Archive for May, 2008

Saturday Quote of the Night

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

“All a poet can do is warn.”

- Wilfred Owen





Saturday Evening Book Reviews

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

A couple of quick reviews from Scotland. (Tony Horowitz’s new book keeps popping up everywhere. It’s either noteworthy, or he’s got very diligent PR people. I’m guessing it’s both.)

A YEAR IN TIBET is well-received by The Telegraph.

Let’s hit Ireland while we’re trolling that part of the world for reviews, shall we?

The New York Times gives a three-fer.

Susan Neiman’s MORAL CLARITY sounds fascinating and likely to make you smarter in a single sitting.

Afternoon Viewing: Tom Wolfe

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Old 97s frontman Rhett Miller chats up the author on the subjects of books, music and college in this 2005 interview:

Saturday Morning LitLinks

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Reviews of former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan line up along party lines. Shocking.

Book world seeks dramatic change as recipe for success at Book Expo America.

What Dr. Who tells us about what writers tell us about themselves.

James Bond gadgets that made it into real life.

R.I.P. George Garrett

Friday Quote of the Night

Friday, May 30th, 2008

“Any magazine-cover hack can splash paint around wildly and call it a nightmare, or a witches sabbath or a portrait of the devil; but only a great painter can make such a thing really scare or ring true. That’s because only a real artist knows the anatomy of the terrible, or the physiology of fear.”

- H.P. Lovecraft



Read at Work

Friday, May 30th, 2008

I don’t even want to ruin the surprise by describing this. Just go have a look.

(Click “NZ Book Council Guest”).



Afternoon (Evening) Viewing: Margaret Atwood

Friday, May 30th, 2008

In this 2006 interview, the Canadian author discusses her short story collection, Moral Disorder:

Friday Evening Book Reviews

Friday, May 30th, 2008

The Times likes Alan Furst’s THE SPIES OF WARSAW, and if you need a novel break from the world’s current troubles, you might too.

Hornbook’s web extras have a nice list of kids’ books (all the way to Young Adult.)

Alexandra Fuller’s new Western makes you forget she’s an Englishwoman who was raised in Africa.

And have a list of Father’s Day books to keep you ahead of running to buy yet another coffee mug in a few days.

Friday Morning LitLinks

Friday, May 30th, 2008

The staff of Stanford’s humor magazine, The Chaparral, lampoon genre fiction with their collaborative novel, Mystery Thriller.

Adventures of a book whisperer.

Robert McCrum muses on the role of blogs in the literary world.

The Guardian serves up an extract from Ross Raisin’s debut novel God’s Own Country.

A best-selling, happy poet?

Thursday Quote of the Night

Thursday, May 29th, 2008
“If you would not be forgotten,
as soon as you are dead and rotten,
either write things worth reading,
or do things worth the writing.”
- Benjamin Franklin

Scribbling Means a Lot

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

I just want to take the opportunity to thank RedFencer (known around Absolute Write as Cranky) for her lovely post on AuthorScoop at her own writing blog Scribbling.

Pay her a visit and leave some nice comments. She’s good people and always posts on interesting topics.

Afternoon (Evening) Viewing: Jim Morrison

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Morrison reading his classic poem “American Prayer”, accompanied by music from The Doors:

Thursday Evening Book Reviews

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

I didn’t know The Motley Fool did book reviews. They do, and this time it’s about forecasting business trends.

The police (no, not the band) do book reviews, too. See?

And doctors also. A QUICK GUIDE TO CLINICAL TRIALS is kind of specialist, but who knows who’s out there needing just such a thing?

A review of PRINCE CASPIAN, in both his paper and pixel incarnations.

The National Sports Review toasts a collection of sportswriter, David Halberstam’s, work – EVERYTHING THEY HAD.

Thursday Morning LitLinks

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Disney forms graphic novel division in hopes of sparking new film franchises.

A handwritten prequel to Harry Potter is among 13 works to be sold at auction for charity by writers from J.K. Rowling to Tom Stoppard.

Amy Winehouse lyrics compared to works of Sir Walter Raleigh.

Village Voice’s Tom Robbins takes a look back at pre-Castro Cuba through the prism of T.J. English’s Havana Nocturne.

In honor of the 100th anniversary of Ian Fleming’s birth later this month, Young Bond series author Charlie Higson lists his top 10 Bond villains.

Wednesday Quote of the Night

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Sure, it’s simple, writing for kids… Just as simple as bringing them up.”

- Ursula K. LeGuin




Literary Cage Match

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

In true Vegas Style, the Las Vegas Sun—not content merely to review Ultimate Fighting Championship star Tito Ortiz’s new book This Is Gonna Hurt—decided instead to pit it against a literary classic, Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, in a head-to-head matchup.

The results, as you can imagine, are as amusing as they are sad.

From the Sun‘s “Tale of the Tape”:


AK: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

TIGH: “I turned to my friend Damian and said, ‘You’d better stop this (expletive) (expletive) or I’m going to stomp a (expletive) hole in his face!’ Jenna heard all this going down and kept saying, ‘Stop! Stop! Stop!’ But it was too late. Damian, who is a pretty big guy, went over to Too Short and told him, ‘You’d better walk away right now or you’re going to get a hole stomped in your face.’”

Keep in mind, this is just one of several comparisons, so please withhold final judgment on which is the greater work of literature until you’ve checked out the whole article.

Wednesday Night Book Reviews

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Architecture meets literature in Aldo van Eyck’s, WRITINGS. (And how’s that for an easy title for someone as keyboard challenged as I am?)

Oh god. The respite was short. LAWRENCE AND AARONSOHN: T.E. LAWRENCE, AARON AARONSOHN, AND THE SEEDS OF THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT is both topical and likely fascinating, but of course, now I’m in a bad mood because of the length of the title.

Cherie Blair’s autobiography draws fire and compliments from The Daily Mail.

And Publisher’s Weekly gives us a new list of children’s books for when the above has all become too much.

Afternoon Viewing: Harlan Ellison

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

An oldie but a goodie… Harlan Ellison on paying the writer—an excerpt from the documentary “Dreams with Sharp Teeth”:


Wednesday Morning LitLinks

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

The New York Sun reconsiders George Orwell.

The new Children’s Poet Laureate for Wales has been announced from the stage of Conwy’s Urdd Gobaith Cymru National Eisteddfod.

 Faulks new Bond novel flies off the shelves.

R.I.P. George Garrett.

Gawker asks: Why Does Newsweek Hate Blogger Prosperity?

Tuesday Quote of the Night

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

“Only in men’s imagination does every truth find an effective and undeniable existence. Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art as of life.”

- Joseph Conrad