The older one becomes the quicker the present fades into sepia and the past looms up in glorious technicolour
British writer Beryl Bainbridge (born November 21, 1932) was nominated five times for the Booker Prize and won the Whitbread Award twice. Her book, An Awfully Big Adventure, is about a production of Peter Pan and takes its title from a line in that play.
Happy 75th birthday, Margaret Atwood! Besides writing iconic books like The Handmaid’s Tale, as well as essays, poetry, and operas, Atwood is also one of the inventors of LongPen technology, which allows the user to sign documents electronically. She came up with the idea on tour for her novel Oryx and Crake.
execrable • \EK-sih-kruh-bul\ • adjective
1 : deserving to be execrated : detestable 2 : very bad :wretched
It turned out that the execrable odor was coming from a bag of onions rotting in the back of the pantry.
“If the waiter laid my plate on the table and said, ‘Eat!’ I wouldn’t mind. But ‘Enjoy!’ is another matter. There’s something cloying, manipulative and, yes, distasteful about being told to enjoy something that might, for all you know, be bland or even execrable.” — Tim Johnson,The Burlington (Vermont) Free Press , February 16, 2013
Did you know?
He or she who is cursed faces execrable conditions. Keep this in mind to remember that execrable is a descendant of the Latin verb exsecrari, meaning “to put under a curse.” Since its earliest uses in English, beginning in the 14th century, execrable has meant “deserving or fit to be execrated,” the reference being to things so abominable as to be worthy of formal denouncement (such as “execrable crimes”). But in the 19th century we lightened it up a bit, and our “indescribably bad” sense has since been applied to everything from roads (“execrable London pavement” — Sir Walter Scott) to food (“The coffee in the station house was … execrable.” — Clarence Day) to, inevitably, the weather (“the execrable weather of the past fortnight” — The (London) Evening Standard).
I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.
Robert Louis Stevenson
In writing Treasure Island and his many other tales of adventure, Robert Louis Stevenson (born November 13, 1850) drew on his own extensive travels. Born in Scotland, the writer lived his last years on a Samoan island where he was dubbed Tusitala, Samoan for “teller of tales.”
Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!
I just finished my latest and it’s been quite a journey researching this and getting down on paper (or nowadays on Word). Being a native New Yorker and having been effected by the events of 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy, watching how Katrina devastated New Orleans, and just watching TV shows like The Walking Dead, made me not only want to, but need to write this book. It’s a serious subject with influences of pop culture (and thanks to my son, video games) thrown in to make you chuckle here and there. I’m only publishing it at 99¢ for a very short time and I wanted to let all my faithful followers, colleagues and friends know asap! Thanks for all your support and if you get a chance to read it, let me know! :)
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Everyone has secrets. It’s just a matter of finding out what they are.
In life, Stieg Larsson was best known for his activist journalism. His blockbuster crime series, which begins with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, was not published until after his death on November 9, 2004.