Monthly Archives: April 2015

Dream Big

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Illustration by Dan Elijah G. Fajardo

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Refreshes The Mind While Making You Smell Fine

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Finally! A cure-all for the dreaded writer’s blockitus! Or, you know, a really cool gift for yourself or your friends.

Link: http://whiskeyriversoap.com/collections/soap/products/soap-for-writers-block

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Library of Babel Anyone?

So, apparently, a Brooklyn author has recreated Jorge Luis Borges’ famed “Library of Babel” online. Yes, you read that correctly: an endless library at our fingertips. Flavorwire literary editor Jonathon Sturgeon covered the story. Here is an excerpt:

Recently, Jonathan Basile, a Brooklyn author and Borgesian Man of the Book, taught himself programming so that he could recreate Borges’ Universal Library as a website. The results are confounding. A true site-as-labyrinth, Basile’s creation is an attempt to write and publish every story conceivable (and inconceivable) to man.

To read the article in its entirity, detour to Flavorwire:

http://flavorwire.com/515783/brooklyn-author-recreates-borges-library-of-babel-as-infinite-website

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Brain Pickings: Famous Advice On Writing

~ The website Brain Pickings recently rounded up some insightful advice on writing by some of literature’s most renowned authors. In need of a motivational pep talk? Inspiration perhaps? Then follow the link below.

As a side note, I find there isn’t anything more comforting than knowing our literary heroes struggled with writing as well. Their words always seemed so flawlessly composed. Effortless. Artful. These quotes, however, prove otherwise. It also doesn’t hurt to gain their wisdom either.

Enjoy the legends; enjoy the solidarity.

Link:

http://www.brainpickings.org/2013/05/03/advice-on-writing/

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Promises, Promises

I will write that book, I promise. It will tell a story, even though I’m the worst story teller ever. And between the vulnerable and brave words on the first page, you will find your name; I promise.
Yara, I Will Write That Book
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Immortalized

“This bit of paper remembers you, each of you,
Pablo Neruda, from “Cristobal Miranda,” Twenty Poems (The Sixties Press, 1967)
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The Little Prince Trailer!

Can’t wait to see this animated version of The Little Prince. I loved the book.

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At the heart of it all is The Little Girl (Mackenzie Foy), who’s being prepared by her mother (Rachel McAdams) for the very grown-up world in which they live – only to be interrupted by her eccentric, kind-hearted neighbor, The Aviator (Jeff Bridges). The Aviator introduces his new friend to an extraordinary world where anything is possible. A world that he himself was initiated into long ago by The Little Prince (newcomer Riley Osborne). It’s here that The Little Girl’s magical and emotional journey into the universe of The Little Prince begins. And it’s where The Little Girl rediscovers her childhood and learns that ultimately, it’s human connections that matter most, and that it is only with heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.

Directed by Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda) and featuring the voices of Rachel McAdams, James Franco, Mackenzie Foy, The…

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Linda Schreyer Interviews Mark Liebenow

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Linda Schreyer continues her Writers’ Talk at Studio West podcast series with an insightful interview with naturalist and grief writer Mark Liebenow.

Mark Liebenow is a grief author and naturalist.

“His essays on grief have been published in grief journals like Modern Loss, The Manifest Station, and Open to Hope, as well as in literary journals like River Teeth, Chautauqua, Saint Katherine Review, Antler, and Under the Sun. He is a member of the Refuge in Grief community and coordinates its Grief Café. He writes about grief on his website widowersgrief.blogspot.com, and is finishing up work on his grief memoir.

Liebenow is the author of four books, the most recent being Mountains of Light: Seasons of Reflection in Yosemite, published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2012. His essays, poems, and literary criticism have been published in journals like The Colorado Review…

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M.H. Abrams Obiturary

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NEW YORK (AP) – M.H. Abrams, founding editor of the Norton Anthology of English Literature and author of an influential book of literary criticism, has died.

Abrams’ death was confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday by Cornell University president David J. Skorton, who declined to give details. According to the website of the Ithaca-based university, where he was a longtime professor, Abrams died Tuesday at age 102.

Abrams’ “The Mirror and the Lamp” was ranked No. 25 on a Modern Library list of the greatest English-language nonfiction books of the 20th century. Abrams also wrote several books about the British Romantics, including “Natural Supernaturalism” and “The Milk of Paradise.”

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5 Stories From “Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark” That Were Pure Childhood Nightmare Fuel

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If you grew up in the 1990s, you knew them. They were elementary school hot commodities; usually you had to sign up on the library’s waiting list just to get your hands on a copy. Alvin Schwartz’s “Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark” series was, at its heart, a repackaging of folk tales, urban legends, and campfire ghost stories — but to the wide-eyed gaze of a child in the days before the internet, these books were the holy grail of scaring yourself shitless.

Whether it was the open-endedness of a tale that really got you or the drippy, gruesome illustrations by Stephen Gammell, “Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark” left all the other ’90s kids horror in the dust. “Are You Afraid Of The Dark”? Creepy, but you could still sleep with the lights off. “Goosebumps”? Good for a few scares (and occasionally a few laughs) but…

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