Books

The 100 best novels: No 92 – Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson (1981) – The Guardian

Monday, June 22, 2015

Ever since President Obama identified Gilead as one of his favourite contemporary books, Marilynne Robinson’s reputation has been dominated by her trilogy (including Home and Lila) about the Ames family of Iowa. Yet, almost 25 years before, Robinson completed and published a first novel which prefigures the mood and preoccupations of almost all her later work. For me, Housekeeping remains her masterpiece, an unforgettable declaration of imaginative and narrative intent….

Novelist, short-story writer James Salter is dead at 90 – Press Herald

Monday, June 22, 2015

James Salter, a writer who contemplated love, mortality and the lives of men of action in his novels and short stories and who built a quiet reputation as an extraordinary prose stylist, died June 19 in Sag Harbor, New York. He was 90. He collapsed while at a gym, his wife, Kay Eldredge, said. Salter was a scrupulous, painstaking writer whose books appeared at infrequent intervals. He was perhaps best…

This Week in Fiction: Louise Erdrich – The New Yorker

Monday, June 22, 2015

Credit Design by Gray 318 Your story in this week’s issue, “The Flower,” involves a kind of escape: a seventeen-year-old clerk, Wolfred, helps an eleven-year-old Ojibwe girl get away from the white trader, Mackinnon, who “bought” her from her alcoholic mother. In the end, the girl also saves the clerk. How did the idea for this symbiotic, cross-cultural relationship come to you? Actually, it seems to me that it’s Wolfred…

‘Fifty Shades’ Fan Fiction Assumes a Life of Its Own – New York Times

Monday, June 22, 2015

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Fact or Fiction for Philadelphia Eagles’ Biggest Offseason Question Marks – Bleacher Report

Monday, June 22, 2015

Even the most optimistic observers are wary of Sam Bradford because of both his injury history and subpar numbers. Bradford is recovering from a second torn ACL just 10 months after the first, and as of minicamp, he still wasn’t a full participant in practice for the Eagles, per Brandon Lee Gowton for Bleeding Green Nation. The fifth-year veteran’s 18-30-1 record as an NFL starter and career 79.3 passer rating don’t…

‘Fifty Shades’ Fan Fiction Assumes a Life of Its Own – New York Times

Monday, June 22, 2015

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‘Fifty Shades’ Fan Fiction Assumes a Life of Its Own – New York Times

Monday, June 22, 2015

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‘Fifty Shades’ Fan Fiction Assumes a Life of Its Own – New York Times

Sunday, June 21, 2015

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Words Made Flesh: Literature And The Language Of Prayer – NPR

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Lately, my prayers have become a form of artistic expression: Carefully chosen words, praise reports like songs, and sometimes pissed-off pronouncements entwined with polite requests that I please not screw something up. This season of life has required thoughtful consideration of even my private devotional time — and that makes me think of the conviction of Flannery O’Connor. No other writer in the history of American letters has been able…

‘The Fellowship’: the literary lives of Tolkien, Lewis & Co. – The Seattle Times

Sunday, June 21, 2015

‘The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings’ by Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 618 pp., $30 To be an Inkling, you had to be male, literary, Christian, connected with Oxford University, and amenable to swilling large quantities of pub beverages. Brilliance and a thick skin, though not requisites, were handy since the group, which flourished in the 1930s and ’40s, numbered among its…

Publishing’s Kickstarter Moment – TechCrunch

Sunday, June 21, 2015

I’ve gone all in in with the Indie publishing movement – I’ve released three books myself and I’ve done relatively well with all of them. But the fact still remains that the entire business of books is stacked against the Indie author. While the tools are far simpler than they have ever been, the perception that and Indie book is an inferior product, at least in the eyes of established…

Literary Father’s Day: Authors who followed in their fathers’ footsteps – Minnesota Public Radio News

Sunday, June 21, 2015

For Father’s Day, The Thread is delving into literary family legacies. These father and child author pairs have turned out some great literature — and some bitter family tell-alls. Six famous literary fathers 1) Charles Dickens and Charles Dickens Jr. Charles Dickens is a tough act to follow. The famous British novelist is best known for “A Tale of Two Cities,” “Oliver Twist,” “David Copperfield” and other classics. When it…

‘Fifty Shades’ Fan Fiction Assumes a Life of Its Own – New York Times

Sunday, June 21, 2015

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‘Fifty Shades’ Fan Fiction Assumes a Life of Its Own – New York Times

Sunday, June 21, 2015

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James Salter, novelist with exquisite prose style, dies at 90 – Washington Post

Sunday, June 21, 2015

James Salter, a writer who contemplated love, mortality and the lives of men of action in his novels and short stories and who built a quiet reputation as an extraordinary prose stylist, died June 19 in Sag Harbor, N.Y. He was 90. He collapsed while at a gym, his wife, Kay Eldredge, told the Associated Press. Mr. Salter was a scrupulous, painstaking writer whose books appeared at infrequent intervals. He…

Cuba’s Vision Of The Future, As Seen Through Two New Translated Novels – io9

Sunday, June 21, 2015

With the United States beginning to ease restrictions against Cuba earlier this year, we’re poised to get a new peek into Cuba. One such opening is through a pair of translated science fiction novels, set to be published next week from Restless Books. For the first time, we get our first translations of Cuban science fiction: A Legend of the Future by Agustín de Rojas and A Planet for Rent,…

What’s it like to switch between novelist and script writer? Emma Donoghue knows – Mashable

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Writing can be an isolating profession, sitting alone with just your thoughts and your computer. But not every form of storytelling has to happen in a vacuum. With novels, plays, radio and screenplays under her belt, author Emma Donoghue has seen every angle of the writer’s world. Our social book club, MashableReads, sat down with the acclaimed Irish-Canadian author to talk about what it means to be a solo and…

Worrying: A Literary and Cultural History by Francis O’Gorman – review – The Guardian

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Worrying, as Francis O’Gorman shows in this refreshingly unconventional history, is a hard activity to pin down. Undoubtedly distressing for those who do it, but rarely classed as a pathology requiring therapy or medication, fretting often intrudes when we are doing other things. It is, as he puts it, a “woodpecker-like tapping away at one’s day from inside the unobservable parts of the mind”. Being mostly secretive, slightly shameful and a…

‘Fifty Shades’ Fan Fiction Assumes a Life of Its Own – New York Times

Saturday, June 20, 2015

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What’s it like to switch between novelist and script writer? Emma Donoghue knows – Mashable

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Writing can be an isolating profession, sitting alone with just your thoughts and your computer. But not every form of storytelling has to happen in a vacuum. With novels, plays, radio and screenplays under her belt, author Emma Donoghue has seen every angle of the writer’s world. Our social book club, MashableReads, sat down with the acclaimed Irish-Canadian author to talk about what it means to be a solo and…