Bookish Links — September 2017

Here, classicist and translator Mary Beard answers that fool from The Guardian who thinks that learning foreign languages is useless. In honor of John Ashbery’s recent passing, Andrew Epstein from Locus Solus posted this about the time Ashbery sat for one of Andy Warhol’s “Screen Tests.” While we’re talking about Ashbery, here’s an article fromContinue reading “Bookish Links — September 2017”

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Bookish Links — December 2016

In this article from Harper’s, Annie Dillard reflects on a lifetime of receiving fan mail from many, um, special people. Given my newfound interest in “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” I’ve found it much easier to appreciate this essay by Karen Swallow Prior on “When T. S. Eliot Invented the Hipster.” From theContinue reading “Bookish Links — December 2016”

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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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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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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Poems for the Newcomer

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s prompt is “Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught X 101 (examples: YA fantasy 101, feminist literature 101, magic in YA 101, classic YA lit 101, world-building 101).” Well, I’m not interested in YA,Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Poems for the Newcomer”

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Bookish Links — June 2015

How the greatest poet of the twentieth century saved The Lord of the Rings from oblivion. Here, Dwight Longenecker of The Imaginative Conservative tells us all about the friendship between Edith Sitwell and (of all people) Marilyn Monroe. Did you know that the Marion E. Wade Center (Mecca for Inklings nerds) has a blog onContinue reading “Bookish Links — June 2015”

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Authors

Today, I am participating in the “Top Ten Tuesday” meme, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Top Ten All Time Favorite Authors,” and since I love bragging on my favorite authors, I decided to avail myself of this opportunity to do just that. (Keep in mind that these authors areContinue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Authors”

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Poem of the Week: “For Annie”

* * * A CONFESSION * * * For a long time, I avoided the works of Edgar Allan Poe, convinced that I could never like anything as dark and dreary as his works. When I actually read them, though, I found out that Poe was a genius, especially when it comes to writing poetry.Continue reading “Poem of the Week: “For Annie””

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Favorite Short Stories

Some time ago, one of my favorite bloggers, Suzannah Rowntree, published a post entitled “Favorite (Vintage) Short Stories” in which she listed her favorite stories by genre. It sounded like a wonderful idea to me, which is why I’ve decided to do something similar here. (P.S. Most of these stories are in the public domainContinue reading “Favorite Short Stories”

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An Anniversary I Had to Mark

I’m not going to lie: I was never a big fan of Edgar Allan Poe. It’s not that I read his stories and didn’t like them, or read his poems and found them wanting, I simply didn’t like his reputation, and for this reason, never tried him. Dead girls who aren’t really dead? Brothers whoContinue reading “An Anniversary I Had to Mark”

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