Time to shine.
— from the Publishing, You Can Do It Too! files, in today’s Writers Almanac, which also has a great Charles Simic poem.
Well this is interesting: The Center for Fiction has posted their Fall reading groups, and one of them is an opportunity to discuss the late great García Márquez with his finest translator, Edith Grossman.
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Summer Friday let’s go.
Glory be to God for dappled things—
For skies of cople-colour as a brindled cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
Landsape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;
And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.
All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
I’ve spent much of the last week reading Karl Ove Knausgaard’s first two books in his “My Struggle” series, otherwise known in Norwegian as Min Kamp, a title very close to Hitler’s Mein Kamp. Apparently the latter caused a lot of controversy when the book was first released in Norway, where in a country of 5 million people, it sold 450,000 copies.
Here’s a great review of My Struggle by Brienne Walsh, who can spell Dostoevsky without having to Google it first, which I certainly can’t do and you probably can’t either, if you’re being really honest with yourself.
Jokes in jokes in jokes.
Realized I had used the word “ideation” non-ironically. Spent a good 5 minutes looking for a clip of Johnny Cash singing “What have I become my sweetest friend” in “Hurt.”
This Korean facial mask’s instructions are totally a six word short story.
YOU ARE WHAT YOU READ
And then we come to Pat S. who has just read Regeneration by Pat Barker. “This is the first book of a WWI trilogy by Pat Barker. Set in the psychiatric convalescent hospital of Craiglockhart, Regeneration is a fictionalized account of the poet Siegfried Sassoon’s time in this facility when he had been labeled ‘mentally unbalanced’ for declaring the war a ‘senseless slaughter.’ Told through the eyes of both the patients and the physicians, Barker explores the ethical and moral ambiguities of war. It is heartrending to read the recounting of battles and frontline conditions which left healthy young men physically and psychically shattered—not necessarily at the hands of the enemy, but by virtue of the incompetence and arrogance of their own commanding officers. While not an easy read, this is certainly a provocative one.”
You Are What You Read is our “Staff Recommends” GONE WILD and features recommendations from Darien Library staff members. And you don’t have to live in Darien to receive an email with our top picks!
This series is my favorite historical literature series. Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves, Wilfred Owen, and W. H. R. Rivers (credited with introducing the talking cure for shell shock) are all characters. It’s generally pitched as an anti-war novel, but it’s also perfect for book lovers interested in the lives of writers in war time.
Also, this initiative from Darien Library is lovely.
The ebook for To Kill a Mockingbird is now up for pre-order. It publishes on Tuesday, July 8.
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I think this is the best spam follow I’ve ever received.
Kenneth Branaugh’s Macbeth is the most #TrueDetectiveSeason2 thing I’ve ever seen.