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

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Paul Auster: ‘I'm going to speak out as often as I can, otherwise I can't live with myself'

In the wake of Trump’s victory, he says, “I feel utterly astonished that we could have come to this. I find his election the most appalling thing I’ve seen in politics in my life.” The Russians hacking the Democratic party is “almost like a declaration of war, without bullets”. “I’ve been struggling ever since Trump won to work out how to live my life in the years ahead,” he says. And he has decided to act: “I have come to the conclusion to accept something that has been offered to me again and again over the years – to become president of PEN America. I have been vice-president, and secretary, but I’ve never wanted to take on the full burden. I’ll start early in 2018. I’m going to speak out as often as I can, otherwise I don’t think I can live with myself.”


Paul Auster via 3quarksdaily

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Drunktionary



Put your beer goggles on and check out The Drunktionary: A politically incorrect collection of slang terms for "drunk."

I was amused by the "tight as" references:



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Thomas Pynchon sends his regrets to Donald Barthelme for missing the Postmodern Dinner

A 1983 letter from Thomas Pynchon to Donald Barthelme:




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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Fiction Picks from President Obama



President Obama has made it clear over the past 8 years that books are a big part of his life—whether he’s shopping on Small Business Saturday or releasing his vacation reading list. I've added the above to my to-read list.

See some of the books he’s picked up during his time in office.


New Book


New Book (2016) Linocut by Hannah Forward

The Bookworm



The Bookworm (2016) Linocut by Hannah Forward 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Obama’s Secret to Surviving the White House Years: Books - The New York Times



"Not since Lincoln has there been a president as fundamentally shaped — in his life, convictions and outlook on the world — by reading and writing as Barack Obama.

Last Friday, seven days before his departure from the White House, Mr. Obama sat down in the Oval Office and talked about the indispensable role that books have played during his presidency and throughout his life — from his peripatetic and sometimes lonely boyhood, when “these worlds that were portable” provided companionship, to his youth when they helped him to figure out who he was, what he thought and what was important."
More: The New York Times

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sales of Rep. John Lewis' Graphic Novel Skyrocket


Three years ago, Representative John Lewis published the first book in a three-part graphic novel series about his experience as a leader for the Civil Rights Movement. Today, March is one of the biggest books in the country, selling out on Amazon overnight. And it’s all because the next president decided to pick a fight.

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The Five Most Dangerous Children’s Books Ever Written, According to Sean Hannity

1. Clifford the Big Red Dog
by Norman Birdwell

According to a reliable source, Norman Birdwell, a close personal friend of Karl Marx and adviser to Pol Pot, was a card-carrying member of the American Communist Party. The metaphor is obvious: a big red canine teaches children the importance of sharing and working together. (While cleverly ignoring the consequences of such un-American behavior.) ...

More: McSweeney’s Internet Tendency

London Bookshops



The Best Bookshops in London 

Osip Mandelstam


Osip Mandelstam, was a Russian writer who was arrested under Stalin and exiled in the 1930s. Sentenced to a labor camp in Siberia, he died en route at a transit camp, aged forty-seven.

Take for joy from my outstretched palms
A little honey and a little sun
As we were implored by the bees of Proserpine.

No one can loose a boat that is unmoored.
No one can hear the shadow shod in fur.
One cannot track down fear in the dense forest of life.

We are left only with kisses,
Prickling like tiny fuzzy bees
Which die, having left the hive.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Classic Literary Obituaries


Whether you’re contemplating your inevitable death or trying to avoid it by reading articles on the internet on this luckiest of days, here is a collection of Classic Literary Obituaries, From Virginia Woolf to Marcel Proust

From Lewis Carroll's Diaries

Lewis Carroll, died on this day in 1898. These diary pages record the first time he told the story of Alice:



From Lewis Carroll's Diaries

Friday, January 13, 2017

James Joyce's Death and Wake


On this day in 1941 James Joyce died in Zurich at the age of fifty-eight, from peritonitis brought on by a perforated ulcer. Even without the dislocation of WWII, Joyce's last years were beset with difficulties -- the schizophrenia of his daughter, his son's floundering career and broken marriage, his own poor health, ongoing battles over Ulysses and new worries about Finnegans Wake

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Write in Mark Twain's Personal Library



Need some literary inspiration? The Mark Twain House and Museum is offering the chance to write in his personal library in Hartford, Connecticut.
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