Saturday, November 16, 2013

Time to Unload Some Links

I've been doing my usual accruing of links and, I realize that it's time, once again, to spread the link love to whoever manages to find their way here to my little tiny corner of the interwebz.  I'm starting at the top of my "blogstuff" bookmarks folder, so some of these are probably going to be pretty darn old.  Luckily, they never spoil.

  • First up, I loved this Flavorpill post from April.  It was John Waters' birthday and Jason Bailey and Alison Herman created 67 Great John Waters Quotes for his 67th Birthday.  There is a possibility that if I ever got tattooed, I might seriously consider his quote about going home with people who don't have any books. Actually, how awesomely subversive would it be to stitch that as a sampler on a pillow?  My brain gets kind of weird and scary sometimes.
  • Speaking of stitching samplers... here's a cross stitch pattern of Matt Smith that was posted on The Guardian's website.  For those of you who don't know, Matt Smith is still, but not for long, The Doctor, on Doctor Who.  He's going to regenerate into someone else next month and that will be the end of that. I will miss him, but I never got used to him and the new companion, Clara.  He was so perfect with Rory and Amy.
  • It is NaNoWriMo month again and here's an article from back in June citing the thoughts of Authors on The Importance of Writing the Final Chapter First.  Considering that my left handedness causes me to do a lot of things backwards already, this might be the way to go if I ever manage to write a book.  I am filled with stories, but they tend to dry up on the page.  Oh, and I do realize that my leftiness cannot be the reason for many of the things that I do backwards, but considering that it's the main difference between me and the people who note the backwardsness, it's become the easy way for everyone to rationalize my methods.
  • You don't even have to check in here very frequently to be subjected to my thoughts on Vladimir Nabokov. I reference him a lot. I'm not the only person who thinks about and discusses him.  In fact, this Flavorwire article from July discusses two authors who've recently written books that retell his classic, Lolita.  It's called, Lolita's Children, With so much in the news about inappropriate and illegal relationships between adults and children, it seems fitting that this territory can be retread.
  • Back in June, Kit Steinkellner wrote a piece for Book Riot, The Grisha Trilogy is the Successor to the Harry Potter Throne. I know I've posted about movie series that tried and failed, or that were up and coming and could, be the new Harry Potter.  I think for years everyone who's written a YA or juvenile series of action adventure books has been gunning for the lightning in a bottle that Ms. Rowling created.  I've seen plenty of reviews of Shadow and Bone, the first book in the trilogy and I think the reviews have been pretty mixed.  I haven't seen any kind of outcry or pageantry, like you got with the Harry Potter books.  Not for this series, or any other, for that matter.  I'm contenting myself with the fact that Harry Potter got people excited about reading and so many people are writing books to entertain all those readers.  They may not capture the hearts and minds of such a huge and disparate population, but if they are finding their audience, that's pretty good.
  • Did you know there is a magazine that devotes each issue to one street?  Yeah, me either.  Back in July, Jason Diamond, of Flavorwire posted an article in celebration of the magazine in question, Flaneur, wherein he asked authors to write about their favorite streets in literature.  The results are not just about locations, but about the authors' experiences in reading.  I'm not sure I care that much about the streets in books, but reading how books affect readers always draws me in.
  • Still in July, Cassandra Neace wrote a piece for Book Riot discussing the books that came out that week. I've only read one, The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P, which  I really enjoyed.  I wonder how many, if any, of the books on the list will still have people talking come year's end.  Unloved/unremembered books make me a little sad.
  • Geekosystem's Maia Brown-Jackson explains how Linguistic Analysis Helped Unmask Robert Galbraith as J.K. Rowling.  I read (actually it was an audiobook, so it was read to me) and really enjoyed The Cuckoo's Calling.  I can not believe I haven't gotten around to posting about it yet.  When I listened to it, I knew it was Rowling's work and listened, wondering if I'd hear the voices of the inhabitants of Harry Potter's world.  It seemed to me that Rowling managed to write for adults in just as entertaining a way, without at all seeming like it was the same author.  That just goes to show how little you can trust me to figure out if an author, even one whose works I feel incredibly familiar with, is writing under a pen name.  
  • Have you met Rap Genius yet? They purport to help you discover the meaning of rap lyrics.  All songs are poetry, right?  Well, here's your wikipedia to understand the poetry that is hip-hop and rap.
  • Since I've thrown poetry in the mix, here are two more articles regarding the art.   While not poetry, per se, Flavorwire gives us this selection of 25 Famous Authors' Poetic  Descriptions of Paris.  Sure, it includes those authors noted for their quotes, Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Gertrude Stein.  What more can you ask for?  They've also got this post on 10 Guerilla Poetry Projects.  I love art in the wild.
  • I'll leave you with this last article from Mental Floss, 24 Words that Used to Mean Something Negative.  These are all words that get used every day and have managed to take on positive connotations.  I find it kind of hopeful. 
So, that will do it for me for the moment.  I'll be back talking at you again soon.

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