Saturday, February 16, 2013

Words are Sacred: The Accidental Pallbearers

A man’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.”

I tried to resist writing this— especially after my plea against categorizing authors. Plus, so many of us hide our age in this world of never-get-old, unearthing this information, even in our Googlized world, was difficult. 40 isn’t over-the-hill for debut authors. Here’s a list with books you’re sure to recognize, compiled by (Randy Susan Meyers) Debut Novels by Writers Over 40 ; The hilarious Amy Poehler is set to pen a memoir Treat Yourself to a New Book by Amy Poehler

Daily Routine Words invented by authors and doctors

“Words are sacred. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones, in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.”
- Tom Stoppard

“Writing is making sense of life. You work your whole life and perhaps you’ve made sense of one small area.”
- Nadine Gordimer
Take Cold River and call me in the morning. Doctor’s might do well to prescribe a bit of reading. People suffering from anxiety, depression or relationship problems will be offered self-help books on prescription from their GPs, it was announced today.

“And poems are like angels. They visit often, but you’ve to be watching out for them, and you’ve to believe in them to benefit from their gifts.”
– Frank Delaney

GPs to prescribe library books to combat anxiety, depression and relationship problems ; The author of “Insane City” spent his childhood reading “Richie Rich,” “Archie” and “Batman” comics: “pretty much anything unlikely to inspire intellectual development.” By the Book [Boys and girls, do not try this at home. Hunter S. Thompson’s liver and kidneys were professionals. Daily Routine ; A little controversy goes a long way in the book world, where tweets from prestigious publishers resembling Kanye West lyrics cause people to flip out. In the case of the books below, notoriety and controversy have added an extra facet to their reputations, propelling discussion and (in some instances) fierce debate that involved censorship. Here are our picks for the most infamous passages of famous books. Some spoilers follow. Here are The 10 Most Notorious Parts of Famous Books - Spoilers Ahead]

• · FREEDOM, a legendary anarchist bookstore in east London, was firebombed on Friday morning. This is the store that Peter Kropotkin helped found in the 19th century, and the home of a monthly newspaper that published Emma Goldman. No one was hurt, and no one seems to know who did it, or why. The store was uninsured. ; Stephen King cracks the seal on DOCTOR SLEEP, his sequel to THE SHINING. 'Doctor Sleep' -- EXCLUSIVE

• · · The virtual blood, sweat, and probably non-virtual tears of digital self-publishing are explored Attention 'artisan authors': digital self-publishing is harder than it looks ; Bestselling author, Jennifer Estep

• · · · When enjoying the luxuries of a western city, I like nothing better than to read accounts of the !Kung bushmen and Ik tribe. Call it comfort savagery. My latest armchair travels are with Jared Diamond. Will Self talks “armchair anthropology” through books ; Charles DuBow talks about his upcoming release New Voices: 'Indiscretion' novelist Charles Dubow

• · · · · Brad Meltzer has a chat about his latest bestseller, THE FIFTH ASSASSIN Not every author can say they’ve written eight New York Times best-selling novels ; Sameer Rahim explains why it was inevitable Costa Book Award: who would dare refuse Hilary Mantel her crown?

• · · · · · Here are ten now-common words that some famous writers just made-up 10 words invented by authors ; Peter Craven on Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl: “If there’s something a bit sick-making about the way this book turns out – and there is – a fat fraction of the world is going to feel the shiver and the sparkle of how it unfolds A bit sick, but chick lit and melodrama make it a winner