Quotes

RIP Terry. You, along with your talent, will be missed.

Game of Travel

Usually when someone famous die, I’m not sad. I can’t be. I don’t have any feelings to that person, no personal attachment. What I feel, is some kind of confusion – It makes to ask myself and think: that person is really dead? Wow, I’m getting old – time is really marching on. Dead of Terry Pratchett though has affected me more than usual. He was one of my favourite writers, and I read almost all of his books, and even though I didn’t know  Terry Pratchett personally, I’m lost and confused with my life more than usual.

Terry Pratchett and his work were with me during most of my life. I have read first Discworld series book ‘ Colour of Magic’ in 1994. It was published in parts in Polish magazine ‘Nowa Fantastyka’. I remember, I didn’t like it at first – it was too strange for me. I…

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Writing the Rails

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We are, without a doubt, a culture of lists.

There are Bestseller lists, Bucket Lists, Shit Lists and Grocery Lists.  Get on the internet and you’ll find lists of the Top Ten Foods to Avoid,  Eight Ways to Find Happiness, Seven Ways to Get More Sex (none of which work, by the way) and so on.

Lists are everywhere, and my favorite lists generally have to do with books.  Not long ago the List Ten Books That Somehow Impacted Your Life challenge went viral on Facebook and now, this time of year, you can find lists of the scariest and/or creepiest books to read during this scariest of seasons.

So if you haven’t seen any of those lists, I thought I would direct you towards a couple here in this post.   Perhaps you’ve read some (or most) of the books on these lists. There are always books you forget about reading…

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Case-Mate Europe Blog

Come tomorrow the Bay Area of San Francisco, Manhattan Island of New York and in West Los Angeles, Barnes & Noble will be offering same day deliveries through Google Shopping Express, Google’s online shopping and delivery service, opening a very direct, competitive line with Amazon and its massive Kindle service.

Having closed over 60 stores in the past 5 years, many of which from high street areas, Barnes & Noble really could do with a boost to business and using Google Shopping Express could really stand to benefit their currently stagnating business. Though it is still considered “a Test”, the new service really is the only way to begin competing with the ever-growing Amazon. Likewise Google stand to benefit from the arrangement with a big name brand showcasing their one year old service.

It’s not all smooth sailing though for Google and Barnes & Noble as Amazon has recently increased its same day…

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It's A Small Film World, After All!

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Plot:

An unprecedented look inside the private world of J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye.

Why It’s A Staff Pick:

Forget what you know about JD Salinger, no matter how much or how little you know about him, for a moment. Even if you’ve never read his work, like myself, if you know at least a thing or two about literature history you should know somethings about him. You’d know that he was highly reclusive for the majority of his life, that he wrote one of the most controversial yet critically praised novels of all time (“Catcher in the Rye”), and you’d probably know that his main character from “Catcher” Holden Caulfield’s quote-unquote unique ideals inspired Mark David Chapman to assassinate John Lennon. This movie is included in my Staff Picks list because if you don’t know much or anything about Salinger and want to…

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“Looming and phosphorescent against the dark,
Words, always words.”
— Charles Wright, from “Cryopexy”

Phosphorescent

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“I read and I read…I had fallen in love with the picture long before I saw the reality.”
— John Fowles, The Magus

Love At First Book

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“Language is a skin: I rub my language against the other. It is as if I had words instead of fingers, or fingers at the tip of my words. My language trembles with desire.”
— Roland Barthes, A Lover’s Disclosure: Fragments

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“No. I can survive well enough on my own— if given the proper reading material.”
— Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass

A Logophile’s Survival Kit

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“There are many myths about writing (writers are tortured artists; writers are drunks; writers are drunk, tortured artists). But in my opinion, one of the most insidious of those myths is the idea that you must be inspired to write. I’ve heard writers say things like, “I just wasn’t inspired to write today,” and “I’m waiting for that burst of inspiration, you know?”

I’ll let you in on a little secret. If you wait for inspiration to strike before you sit down to write, you’ll probably never finish a damn thing. Inspiration is like that hot girl or guy you met at a party one time—and when you talked to him or her, it seemed like you totally clicked. There was eye contact; there was flirting; maybe there was even a bit of casual brushing of your hand over theirs, right? I know. I’ve been there. At the end of the night they asked for your number and said, “I’ll definitely call you. We should hang out.”

But then they never did, and you were left waiting for a call that never came, feeling increasingly like a fool.

That’s what inspiration is. It’s seductive and thrilling, but you can’t depend on it to call you. It doesn’t work that way. The good thing is, inspiration is irrelevant to whether or not you finish your book. The only thing that determines that is your own sense of discipline.”

Malinda Lo’s 2013 NaNoWriMo Pep Talk

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The thing is to sift out
the important sounds, little syllables and vowels that bring
hints of their lost words, and not to mistake the fossil for
the life, or the kiss for the love, not to mistake the fragment
for the sentence.

Richard Jackson, from “Tip of My Tongue,” Out of Place: Poems (the Ashland Poetry Press, 2014)

Tip of My Tongue

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