Literary Liaisons, On the Shelf

On The Shelf- Good Omens

With a new, live-action adaptation premiering this week, I thought it was a good time to dust off my copy of Good Omens and give it another read. Then I realized I loaned out my copy some time ago and never got it back. Luckily, I travel a good deal and the book is currently a ubiquitous feature of airport newsstands. For those of you not already familiar with Good Omens, the novel is a product of a partnership between Neil Gaiman and the late, great Terry Pratchett. A satirical take on the End Times, the novel follows the angel…

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Literary Liaisons, Wily Wordplay

Wily Wordplay – Closing Lines

And so I bid you Adieu for now. With some of the greatest closing lines in literature. 1.“The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which” – George Orwell, Animal Farm (1945) 2.“He loved Big Brother” – George Orwell, 1984 (1949) 3.”He was soon borne away by the waves, and lost in darkness and distance.” – Frankenstein Mary Shelly 4.“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better…

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A Writer's Tale, Literary Liaisons

A Writer’s Tale- O. Henry

Once again, loyal readers, we find ourselves in the midst of the holiday season. And if you’re anything like me this time of year finds you indulging in certain annual traditions. And while I’m sure many of you share my penchant for eggnog and Die Hard, one of my more personal traditions is to re-read “The Gift of the Magi” a powerful story about love and giving that really helps me crystalize the important things in my life. And if this year someone tugs on your heartstrings the way I just did and you feel like bumming them out in…

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A Writer's Tale, Literary Liaisons

A Writer’s Tale- Canterbury Wine

Today’s entry in A Writer’s Tale will be shorter than our usual fare, as what I’m about to share with you is less a story and more along the lines of a hysterical, historical tidbit. But to be honest with you it was just too good a tidbit not to share. I’m sure most of you are familiar with the works of Geoffrey Chaucer, his Canterbury Tales being a staple of most 12th-grade literature classes. Well, modern audiences are not alone in their admiration of Chaucer, he was very much appreciated in his own time as well. In fact, to…

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A Writer's Tale, Literary Liaisons

A Writer’s Tale- Percy Shelley’s Heart

This week’s entry of A Writer’s Tale features a story that is less quirky and more macabre. It is also a special bonus edition as it involves not one but two of my favorite writers. Percy Bysshe Shelley was one of the great poets of the Romantic Age. He is known for a great many works but you’ll indulge me in recognizing one of my own personal favorites Ozymandias. Percy was married to another quite famous writer whose work is well known to all of you. Mary Shelly, who authored one of the most famous novels ever written, Frankenstein. Our…

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A Writer's Tale, Literary Liaisons

A Writer’s Tale-Virginia Woolf

It occurred to me that I have done my readership a great disservice by somehow managing only to feature the quirky and wild tales of male authors up to this point. So in this edition, I will remedy that with a tale as amusing as it is cringe-worthy. And what literary lady will grace us with her tale this day? Why none other than the master of the modern novel herself, Miss Virginia Woolf. The year was nineteen ten, the place Dorset, England. Back before the great war, there was quite a rivalry between officers in Her Majesty’s Navy. As…

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Literary Liaisons, On the Shelf

On the Shelf- All the Sad, Young, Literary Men

For this edition of On the Shelf I decided to go to a book that has literally sat on my shelf for a few years without having been read: Keith Giessen’s All the Sad, Young, Literary Men. I picked it up on a whim because the title intrigued me (it’s an F. Scott Fitzgerald reference) and it’s possible I never started it because I was afraid the title described me. But in the end, my belief that no book on my shelf should ever go unread won out and I decided to make a concerted effort to finish this potential…

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Literary Liaisons, Wily Wordplay

Wily Wordplay – From Philosophers

And now here are some wise words from people much smarter than myself. 1.“The unexamined life is not worth living” – Socrates 2.“The brave man is he who overcomes not only his enemies but his pleasures” – Democritus 3.It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows. ~Epictetus 4.The great aim of education is not knowledge but action. -Herbert Spencer 5.“If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things” – René Descartes 6.“It is the mark of an…

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Literary Liaisons, On the Shelf

On The Shelf- In The Woods

I love a good whodunit. My bread and butter may lay more with fiction of the speculative variety, but at my core, I’m a puzzle solver. I want to put together the clues and see if I can’t figure it all out before the plot reaches the denouement. Unfortunately, I have consumed so much media over the years that I’ve become intimately familiar with all of the conventions of the mystery genre. As a result, some of the subtler breadcrumbs writers leave along the way for their readers instead read like big neon signs for me. I felt this was…

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Literary Liaisons, On the Shelf

On The Shelf- Survivor

Sex. Violence. Consumerism. These are the three key components of any Chuck Palahniuk novel and this month’s entry of On The Shelf is no exception. In this iteration, we get a doomsday cult, a marketing messiah, and a woman who knows literally everything. So come with me as I dive deep into the bibliography of the man who brought you Fight Club and Choke and review one of his lesser-known works, Survivor. This is Palahniuk’s second novel, following three years after Fight Club. In it, Tender Branson is the last known survivor of a doomsday cult and after being approached…

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