The village of Holcomb stands on a the high wheat plains of western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call ‘out there’.
Currently rereading, as per this. There’s not many ways I can talk about this book without sounding rather pathetic considering how much I love it. In Cold Blood was a revelation when I first read it. I was utterly obsessed and wanted to write exactly like this. It made me want to be a journalist more than any article ever did. As a bona fide journalist now, let me tell you, I wish I had the time that Capote did to write this when I come across a big story, but deadlines are real and tight as hell.
I slid a page into the typewriter and without pausing, I proceeded to squeeze out everything I had inside me. I quarreled with every word, every phrase and expression, every image and letter as if they were the last I was ever going to write. I wrote and rewrote every line as if my life depended on it, and then rewrote it again.
Woolf v. Wharton: “Critics exalted Dalloway as an important advance in literature. In the Saturday Review, the critic Gerald Bullett unfavorably compared Wharton’s latest, A Mother’s Recompense, with Mrs. Dalloway, calling Woolf ‘a brilliant experimentalist,’ while Wharton was ‘content to practice the craft of fiction without attempting to enlarge its technical scope.’ ” Wharton was stung by the slight, and disapproved of modernist experimentalism—but it may have goaded her into attempting a “stunning narrative maneuver” in The Age of Innocence.
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I am an exception, to some rule I haven’t even identified.
I urge you to please notice when you are happy.
September book photo challenge. Day 9 Favourite Cover
Anna Karenina Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics Edition
Ps. Happy Birthday Leo Tolstoy!
Dreaming with open eyes (by ▲nne)
Sophie Nélisse as Liesel Meminger in The Book Thief (2013).
While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. In the basement of her home, a Jewish refugee is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.