Bookish Links — November 2016

It seems the legacy of Frederick Douglass touched not only the worlds of activism and literature, but also photography: how Douglass used this newfangled technology to advance the cause of civil rights. About the London library books that were returned almost 60 years late. Though he’s known for creating one of the most logical characters inContinue reading “Bookish Links — November 2016”

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Book Review: “White Nights” by Fyodor Dostoevsky

[Warning! Spoilers!] For a while now, I’ve been looking for a jumping-off point into the work of Fyodor Dostoevsky, that lovable little existential novelist that is the pride and joy of Russia’s literary canon. After trying some of his longer works, I decided I’d ease my way in with some of his short fiction instead. …

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Autumn Book Haul

It’s that time of year again: our local library’s semi-annual book sale just passed and as usual, I came away with a huge stack of books. Here’s a quick list of them: do let me know if you’ve read any of them and what you thought! Murder in the Cathedral by T. S. Eliot –Continue reading “Autumn Book Haul”

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Bookish Links — September 2016

One of the many odd questions that often occurs to me while I’m reading is “How old is [insert character’s name here]?” So I was excited to find this article by an Oxford English professor explaining how he figures (Hamlet’s age. (Hint: it’s not thirty.) My other favorite article this month was this piece by Austin Allen forContinue reading “Bookish Links — September 2016”

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A Poem for the Weekend

Because what are weekends for if not for reading beautiful poems? “As kingfishers catch fire” by Gerard Manley Hopkins As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame; As tumbled over rim in roundy wells Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell’s Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name; Each mortalContinue reading “A Poem for the Weekend”

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Top Ten Tuesday: Music and Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Since this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a free-for-all, I thought I’d go back in the archives and do a topic I missed a while ago, “Books and Music.” Below is a list of songs that, for one reason or another,Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Music and Books”

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Bookish Links — May 2016

For the past few weeks, The Oddest Inkling has hosted a guest post for each poem in Charles Williams’s 1938 collection Taliessin through Logres. In case you missed them, here’s the whole list of posts. Speaking of Arthurian literature, here’s a great post by David Russell Mosley on why the King Arthur legends have beenContinue reading “Bookish Links — May 2016”

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Spring Library Sale

Our local library had its semi-annual book sale some weeks ago, and now finally, I’m here to blog the results! (And sorry there are no pictures. The camera’s not cooperating today.) On to the list: Best Film Plays, 1943-44 edited by John Gassner and Dudley Nichols A collection of ten classic screenplays, among them TheContinue reading “Spring Library Sale”

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The Poetry Month Tag

In case you haven’t heard, April is National Poetry Month! I’m excited, of course, and even more so because several of my favorite bloggers have already done and are planning lots of poetry-related posts this month. One of those bloggers is “Hamlette” of The Edge of the Precipice, who made up this little tag asContinue reading “The Poetry Month Tag”

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Bookish Links — March 2016

In case you weren’t keeping up with Cathy and Niall’s “Reading Ireland Month,” you can find the list of all of those posts (including one by me) here. Here’s the story of how some medieval monks got rich by showing off “King Arthur’s tomb.” I’m sure by now, you’ve heard of David Crystal and hisContinue reading “Bookish Links — March 2016”

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Top Ten Tuesday: Valentine’s Day Edition

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. With Valentine’s Day coming up this Sunday, the girls at The Broke and the Bookish decided to make this week’s “Top Ten Tuesday” a Valentine’s Day-themed free-for-all. And since I’ve been looking for an opportunity to talk about poetry anyway, I decided toContinue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Valentine’s Day Edition”

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Bookish Links — January 2016

This news broke a few months ago, but I’m just now finding out that Seamus Heaney’s translation of Book VI of Virgil’s Aeneid will be published this May (March for you lucky Brits). I still haven’t managed to get into Dickens, but Schuyler at My Lady Bibliophile offers some very good reasons why you should.Continue reading “Bookish Links — January 2016”

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