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The Airship: Behind the Lit - All of Europe Initially Loathes Paradise Lost.

Interesting. It remained popular enough, that when Princeton University built their Chapel in the early part of the 20th Century, many stained glass windows depict scenes from the text. ‘Course, all I knew is that it was a cool, big dark place to adventure in as a child. The brightly lit stained glass just gave it a LoTR feel (long before I knew what LoTR even was). Numinous, even for a child with no religious upbringing.

08/13/14 • 10:40 AM • ArtsBooksHistoryPersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Paris Review: The Professor and the Siren.

... Lampedusa gives his immortal heroine the body of a fish from the waist down; in this he is following the more familiar northern folklore tradition of fish-tailed mermaids; of Mélusine, seal women or selkies; and of water spirits, called undines by the alchemist and philosopher Paracelsus. But both species share the special charm of an irresistible voice.”  Reminds me, if you’ve not seen Ondine (with Colin Farrell et al), you should.

08/11/14 • 11:41 AM • ArtsBooksEntertainmentHistory • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Slate: 250 years of English grammar usage advice.

For the past two and a half years, I’ve been working on a database of more than 75 usage guides and 123 usage problems in the English language, spanning a period of nearly 250 years. My two assistants and I call this project the Hyper Usage Guide of English or HUGE database and it’s based out of Leiden University in the Netherlands.” Aw, fantastic.

08/07/14 • 09:31 PM • ArtsBooksHistoryScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Airship: A Graveyard Tour of Literature.

Graveyard visits render a surprising amount of information about a person.

08/07/14 • 04:41 PM • ArtsBooksHistory • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: The five worst book covers ever.

I remember that ‘Princess Bride’ cover; right when Boris Vallejo art was the ‘thing’ for fantasy books.

08/07/14 • 09:47 AM • ArtsBooksHistory • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Airship: Roald Dahl - Certified Bad Ass.

It’s usually macho men like Ernest Hemingway or Jack London whom people think of when someone mentions intrepid 20th century writers, but Roald Dahl proves that one can entertain generations of children and still go down in history as a certifiable bad ass.

08/06/14 • 10:32 AM • ArtsBooksHistory • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

PS Mag: Fictional Stories Are More Moving Than We Predict.

New research finds people mistakenly believe real-life stories will be more emotionally gripping than those that are the products of an author’s imagination.” There are some who eschew all fiction, because biographies ‘tell how real people solved real issues.’ Then they find out how biographers and autobiographers engage fictional thinking and revisionism ...

08/06/14 • 09:52 AM • ArtsBooksPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Millions: The Art of Close Writing

So-called omniscience is almost impossible. As soon as someone tells a story about a character, narrative seems to want to bend itself around that character, to take on his or her way of thinking and speaking. A novelist’s omniscience soon enough becomes a kind of secret sharing.”  Fun read.

08/05/14 • 12:06 PM • ArtsBooks • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NPR: The ‘Bridge’ From Watergate To Reagan, Masterfully Drawn.

Perlstein does an admirable job recounting the political stories of the era, but it’s his keen understanding of larger social and cultural trends that make the books in his series so essential.” On my reading list! Sometimes, one needs to verify one’s memory.

08/05/14 • 12:05 PM • BooksHistoryPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Rumpus: Murder By Danielle Collobert.

Collobert left behind a handful of books, all produced in only twenty years. Like many writers who have chosen to end their own lives, her voice occasionally takes on a gravity that is, if nothing else, alarming, urgent.

08/05/14 • 11:37 AM • ArtsBooksPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

WaPo: Crimes of Passion.

Writing an opera about adultery, in this context, involves a great bait-and-switch, because while adultery was once a crime, love is not. Love, in fact, is supreme in Western culture: we are told that it is synonymous with God, that it conquers all, that it has its own laws, and that in its pure form it is one of the greatest things to which man can aspire. So a story about two adulterers can at once titillate and uplift: the passion outweighs the crime.

08/05/14 • 09:36 AM • ArtsBooksHistoryPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Bookseller: Sony to cease production of e-reader devices.

Analysts have previously indicated that e-readers have a short shelf life in the market now the versatile and popular tablet computer is  more affordable.”  Surprised it took this long. I predicted the dedicated e-reader was an interstitial form-factor; tablets, in various sizes, would win the long game.

08/05/14 • 09:34 AM • BooksComputingHardwareInternetMobile • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Writer’s Digest: List of 50 Poetic Forms for Poets.

They’re all fun. My advice ... try something new when you’re really creatively stuck. And be sure to write ‘em down and save ‘em. What you hate today, you may find you love tomorrow.  They’re all worthy.

08/04/14 • 04:46 PM • ArtsBooksPersonal • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Longform: The Longform Guide to Miraculous Survivals.

Marked for later reading.

07/31/14 • 05:10 PM • ArtsBooksGeneralTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Hairpin: Go Read Alice - The History of the Diary Novel.

The diary novel canon is composed first of diary novels which have received significant (male) literary praise. But within this genre, the diary novel for women is an important and under-recognized sub-genre. These novels are usually evaluated on their historical merits because aesthetically, they are terrible: written by religious conservatives and/or befuddled men, often intended (in the Victorian era) to instruct.” Ugh.

07/31/14 • 03:10 PM • ArtsBooksHistoryHuman Rights • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Consulting Collections of Medieval Manuscripts Online.

Trove.

07/31/14 • 11:26 AM • ArtsBooksHistory • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Airship: I Read All of the Harry Potter Books for the First Time Over the Last Month.

Someone had to say it.

07/31/14 • 09:52 AM • ArtsBooksChildhoodPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Paris Review: Emily Brontë’s Boring Birthday.

I’m afraid it’s true. Emily Brontë’s birthday letters are totally dull.” Doesn’t that give more evidence to a fertile imagination?

07/31/14 • 09:48 AM • ArtsBooksHistoryPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

MeFi: DIY Law School - Learn the Law Without Law School.

Everyone should understand at least a *little* law. Read a little Blackstone, at the very least.

07/30/14 • 02:47 PM • BooksHistoryLawWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Airship: Happy Birthday, Penguin, and Thanks for Inventing the Modern Paperback Book.

July 30 marks the 79th anniversary of a mass-market paperback revolution. On this date in 1934, publisher Allen Lane was supposedly struck by a fantastic epiphany while suffering from boredom at a British train station. The idea? To make good literature accessible to everyone.

07/30/14 • 09:06 AM • ArtsBooksHistory • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Paris Review: Cory Arcangel’s Working on My Novel.

Cory Arcangel’s new book, Working on My Novel — based on the Twitter feed of the same name—is a compilation of tweets from people who are putatively at work on novels. No more, no less.”  That’s it - never, ever say you’re working on your novel.

07/29/14 • 11:32 AM • ArtsBooksSocial Media • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Paris Review: The Best Medicine.

Can a reader and a character be simultaneously amused?”  Hmmm. Interesting. Conflict tends to drive dialogue, not amusement. I can’t think of a single example of mirthful characters, off the bat. Mercutio’s mirthful wit, perhaps.

07/25/14 • 04:11 PM • ArtsBooksPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Airship: Have You Failed as a Writer If You Aren’t Famous?

True failure doesn’t lay in being unknown, but ceasing to write.

07/25/14 • 12:28 PM • ArtsBooksPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: The owl who liked sitting on Caesar by Martin Windrow.

Throughout their 15 years together, Windrow filled notebooks with fascinating observations of Mumble’s behaviours, such as her improving flight and hunting skills, her eating and bathing habits, and even that she enjoyed drinking from a dripping kitchen tap. We also learn that the fledgling Mumble was a delight to Windrow’s friends, who later had to don protective helmets before Mumble’s growing possessiveness ruled out visitors altogether.” They are territorial birds. As my scalp can attest from various photographic misadventures.

07/24/14 • 12:02 PM • ArtsBooksNatureTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

VQR Online: Away.

Writing is a bit like inflating a vast oxygen tent contained by a thin filmy membrane. Each time I write I have to breathe life into this, slowly blowing it larger and larger, making it more and more substantial, giving it shape. The sound of anyone’s voice, an approaching step, arrests me. I waver, and the whole filmy construct trembles, shudders, and then deflates, sliding into nothingness. It’s gone.”  Beautifully expressed. One’s muse can be as diaphanous as a soap-bubble — fragile, vulnerable.

07/24/14 • 10:37 AM • ArtsBooksPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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