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Flannery O'Connor: Gifts of Meaning & Mystery. Toward the end of her life, Flannery O’Connor was often asked to speak about being a Southerner, as though this were a peculiar condition in need of explanation.

Flannery O'Connor: Gifts of Meaning & Mystery

In “The Catholic Novelist in the Protestant South,” a composite essay published from two of her last public talks, she sums up what she thinks of her region: “What has given the South her identity are those beliefs and qualities which she has absorbed from the Scriptures and from her own history of defeat and violation: a distrust of the abstract, a sense of human dependence on the grace of God, and a knowledge that evil is not simply a problem to be solved, but a mystery to be endured.”[1] Of these three dimensions of the South, “distrust of the abstract” might remain the one most in need of a defense, whether for the South, for O’Connor herself, or for literature as a mode of knowledge.

Mrs. Freeman takes particular pleasure in staring at Mrs. Dallas Public Library - Dallas Book Festival. 12, William Faulkner. William Faulkner, ca. 1954.

12, William Faulkner

Photograph by Carl Van Vechten William Faulkner was born in 1897 in New Albany, Mississippi, where his father was then working as a conductor on the railroad built by the novelist’s great-grandfather, Colonel William Falkner (without the “u”), author of The White Rose of Memphis. Soon the family moved to Oxford, thirty-five miles away, where young Faulkner, although he was a voracious reader, failed to earn enough credits to be graduated from the local high school. In 1918 he enlisted as a student flyer in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He spent a little more than a year as a special student at the state university, Ole Miss, and later worked as postmaster at the university station until he was fired for reading on the job. Encouraged by Sherwood Anderson, he wrote Soldier’s Pay (1926). ‘Shame and Wonder,’ by David Searcy. Photo “When people talk about style they are always a little astonished at the newness of it,” F.

‘Shame and Wonder,’ by David Searcy

Scott Fitzgerald once wrote, “because they think that it is only style that they are talking about.” But uncommon literary style is always integrative, both the mother and the daughter of invention, wrought from a writer’s desperation “to express a new idea with such force that it will have the originality of the thought.” Astonishment is a quality central to David Searcy’s “Shame and Wonder,” a nonfiction collection from a writer best known for two horror-­inflected novels, “Ordinary Horror” and “Last Things.” Essays: ‘Shame And Wonder,’ by David Searcy. Almost by definition, a book of essays is an odd duck — not quite memoir, which usually focuses on a particular (often harrowing) episode in a writer’s life; not quite nonfiction, which usually focuses on a historic event (dramatic or controversial), and is often book-length journalism.

Essays: ‘Shame And Wonder,’ by David Searcy

Essays tend to be occasional, thoughtful and philosophical: a form where a writer can navel-gaze and be introspective, unfettered by facts. Texas has an excellent tradition of the form: Larry McMurtry’s In a Narrow Grave is one of the best. In this tradition flows David Searcy’s Shame and Wonder, like a river of thoughts meandering through the prairies of the Lone Star State. The subjects of Searcy’s essays are various and quirky, from the sadness of divorce to the sadness of baseball to the sadness of classic car buffs. Most (but not all) of the Dallasite’s essays are set in Texas, one of the exceptions being “Santa in Anatolia,” which unfolds in Turkey. Is sadness a theme here?

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Cindyzzok added: Jorge Luis Borges - Jorge Luis Borges: The Mirror Man (1999) Directed by Philippe Molins Runtime: 47mins Language: English Although honors came late in life to Jorge Luis Borges, his unique worldview had begun to emerge even as a child.

Cindyzzok added: Jorge Luis Borges - Jorge Luis Borges: The Mirror Man (1999)

This program examines the life and literary career of the charismatic Argentine writer, as well as the thematic, symbolic, and mythological underpinnings of his works. Archival interviews with Borges; his mother, Leonor Acevedo de Borges; his second wife, Maria Kodama; and collaborator Adolfo Bioy Casares provide insights into the private Borges, while readings from “The Mirrors,” “Dreamtigers,” “The Plot,” “The South,” “The Aleph,” and other landmarks of Latin American fiction demonstrate his virtuosity as a transformer of experiences. Cindyzzok added: Borges-Jorge-Luis_Craft-of-Verse_01-The-Riddle-of-Poetry. Michel Faber Plans to Stop Writing Novels. Photo “I wanted this to be the saddest thing I’d ever written,” the writer Michel Faber said over coffee last month in Midtown Manhattan, looking tired and disoriented.

Michel Faber Plans to Stop Writing Novels

Mr. Joel Gardner/Interview — ragazine.cc. Thirty Years Later: A Conversation on John Gardner With John SmelcerContributing Editor This year marks the 30th commemoration of John Gardner’s tragic motorcycle accident.

Joel Gardner/Interview — ragazine.cc

Mark Twain

Shakespeare. David Foster Wallace. I am Andy Weir, author of "The Egg" and the forthcoming novel "The Martian." AMA! : sciencefiction. Kurt Vonnegut on Reading, Boredom, Belonging, and Hate. By Maria Popova.

Kurt Vonnegut on Reading, Boredom, Belonging, and Hate

Halloween Costume Ideas From Famous Writers. Halloween is just around the corner.

Halloween Costume Ideas From Famous Writers

Some people like this holiday because they can spend more time with their kids seeking candy, other part love this holiday for girls using the day as an excuse to dress like, hmm... cheeky girls. But every year we face the one huge common problem - where the hell I can find mind-blowing Halloween costumes or costume ideas? EssayMama.com (as a caring mother) is here to pamper her kids with this infographic, where you can find the answer. EssayMama's answer is simple - dress as your favorite writer. Writers Who Published Great Books Before Age 25. Picture it: teenage Mary Shelley was on a vacation getaway, with her husband Percy and some of his rambunctious poet friends, like that rogue Lord Byron… and out of the group of legends, it’s Shelley herself who arguably published the greatest work of all at the ridiculous age of 20: Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, a book that has penetrated our human consciousness.

Writers Who Published Great Books Before Age 25

In honor of Shelley’s birthday this month, here’s a list of 25 other writers who created heartbreakingly beautiful work before they could get a discount on a rental car or have their publishers demand an active Twitter account. 130, Italo Calvino. Upon hearing of Italo Calvino’s death in September of 1985, John Updike commented, “Calvino was a genial as well as brilliant writer. He took fiction into new places where it had never been before, and back into the fabulous and ancient sources of narrative.” At that time Calvino was the preeminent Italian writer, the influence of his fantastic novels and stories reaching far beyond the Mediterranean. Two years before, The Paris Review had commissioned a Writers at Work interview with Calvino to be conducted by William Weaver, his longtime English translator. It was never completed, though Weaver later rewrote his introduction as a remembrance.

Still later, The Paris Review purchased transcripts of a videotaped interview with Calvino (produced and directed by Damien Pettigrew and Gaspard Di Caro) and a memoir by Pietro Citati, the Italian critic. Books By Bob White. Browse by Author (A) The Mystery of Charles Dickens by Joyce Carol Oates. Charles Dickens: A Life by Claire Tomalin Penguin, 527 pp., $36.00. Writers. Susan Sontag: Notes On "Camp" Published in 1964. Many things in the world have not been named; and many things, even if they have been named, have never been described. One of these is the sensibility -- unmistakably modern, a variant of sophistication but hardly identical with it -- that goes by the cult name of "Camp. " A sensibility (as distinct from an idea) is one of the hardest things to talk about; but there are special reasons why Camp, in particular, has never been discussed.

Raymond Carver. Raymond Clevie Carver, Jr. (May 25, 1938 – August 2, 1988) was an American short story writer and poet. Carver was a major writer of the late 20th century and a major force in the revitalization of the American short story in literature in the 1980s. [citation needed] Early life[edit] Jasper Fforde.com : Grand Central. Jack Kerouac’s List of 30 Beliefs and Techniques for Prose and Life. John Milton. John Ronald Reul Tolkien. Donna Tartt: "I've tried to write faster and I don't really enjoy it" List of 21st-century writers. A[edit] B[edit] C[edit] D[edit] E[edit] F[edit] G[edit] H[edit] I-J[edit] K[edit] L[edit]

Ray Bradbury