E. L. Doctorow on Why Writing Is Hardest for Writers

Last week, I read the news that author E. L. Doctorow had passed away at the age of 84. I then proceeded to find out who E. L. Doctorow was. He seems to be one of those authors whom everyone knows about and everyone has read except for me. While researching, I stumbled across thisContinue reading “E. L. Doctorow on Why Writing Is Hardest for Writers”

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Bookish Links – February 2015

February was a good month for book geeks. Neil Gaiman released Trigger Warning and Harper Lee announced a new book after keeping us in suspense for 55 years! On to the links. This is your brain on Shakespeare. Behold! Twenty-four of the greatest writers of all time, who couldn’t stand each other. I don’t likeContinue reading “Bookish Links – February 2015”

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I Tried, Flannery. I Really Tried

You may recall last December when I posted my intention to read the works of Flannery O’Connor in the days to come. I decided that she was worth a shot after hearing everyone–from college professors to miscellaneous bloggers–tout her as one of the greatest authors in the world. Having read three of her stories, it’sContinue reading “I Tried, Flannery. I Really Tried”

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9 Authors Whose Books I Want to Try

1: Victor Hugo                   Unlike a lot of classic lit. fans, I am not overly infatuated with Les Misérables. I started to read it, but only read a small portion of the book and I haven’t made it through the musical yet. But when I needed someContinue reading “9 Authors Whose Books I Want to Try”

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My Favorite Authors’ Favorite Authors

Harper Lee (This list is taken from The Mockingbird Next Door by Marja Mills) Jane Austen William Faulkner Eudora Welty Thomas Macauley Ray Bradbury (Most of this list was written by Bradbury himself in his essay “The Joy of Writing.” The rest of it comes from interviews and lectures he gave. As you can see, heContinue reading “My Favorite Authors’ Favorite Authors”

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5 Bookish Wishes

I wish Harper Lee was as prolific an author as James Patterson. I wish James Patterson was a less prolific author. I wish E. E. Cummings would learn how to write in English. I wish Ray Bradbury really did live forever (let me know if you understood that reference 😉 ). I wish Jane AustenContinue reading “5 Bookish Wishes”

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10 Great Quotations for International Literacy Day

I have no idea why the cat is there, by the way. Interesting Literature Today is International Literacy Day! What better time, then, to celebrate some of the wisest, wittiest, pithiest, silliest, and most profound things that writers have ever said about literature and reading? The following are 10 of our personal favourites from theContinue reading “10 Great Quotations for International Literacy Day”

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Bookish Links – August 2014

  For my fellow Mockingbird geeks . . . author Marja Mills talks about her friendship with Harper Lee. If you’re a hardcore book geek, you might like this lecture series from Hillsdale College on the greatest books in Western literature. From the ancient world to the Middle Ages, baby! (I’d start with the lectureContinue reading “Bookish Links – August 2014”

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A Classics Questionnaire

I picked this questionnaire up from Fariba at Exploring Classics. She runs a really cool blog so you should definitely go read it (when you’re finished here, of course 🙂 ). Now for the questions! 1. What is your favorite classic, and why do you consider it a classic? There are plenty of classics that IContinue reading “A Classics Questionnaire”

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Ray Bradbury Is the Coolest

Rejoice, book geeks! It’s the birthday of one of my favorite authors, Ray Bradbury! It’s a shame, I know, but I never really paid attention to Bradbury until I began seeing his obituary on the internet. I was never a big sci-fi fan (I’m still not a big sci-fi fan), so I never saw anyContinue reading “Ray Bradbury Is the Coolest”

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Bookish Links — July 2014

Hi peoples. Let’s see what kind of nerdy delight I was able to scrounge up this month. FINALLY! Symbolism in novels explained by the authors themselves! For all of you Middle Earthlings, here’s a recording of J. R. R. Tolkien reading a chapter from The Hobbit (and yes, he read Gollum’s lines in Gollum’s voice).Continue reading “Bookish Links — July 2014”

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Sacrifice and Hard Work: the Life of Author and Story

Originally posted on While We're Paused…:
I was recently listening to our own Donald Williams give an interview for a podcast. In the course of his talk he was discussing how today we have libraries of information at our finger tips, while in the time of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien…

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Is this just fantasy?

I love the movies, which is why I like to blame them for everything.

Citations orthodoxes

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a fresh look at old films

Patrick Nabarro

Writer, Cinephile

Celluloid Wicker Man

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Carrots for Michaelmas

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Knowledge Lost

An Endless Pursuit of Knowledge

The Motion Pictures

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