Posts tagged reading
Posts tagged reading
This “book movement” is going to be off the chain. Get it did.
After a supes- long book relationship (THE ART OF FIELDING by Chad Harback) am doing hot, quick, dirty hookups with short books on blog today- THE GETAWAY CAR by Ann Patchett, WE THE ANIMALS by Justin Torres, and THE INFLUENCING MACHINE by Brooke Gladstone. Get it did!
Today’s Book Boyfriend- THE ASTRAL by Kate Christensen. And I invent a new literary school of thought. BAMB!
KRAKEN by China Mieville is my book boyfriend this week! We have such literary urban fantasy good times!
New Book Girlfriend! THE STONE DIARIES by Carol Shields. This book made me cry an ocean, a river, and a lake- get on it!
“When I am working on a book or a story I write every morning as soon as the first light as possible. There is no one to disturb you and it is cool or cold and you come to your work and warm as you write. You read what you have written and, as you always stop when you know what is going to happen next, you go on from there. You write until you come to a place where you still have your juice and know what will happen next and you stop and try to live through until the new day when you hit it again. You have started at six in the morning and may go until noon or be through before that. When you stop you are as empty, and at the same time never empty but filling, as when you have made love to someone you love. Nothing can hurt you, nothing can happen, nothing means anything until the next day when you do it again. It is the wait until the next day that is hard to get through.”
-Ernest Hemingway, Paris Review, 1958
Today’s blog is about how much I love non-fiction about Intrepid Girl Reporters Documenting Their Adventures While in Nuts-Crazy Far-Flung Locales. En-yoy!
“Call it precious and go to hell, but I believe a story can be wrecked by a faulty rhythm in a sentence-especially if it occurs toward the end- or a mistake in paragraphing, even punctuation. Henry James is the maestro of the semicolon. Hemingway is a first-rate paragrapher. From the point of view of ear, Virginia Woolf never wrote a bad sentence. I don’t mean to imply that I successfully practice what I preach. I try, that’s all.”
“There’s a hell of a difference between wisecracking and wit. Wit has truth in it; wisecracking is just calisthenics with words.”