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"Outside In: Nell Zink turned her back on the publishing world. It found her anyway" by Kathryn Schultz, New Yorker, May 18, 2015

Bricklayer, Bird-Watcher, Literary Sensation

Bricklaying “was more valuable for my intellectual life than my entire college career.

The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (formerly called the Prize for the Novel) has been awarded since 1918 for distinguished works of fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life.

Complete reading the Pulitzer Prize winning books from the first to current. A list (with links) of the winning Pulitzer Prize books for Fiction along with the finalists for each year awarded from 1948 to the present.

When we speak of Ulysses we must first address its critics. This is nothing new: though the complaints have changed, the arguments remain as ignorant and outmoded as ever. Upon publication, the book was censored for its supposed obscenities, and was not legally available in the United States for over a decade. Now that it has been accepted as a literary classic, the charges against it have changed. It is too difficult, we can’t understand it, they cry. Wah.

When we speak of Ulysses we must first address its critics. This is nothing new: though the complaints have changed, the arguments remain as ignorant and outmoded as ever. Upon publication, the book was censored for its supposed obscenities, and was not legally available in the United States for over a decade. Now that it has been accepted as a literary classic, the charges against it have changed. It is too difficult, we can’t understand it, they cry. Wah.

Radiolab and Radioambulante teamed up to tell the story of this 80s Havana subculture that was part political protest and part response to a helpless situation.

Radiolab and Radioambulante teamed up to tell the story of this Havana subculture that was part political protest and part response to a helpless situation.

how to listen to  THE BLACK TAPES PODCAST  via iTunes  Android  via Sticher  via RSS

The Black Tapes Podcast docudrama in the style of Serial.I find it's so well done that it's hard to tell if it's real or not.

sanni kurkisuo tyyli - Google-haku

sanni kurkisuo tyyli - Google-haku

"I believe in love." -Dowager Countess to Lady Mary, Downton Abby S6.8

Downton Abbey S6 E8: The Marigold Silence of DOOM

Exit stage left: Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) and the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith)

"How I Read" (Tim Parks): "Well, I would not want to be prescriptive. We all read from different places, different backgrounds, and my meeting with Proust or Woolf, or Lydia Davis or J. M. Coetzee, will not be yours, nor should it be..."

"If reading is a skill, there must be techniques and tools that all can use or try, even if they use them differently." A bit reachy in parts, but a valuable perspective

Nick Hornby, Dave Eggers and Zadie Smith are among a growing group of   novelists who struggle with internet-addiction. Carl Wilkinson investigates   the powerful effect of the web on the creative mind

Shutting out a world of digital distraction

Nick Hornby, Dave Eggers and Zadie Smith are among a growing group of novelists who struggle with internet-addiction. Carl Wilkinson investigates the powerful effect of the web on the creative mind //// Ironically reading this while procrastinating

Portrait of St Augustine of Hippo

The Evolution of the West: How Christianity Has Shaped Our Values. IN THE early years of the Enlightenment, a few brave philosophers challenged the Christian order—an apparently hopeless task.

"Southerners love a good tale. They are born reciters, great memory retainers, diary keepers, letter exchangers... great talkers." Mississippi native, author Eudora Welty

"Southerners love a good tale. They are born reciters, great memory retainers, diary keepers, letter exchangers." Mississippi native, author Eudora Welty so thankful for the opportunity I had to meet and talk with her

Eric Idle Online (He might be funny, but he sure sings and plays guitar pretty like.)

Eric Idle Online (He might be funny, but he sure sings and plays guitar pretty like.

Last updated November 10, 2016Legendary singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen has died at age 82. No cause of death was revealed.“It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist Leonard Cohen has passed away,” reads a statement from representative Catharine McNelly, also posted to Cohen’s Facebook page. “We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific [...]

Leonard Cohen shares a joke and smokes a cigarette - Photo by Hulton Archive

Mavis Gallant

4 Grands Auteurs Québécois à découvrir // 4 Great Quebec Writers

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