‘Against Wind and Tide’ – The Double Life of Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Best line: No. 1: ”I cannot see what I have gone through until I write it down. I am blind without a pencil.” No. 2: “I am convinced that you must write as if no one were ever going to see it. Write it all, as personally and specifically as you can, as deeply and honestly as you can. … In fact, I think it is the only true way to reach the universal, through the knot-hole of the personal. So do, do go ahead and write it as it boils up: the hot lava from the unconscious. Don’t stop to observe, criticize, or be ‘ironic.’ Just write it, like a letter, without rereading. Later, one can decide what to do.”

via ‘Against Wind and Tide’ – The Double Life of Anne Morrow Lindbergh « One-Minute Book Reviews.

The quote above contains excellent advice for all poets and writers.

Reading this review made me wish I had lived before instant communication, when people wrote letters, lots of letters. My mom and her older sister wrote weekly to each other and saved and reread favorite letters. The letters could be passed on to their children. How cool would that be? But it doesn’t happen today. We are missing out.

Frank Delaney’s re:Joyce Podcast Series

Frank Delaney.

Frank Delaney is an Irishman. Therefore, he loves James Joyce’s Ulysses. This link leads to the introductory podcast to a series he has been working on for years. He will take you through Ulysses line by line in five minute podcasts. It sounds interesting, although I must admit I have never fallen under the Ulysses spell.

(via PWxyz)

Flavorwire » 10 Things Holden Caulfield Hates About Everyone

Today marks the 61st anniversary of J.D Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, a novel that introduced us to the most beloved/hated embodiment of disaffected youth in all of literature — and quite possibly pop culture as a whole. To celebrate, we’ve rounded up ten things that Holden Caulfield hates. We could have taken the easy way out and just said all of humanity, but that wouldn’t have been nearly as entertaining. And besides, nothing makes you feel more grateful about the fact that you’re not a self-destructive, angst-ridden teenager (anymore) than reminding yourself exactly why Holden Caulfield loathes Jesus’ Disciples.

via Flavorwire » 10 Things Holden Caulfield Hates About Everyone.

New book on the history of modern American poetry

Q: Are there lessons from the “New Verse movement” for those who might like to see a “further revival [of American poetry] in the 21st century”?

A: Dont turn your back on the world around you, or on history, or on “ordinary life.” I am not an expert in very recent American poetry so its presumptuous for me to say so, but some recent verse Ive read seems primarily or entirely concerned with the inner life of the poet — his or her responses to the natural world, to works of art, to somewhat rarefied emotional states. Lyric poetry addresses these precious aspects of being human better than any other form of writing, and this will, I hope, never stop being the case. But poetry can and must also speak to the mundane, the political, the technological — to every aspect of 21st-century experience.

via New book on the history of modern American poetry | Inside Higher Ed.

88 Books That Shaped America

The Library of Congress’ list of 88 books that shaped America, sorted by title:

“Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain (1884)

“Alcoholics Anonymous” by anonymous (1939)

“American Cookery” by Amelia Simmons (1796)

“The American Woman’s Home” by Catharine E. Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe (1869)

“And the Band Played On” by Randy Shilts (1987)

“Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand (1957)

“The Autobiography of Malcolm X” by Malcolm X and Alex Haley (1965)

“Beloved” by Toni Morrison (1987)

“Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” by Dee Brown (1970)

“The Call of the Wild” by Jack London (1903)

“The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss (1957)…

via 88 Books That Shaped America – Roger Ebert’s Journal.

Will Your Children Inherit Your E-Books?

But when I think of sorting through the boxes of my grandmother’s books — even the ones we couldn’t keep, or didn’t want — and what we found there, I am grateful not to have been handed her Amazon password instead. Among all the gifts of the electronic age, one of the most paradoxical might be to illuminate something we are beginning to trade away: the particular history, visible and invisible, that can be passed down through the vessel of an old book, inscribed by the hands and the minds of readers who are gone.

via Will Your Children Inherit Your E-Books? : NPR.

This is an interesting essay about a first edition War of the Worlds given to Robert Goddard, the inventor of the liquid fueled rocket, when he was a boy and the passing down of that book.

Mark Twain Critiques The Deerslayer

Fenimore Coopers Literary Offenses: 18 Rants by Mark Twain | Brain Pickings.

So peeved was Twain by critics’ acclaim of the story that he unpacked it with meticulous, delightfully spiteful attention to distasteful detail, his fury culminating in one passage where “in the restricted space of two-thirds of a page, Cooper has scored 114 offenses against literary art out of a possible 115.”

Review of “My Poets” By Maureen N. McLane

An invigorating mix of criticism, memoir, and marginalia from a writing life, “My Poets” wisely avoids slapping another sales pitch on poetry. If anything, McLane shows that poetry, and the wonders within, have been ours all along. She reminds us that poetry is bigger than all of us, yet exclusive to each of us; and that, when faced with a difficult poem, the reader’s role is never to tame it, but perhaps to simply heed some other wise words from Moore:“The thing is to see the vision and not deny it; to care and admit that we do.”

via Review of “My Poets” By Maureen N. McLane – Books – The Boston Globe.

This sounds like an interesting read. I am adding it to my want list.

Flavorwire » Incredible Pop-Up Books for Grown Ups

The Pop-up Book of Nightmares

The Pop-Up Book of Nightmares

The same folks that created The Pop-Up Book of Phobias whipped up this nightmarish compendium. If you have dreams about falling or other unsettling sleep terrors, The Pop-Up Book of Nightmares is perfect to torture yourself with, featuring eye-popping versions of your worst sleepytime visions.

via Flavorwire » Incredible Pop-Up Books for Grown Ups.

This post lists several pop-up books that I’d like to own.

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