“We believed that poetry, the opposite of propaganda, should encourage people to think and feel for themselves: it should appeal to their ‘generous instinct,’ as MacNeice said in the violent 1930s”: the New Statesman this lecture by Northern Irish poet Michael Longley recently published on the Troubles and the poetry that came out of it.
About this time last year, I brought you a list of previously-unknown or lost works that were found/published in 2015. With such geniuses as Dylan Thomas, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Charlotte Brontë on that list, I was afraid this year’s installment would seem a little lackluster by comparison. No danger of that. So, inContinue reading “Literary Rediscoveries of 2016”
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”
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”
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”
As Christmas looms nearer still, I thought I’d dig up this old gem. This time last year, Neil Gaiman was asked to give a reading of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol at the New York City Public Library, using the selfsame manuscript from which Dickens himself gave readings back when. Below is a recording of thatContinue reading “Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, Read by Neil Gaiman”
Seeing how much you all liked my last post of this kind (and because there are far more than nine authors whom I want to try), I’ve decided to do a follow-up to my earlier post. J. R. R. Tolkien For years, I shunned theContinue reading “8 More Authors Whose Books I Want to Try”
Good evening, folks, and Happy Father’s Day a day early! I knew I had to write something bookish about Father’s Day, so why not gush about some of my favorite characters? I’m afraid this isn’t a very complete list; I haven’t read nearly as many novels as I wish to have read, so my judgmentsContinue reading “The 3 Best Fictional Dads”