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My virtue is that I say what I think, my vice that what I think doesn't amount to much.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Voynich Manuscript To Be Cloned

Siloe, a small publishing house in northern Spain, has been granted permission to recreate exact replicas of the enigmatic and mysterious Voynich manuscript.

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Hand-Embroidered Book Clutches

Mrs. Chaplin Book Clutches celebrates literature's most beloved book covers by using wool felt and silk thread to handcraft rectangular, gold-latch purses decorated with treasured titles, such as The Great Gatsby and The Wizard of Oz.

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On the Barbizon Hotel, and the Women Writers Who Lived There

There are few buildings in New York as enshrined in American fiction as the Barbizon Hotel.

Often simply known as “The Barbizon,” the former hotel was long the popular living quarters for women to stay in when new to Manhattan, many of whom with aspirations of a permanent career in the city. 

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Neil Gaiman's Birthday Present for Ray Bradbury

On his 91st birthday, author RayBradbury received a present from a kindred spirit: Neil Gaiman had written for him a story titled “The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury” — a sidewise gleam on friendship as a kind of mutual memory.

Listen to it here.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

“Yes, this is Ray. Bradbury.”

The story of finding a message from Ray Bradbury on my answering machine is an inspiring and magical tale that ends with a poetic nod to the wisdom of childhood. And if you believe that, can I interest you in some riverside property on Mars?

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Swallows and Amazons book review, 1930

"For children alone can properly judge their worth, and children, very wisely, never review. An adult has to refer back to his own childhood and ask himself: Would I have enjoyed such a book then? The answer, in the case of “Swallow and Amazons,” is very definitely, Yes. Moreover, the book is entirely charming quite apart from its qualities as child literature."

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

A Rediscovered Book Mocks Bickering British Colonists

The alligator insignia of “The Calcutta Pococurante Society,” via Public Domain Review

"Calcutta in the early nineteenth century was full of British fat-cats cooling their heels in various exotic locales. Joshua Ehrlich looks at 1833’s Calcutta Quarterly Magazine, which includes a bizarre supplement mocking a fictitious group called “the Calcutta Pococurante Society” for its indulgent ways."

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

William Faulkner’s short story “Carcassonne”

And me on a buckskin ponywith eyes like blue electricity and a mane like tangled fire, galloping up the hill and right off into the high heaven of the world. His skeleton lay still. Perhaps it was thinking about this.

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Story of a New Name

The Story of a New Name” is the second part of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan trilogy that began with “My Brilliant Friend.” I was not as enamoured with the first novel as many seemed to be and it has taken me months to struggle through the second. Lila and Lenu have competed with each other since childhood and their relationship is very complicated. Lila has married Stefano, a wealthy grocer who she does not love. Lenu has been in love with Nino Sarratore since childhood. I finally became engaged with the novel when Lenu, upon learning that  Lila has become sexually involved with Nino, allows Nino’s father, Donato, to take her virginity. Lenu then distances herself from Lila and destroys the notebooks Lila has given her. She now feels free to pursue her educational pursuits without the ties to the neighbourhood that have been holding her back. She writes a novel about her experience with Donato; the mother of her fiancee reads it and finds a publisher. Lenu's life is taking off but she feels the need to meet with Lila who is now a single mother who has left her husband and is living in a platonic relationship with a childhood friend who loves her. She is poor and is working at a miserable job to make ends meet. Lenu now has the upper hand but gets no satisfaction from it. What will happen next? Nino Sarratore will definitely play a part and I want to read on. Hopefully I'll be able to make my way through the third novel in less time.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Love & Information

Based on the play by British playwright Caryl Church. "Someone sneezes. Someone shares a secret. Someone hears God's voice. Someone won't say Sorry. Someone's never felt like this before. In this fast moving kaleidoscope, more than thirty characters try to make sense of what they know."

President Obama's 2016 Summer Reading List

Via Open Culture

Monday, August 15, 2016

Hemingway Antlers Stolen by Hunter S Thompson Finally Returned

Hunter S Thompson stole antlers from Hemingway's home. The late gonzo journalist ‘got caught up in the moment’ on a visit to his idol’s home, his widow explained, and had long planned to return them.

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Do Not Say We Have Nothing (extract)

Do Not Say We Have Nothing (extract)

An epic and resonant novel about the far-reaching effects of China's revolutionary history, told through the stories of two interlinked musical families, from the 1940s to the present day

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Women Who Should Be Pretty Pissed Off: Elizabeth Barrett Browning

How do we love Elizabeth Barrett Browning? Let us count the ways.

And this, my friends, is probably the first reason that Elizabeth Barrett Browning (let’s call her EBB for the sake of brevity) should be pissed off. People use and misuse, appropriate and massage her poetry to suit their needs, as I did above. Why can’t we just leave this poor poem alone?
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