There are books, that one has for twenty years without reading them, that one always keeps at hand, that one takes along from city to city, from country to country, carefully packed, even when there is very little room, and perhaps one leafs through them while removing them from a trunk; yet one carefully refrains from reading even a complete sentence. Then after twenty years, there comes a moment when suddenly, as though under a high compulsion, one cannot help taking in such a book from beginning to end, at one sitting: it is like a revelation. Now one knows why one made such a fuss about it. It had to be with one for a long time; it had to travel; it had to occupy space; it had to be a burden; and now it has reached the goal of its voyage, now it reveals itself, now it illuminates the twenty bygone years it mutely lived with one. It could not say so much if it had not been there mutely the whole time, and what idiot would dare to assert that the same things had always been in it.
Land of the free. Home of the brave. Kingdom of the Kardashians. Yes, America has given the world much to celebrate in a short space of time. The nation’s roster of top class authors is no exception to that rule. Since splitting from the land of Shakespeare, Orwell and Dickens, writers of the United States have blessed the world with thousands upon thousands of memorable tales themselves. Put these esteemed names alongside America’s thriving tourism industry, with its chocolate-box countryside, gargantuan food portions and downright friendly demeanor, and, well, you might just have the trip of a lifetime. We’ve whittled down eight of the very best literary pilgrimages you can take this summer and beyond. Enjoy… And do make sure to click here for a literary travel guide of the UK
The other day a website posted the 50 Coolest Authors of All Time. Turns out almost all of those authors were men, and almost all of the authors were white. I have nothing against white people (I’m white), and I have nothing … Continued