Talking About Books . . .

Cat's Cradle

Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut is being developed for TV according to a recent article in the Los Angeles Times. And just what did Vonnegut think of that novel? Letters of Note found a letter in which he ranked all of his novels, and you can see the list here.

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The Guardian asked some famous authors what children’s stories inspired them, and got some very interesting responses.

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The Lord of the Rings

Oxford’s Influential Inklings” from The Chronicle of Higher Education gives us some history and insight into a group of writers (which included C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien) that met periodically to talk, smoke, drink, and critique each other’s writings.

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A shift in media publishing is taking place that will further minimize the role of print on paper while expanding the role of the internet. It has to do with Facebook, and the changes are giving us a glimpse into the future – regardless of our feelings about that future.

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Do we take it for granted that a woman author is writing “domestic fiction” purely for other women? That’s the question discussed in essays by Cheryl Strayed and Pankaj Misra in this week’s edition of “Bookends” in The New York Times.

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Metamorphosis

“The Metamorphosis,” a ground-breaking short story by Franz Kafka, was published one hundred years ago. Benedict Cumberbatch, the popular British actor, is reading it for the BBC. You will find part 1 of 4 here. If you have never read anything by Kafka, you will quickly realize what the word “Kafkaesque” means.  Click on the black box at the bottom left corner on the photograph to begin listening.

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Some of you enjoy infographics, so here is one about pen names used by authors through the ages.

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The Atlantic magazine has a series of articles by Jane Smiley, Jonathan Franzen, Amy Tan, Charles Simic, and many other authors in which they discuss works that have influenced them. You can get a lot of insight into writing by reading some of these articles. Click on “More Stories >>” at the end of each page to see earlier entries in the series.

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