Tuesday, August 13, 2013

'This Did Something Powerful to Me

The world is what it is; men who are nothing, who allow themselves to become nothing, have no place in it.
--V. S. Naipaul, A Bend in the River

Have a look a two dozen famous authors when they were teens When we were wee wild

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”
- Anaïs Nin

I know you already know this, but it's nice to see it affirmed with Disney video clips and cool photos: 10 Reasons Why Real Books Are Better Than digital ebooks
Here are some great first lines that impressed great first line writers A Literary Life in Sentences ...

“Poetry is mostly hunches.”
- John Ashbery

Salon tackles the immortal question: what’s the difference between literary fiction and other fictions? Literary Friction

When Gary Shteyngart writes "the novel fell on my head like a bowling ball and knocked me the hell out", I sincerely hope he is giving us an account of a book falling from a high shelf and causing concussion." John Repp on Andrea Barrett’s Archangel: “At the end of each of these five tales, realizations occur that can only be sublime, everything preceding them consisting of the mundane stuff of the world transformed by the alchemy of story.” Alchemy of the Absurd ~ What is good for life is not necessarily Good for blogging

Novelist Leighann Dobbs took three spots on our Self-Published Bestsellers List this week with her cozy mystery, 3 Bodies and a Biscotti ~ To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top eBooks in four major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, B&N, Apple iBookstore and Smashwords. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book Currents of Self Publishing Rivers

"It's easy to be lonely when all your friends are human"
~ Jane Yeh, "On Being an Android."