November 5, 2006KR BlogUncategorized

Short Takes

In case you missed it: KR Blog sits down with Marisha Pessl (Part I and Part II).

Parents who engage in the age-old tradition of picture-book reading are not only encouraging early reading development in their children but are also teaching their toddlers about the world around them.

It’s every fiction writer’s dream to get the phone call: “Hello? Can you hold for Oprah Winfrey?” (via ArtsJournal)

“Such violence,” wrote Sylvia Plath in February 1956 after meeting Ted Hughes for the first time, “and I can see how women lie down for artists.”

What’s the collective adjective for a group of poets? Would one say a buffet of poets? An echo? A pride of poets? Hmm, yes, that’s getting pretty close.

Most people lead lives that are not full of necrophiliacs.

A pale, soft-spoken man of middle height and profound intellect, he is chief editor of the Oxford English Dictionary and sees himself as a steward of tradition dating back a century and a half.

Is there really a market for this? Harlequin certainly thinks so (hat tip to Sergei).

In an era when droves of American writers have deserted the novel for the cozier pleasures of the confessional – and when pouring your heart out, preferably on television, has become a national sport – Gore Vidal remains an unlikely memoirist.

Surely it is an odd way to spend your life – sitting alone in a room with a pen in your hand, hour after hour, day after day, year after year, struggling to put words on pieces of paper in order to give birth to what does not exist – except in your head. Why on earth would anyone want to do such a thing?

His book is sophomoric, disgusting, tasteless, vile, misogynist, chauvinist, debased and at times so unspeakably revolting that any person of decent sensibility would hurl it into the nearest Dumpster. I couldn’t put it down. (Excerpt here)

Though he treats the individual strengths and weaknesses of the two men, priority is given to the effect the friendship had on their lives and writings. Coleridge’s veneration of Wordsworth is seen as a key factor in the relationship, simultaneously enabling and destabilizing.

Need to be reminded to vote? An author will give you a ring.