Spellcoats and Crown of Dalemark, plus an update
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I've been interested in Bryson for a while, but didn't know which one to read. Now I do!Buried In Print
I'd heard of this but I'd forgotten to write it down. It sounds very cool. Though actually I came across it at Words and PeaceDoing Dewey
I read a different collection of Davies' essays once & really liked it. I'd never heard of this and it sounds great.Emerald City Book Review
I'd never heard of her. This sounds fascinating.Head Full Of Books
This fits in with my other WWI reading. And that title!Anna Crowley Redding/Google It: A History of Google -
I saw Anne had this on her list and it looked good, so I immediately ordered it from my library. Then in the end she didn't like it much, but I've got it here now anyway...Howling Frog
the Hapsburgs! For me, that's enough said.Christopher de Hamel/Meetings With Remarkable Manuscripts -
about medieval manuscripts. The Other Reader is the medievalist in the house, but I'm the one interested in manuscripts.Nancy LN:
about Lorraine Hansberry, the playwrightJ. Blank/James Wright: A Life in Poetry -
but her post made me want to read more James Wright, too, and probably first...The Lusiads -
Classic about Portuguese explorersCarlo Levi/Christ Stopped at Eboli -
I knew of this and even own a copy, but it moved up about a million places on my TBR. (And yes, my TBR list probably is that long...)Quaint and Curious Volumes
I read the first series years ago. This reminded I need to reread it and read the second series as well. I really don't know why I've waited so long.Quentin Bell/Virginia Woolf, A Biography
Actually all of her Virginia Woolf selections look great.Readerbuzz
addressing the increasingly remote Texan in me.Isabel Wilkerson/The Warmth of Other Suns -
I knew of this but needed reminding. Migration from the South to Chicago, for instanceAnd a whole list of great-looking books for writers on writing. The ones I've read (Zinsser, Dillard, Rilke) made me want to read the ones I hadn't. And made me reread Rollo May's The Courage to Create.
"This brings us to the most important courage of all. Whereas moral courage is the righting of wrongs, creative courage, in contrast, is the discovering of new forms, new symbols, new patterns on which a new society can be built."
"It is necessary that the artist have this sense of timing, that he or she respect these periods of receptivity as part of the mystery of creativity and creation."May himself was an amateur painter, and many of his examples are drawn from painting and sculpture, Picasso, Mondrian and Giacometti; but others are from literature: Joyce, Auden, Yeats, Dylan Thomas, Beckett, Camus and Stanley Kunitz are all cited. I found it fascinating, and a much more positive view of creativity than is usual in psychology. Maybe Maslow is as good, but he's less specific to the work of artists.
Nonfiction books often get praised for how they stack up to fiction. Does it matter to you whether nonfiction reads like a novel? If it does, what gives it that fiction-like feeling? Does it depend on the topic, the writing, the use of certain literary elements and techniques? What are your favorite nonfiction recommendations that read like fiction? And if your nonfiction picks could never be mistaken for novels, what do you love about the differences?Narrative of the Life, the first version of his autobiography, and quite a lot of that did read like fiction and fiction of the best sort. The story quite naturally has narrative drive: it goes from his birth and earliest memories, from one owner to another, bad and worse, how he learns the forbidden activities of reading and writing, and ends with the climax of his escape to freedom. The prose is quite punchy, rather surprisingly so for something that came out in 1845.
|Something slim and serious. And then there's Humpty.|
...its ideal reader would be the intelligent person with no special training in academic philosophy who thinks that philosophers have sometimes raised some interesting questions and who wishes to try to get clear about whether this is the case and what some of these questions might have been, in the interest of thinking about them further.I thought, hey that's me! And he really does write successfully for such a person.
Socratic irony and the Socratic mode of questioning were monumentally inventive ways of being irritating.Recommended.
|Humpty, meet John; John, meet Humpty|
|Humpty had a great Fall (or at least Nonfiction November)|
Turn out the lights and behold things beautiful;Agustini is Alma's field of expertise, the reason she returns to Luscano. As such, she's the McGuffin that sets the story in motion, and can't be disposed of entirely. But she occupies an indeterminate place in the novel. She's treated at too much length to be just a McGuffin, but Agustini's themes are insufficiently integrated into the novel as a whole to warrant the space given to her. I wanted either more or less, and I can't say which of those would have been correct: I just felt the way it wasn't quite right.
Close all doors and enter illusion;
Uproot from mystery a handful of stars
And cover with flowers, like a triumphal vase, your heart...
|Hubert contemplates having his portrait painted|
"When her third husband died, her hair turned quite gold from grief."
"To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable."
"...for there is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about."
"...and as for believing things, I can believe anything, provided that it is quite unbelievable."I had also decided to reread this now for Readers Imbibing Peril; it is, at heart, a gothic novel, with murder, disposal of the body, opium-taking, a Romantic view of the past, and above all, a bargain with the devil, the exchange of one's soul for eternal youth and beauty. But a laugh-out-loud gothic novel filled with one-liners? Only Oscar Wilde.