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  • Spread @4:56AM, 2016-07-13
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    Why Proust is essential reading 

    On the occasion of the French author’s 145th birthday, LitHub invited six authors to sing his praises, and explain why his work remains essential reading. Siri Hustvedt, Edmund White, André Aciman, Francine Prose, Aleksandar Hemon, and Daniel Mendelsohn all weighed in. Mendelsohn had a particularly modern take on the value of reading Proust’s densely written, heavily detailed, slowly unfolding opus:

    Recently I was traveling on a train next to a young man—a recent college graduate, I guessed—who was reading a hugely fat Victorian novel. Since I teach literature, this made me happy. But as I watched him I noticed that roughly every 90 seconds he’d fish out his iPhone to check his text messages. After a while this reflexive tic made me so nervous that I moved to another seat. As a writer as well as a teacher, I found it nerve-wracking to think that this is how some people are reading novels these days—which is to say, not really reading them, because you can’t read anything serious in two-minute spurts, or with your mind half on something else, like the messages you may be getting. Multitasking is the great myth of the present era: you cannot, in fact, do two things at the same time.

    Especially if one of them requires considerable resources of attentiveness and intellectual commitment. To my mind, a very important reason to have a go at Proust right now—which is to say, to read him with a mind as receptive as his was large—is to exercise one’s powers of commitment…

    Read the rest from Longreads

  • Titus Toledo @10:25PM, 2016-06-23
    Tags: akrasia, , authors, hugo, , procrastination, tips, ,   

    The Akrasia Effect 

    By the summer of 1830, Victor Hugo was facing an impossible deadline. Twelve months earlier, the famous French author had made an agreement with his publisher that he would write a new book titled, The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

    Instead of writing the book, Hugo spent the next year pursuing other projects, entertaining guests, and delaying his work on the text. Hugo’s publisher had become frustrated by his repeated procrastination and responded by setting a formidable deadline. The publisher demanded that Hugo finish the book by February of 1831—less than 6 months away.

    Hugo developed a plan to beat his procrastination. He collected all of his clothes, removed them from his chambers, and locked them away. He was left with nothing to wear except a large shawl. Lacking any suitable clothing to go outdoors, Hugo was no longer tempted to leave the house and get distracted. Staying inside and writing was his only option.

    Read the rest from huffingtonpost.com

  • Titus Toledo @12:36AM, 2015-06-04
    Tags: authors, , literalogue   

    What is Literalogue? 

    “Literalogue is a visual encyclopaedia of literature, literary movements, and the greatest literary figures; compiling all the prominent literary movements, authors and poets of the past five centuries, such as the Metaphysical Poets, the Augustans, Realism, Romanticism, Modernism and the less known Oulipo and Imagism. All authors are categorised by literary movement using colour coded noses to help you explore and discover new reads based on what you enjoy reading most. Find authors you know and love, and discover ones you’ve never heard of till now.”

    Back this kickstarter project.

  • Spread @12:34AM, 2014-01-22
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    Authentic Hemingway 

    “You go on and learn everything… I cant. I’m limited. But I’m going to know about Fucking and fighting and eating and drinking and begging and stealing and living and dying.” —Ernest Hemingway, “The Letters of Ernest Hemingway: Volume 2, 1923-1925

  • Spread @2:07AM, 2013-11-06
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    What Stephen King Isn’t 

    “There are lots of writers who tell it like it is, but only a few who, with such commitment and intensity, tell it like it isn’t. King takes the weird and gives it weight…” —Joshua Rothman writing in The New Yorker

    Stephen King, Miami Book Fair International, 1993

  • Spread @12:33AM, 2013-11-05
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    Rare Hemingway 


    James Joiner via Esquire:

    When collector Steve Soboroff bought Ernest Hemingway’s 1932 Royal Model T typewriter, he knew he was getting his hands on a piece of history. This was the author who coined the phrase “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed,” after all. But it wasn’t until Soboroff got the machine home and started cleaning it up to place with the others in his collection — which include John Lennon’s, Jack London’s, and the Unabomber’s, among many others — that he realized there was more to his prize.

    Underneath the body of the typewriter he found several old envelopes, addressed to Hemingway, and some notes. But most interesting were some cracked, crumbling negatives, fossils of photos long since forgotten…

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