Authors on Authors

Long, long ago, not long after I started this blog, I published a list of favorite authors of mine and the authors whom they had pointed to as influences on their work. It was just lists of names, nothing more than that. So today, I’d like to update and expand on some of those entries, guided by the words of the writers themselves.

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Fall Library Sale

It’s that time of year again! Our local library recently had its semi-annual used book sale. Usually, I’ll pick up ten or twelve books at these things—this time, I got 27. Anyhow . . . A quick disclaimer: the links to the Book Depository are affiliate links. The Amazon links, however, are not. A fewContinue reading “Fall Library Sale”

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A Few Words about First Lines

I’m still reading Anna Karenina, which, as you may know, contains one of the most famous opening lines in the history of literature: Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. That got me thinking about other opening lines that I especially like, and before long, I had aContinue reading “A Few Words about First Lines”

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Bookish Links — October 2016

Good news for T. S. Eliot fans: Eliot’s estate, working with his publisher Faber and Faber, has launched a new website hosting previously-unpublished letters and photos, as well as rarely-seen essays by Eliot. (HT: The Guardian) For those like myself who would have loved to go to Dana Gioia’s poetry reading in New York earlier thisContinue reading “Bookish Links — October 2016”

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Top Ten Tuesday: Music and Books

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”

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Bookish Links — December 2015

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”

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Literary Rediscoveries of 2015

It’s not easy being a classic lit fan: besides having to deal with the rarity of some books, we also miss out on the elation other bookworms feel as they anticipate their favorite author’s next release. Since most of our favorite authors are dead (or just refuse to publish again for years), we’ll never getContinue reading “Literary Rediscoveries of 2015”

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Bookish Links — October 2015

So, I somehow forgot that yesterday was the last day of the month and did not put up my “Bookish Links” post on time. Better late than never, right? October 25 being the sixtieth anniversary of the publication of Ray Bradbury’s The October Country, The Paris Review ran this piece on the book and itsContinue reading “Bookish Links — October 2015”

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books on My Fall “To Be Read” List

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”

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Three Days, Three Quotes: Day 1

Thank you, Herminia, for nominating me for this challenge! The rules are pretty simple: Post one quote a day for three days Nominate three other bloggers to participate per post. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you. Of course, it was hard to trim my list of favorite quotes down to just three, but I think I managedContinue reading “Three Days, Three Quotes: Day 1”

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Bookish Links — August 2015

Don’t look now, but Cormac McCarthy might finally be publishing his long-awaited novel The Passenger. Before they were married, poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning kept up a long, lively correspondence. Here, Elisabeth Grace Foley of The Second Sentence has compiled a few of the more interesting snippets of those conversations. I once heard an oddContinue reading “Bookish Links — August 2015”

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Poem of the Week: “If Only We Had Taller Been”

In honor of the ninety-fifth birthday of the wonderful, beautiful, talented, exuberant, incandescent Ray Bradbury, I’m posting this video of him reciting his poem “If Only We Had Taller Been.” How fortunate that his birthday would fall on a Saturday. 🙂

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