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The world's most difficult books: how many have you read?

The world's most difficult books: how many have you read?
'Fantastically convoluted' … Nightwood by Djuna Barnes. Photograph: Oscar White/Corbis Two and a half. I have read two and a half of the 10 most difficult books ever written, as selected by Emily Colette Wilkinson and Garth Risk Hallberg of the Millions after three years' research. The pair started their quest to identify the toughest books out there back in 2009, looking for "books that are hard to read for their length, or their syntax and style, or their structural and generic strangeness, or their odd experimental techniques, or their abstraction". Anyway, they've now picked the most difficult of the most difficult – the 10 "literary Mount Everests waiting out there for you to climb, should you be so bold" – and have laid them out for discussion at Publishers Weekly. The titles? There are a few other books I might include in the list – Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow, David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest, and if I was going to choose Woolf, I'd go for The Waves. How about you? Related:  eBooksRead, Write, ReflectRead

Unusual, Neglected and/or Lost Literature [ home ] Major update during Aug.-Oct. 2014. Major update during Nov. 2008 including reformatting (e.g. what was I thinking using all those HTML lists?) Contained herein are links and books in my personal collection (well, a few aren't...yet) in the general category of unusual literature, for which the best definition I can come up with at the moment is: stuff I like that's a little or a lot different than most of the stuff you'll find down at the local Books'R'Us. I guess the ultimate goal is to provide somewhere for myself and others of my particular bent (and I use that word very deliberately) to go to find something to read during those times when the usual fodder just isn't satisfying the need, as well as to provide a web presence for the writings of obscure/unusual authors who deserve wider recognition. Suggestions and commentary are more than welcome and will be fully credited unless otherwise desired. Enjoy. Meta, i.e. Books About BooksRich, creamery metabookage. Meta-Books Authors

Why Readers, Scientifically, Are The Best People To Fall In Love With Ever finished a book? I mean, truly finished one? Cover to cover. Closed the spine with that slow awakening that comes with reentering consciousness? You take a breath, deep from the bottom of your lungs and sit there. Book in both hands, your head staring down at the cover, back page or wall in front of you. You’re grateful, thoughtful, pensive. Like falling in love with a stranger you will never see again, you ache with the yearning and sadness of an ended affair, but at the same time, feel satisfied. This type of reading, according to TIME magazine’s Annie Murphy Paul, is called “deep reading,” a practice that is soon to be extinct now that people are skimming more and reading less. Readers, like voicemail leavers and card writers, are now a dying breed, their numbers decreasing with every GIF list and online tabloid. They can entertain other ideas, without rejecting them and still retain their own. Did you ever see your ex with a book? It’s no surprise that readers are better people.

Dawn Sonnetten van Hooft Sonnet Leitsterren van mijn hoop, planeten van mijn jeucht, Vermogen oogen schoon in hemels vuyr ontsteken Als ghy u vensters luickt soo sietmen mij ontbreken Mijns levens onderhout, een teder soete vreucht: Want ghij besluit daerin een saelighende deucht Vriendlicke vrolijckheit; de Min met al sijn treken, Jock, Lach, Bevallijckheit daerinne sijn geweken En wat ter werelt is van wellust en geneucht. Natuire die daer schijnt in droeve damp begraven, Doort missen van u glans, betruert haer rijckste gaven, Die gh'altesaem besluit in plaets soo nau bepaelt, Doch nau en is sij niet, ghelijck het schijnt van buiten, Maer wijt en woest ghenoech om alles in te sluiten, Daer sich mijn wufte siel soo ver in heeft verdwaelt. Mijn lief, mijn lief, mijn lief; soo sprack mijn lief mij toe, Dewijl mijn lippen op haer lieve lipjes weiden. Zydy van minnaers smert een onverzaedlijck vraetjen, O Min? Eric Hobsbawm at his London home: the historian's lifelong commitment to Marxism made him a controversial figure. Photograph: Anne Katrin Purkiss/Rex Features Eric Hobsbawm, one of the leading historians of the 20th century, has died, his family said on Monday. Hobsbawm, a lifelong Marxist whose work influenced generations of historians and politicians, died in the early hours of Monday morning at the Royal Free Hospital in London after a long illness, his daughter Julia said. Hobsbawm's four-volume history of the 19th and 20th centuries, spanning European history from the French revolution to the fall of the USSR, is acknowledged as among the defining works on the period. Fellow historian Niall Ferguson called the quartet, from The Age of Revolution to 1994's The Age of Extremes, "the best starting point I know for anyone who wishes to begin studying modern history". He said: "His historical works brought hundreds of years of British history to hundreds of thousands of people.

One Sentence - True stories, told in one sentence. Virtual Domicile of Steven K. Baum English 50 Exercises for Story Writers English 50 – Intro to Creative Writing: Exercises for Story Writers Basic Theory: What is a short story? As soon as someone delivers a definition, some good writer will write a story that proves the theory wrong. Short stories have a narrator; that is, someone tells the story; have at least one character in them; have some action occur (or perhaps fails to occur); take place somewhere; that is, there is a setting for the action; and someone either learns something or fails to learn something (theme).With these five characteristics in mind, we can create an almost endless supply of exercises to help sharpen our techniques of story telling. Narrative Voice Twenty or so years ago, voice was the "rite of passage" into a successful writing career. Nevertheless, a narrative voice that sounds like it could be anyone's voice or is bland and boring, or riddled with pointless clichés will fail to capture and hold the reader's attention. If you've written a story in third person, try it in first.

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