Literary Liaisons, Wily Wordplay

Wily Wordplay- Opening Lines

It’s Monday here at the Eclectic Eccentric and the start of the work week for most of you out in the world so I thought as a little bit of extra motivation for both you and for me I would share some of my favorite opening lines in all of literature in this month’s edition of Wily Wordplay. As always the quotes are in no particular order. Enjoy! “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”- Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina “It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I…

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A Writer's Tale, Literary Liaisons

A Writer’s Tale: Roald Dahl- Fighter Ace

Roald Dahl is a name that is more often associated with Oompa Loompas and giant peaches than aerial combat but during World War II it was all hands on deck and Roald Dahl was no exception. So this month in A Writer’s Tale we delve into the world of Roald Dahl-Fighter Ace. In 1939 Dahl was working for Shell Oil in what is now Tanzania. When war looked to be inevitable Dahl enlisted himself in military service. After a brief stint as a Lieutenant in the King’s African Rifles Dahl signed up for the Royal Air Force attending flight school…

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In Stores Now, Literary Liaisons

In Stores Now- The Girl On the Train

Today I’m not even going to bother with a preamble. There will be no smooth segue into our topic of interest. No this post will be jarring. And disconcerting. And hopefully will be an absolute pain to read. And still it will have more narrative cohesion than The Girl on the Train. This mess of a book debuted at number one on the NY times best seller list and stayed there for thirteen weeks. And because of that I hate all of you. Maybe I should be nicer.  After all someday I will have a debut novel that someone will…

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Literary Liaisons, Wily Wordplay

Wily Wordplay- On Writing

As you’ve been perusing this site you’ve no doubt seen several mentions of my ongoing pursuit of a professional writing career. With a poetry book out and a novel finished I hope that dream is closer to becoming a reality. But it is no easy thing to make a living by telling stories born of your own heart and mind. Discouragement is as common a thing to a write as the dawn is to the sun. In those times I like to seek out some of my heroes for their take on a struggle I know we have shared. And…

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Literary Liaisons, On the Shelf

On the Shelf- Devil in the White City

Welcome to the first installment of On the Shelf where I review books that have been out for a while but that you may be interested in going back and picking up (which really for me defines all books). I noted in my first instalment of In Stores Now that I had intended to write about Erik Larson’s Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America before realizing it was almost twelve years old. Well for On the Shelf a dozen years is nothing to stand in the way of a good (or…

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A Writer's Tale, Literary Liaisons

A Writer’s Tale- Hunter S. Thompson

“I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.” -Hunter S. Thompson Today marks the tenth anniversary of the death of one of the great American writers of the twentieth century and the Father of Gonzo Journalism. What better way to honor such a master of the craft than to focus on his exploits for our first “A Writer’s Tale” segment. Now the purpose of these posts is not to provide you with a general biography of a specific author, after all you have Wikipedia for that, but rather to tell you…

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In Stores Now, Literary Liaisons

In Stores Now- Station Eleven

So I have a confession. Originally I had planned on writing this review about a fantastic non-fiction gem The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson before realizing that it was published all the way back in 2003. A novel that had been out for over a decade did not fit the goal of more current reviews that I had put forth for this particular set of posts. So I decided I should find something else to read and review. No big deal. Then I spent a fantastic booze-filled weekend in San Francisco with old friends and wasted all the reading…

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