I really wanted to like this book. Especially since I believed this author was going to turn out to be one of my favorite poets. I was taken in immediately by his technical brilliance, by the way he crafts his poems and makes these awe-inspiring, mind-bending little devices out of words. By the time I reached the end, though, I wasn’t quite as excited anymore.
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”
Here in southern Louisiana, we’ve been experiencing blistering heat (85° on a good day), periodically interrupted by short but fierce thunderstorms. Naturally, I’ve been thinking of Dana Gioia’s poem “Summer Storm.” I only discovered Gioia recently, but I’m quickly falling in love with his work. Below is a video of Gioia reading the poem, whichContinue reading ““Summer Storm” by Dana Gioia”
As part of the “Shakespeare Lives” festivities, the British Council launched a new feature on their site called “Mix the Play.” Basing this feature around Act 3, Scene 1 of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, you choose how the scene will look and sound and the site returns a video of that scene performed as youContinue reading “Bookish Links — June 2016”
Since April is National Poetry Month, I decided that this post would focus solely on poetry-related links. But, because this month also saw the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death (and the 452nd anniversary of his birth, although no one knows exactly when it was), I threw in some Shakespeare links too. From Ciera Horton, here’sContinue reading “Bookish Links — April 2016”
With Harper Lee’s passing earlier this month, the internet (or at least, the nerdy internet circles in which I travel) exploded with tributes to and articles about her. I found this one, about her unpublished true crime novel, especially intriguing. We also lost Umberto Eco this month (on the same day as Harper Lee, noContinue reading “Bookish Links — February 2016”
Year of First Publication: 2015 Number of Pages: 413 Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Genre: Nonfiction Sub-Genres: Biography Subjects: Writers, poets, artists, literature Find it on the Book Depository here. (Disclosure: I’m an affiliate.) Hello again, and happy new year! I know things have been quiet around here lately, but I’m back now, and with aContinue reading “Book Review: Joy by Abigail Santamaria”
Please, Lord, don’t let this turn out to be a hoax: C. S. Lewis worked for MI-6 during World War II. A new internet error code, one denoting government censorship, was added to the books earlier this month, and, as is only fitting, it was named in honor of a certain author whom we allContinue reading “Bookish Links — December 2015”
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. 1 & 2: Surprised by Joy and The Weight of Glory by C. S. Lewis I bought these two on impulse about a week ago. The Weight of Glory still sits in its pretty cream-colored Barnes and Noble bag, while I’ve already startedContinue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books on My Fall “To Be Read” List”
All this talk of quotations puts me in mind of a very famous one, supposedly by G. K. Chesterton. No doubt you’ve seen it floating around Pinterest, Twitter, etc. by now: It certain sounds like Chesterton, and it’s in line with things he did say, but it’s not Chesterton. It is in fact the workContinue reading “The Time Neil Gaiman Invented a G. K. Chesterton Quote”
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The 2015 winners of the Pulitzer Prize were announced today in New York City, with Anthony Doerr taking home the top prize in fiction, Stephen Adly Guirgis in Drama, and Gregory Pardlo in Poetry. The Pulitzer Prize is unofficially considered to be one of the top prizes of letters in the…
Just, listen to this poem. Listen to it now.