- 13/10/2016BREAKING 2016 #NobelPrize in Literature to Bob Dylan “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”
- Producer13/10/2016Today, Bob Dylan Achieved The Highest Honour In The Literary World. Couldn’t Have Happened To A More Worthy Soul.In the late winter of 1965, I was walking home from visiting a girlfriend in the south end of Fort Erie, where I grew up. A fresh snowfall had just hit and I was walking down the middle of a side street with a small transistor radio on my shoulder...
Comments13/10/2016 #3 James McElearneyMy old man was a huge Dylan fan, so I grew up listening to a lot of his songs and Desire is still one of my favorite albums. If I remember correctly I think Sara may have acually been the first song I learned to play on the guitar! albeit badly. He certainly deserves the award
- Producer13/10/2016What's on your Kindle/Bookshelf/Nightstand?For those of us who love to write, there is typically a corresponding love of reading. Every interesting person I have ever met is a reader.I thought I'd share a list of my recent reads and see if any of you have read them, or if not, consider them...
Comments13/10/2016 #6 Randy KehoI'm currently reading "For the Cause of Liberty: A Thousand Years of Ireland's Heroes," by Terry Golway. It's a traditional hardcover. Being a first-generation Irish-American, I've always enjoyed reading about "Over Home," as mom calls it. Obviously, this is history, but I prefer to read Irish-authored short stories. I'm certain they've influenced my writing and, perhaps, my drinking habits over the years. @Kevin Pashuk
- Producer20/09/2016Hurrah! Enid Blyton’s Children’s Adventures, Filled With A Healthy Dose Of Sexism And lashings Of Cream.A few weeks ago I found myself in a charming second - hand bookshop in downtown Vancouver. You know the one; the small doorway that one has to physically push open (complete with tinkling bell) and once inside, the intoxicating aroma of old books...
Comments20/09/2016 #5 Neil SmithThanks for this article Paul. I loved Enid Blyton as a kid possibly because her stories couldn't have been more different to my working class, Scottish Highland upbringing if they had been set on Mars. I spent much of my Primary school life sitting at the back of the classroom reading her books rather than "Learning". Even now something inside me wants to know why I can't have a cook and a maid. Weirdly my five year old daughter is part way through a famous five book as her bedtime story and absolutely loves it so there is no denying that Blyton for all her well documented faults definitely has a power to reach out to young readers at any point in modern history. It is just sad that her ability to connect in fiction was balanced by an equal inability to connect with people in real life.20/09/2016 #4 Ken BoddieMy memories of Enid Blyton are set on a completely different level, Paul. The books I remember were for much younger children and had lots of pictures. I remember the original Uber Toyland driver, 'Noddy', and his bearded brownie friend, 'Big Ears'. Other characters like 'Mr Plod' the policeman and the 'Golliwogs', although apparently innocent enough characters back in the day, would be considered incorrect on so many levels these days, and I seem to remember that the Golliwogs were eventually 'retired' for obvious reasons. Happy innocent days!20/09/2016 #2 Lisa GallagherWow, Blyton sure did sell a LOT of novels @Paul Walters. I swear I actually had a scent of old paperback books rush by more than once while reading this. Maybe it was a reminder of what I loved most growing up, reading fiction with twists. I would go to my room and read for hours or take my book to the beach, sit a lone and read. I wasn't a loner but I guess I cherished my book time. I love that you and your partner turned the gender roles around when you read to your kids. Sounds as if she despised her mom. I've referred to my husband as 'the shit," Just kidding. Was that a term of endearment for her? ;-) Thanks for the tag!
- 05/09/2016Colette on writing & the blissful obsessive-compulsiveness of creative work.Colette on Writing, the Blissful Obsessive-Compulsiveness of Creative Work, and Withstanding Naysayerswww.brainpickings.org “A lack of money, if it be relative, and a lack of comfort can be endured if one is sustained by pride. But not the need to be...
- 08/07/2016Science Fiction,Fantasy, & Horror Calls for SubmissionsScience Fiction,Fantasy, & Horror Calls for Submissions Attention authors! Anthologies and 'zines are looking for short stories and poems in these genres. Some are paying markets and may qualify an author for HWA or SFWA membership. Be sure to check what your rights are for republishing your
- 01/07/2016Two legends in a room.George RR Martin and Stephen King George R. R. Martin and Stephen King at the Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque NM June...
- Producer28/06/2016The Dog that Didn't BarkMore career advice from Sherlock Holmes… My second post relating to what Sherlock Holmes teaches us from a career advice / recruitment perspective. These posts all come out of a talk given by Maria Konnikova, the New York based psychologist who has...
- Anton Chekhov is my favorite Russian author - I always travel with a copy of Walden and an anthology of his work. I was first introduced to him in High School with Lady and the Pet Dog. Later in College - I got to read it in Russian, simply amazing. If you want the vocabulary to find a Romance in Russian Realm - this is the essential glossary you will need.
Just a teaser - Enjoy the short interpretation of the classic."The Lady With the Pet Dog" Video Interpretation a video interpretaton of both the Chekov and Oate's versin of "The Lady With the Pet...
- Fyodor Tyutchev Silentium
Speak not, lie hidden, and conceal
the way you dream, the things you feel.
Deep in your spirit let them rise
akin to stars in crystal skies
that set before the night is blurred:
delight in them and speak no word.
How can a heart expression find?
How should another know your mind?
Will he discern what quickens you?
A thought once uttered is untrue.
Dimmed is the fountainhead when stirred:
drink at the source and speak no word.
Live in your inner self alone
within your soul a world has grown,
the magic of veiled thoughts that might
be blinded by the outer light,
drowned in the noise of day, unheard...
take in their song and speak no word.
Молчи, скрывайся и таи
И чувства и мечты свои –
Пускай в душевной глубине
Встают и заходят оне
Безмолвно, как звезды в ночи, –
Любуйся ими – и молчи.
Как сердцу высказать себя?
Другому как понять тебя?
Поймет ли он, чем ты живешь?
Мысль изреченная есть ложь.
Взрывая, возмутишь ключи, –
Питайся ими – и молчи.
Лишь жить в себе самом умей –
Есть целый мир в душе твоей
Их оглушит наружный шум,
Дневные разгонят лучи, –
Внимай их пенью и молчи!..
Translated by Vladimir Nabokov
Art by Leonid Afremov
- A little Monty Python troop cross over - John Cleese recites Mikhail Lermentov's - The Prayer
When my life is arduous,
If sadness freezes blood,
I say one prayer marvelous,
I learned it all by heart.
There's vigor unbelievable
In living words' accords,
And breathes unfamiliar
And holly charm in words.
A heart becomes not troublesome,
And doubts go awry,
And comes the truth and tears come,
And soul wants to fly.
В минуту жизни трудную
Теснится ль в сердце грусть:
Одну молитву чудную
Твержу я наизусть.
Есть сила благодатная
В созвучьи слов живых,
И дышит непонятная,
Святая прелесть в них.
С души как бремя скатится,
Сомненье далеко —
И верится, и плачется,
И так легко, легко…Naked Archie - A Fish Called Wanda [HD] Best clip from the movie A Fish Called Wanda This flat belongs to Patric Bellford! He's in Hong...
- 'Nothing could be finer than Nevsky Prospect at least not in St. Petersburg; it is the be-all and end-all. It positively gleams and sparkles - the jewel of our capital ! I know that not one of the city's pallid functionaries would exchange Nevsky Prospekt for all the riches of the world."
A few memorable quotes from the avenue Nikolai Gogol made famous
"And as for the ladies! - The ladies are even more enamoured of Nevsky Prospect. Mind you, who wouldn't be enamoured? No sooner do you step out on to Nevsky Prospect, than you are swept along in its unending carnival"
"All powerful Nevsky Prospekt! It provides the one entertainment in a city starved of diversion. "
On the early morning ritual " At this hour it is unseemly for ladies to walk out, because the Russian populace is want to employ the sort of strong language that they would be unlikely to hear, even in theater' ( a nice jab to the censors of the day)
"Nevsky Prospect deceives at all hours of the day, but the worst time of all is at night... when the devil himself is abroad, kindling the street-lamps with one purpose only: to show everything in a false light."
Art by Leonid Afremov
- With the warmth of spring - old love withers - new love blossoms. Add another to the pile that didn't work or 'got away' - whatever; done. The really sad part is how fast I was over it - I guess it had reached the point where it was like a fashion gone out of style; and it was not worth the work to make it fit. Pity, she was funny, smart, cute and an adventurous minx.
Я вас любил: любовь еще, быть может
I loved you once: perhaps love still, maybe
В душе моей угасла не совсем;
In my soul you have not been completely extinguished;
Но пусть она вас больше не тревожит;
But let it not trifle you any longer;
Я не хочу печалить вас ничем.
I do not want to sadden you with anything.
Я вас любил безмолвно, безнадежно,
I loved you silently, without a hope,
То робостью, то ревностью томим; With such reservation, such a jealousy
Я вас любил так искренно, так нежно,
I loved you so sincerely, so tenderly,
Как дай вам бог любимой быть другим. May God grant you to be loved by another.
Alexander Pushkin . So they come - so they go; it is always as it has been, always as it will be. Meet Irina - the last one I let get close - too close apparently.
- 28/04/2016How Shakespeare has become ingrained in our daily conversations."You're quoting Shakespeare" - Rob Brydon reveals popular Shakespeare phrases in everyday use Source:...
- Producer18/04/2016Wretched Sails. Twisted Tales.The book drifted on the waves of time, from bookshelf to bookshelf, for more than 100 years before I opened it. Its water-stained pages are filled with alphabetical word lists, annotations and a yellowed newspaper clipping.Figure 1 (above right):...
- 12/04/2016The best books have the potential to stick with you long after you’ve finished them. Some can even affect how you look at the world.
- 12/04/2016And when you want to write...http://writingonewordatatime.com/2015/12/02/25-things-to-keep-in-mind-if-you-want-to-write-a-book/
- 08/04/201651 Of The Most Beautiful Sentences In Literature. "At the still point, there the dance is." —T. S. Eliot http://www.buzzfeed.com/jenniferschaffer/i-am-i-am-i-am#.lwvoLQLq8w
- 08/04/201653 Books You Won't Be Able To Put Down: http://www.buzzfeed.com/lincolnthompson/53-books-you-wont-be-able-to-put-down#.icKL2Vg4K
- 08/04/2016Writer's block: A frustrating scenario when you are writing a novel. See this infographic for 10 tips for overcoming creative blocks.