Bookish Links — March 2018

“In French, we were learning how to buy a train ticket; but in Latin we learnt … what happens when a city is sacked, what happens to the old people when the young are slaughtered before their eyes, and the terror of trying to escape and survive”: David Kern of the Circe Institute interviews Drs.Continue reading “Bookish Links — March 2018”

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Literary Rediscoveries of 2017

These lists just keep getting longer! Per usual for this time of year, here’s a list of classic literary paraphernalia that was released or rediscovered for the first time this year. I’ve tried to make it as complete as possible, but if you know of any other previously “lost” works that were found or published this year, let me know in the comments.

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Bookish Links — August 2017

In this letter to his then-fiancΓ©e Frances Blogg, a twenty-five-year-old G. K. Chesterton describes an ordinary day for him. His descriptions are characteristically wonderful: Out of the starless night of the Uncreated, that was before the stars, a soul begins to grope back to light. It gropes its way through strange, half-lighted chambers of Dreams,Continue reading “Bookish Links — August 2017”

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Why Macbeth‘s Birnam Wood Prophecy Actually Works

In case I hadn’t mentioned it here before, I love Macbeth. Passionately. It’s my favorite Shakespeare play (other than Hamlet) and its main character is one of my favorite protagonists in all of literature. In spite of that, I can understand why a lot of people dislike it: it’s pretty dark and violent, even forContinue reading “Why Macbeth‘s Birnam Wood Prophecy Actually Works”

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Bookish Links — May 2017

Some Sylvia Plath biographers just found two unpublished poems of hers. Apparently, J. R. R. Tolkien hated Walt Disney’s movies, and his reasons why have a lot to do with his approach to storytelling, fairy tales, and myth. I love this piece about a Jordanian bookseller who is fighting ignorance and prejudice one trade atContinue reading “Bookish Links — May 2017”

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Bookish Links — April 2017

Since I was trying to keep up the Irish literature theme for last month’s “Bookish Links,” I missed a lot of cool things that went up in March. For instance, March 1 was Robert Lowell’s 100th birthday, so the folks at the Poetry Foundation put together this podcast interviewing former students from Lowell’s poetry classesContinue reading “Bookish Links — April 2017”

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Literary Rediscoveries of 2016

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 BrontΓ« 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”

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Book Review: The Fellowship: the Literary Lives of the Inklings by Philip and Carol Zaleski

Year of First Publication: 2015 Year of Publication for This Edition: 2016 Number of Pages: 644 Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Genre: Nonfiction Sub-Genres: Biography, Literary Criticism Note: this post contains affiliate links. Exciting things are happening in the world of the Inklings. Once a bit of esoterica for fantasy fans, this small club ofContinue reading “Book Review: The Fellowship: the Literary Lives of the Inklings by Philip and Carol Zaleski”

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Bookish Links—August 2016

As if you needed another reason to read books: it turns out reading might help you live longer. This month, a previously-undiscovered castle was excavated in the UK . . . and it might be tied to the historical King Arthur. Remember Andrew Gulli? The guy who found and published a lost F. Scott FitzgeraldContinue reading “Bookish Links—August 2016”

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A Lost J. R. R. Tolkien Interview Will Air This Saturday

Great news! Almost fifty years after it was recorded, a BBC interview with J. R. R. Tolkien is finally going to be broadcast. According to The Tolkien Society, the interview was recorded in 1968 as part of a BBC documentary titled Tolkien in Oxford. In the end, only a small portion of the interview appearedContinue reading “A Lost J. R. R. Tolkien Interview Will Air This Saturday”

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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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Bookish Links — February 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”

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