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Dangerous Minds Michael Gira’s band Swans have shape-shifted but plenty. They made their reputation with an extraordinarily punishing and shockingly nihilistic take on no-wave music in the 1980s, culminating in the colossal masterpiece Children of God . They then curve-balled their fans with relatively introspective and quietly mournful LPs at the decade’s turn. The ‘90s saw further experimentation, ending with the final album of their first incarnation, Soundtracks for the Blind in 1996.

The Annotated Hobbit Review The Annotated Hobbit is really the ultimate way for this book and classic fantasy tale to be read and enjoyed. You can choose to just read the main body of text which is positioned and separated down the middle sections of this hardcover or delve in and out of the annotations that appear on the edges of the pages. Unlike academic books which often feature rather dry annotations, this one is filled with magical little gems and snippets of information which allow you to gain a greater insight on the author, J.R.R. Tolkien, himself as well as noting the numerous changes made to the editions of this work and facts which correlate The Hobbit tale into the wider world of Middle Earth. It is undoubtedly most appealing to a life-long fan and gives many extra hours of pleasure in re-reading this rather amazing and unique adventure story.

The Greatest Books of All Time, As Voted by 125 Famous Authors by Maria Popova Why Tolstoy is 11.6% better than Shakespeare. “Reading is the nourishment that lets you do interesting work,” Jennifer Egan once said. Read These Seven Books, and You'll be a Better Writer Donald Miller I used to play golf but I wasn’t very good. I rented a DVD, though, that taught me a better way to swing, and after watching it a few times and spending an hour or so practicing, I knocked ten strokes off my game. I can’t believe how much time I wasted when a simple DVD saved me years of frustration. I’d say something similar is true in my writing career.

Salvador Dalí Illustrates Alice in Wonderland, 1969 By Maria Popova UPDATE: The best illustrations from 150 years of Alice in Wonderland Last week, we marveled at Leonard Weisgard’s stunning illustrations for the first color edition of Alice in Wonderland, circa 1949. But it turns out they might not be the most culturally intriguing. As reader Varvn Aryacetas points out on Twitter, exactly two decades later a collaboration of epic proportion took place as the Lewis Carroll classic was illustrated by none other than Salvador Dalí. Creative Writing These OWL resources will help you with the basics of creative writing. This section includes resources on writing poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Fiction Writing Basics This resource discusses some terms and techniques that are useful to the beginning and intermediate fiction writer, and to instructors who are teaching fiction at these levels.

10 Books That Have Never Left You – What Are Your 10? Recently a friend tagged me on Facebook and challenged me to, without thinking too hard, make a list of 10 books that have stayed with me in some way after reading them. This really gave me pause, as I feel like most books I read stick with me long after I’ve read them—but that’s the beauty of books. One of the best parts of this challenge, I’ve noticed, isn’t so much the championing of my favorite books, it’s seeing the lists that others are posting. Some are classics, some are books I’ve read, and some are books I’ve never even heard of. What I do know is that it’s giving me great ideas of what to add to my (already lengthy) list of “Books I Want to Read.”

How to write a book – the short honest truth Every author I know gets asked the same question: How do you write a book? It’s a simple question, but it causes unexpected problems. On the one hand, it’s nice to have people interested in something I do. Salvador Dalí Illustrates the Twelve Signs of the Zodiac by Maria Popova From Aries to Pisces, by way of a confused lobster. After my recent discovery of Salvador Dalí’s little-known and lovely 1947 illustrations for the essays of Montaigne — following in the heels of his 1946 illustrations for Alice in Wonderland — I chanced upon an even more perfectly surrealist series: Dalí’s lithographs of the twelve signs of the zodiac, created in 1967 as a limited-edition of 250, which can be found in the occasional rare, pricey original folio and which Wisconsin’s revered David Barnett Gallery has recently made available online as individual signed lithographs. Gasp and dream — I certainly did. (And for a chuckle, consider the cancer — how amusing to reckon that Dalí, despite his culinary credentials, either didn’t know or chose to artistically disregard the difference between a crab and a lobster.)

The Frugal Book Promoter, by Carolyn Howard-Johnson Carolyn Howard-Johnson is my unofficial writing mentor. I write ‘unofficial’ because I basically adopted her and her work as my go-to guides for improving and promoting my writing. Our paths crossed when we were both writing for MyShelf.com, a long-standing book review website. Carolyn advocates for writers, particularly in helping them maneuver through the publishing and marketing world. She opened my eyes to viewing my writing as a business.

Top 10 Best Novels of the Last 20 Years Books The ten novels on this list all substantiate the belief that books are the most elastic, introspective, human and entertaining form of media that exist. Not movies, not music, not art, not the theatre. A famous author once said that novels are the best way for two human beings to connect with each other. I believe this, and I believe that people who do not find pleasure in words have never had the opportunity to read one of the great novels. The first introductions students often have to literature are stale century-old books that do not translate well to this new modern era.

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