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NPR interview (Melissa Block) with E.L. Doctorow on his new book Homer & Langley. The subject of the book is interesting--but I what caught my attention were two comments by the author (I'm paraphrasing a bit):

"I couldn't have done this book without getting that first line. Once I had that, it was a way of breaking into the story and into that house." (The line: "I'm Homer, the blind brother") "...You can find the entire book in that first line."


Interviewer: "He [the narrating character Homer] had a poignant line--you had a very poignant line." ["What could be more terrible than being turned into a mythic joke?"]

E.L.D.: "Yeah, I really felt bad when he said that...It's a really a kind of loss of identity the author has. And when Homer said that, I really felt sad."
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1. At my computer, scanning the Gerald Murphy's translation of "The Lament of the Old Woman of Beare". (Why? Because I'm collecting translations of this old Irish piece from the UCD library, and cribbing books is a great use for scanners.)

2. And just prior (30 minutes) to this I was enjoying first few moments of consciousness reading Rita Mae Brown's book on writing, From Scratch, on character creation and plot development.

3. And decided I wanted to read up on some of her books that she referenced in those chapters, such as In Her Day, Six of One, and High Hearts. Which means, go to Wikipedia, for often unprofessional research, but at least some monitoring and whining if someone gets something possibly wrong.

4. Nothing on those books as Wiki articles, but they do have a ink for Ruby Fruit Jungle which is one of those I've promised myself I'd read, but never have. Jump to the link for Ruby Fruit. And there was this paragraph:

"This work is notable for being an early literary lesbian novel, as well as for Brown's own activism in lesbian and feminist causes. Many lesbian readers have found in it a reflection of their own experiences and observations. While some now belittle it as "just another lesbian coming of age novel" (Bildungsroman), its success is part of why the genre is now often considered a clich├ę."

So, now I have a new word. With a link. On to Bildungsroman.

Interesting. And they have a list of books (per the Wiki author's opinion), that represent this genre. Of these, I'm sorry to say I've read little---and some of these are on my Much Promised, But Never Read List.

Read more... )

4a. There is also the link to K├╝nstlerroman, which is more close aligned to Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man/Woman.

5. My curiosity about the Rushdie books mentioned, made me click on Rushdie, decided I need to read Midnight's Children, and The Moor's Last Sigh.

And it mentions magical realism, which I love.
And Tristam Shandy, which I'm not sure I want to tackle until after Tom Jones, but I think I'll Netflix Cock and Bull Story.
But I think I'll skip Gunter Grass's Tin Drum.
Mouse, have you read this one?

And now I've bookmarked the Magical Realism page at Wikipedia, duly noting all cautions on the entry. Maybe I'll try some of those authors.

Maybe, I'll just start out with Chocolat, then go on to Harris's sequels. (The third book was just released this year.)

And that's our Serendpity for Today.

Edit: and at the other end of the scale, tsgeisel reminds me to listen to Jim Valvano, who reminds me to read Emerson.

I've never read Emerson or Thoreau.
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Anyone read this book by Barry Edelstein?

It seems to be sold through Barnes and Noble only at this point.

One review I've encountered, through Wittgenstein, on his 30 Sept 2007 blog.

And while reading Rhia's Shakespeare rambles of of 16 May, (2nd entry after her LOLShakespeare) has anyone read anything of the The Shakespear Riots by Nigel Cliff?

No, I shouldn't be looking at any more books until I finished all the assigned ones, but.....well....it's about stuff iambic.
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Based on the ending of #6 HBP )

....I'm just sayin'....
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I asked Mr. Snuffy to dig out the box of old books he found---things I've been looking for since 1999, when we moved.

Some of his books were in there, used books he bought out of curiosity and never really read.

Turns out we have a third edition (1971) of Bright's Old English Grammar & Reader, edited by Cassiy and Ringler.

Squee or groan?
The preface states what they added to this edition, 35 years ago, and removed or reformatted. Won't detail here, but it sounds good---except for the removal of two poems. However, the whole poetry section sounds wonderful.

Fun for the language junkie. I now own a book on Basic Welsh, courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] josh_summit, and have tracked down a few Irish sites on the web---but far better, have found the Irish Lit/Language section of the Shields library (PB, 1000's, east side of middle shelves, middle to bottom). Lovely books on learning old and modern Irish.

Have already taken to scanning small sections on Irish prosody. Going to see how much of Early Celtic Versecraft by Travis can be scanned in a 3 day weekend on the HP. 156 pages--but at least I can do 2 pages at a time.
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Adjusted the kayaking pic link (circa May 30, 31)---apparently you can't get there from here, not directly anyway. Not exciting photos, for all the effort required to view. But proof of wetitudity.

begging for opinions on books )

OK, per the above, post suggestions for Big Books and/or Boxed Music Sets You Would Loveto Buy, But Not Without 30% Off


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