“There have been daring people in the world who claimed that Fenimore Cooper could write English, but they are all dead now.”
Read of the Day:Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offences by Mark Twain
Click the photo to read a copy of Twain’s hilarious criticism…though I’d advise you to avoid it if you are a Cooper fan without a sense of humor.
Time was passing like a hand waving from a train I wanted to be on.
I hope you never have to think about anything as much as I think about you.
—Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
“I have felt as bleak as I’ve felt since puberty, and have filled almost three Mead notebooks trying to figure out whether it was Them or Just Me.”
Read of the Day: A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace
Click the photo to download and read this humorous and insightful collection of nonfiction essays.
“So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.”
Read of the Day: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky
Click the photo to download and read a pdf version of this cult classic, which is often the subject of much controversy in the court of public opinion.
“I thought I understood it, that I could grasp it, but I didn’t, not really. Only the smudgeness of it; the pink-slippered, all-containered, semi-precious eagerness of it. I didn’t realize it would sometimes be more than whole, that the wholeness was a rather luxurious idea. Because it’s the halves that halve you in half. I didn’t know, don’t know, about the in-between bits; the gory bits of you, and the gory bits of me.”
Film of the Week: Like Crazy, directed by Drake Doremus
Click the photo to watch a theatrical trailer for this award-winning, romantic drama.
just-a-human-bean asked: I am trying to broaden my reading. What is The Scarlett Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy about?
It’s difficult to sum up in a few words (without giving too much away), but I’ll do my best..
Set during the French Revolution, the novel is about a secret society of British aristocrats who attempt to rescue their French counterparts before they are executed during the Reign of Terror. The leader of the group is called The Scarlet Pimpernel, so named for a red flower that he draws when he leaves letters. He falls in love with a woman who is blackmailed into betraying him in order to save her brother. From there, dangerous hijinks ensue.
If you are looking to broaden your reading spectrum, this a great novel to start with. I don’t know what you are used to reading, but it incorporates a lot of the language and plot structure that makes The Classics, well, classic. However, it was published in 1905 and, as such, also incorporates a lot of modernist style and sentiment. I hope that helps!
Write drunk. Edit sober.
The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.