Posts tagged writers

thorindurin:

For those who have never heard J.R.R. Tolkien sing, voilà!


“That’s what Bilbo Baggins hates!” sung by the legend himself.

Blessed are the weird people - poets, misfits, writers, mystics, painters, troubadours - for they teach us to see the world through different eyes.
Jacob Nordby (via stainedpoems)
Happy birthday H.P. Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937)
“I couldn’t live a week without a private library—indeed, I’d part with all my furniture and squat and sleep on the floor before I’d let go of the 1500 or so books I possess.”
Ten Things You Should Know About H.P. Lovecraft

Happy birthday H.P. Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937)

“I couldn’t live a week without a private library—indeed, I’d part with all my furniture and squat and sleep on the floor before I’d let go of the 1500 or so books I possess.”

Ten Things You Should Know About H.P. Lovecraft

vintageanchorbooks:

DRINKING HABITS OF FAMOUS AUTHORS…

IAN FLEMING: Gin Martini

WILLIAM FAULKNER: Mint Julep

F. SCOTT FITZGERALD: Gin Rickey

STEPHEN KING: Beer

HUNTER S. THOMPSON: Wild Turkey

TRUMAN CAPOTE: Screwdriver

RAYMOND CHANDLER: Gimlet

EDGAR ALLAN POE: Eggnog

OSCAR WILDE: Iced Champagne

More here: http://shortlist.com/entertainment/books/drinking-habits-of-famous-authors

The 10 Best Beards in Literature - BOOK RIOT

thetinhouse:

On this day in 1819, Herman Melville was born in Manhattan, New York City, New York.
"It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation."

thetinhouse:

On this day in 1819, Herman Melville was born in Manhattan, New York City, New York.
"It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation."
theparisreview:

“I won’t even talk to young writers anymore unless they can give me a good reason. I say, ‘I don’t have any time to talk to you unless you intend to give your entire life over to it, because it can’t be done otherwise.’”
In Esquire, Jim Harrison on what he has learned from writing.
Photograph: Michael Friberg.

theparisreview:

“I won’t even talk to young writers anymore unless they can give me a good reason. I say, ‘I don’t have any time to talk to you unless you intend to give your entire life over to it, because it can’t be done otherwise.’”

In Esquire, Jim Harrison on what he has learned from writing.

Photograph: Michael Friberg.

amandaonwriting:

Happy Birthday, JK Rowling, born 31 July 1965
12 JK Rowling Quotes

amandaonwriting:

Happy Birthday, JK Rowling, born 31 July 1965

12 JK Rowling Quotes

Paris Review – How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dan Piepenbring

the manuscripts of the masters: 20th century writers 

jean-louis lebris de kerouac
francis scott key fitzgerald
ernest miller hemingway
john ronald reule tolkien 
john ernst steinbeck, jr

A Literary Travel Guide To The USA

Must. Visit. All. These!

50 Cool Authors, Period - BOOK RIOT

Although many writers had had periods of significant depression, mania, or hypomania, they were consistently appealing, entertaining, and interesting people. They had led interesting lives, and they enjoyed telling me about them as much as I enjoyed hearing about them. Mood disorders tend to be episodic, characterized by relatively brief periods of low or high mood lasting weeks to months, interspersed with long periods of normal mood (known as euthymia to us psychiatrists). All the writers were euthymic at the time that I interviewed them, and so they could look back on their periods of depression or mania with considerable detachment. They were also able to describe how abnormalities in mood state affected their creativity. Consistently, they indicated that they were unable to be creative when either depressed or manic.
The relationship between creativity and mental illness – a fascinating study based on writers from the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Kurt Vonnegut was among the subjects. (via explore-blog)
It had been startling and disappointing to me to find out that story books had been written by people, that books were not natural wonders, coming up of themselves like grass. Yet regardless of where they come from, I cannot remember a time when I was not in love with them — with the books themselves, cover and binding and the paper they were printed on, with their smell and their weight and with their possession in my arms, captured and carried off to myself. Still illiterate, I was ready for them, committed to all the reading I could give them …
Eudora Welty; One Writer’s Beginnings (William E.Massey Senior Lectures in the History of American Civilization)