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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

  • Spread @3:11AM, 2015-11-29
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    100 Notable Books of 2015 

    The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.

    Source: The New York Times

  • Titus Toledo @12:08AM, 2014-03-29
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    The loss of book-buying innocence 

    “Still, when I consider the vanished bookstores of Manhattan, I mourn not just their passing but the loss of a certain kind of book-buying innocence–a time when where one bought a book did not constitute a political statement, and reading it did not feel like participating in a requiem.” —Rebecca Mead in The New Yorker

  • Spread @12:18AM, 2014-03-27
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    Isaac Salazar 

    “I see my work as a way to display a meaningful piece of art onto a book that would otherwise sit on a shelf and collect dust; it’s also my way of recycling a book that might otherwise end up in a landfill. The words or symbols I use are drawn from anything that invokes inspiration or encouragement, such as ‘Read’, ‘Dream’ and the Recycle symbol. If my work also makes people look at a book and even art in a new light then the piece has done its job” —Isaac Salazar

  • Spread @1:24AM, 2014-03-04
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    David Bowie’s Reading List 


    Interviews With Francis Bacon by David Sylvester
    Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse
    Room At The Top by John Braine
    On Having No Head by Douglass Harding
    Kafka Was The Rage by Anatole Broyard
    A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
    City Of Night by John Rechy
    The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
    Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
    Iliad by Homer
    As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
    Tadanori Yokoo by Tadanori Yokoo
    Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin
    Inside The Whale And Other Essays by George Orwell
    Mr. Norris Changes Trains by Christopher Isherwood
    Halls Dictionary Of Subjects And Symbols In Art by James A. Hall
    David Bomberg by Richard Cork
    Blast by Wyndham Lewis
    Passing by Nella Larson
    Beyond The Brillo Box by Arthur C. Danto
    The Origin Of Consciousness In The Breakdown Of The Bicameral Mind by Julian Jaynes
    In Bluebeard’s Castle by George Steiner
    Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd
    The Divided Self by R. D. Laing
    The Stranger by Albert Camus
    Infants Of The Spring by Wallace Thurman
    The Quest For Christa T by Christa Wolf
    The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin
    Nights At The Circus by Angela Carter
    The Master And Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
    The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodieby Muriel Spark
    Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
    Herzog by Saul Bellow
    Puckoon by Spike Milligan
    Black Boy by Richard Wright
    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea by Yukio Mishima
    Darkness At Noon by Arthur Koestler
    The Waste Land by T.S. Elliot
    McTeague by Frank Norris
    Money by Martin Amis
    The Outsider by Colin Wilson
    Strange People by Frank Edwards
    English Journey by J.B. Priestley
    A Confederacy Of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
    The Day Of The Locust by Nathanael West
    1984 by George Orwell
    The Life And Times Of Little Richard by Charles White
    Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom: The Golden Age of Rock by Nik Cohn
    Mystery Train by Greil Marcus
    Beano (comic, ’50s)
    Raw (comic, ’80s)
    White Noise by Don DeLillo
    Sweet Soul Music: Rhythm And Blues And The Southern Dream Of Freedom by Peter Guralnick
    Silence: Lectures And Writing by John Cage
    Writers At Work: The Paris Review Interviews edited by Malcolm Cowley
    The Sound Of The City: The Rise Of Rock And Roll by Charlie Gillete
    Octobriana And The Russian Underground by Peter Sadecky
    The Street by Ann Petry
    Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon
    Last Exit To Brooklyn By Hubert Selby, Jr.
    A People’s History Of The United States by Howard Zinn
    The Age Of American Unreason by Susan Jacoby
    Metropolitan Life by Fran Lebowitz
    The Coast Of Utopia by Tom Stoppard
    The Bridge by Hart Crane
    All The Emperor’s Horses by David Kidd
    Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
    Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess
    The 42nd Parallel by John Dos Passos
    Tales Of Beatnik Glory by Ed Saunders
    The Bird Artist by Howard Norman
    Nowhere To Run The Story Of Soul Music by Gerri Hirshey
    Before The Deluge by Otto Friedrich
    Sexual Personae: Art And Decadence From Nefertiti To Emily Dickinson by Camille Paglia
    The American Way Of Death by Jessica Mitford
    In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
    Lady Chatterly’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
    Teenage by Jon Savage
    Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh
    The Hidden Persuaders by Vance Packard
    The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
    Viz (comic, early ’80s)
    Private Eye (satirical magazine, ’60s – ’80s)
    Selected Poems by Frank O’Hara
    The Trial Of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens
    Flaubert’s Parrot by Julian Barnes
    Maldodor by Comte de Lautréamont
    On The Road by Jack Kerouac
    Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonders by Lawrence Weschler
    Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
    Transcendental Magic, Its Doctine and Ritual by Eliphas Lévi
    The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
    The Leopard by Giusseppe Di Lampedusa
    Inferno by Dante Alighieri
    A Grave For A Dolphin by Alberto Denti di Pirajno
    The Insult by Rupert Thomson
    In Between The Sheets by Ian McEwan
    A People’s Tragedy by Orlando Figes
    Journey Into The Whirlwind by Eugenia Ginzburg

    —Via The Guardian

  • Spread @3:46AM, 2013-11-11
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    The Reading Net 

    “We create places and objects for kids to learn by playing.” —Play Office

    reading net

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