Very excited to learn that Parade’s End has been made into a television series by Tom Stoppard. A quick Google search tells me that John N. Gray, a prominent book reviewer in England has called it ‘possibly the greatest 20th-century novel written in English,’ a contentious remark, I would imagine. It’s been sitting on my bookshelf for a good fifteen years; I loved The Good Soldier, (one of my
Came across an art installation made of forty thousand books, left outside to decay, which reminded me of the glorious paper sculptures found in Edinburgh, last year. In both cases I was horrified, (as a kid defacing a book was a hanging offence, whether it was turning down a corner to mark a page, or making notes in the margin). Most of my family’s books came from the library, so good manners meant keeping books pri
Came across this post about the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference by Michael Bourne: That’s why people like me go to conferences like Bread Loaf. Like most Americans, I live in a world that cannot see the point in work that doesn’t bring in money or instant prestige. I myself can’t see the point in work that doesn’t bring money or prestige, yet I keep doing it, day after day, year after year. At a place like Bread
A whimsical look at the colors that might have inspired thirteen authors. My favorites? ‘Pup Tent’ for Hemingway (browns and greens) and ‘Early Meadow’ for E.M. Foster, including a lovely buttercup yellow. E.L. James gets ‘Passionate Purple.’ As the book’s editor, Diane Levinson says: ‘The power, the passion, the bruises–it’s all reflected in this smoldering
I love, love, love gloomy quotes. One of my favorites: A man not afraid of the sea will soon be drowned, for he will be going out on a day he shouldn’t. But we do be afraid of the sea, and we do only be drowned now and again.