friday morning was not an act of God. It was not His will...– Andrew Cohen, on gun violence in America.
A Tour of a Life Time
My desire to see every major league baseball park is no secret to those around me. It’s not difficult to make a list of parks, Major League Baseball makes it so easy to plan. What’s not so easy: making a list of bookstores all over the nation that are must see. I’m sure if I google “must see bookstores in the USA” endless lists will pop up. A recent comment on a picture of my purchases from...
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booksellerhaiku: You saw it on TV? It’s shelved in the “I DON’T CARE” Section—by fiction.
Publishers know that they don’t have the money for a prolonged struggle with...– This week in the magazine, Ken Auletta writes about the e-book pricing battle taking place between book publishers and Amazon (sub req). In this week’s New Yorker Out Loud podcast, Auletta joins Leo Carey in a conversation with Sasha Weiss about the effect of e-books on the publishing industry,...
Best Author-on-Author Insults in History
Virginia Woolf on James Joyce: [Ulysses is] the work of a queasy undergraduate scratching his pimples.
Harold Bloom on J.K. Rowling: How to read ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’? Why, very quickly, to begin with, and perhaps also to make an end. Why read it? Presumably, if you cannot be persuaded to read anything better, Rowling will have to do.
H. G. Wells on George Bernard Shaw: An idiot child screaming in a hospital.
Ralph Waldo Emerson on Jane Austen: Miss Austen’s novels . . . seem to me vulgar in tone, sterile in artistic invention, imprisoned in the wretched conventions of English society, without genius, wit, or knowledge of the world.
William Faulkner on Ernest Hemingway: He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.
Ernest Hemingway on William Faulkner: Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?
W. H. Auden on Robert Browning: I don’t think Robert Browning was very good in bed. His wife probably didn’t care for him very much. He snored and had fantasies about twelve-year-old girls.
Mark Twain on Jane Austen: Every time I read ‘Pride and Prejudice,’ I want to dig her up and hit her over the skull with her own shin-bone.
50 Shades of My Life I Will Never Get Back...(my...
I found a use for the Kindle app on my phone; 50 Shades of Grey by EL James. I don’t typically jump on the trilogy bandwagon; I didn’t read Twilight and from the looks of the movies, probably won’t.) I didn’t read the Hunger Games (despite receive the books as gifts). But for some reason, I was drawn to 50 Shades of Grey. To be frank, I know the reason. It’s the only reason why this book and the...
theatlantic: theatlanticvideo: Ray Bradbury Talks Inspiration and Advice in a Fascinating 1963 Film “If I hadn’t discovered writing, I think I really would have become a magician,” the iconic author explains in Ray Bradbury: Story of a Writer, a 25-minute documentary about his life and work. This is excellent.
I Usually Have Eggs and Toast, but Tiffany's Will...
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote, is a wonderfully told tale of one Holly Golightly through the eyes of her neighbor. Even though the reader never learns the neighbors name, that doesn’t prevent one from falling into this quirky story. When we first meet Holly, the neighbor is enamored by her, confused almost. She seems like a simple minded, matter-of-fact kind of gal. As we read on, one...