Monthly Archives: May 2012

2012 Orange Prize Goes to ‘The Song of Achilles’

2012 Orange Prize Goes to ‘The Song of Achilles’ Madeline Miller, the 8-1 outsider last night won the 2012 – and last – Orange Prize for Fiction with her debut novel The Song of Achilles (Bloomsbury), becoming the fourth American … Continue reading

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JoyceWays: Ulysses iPod App | A Piece of Monologue: Literature, Philosophy, Criticism

JoyceWays: Ulysses iPod App | A Piece of Monologue: Literature, Philosophy, Criticism A James Joyce iPod app is scheduled for introduction at Dublin’s James Joyce Center on June 14, two days before Bloomsday: It’s six chapters from Ulysses; it’s twenty … Continue reading

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55 years later, Kerouac novel finally is a movie

55 years later, Kerouac novel finally is a movie | The Columbia Daily Tribune – Columbia, Missouri Fifty-five years after its publication, Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” finally is burning on the big screen. Marlon Brando, Jean-Luc Godard and Brad … Continue reading

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Monday Miscellany

This week’s link round-up: The 42 Best Lines from Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Series: I’m sorry that I missed Towel Day on May 25, the annual celebration of the life and work of Douglas Adams, but … Continue reading

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Photo: Do You Know How Long to Wash Your Hands?

I did not know this bit of useful information. Thanks to Bob Evans.

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Kurt Vonnegut on How to Write a Good Story

Kurt Vonnegut narrates his eight tips on how to write a good story: Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted. Give the reader at least … Continue reading

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Photo of the Day: Snappy

Meet Snappy. On a recent bike ride my husband came upon this big snapping turtle on the sidewalk. After photographing him head-on, he tried to get a side view. But every time he moved to get a different perspective, Snappy … Continue reading

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‘Things Fall Apart’ named one of the world’s 50 Most Influential Books

‘Things Fall Apart’ named one of the world’s 50 Most Influential Books : Ghana Business News An academic group based in San Antonio, Texas, USA, calling itself SuperScholar, has listed prolific Nigerian writer, Chinua Achebe’s, bestseller, ‘Things Fall Apart’, now … Continue reading

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Monday Miscellany: Can Reading Fiction Make You a Better Person?

The answer is apparently yes. A study conducted at Ohio State University suggests that “When you ‘lose yourself’ inside the world of a fictional character while reading a story, you may actually end up changing your own behavior and thoughts … Continue reading

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Amazon Announces the Most Well-Read Cities in the U.S.

Amazon Media Room: Press Releases. Alexandria, VA, tops Amazon’s list, with Richmond, VA, rounding out the list at #20. In between are, well, a lot of other cities, including my own current hometown, St. Louis, at #18. Berkeley, CA, residents … Continue reading

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