It is ‘where we are’ that should make all the difference, whether we believe we belong there or not.
After working on Wall Street for a year, Korean American novelist Chang-Rae Lee (born July 29, 1965) went back to school to get a masters degree in writing. Upon graduating, he turned his thesis into his first novel, the award-winning Native Speaker.
You never realize how much of your background is sewn into the lining of your clothes.
Happy 86th birthday, Tom Wolfe! Though he is known for his dapper white suit and his association with New Journalism, the author also has an athletic side—in his college years Wolfe was a pitcher who earned a tryout with the New York Giants.
Good writers are monotonous, like good composers. They keep trying to perfect the one problem they were born to understand.
Alberto Moravia (born November 28, 1907) was the pseudonym of Alberto Pincherle, a novelist and short story writer who made a profound impact on 20th-century Italian literature. Themes of isolation, alienation, and emotional emptiness pervade his work, which includes Time of Indifference, Two Adolescents, The Woman of Rome, and The Conformist.
Thank Goodness it’s Friday! Hope you’re having a wonderful day and looking forward to the weekend ahead!
All My Best,
This object that we hold in our hands, a book…that tactile pleasure, it’s just not going to go away.
Maggie Stiefvater (born November 18, 1981) worked as a wedding musician, a portrait artist, and a waitress—but it’s her bestselling fantasy novels that have catapulted her into the spotlight. Among the most popular are Shiver, Linger, The Raven Boys, The Raven King, and The Scorpio Races. And yet that hasn’t stopped her: She still makes music (with harp and bagpipes) and art (with Prismacolor pencils).
Unlike baked beans, loaves of breads or Fuji apples, books once consumed, do not disappear.
John Sutherland (born October 9, 1938) has built a distinguished career as a British academic scholar specializing in Victorian fiction. He’s taught at schools like University College London and Caltech, written regular columns for The Guardian, and produced popular works on literary history (So You Think You Know Jane Austen?) in addition to titles that celebrate his lifelong passion (How to Read a Novel). His autobiography is called The Boy Who Loved Books—which simply says it all.
In the planning stage of a book, don’t plan the ending. It has to be earned by all that will go before it.
Happy birthday, Rose Tremain! The award-winning British novelist (Restoration, Music & Silence, The Road Home) focuses on historical narratives and the lives of outsiders. She studied English as an undergraduate at the University of East Anglia in the U.K., later taught creative writing there, and is now the chancellor—the first writer, woman, and UEA graduate to step into that role.
I was thinking that if what distinguishes us as humans is our stupidity, what may redeem us is our grace.
Happy birthday, Earl Lovelace! The novelist, short story writer, journalist, and playwright has long focused on his native Trinidad and descriptions of West Indian culture. But with his daughter Asha he wrote the screenplay for Joebell and America, a TV movie (based on his short story of the same name) about a gambler and his dream of going to the United States.
Yea, all things live forever, though at times they sleep and are forgotten.
H. Rider Haggard
Long before J.K. Rowling introduced readers to the villainous He-who-must-not-be-named, English writer H. Rider Haggard (born June 22, 1856) gave us She-who-must-be-obeyed, an ancient queen and sorceress, in his 1886 adventure novel, She.
True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked.
American author Erich Segal (born June 16, 1937) is best known for his 1970 romance, Love Story—he wrote the popular novel and the screenplay for the hit film adaptation. Not so successful? The 1978 sequel, Oliver’s Story. That movie was advertised with this tagline: “It takes someone very special to help you forget someone very special.”