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Why Do Women Read More Novels Than Men?

C’mon men pick up those novels and read!!!

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"If the novel has a theme it is that of survival. What makes some people able to come through catastrophes and others, apparently just as able, strong and brave, go under? It happens in every upheaval. Some people survive; others don’t. What qualities are in those who fight their way through triumphantly that are lacking in those who go under…? I only know that the survivors used to call that quality ‘gumption.’ So I wrote about the people who had gumption and the people who didn’t.”  — Margaret Mitchell, 1936

"I’ve read some stories where it’s difficult to tell where the story stops and I begin. Those are the best stories."—TBV

"I’ve read some stories where it’s difficult to tell where the story stops and I begin. Those are the best stories."—TBV

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Oxford Dictionary of National Biography podcast: Arthur Conan Doyle, writer

Conan Doyle’s fiction made astonishing progress in the early 1880s. He learned the economics of the short story from the work of Guy de Maupassant and from the Edinburgh medical journals with their logical progress from case-statement to collection of symptoms, rival diagnoses, and finally to ultimate conclusion and explanation. His first translation of these techniques into fiction ended in what is now called A Study in Scarlet. The story brought together Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson for the first time and a lifelong series was launched.

The story of Arthur Conan Doyle is one of over 200 episodes available from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography’s podcast archive. New episodes are released every second Wednesday.

Image: Portrait of Arthur Conan Doyle, The Canadian Magazine. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Alan Moore finishes million-word novel Jerusalem

I love Alan Moore’s work. Can’t wait to see this work published!

macrolit:

The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoevsky

Reading takes you places (just got this t-shirt)

Reading takes you places (just got this t-shirt)

When you can state the theme of a story, when you can separate it from the story itself, then you can be sure the story is not a very good one. The meaning of a story has to be embodied in it, has to be made concrete in it. A story is a way to say something that can’t be said any other way, and it takes every word in the story to say what the meaning is. You tell a story because a statement would be inadequate. When anybody asks what a story is about, the only proper thing is to tell him to read the story. The meaning of fiction is not abstract meaning but experienced meaning, and the purpose of making statements about the meaning of a story is only to help you experience that meaning more fully.
Flannery O’Connor (via nathanielstuart)
One way of arguing for the necessity of print: “Rather than stand on a street corner yelling, ‘Literature is not commodity!’ I decided to inflict a series of physical experiments on my published work, to take several copies of the new book, go at them with my hands, and see what might result. I stripped the book of its cover, bought a pouch of tobacco, tore the pages, rolled the words.”
Martha Baillie; From this article
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Happy birthday, Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy. Born September 9, 1828, died November 20, 1910, age 82.
“If, then, I were asked for the most important advice I could give, that which I considered to be the most useful to the men of our century, I should simply say: in the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.”—Leo Tolstoy, Essays, Letters and Miscellanies

Happy birthday, Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy. Born September 9, 1828, died November 20, 1910, age 82.

“If, then, I were asked for the most important advice I could give, that which I considered to be the most useful to the men of our century, I should simply say: in the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.”—Leo TolstoyEssays, Letters and Miscellanies

If only he could be alone in his room working, he thought, among his books. That was where he felt at his ease.
Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse (via wavingtovirginia)

Neil Gaiman on Book Clubs.

Time to read.

Time to read.

fluorescent-propeller:

Kill me

Read!

fluorescent-propeller:

Kill me

Read!