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Where Did He Find This?!

Posted in book porn by Lauren Leto on March 9, 2010

UPDATE: He found it here.

TFLN‘s editor, @PatrickMulligan just posted this:

David Foster Wallace’s Verbiage

Posted in book porn by Lauren Leto on March 9, 2010

In this article (a good read about how DFW’s papers are going to University of Texas) it states that Wallace had typed pages of words and their meanings which will be joining the collection.

Is that how other people expand their vocabulary? I usually rewrite the word and definition on whatever is closest to me at the time (usually a notepad). What would be the most effective way?

Photos via Rob Gallo.

Writin’ Music

Posted in book porn by Lauren Leto on March 2, 2010
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Article On “Whitewashing”

Posted in book porn by Lauren Leto on February 26, 2010

Whitewashing is when the publishing company redos a cover so that a black character is made to look “less black”. Read it here.

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Neverwhere

Posted in book porn by Lauren Leto on February 23, 2010

Ah, Neil Gaiman. Beloved Neil Gaiman. I am hesitant to call the dedication his fans show to him a “cult following” – I’d be better off going with “obsession”.

I follow Neil on twitter (@neilhimself), I’ve linked to tumblr blogs dedicated to him (here) and I’ve stereotyped him (here). I’m not quite obsessed though, as Neverwhere is the first novel of his that I’ve read. (I’ve read parts of the Sandman comic book series).

THEN, while Google searching Neverwhere, I come to find out that it was a television show written by Gaiman before Gaiman turned it into a book. So now, I feel like it’s a cop out that Neverwhere is the first Gaiman novel I’ve read, so I must read The Graveyard Book or something.

Neil Gaiman definitely plays the role of science-fiction writer

Anyways, now that I’m over the fact that in my head I kept thinking, “This would be a great movie” while reading Neverwhere, I did enjoy the book. It was a bit drawn out, especially with the Old Bailey stuff, but because he was transcribing television episodes into the book I can see why he did that.

Was it so amazing that I’m dying to read The Graveyard Book? No. But it was a good rest for my brain in between The Secret History and 100 Years. And I will read The Graveyard Book, eventually.

Authors Love To Self-Medicate

Posted in book porn by Lauren Leto on February 22, 2010

I’ve covered this before, but it bears repeating (plus there are some who haven’t been mentioned yet):

Huffington Post slideshow of addicted authors.

Frequent Reiterations

Posted in book porn by Lauren Leto on February 17, 2010

Is the phrase “frequent reiterations” redundant?

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The Blind Assassin

Posted in book porn by Lauren Leto on February 15, 2010

Last summer, I wrote about plots that can effectively switch viewpoints (and those that can’t). The Blind Assassin got it right.

The Blind Assassin beautifully balances press clippings, first person narrative and a science fiction novel (aptly titled The Blind Assassin).

I cried during The Threshold. I’m not a sucker for romances, I’m a sucker for family drama.

This being said, I do have to note that Atwood uses the word “just” too much. It’s distracting and unnecessary. (Those who can’t do, criticize – I know, I know).

Elder Iris Chase is full of pluck, at times it surprises you. Such as:

Myra, take note if you’re reading this: in the days before he was hewn into a pillar of the community by Reenie, your father was a notable souse. p. 184

And:

“I’m not senile,” I snapped. “If I burn the house down it will be on purpose.” p. 310

And:

At first they’d thought – naturally – that I myself must be the burned woman found in the wreck.

Now that would have been news. p. 492

She is who I want to be when I grow up (and also, not who I want to be – she was too wrapped up in who she ought to be, instead of who she wanted to be).

Does anyone have an opinion about Atwood’s use of correct punctuation while quoting people during the book and her lack of it while transcribing The Blind Assassin into the book?

Iris Chase’s observations about small details are superb:

Or simply graffiti: Mary Loves John. But John does not love Mary, or not enough. Not enough to save her from emptying herself our like that, scribbling all over everyone in such red, red letters.

An old story. p. 325

I have a love for Winifred’s character like I have a love for the evil queen in Snow White.

Never do anything too well, said Winifred, it shows you’re trying. p. 377

Genius, Vonnegut On A Train

Posted in book porn by Lauren Leto on February 11, 2010

Dave (in the comments of this post) from Sound A Doggy Makes

Kurt Vonnegut on a train

“The passenger car glided across the tracks with the whoosh and gentle HUMMMN of a magnetically propelled boa constrictor. If bullet trains could think, this one, like all bullet trains, would be thinking, ‘HECK YEAH, I’M A BULLET TRAIN! YOU SEE THAT? YOU SEE THAT TREE? YEAH, THAT WAS A TREE, MAN! IT WAS JUST A BLURR! WHOOSH!’

“If the tracks could think, they would be wondering why no one ever cared enough to stop for a spell and chat with them anymore.”

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I Do It, Too

Posted in book porn by Lauren Leto on February 2, 2010

But I’m trying to be aware of it – and STOP.

I’m talking about the overuse of “just”. Is it because we want to sound “oh so nonchalant” or is it a verbal tic? Go on twitter and search “just”, then say the tweets in your head WITHOUT the “just”. They probably sound better!

Why can’t we just stop? It doesn’t make our writing better, it makes it sound worse.

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