I don't mean to alarm anyone, but I used what I've learned in my English master's program about doing fast-paced yet reliable research at work this week.

#academia #research #literature

Jens Andermann
3 hours ago

Why not ask a building or a park the questions we would ask a poem or a painting: questions about the histories they tell about this place, and about how they accommodate it to our gazes and our bodies so that we can inhabit it? #landscape #anthropocene #wasteocene #capitalocene #latinamerica #books #academia #art #film #literature

Book dedications bot
5 hours ago

Rock Me On the Water: 1974, the Year Los Angeles Transformed Movies, Music, Television, and Politics by Ronald Brownstein #books #literature #dedication

For Eileen, my LA women

I've just read this #novel by Vladimir #Zazubrin and I feel I should preach about it. A thing that shocks me is how poorly known it is. As far as I can find, these are the only #translations in Western European languages, the #Wikipedia page about the author doesn't even have an English version. Decades of #censorship by the #USSR worked.

This should be a classic of mandatory reading, the other side of "If this is a man" by Primo Levi, the point of view of the executioner.

#books #literature

"O tchekista" - Portuguese edition
"La Scheggia" - Italian edition
"La Astilla" - Argentinian edition
"Lasca" - Brazilian edition
8 hours ago

I read Gravity’s Rainbow in the year 2000 and the only thing I really remember about it is how good the banana pancakes sound in that one scene. Thank you for hipping me to what is truly the best pancake variety, Mr. Pynchon. #literature #pancakes

8 hours ago

Book 28, 2023: All the Birds Singing by Evie Wyld. Really liked this, and the way she told two stories in two timelines. Suspenseful and intriguing. And sheep. Lots of sheep. #books #reading #fiction #literature Right, back to Ducks, Newburyport now…

UK cover of Evie Wyld’s All The Birds, Singing. Orange background with paper cutouts of birds superimposed on top.
9 hours ago

**Wow! Just did a bit of a deep-dive into my Writing summaries/notes/journals going back some 10-15 years**

Amazingly I used to actually get stuff done. LOL! This was back when I was seriously trying to make a living as a writer.

Kinda shaking my head.... gonna have to go take a walk and mull this all over....or maybe even cogitate it a bit...


#writing #literature #life

Chris Guiton
9 hours ago

'These novels remain, at their core, beholden to a vision of liberatory combat against the exploiters and the expropriators.'

Fascinating. Get stuck in!

#literature #sciencefiction #fantasy

Cindy Weinstein
10 hours ago

@gutenberg_org. Many moons ago, my mother insisted I read a #Dickens novel before reading what I really wanted to read -- #LoveStory. I chose #DavidCopperfield. Thanks mom for helping me to become someone who loves #reading (no matter what!) and #literature and writes about it for a living!

Dylan Bragg
10 hours ago

The Sergeant-Major warned me not
To wish, but like a fool I thought
No harm would come from trying it.
And though it’s true, I must admit,
That I received two hundred pounds,
I can’t ignore those knocking sounds
That make me wish I’d never wished
Upon that little mummy’s fist.

#poetry #smallpoems #riddlepoems #classic #victorian #ghoststory #ghosts #horror #shortstory #literature #poetrycommunity

Atlas Obscura
10 hours ago

Antonio Machado House-Museum in Segovia, Spain

Poet Antonio Machado's former residence offers the quintessential Castilian lifestyle of the provincial towns in the early 20th century.
Antonio Machado House-Museum

Project Gutenberg
11 hours ago

The first dime novel was published #OTD in 1860. It was called "Malaeska, the Indian Wife of the White Hunter", by Ann S. Stephens, and it was the 1st of 321 novels published by Beadle & Adams in their series Beadle's Dime Novels.

The term dime novel has been used as a catchall term for several different but related forms, referring to story papers, five- and ten-cent weeklies, "thick book" reprints, & sometimes early pulp magazines. via @wikipedia

#books #literature

Cover of Malaeska, the Indian Wife of the White Hunter (1860). via @wikipedia
Project Gutenberg
11 hours ago

"Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood."

Read the first reviews of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.
By Dan Sheehan via @LitHub

"For Mr Orwell, the most honest writer alive, hypocrisy is too dreadful for laughter: it feeds his despair."

#books #literature #dystopia

Picture of George Orwell which appears in an old accreditation for the BNUJ. via @wikipedia
Project Gutenberg
11 hours ago

Take a look at at Rimbaud's only known draft of "A Season in Hell" right now @𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐞́𝐞 𝐝𝐞 𝐥𝐚 𝐁𝐧𝐅.

"Une saison en enfer" by Arthur Rimbaud is available at PG:

#books #literature #poetry

Cote : NAF 26500 
Arthur Rimbaud, Une saison en enfer et proses dites évangéliques.
XIXe siècle.
Papier.3 f. (f. 1-2 : 208 × 133 mm ; f. 3 : 205 × 128 mm, mutilé en haut à droite). Boîte 275 × 665 mm recouverte de soie moirée pourpre ; sur le couvercle, titre en capitales dorées : « Arthur Rimbaud / Une saison en enfer / manuscrit » ; à l'intérieur trois compartiments, contenant chacun une chemise signée Alix, recouverte de la même soie ; sur le plat supérieur de la première, titre en capitales dorées : « 1 / Proses évangéliques », sur celui de la deuxième : « 2 / Une saison en enfer », sur celui de la troisième : « 3 / Une saison en enfer ». Pour des raisons de conservation, les feuillets ont été montés dans la chemise où ils se trouvaient au moment de l'acquisition.
Manuscrit en français. via @BnF
Yahia Lababidi
12 hours ago

It is possible for a #work to have its own will and purpose, perhaps a far more ambitious one than the #author's - and it is good this should be so.

— Thomas Mann

#writing #WritingCommunity #literature #quotes #mystery

Yahia Lababidi
12 hours ago

“For me a work of #fiction exists only insofar as it affords me what I shall call aesthetic bliss, that is a sense of being somehow, somewhere, connected with other states of being where #art (curiosity, tenderness, #kindness, ecstasy) is the norm.” — Nabokov

#beauty #literature #quotes #inspiration

Yahia Lababidi
12 hours ago

‘Force does not work the way its advocates think in fact it does.

It does not, for example, reveal to the victim the strength of the adversary.

On the contrary, it reveals the weakness, even the panic of the adversary.’

—James Baldwin

#blackmastodon #BlackFedi #quotes #activism #literature #politics #news

Book dedications bot
13 hours ago

Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body: A Marine's Unbecoming by Lyle Jeremy Rubin #books #literature #dedication

To the fighters and healers
And the healing fighters
And the fighting healers
On all sides
And for Colette—
For transporting me to a place where I could tell these truths
Project Gutenberg
14 hours ago

"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else."

Charles John Huffam Dickens died #OTD in 1870.

Dickens edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, lectured and performed readings extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children's rights, for education, and for other social reforms.

Charles Dickens at PG

#books #literature

Dickens's Dream by Robert William Buss, portraying Dickens at his desk at Gads Hill Place surrounded by many of his characters. Painted 1875. Donated by the artist's grandson - 1931. via @wikipedia
Project Gutenberg
15 hours ago

Bertha von Suttner was born #OTD in 1843.

In 1905, she became the second female Nobel laureate (after Marie Curie in 1903), the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and the first Austrian laureate.

Books by Bertha von Suttner at PG:

#books #literature #nobelprize #pacifism

Bertha von Suttner, Nobel Peace Prize 1905.
Title-page of "Universal peace—from a woman's standpoint" by Bertha von Suttner which is available at PG:
William Shakespeare Quotes
18 hours ago

PISTOL: Why, then the world's mine oyster.

Which I with sword will open.

— The Merry Wives of Windsor, II, ii

#Shakespeare #literature #quote #quotation

Book dedications bot
21 hours ago

Adultolescence by Gabbie Hanna #books #literature #dedication

For all the kids who grew up too fast, all the adults who refuse to grow up, and everyone who's both.
1 day ago

I feel like my middle age has been about reading fewer #books, older and older ones, and reading them repeatedly. Gawain and the Green Knight is another classic I’ve become slightly obsessed by in the last five or six years. Armitage’s translation seems excellent to me: musical and lively, its occasional anachronistic language not disruptive or heavy-handed. #literature #classics

#MyOwnWorstEnemy is out today, 8 June

The #book is a #gift for the #butch #community, offering up an unheard of dose of #representation. The second of #LilyLindon’s #novels, the book follows the mid-twenties, drama-filled existence of aspiring #actor and #butch #lesbian, #EmmyClooney (no relation)

#Women #Transgender #LGBTQ #LGBTQIA #Entertainment #TheArts #Literature #Books #Representation #Culture

Torsten Larbig
1 day ago

Ein Buch, das ich mit großer innerer Beteiligung gelesen habe und zwei der Bücher, die ich beim Lesen aus dem Regal nehmen konnte, um die von Mark Yakich nur teilweise zitierten Gedichte vollständig lesen zu können. (Inklusive meines Lesebestecks – Drehbleistift, Textmarker, Lineal) (Bücher selbst gekauft und gelesen. Keine Kooperation. Kein Honorar. Keine Werbung.) #literature #poetry #books #bücher #gedichte #lyrik #fedilz #deutsch #english

Torsten Larbig
1 day ago

A book that I read with great inner involvement and two of the books that I was able to pull off the shelf while reading, to read in full the poems that Mark Yakich only partially quoted. (Including my reading kit - mechanical pencil, highlighter, ruler). (Bought and read books myself. No cooperation. No payment. No advertising. ) #literature #poetry #books

Book dedications bot
1 day ago

The Happiest Toddler on the Block: How to Eliminate Tantrums and Raise a Patient, Respectful, and Cooperative One- to Four-Year-Old by Harvey Karp, M.D. #books #literature #dedication

To all my little toddler patients, who invite me into their prehistoric world every day!
L. Rhodes
1 day ago

The Moncrieff edition of À la recherche du temps perdu is now on Standard eBooks: #theLibrary #Proust #literature

Dylan Bragg
1 day ago

Still wet with seaweed, muck and brine,
The Oracle speaks: “Now leave this shrine
With veiled heads and dress unbound,
And cast behind you on the ground
Your mother’s bones.” We can’t profane
Our ancestors—we must explain
This riddle in some other way.
So we throw stones and walk away.

#poetry #smallpoems #riddlepoems #mythology #literature #classic #epic #poem #ancientrome #roman #ancientgreece #metamorphosis #poetrycommunity

Mat Bradshaw
1 day ago

As today is the anniversary of its first publication in 1949, I thought I'd share one of my favourite book cover designs for one of my favourite books

The redacted title can be read if held at a certain angle revealing Nineteen Eighty-Four beneath

I'm not sure if this is by design or poor quality printing but the black boxes wear off the book as you read it. I like to think this is on purpose

#Bookstodon #Literature #NineteenEightyFour

Classic Penguin books cover design. Bold orange horizontal bands across top and bottom of the cover with a white band across the middle. The title and author of the book are embossed into the cover and are redacted by 2 black boxes. As the light catches the embossed area you are able to read the text "Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell"
Book dedications bot
2 days ago

Michael by Henry Flesh #books #literature #dedication

To my friend Nathan, who embodies for me the light in this book
Wulf Krueger
2 days ago

The Soulmate Equation by Christina LaurenMy rating: 4 of 5 stars“People who believe in soulmates commonly accept that one will feel 'complete' once they have found their soulmate, as it is partially in the perceived d

#BookReview #Book #Family #Humour #Review #Romance #bücherliebe #booklove #buchblog #bookblog #lesen #reading #literatur #literature #BooksOfMastodon #Bookstadon @bookstodon #bookstodon #BookReview

Even when they became discontented, as they sometimes did, their discontent led nowhere, because being without general ideas, they could only focus it on petty specific grievances. The larger evils invariably escaped their notice.
Nineteen Eighty-Four
8 Jun 1949
#literature #authors #dystopia

Project Gutenberg
2 days ago

"L'amour-propre est un si étrange conseiller qu'il nous arrive cent fois par jour d'être, grâce à lui, en pleine contradiction avec nous-mêmes."
Lavinia , 1833

Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin de Francueil died #OTD in 1876.

Sand is recognised as one of the most notable writers of the European Romantic era, with more than 50 volumes of various works to her credit, alongside her 70 novels. via @wikipedia

Books by George Sand at PG:

#books #literature #ProjectGutenberg

Portrait of George Sand  by Auguste Charpentier (1838). via @wikipedia
Couverture d'une édition parue chez Calmann-Lévy.

Indiana is available at PG:
Project Gutenberg
2 days ago

"When men yield up the exclusive privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon."

Thomas Paine died #OTD in 1809.

Paine's critique of institutionalized religion and advocacy of rational thinking influenced many British freethinkers in the 19th and 20th centuries, such as William Cobbett, George Holyoake, Charles Bradlaugh, Christopher Hitchens and Bertrand Russell. via @wikipedia

Books by Thomas Paine at PG:

#literature #books

Portrait of Thomas Paine by Laurent Dabos for the purpose of engraving. via @wikipedia
Common Sense, published in 1776.  Coomon Sense is available at PG:
Project Gutenberg
2 days ago

John Everett Millais was born #OTD in 1829.

He was one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. The Brotherhood believed the Classical poses and elegant compositions of Raphael in particular had been a corrupting influence on the academic teaching of art, hence the name "Pre-Raphaelite".

Books about John Everett Millais at PG:

#books #art #literature

Millais - Self-Portrait, 1881. via @wikipedia
Ophelia (1851–52) Tate Britain, London. via @wikipedia
Project Gutenberg
2 days ago

George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four is published #OTD in 1949 by Secker & Warburg as Orwell's ninth and final book completed in his lifetime.

Nineteen Eighty-Four has become a classic literary example of political and dystopian fiction. It also popularised the term "Orwellian" as an adjective, with many terms used in the novel entering common usage. via @wikipedia

#literature #books #dystopia #sciencefiction

The first-edition front cover of the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. via @wikipedia
Rolf van Root
2 days ago

Reading the newest TC Boyle novel coincides with the news of "worst air quality ever" in NYC. That's the exact scenario Boyle explains as the new normal..

#climatechange #nyc #climatecrisis #literature

2 days ago

"Queen Camilla has been revealed as a page-folder. But that’s nothing compared with the punishments some people inflict on their paperbacks." #books #literature #reading #novels #bookmark #paperback

Novel crimes: which is worst – folded corners, cracked spines, marginalia or cheese bookmarks? | Books | The Guardian

A close-up photo of a an open book with one of the pages folded across the corner.

"Shudder". Photograph: LdF/Getty Images
William Shakespeare Quotes
2 days ago

PLANTAGENET: I'll note you in my book of memory,

To scourge you for this apprehension.

— 1 Henry VI, II, iv

#Shakespeare #literature #quote #quotation

2 days ago


Turns out that the #NYT #bookreview did an experiment on LLM. As expected, the result is not exceptional (probably just derivative).

What I found enlightening, the person who used the software did had extensive writing knowledge, and that was needed to accomplish the feat.

So, maybe the LLMs don't kick out of a job the writers who make simple serialized books, just make their lives easier?

2 days ago


If we consider “War and Peace” a single book, it’s the longest I’ve read too.

Otherwise, it would be “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Lord of the Rings” (tied if TLOTR is a single book), and then “Ulysses”, the third volume of “In Search of Lost Time”, “Dune”…

#books #TheGreatestBooks #literature

Book dedications bot
2 days ago

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng #books #literature #dedication

To those out on their own paths, setting little fires
2 days ago

Bookstodon, where do you purchase your books now that Bookdepository is gone?

#bookstodon #books #literature

Project Gutenberg
3 days ago

"By the time you swear you're his,
Shivering and sighing,
And he vows his passion is
Infinite, undying,
Lady, make a note of this —
One of you is lying."
Unfortunate Coincidence, First printed in Life, (April 8, 1926) p. 11

Dorothy Parker died #OTD in 1967.

She was known for her wit, wisecracks, and eye for 20th-century urban foibles. via @wikipedia

Books by Dorothy Parker at PG:

#books #literature #poetry #ProjectGutenberg

American writer Dorothy Parker (1893-1967). via @wikipedia
Title-page of Enough rope: poems by Dorothy Parker which is available at PG:
Project Gutenberg
3 days ago

"It has been aptly said that all Egypt is but the facade of an immense sepulcher."

Amelia Edwards was born #OTD in 1831.

She bequeathed her collection of Egyptian antiquities and her library to University College London. Her dedication to this science earned her the nickname of "the Godmother of Egyptology". She also supported Somerville College Library having left many books, papers and watercolours.

Books by Amelia Edwards at PG:

#literature #books #archeology

Amelia B Edwards 1890 auf Vortragsreise in Amerika. via @wikipedia
Title-page of A thousand miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards which is available at PG:
Book dedications bot
3 days ago

If This Book Exists, You're In the Wrong Universe by Jason Pargin #books #literature #dedication

For Ginger the Dog, who is now barking at the garbage trucks in Heaven
Steven Saus [he/him]
3 days ago

From 06 Jun: J. R. R. Tolkien Writes & Speaks in Elvish, a Language He Invented for The Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien was undoubtedly a storyteller, but he was even more of a world-builder. One... #language #literature

Project Gutenberg
4 days ago

"Poetry evokes out of words the resonance of the primordial world."

Gerhart Hauptmann died #OTD in 1946.

He is counted among the most important promoters of literary naturalism, though he integrated other styles into his work as well. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1912. via @wikipedia

Books by Gerhart Hauptmann at PG:

#literature #books #ProjectGutenberg

Gerhart Hauptmann, Nobel Prize in literature 1912. via @wikipedia
Title-page of Griechischer Frühling by Gerhart Hauptmann which is available at PG:
Project Gutenberg
4 days ago

"Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject — the actual enemy is the unknown."

Thomas Mann was born #OTD in 1875.

His highly symbolic and ironic epic novels and novellas are noted for their insight into the psychology of the artist and the intellectual. via @wikipedia

Books by Thomas Mann at PG:

#literature #books #ProjectGutenberg

German writer Thomas Mann (1875–1955) in the early period of his career.
via Historical and Public Figures Collection - New York Public Library Archives
Title page of The Buddenbrooks (1909).

Buddenbrooks: Verfall einer Familie by Thomas Mann is available at PG:
Project Gutenberg
4 days ago

"Two fixed ideas can no more exist together in the moral world than two bodies can occupy one and the same place in the physical world."
The Queen of Spades (1833)

Alexander Pushkin was born #OTD in 1799.

His poetic short drama "Mozart and Salieri" was the inspiration for Peter Shaffer's "Amadeus" as well as providing the libretto to Rimsky-Korsakov's opera "Mozart and Salieri." via @wikipedia

Books by Alexander Pushkin at PG:

#literature #books #ProjectGutenberg

Portrait by Orest Kiprensky, 1827. via @wikipedia
Title-page of The Queen of Spades, and other stories by Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin which is available at PG:
Project Gutenberg
4 days ago

"À vaincre sans péril on triomphe sans gloire."
Le Cid (1637)

Pierre Corneille was born #OTD in 1606. Corneille's extensive and rich work gave rise to the adjective "Cornelian", which in the expression "a Cornelian dilemma" which means an irreducible opposition between two points of view, for example an emotional or amorous option versus a moral or religious one. via @wikipedia

Books by Pierre Corneille at PG:

#literature #books #ProjectGutenberg

Detail from a portrait by Charles Le Brun. via @wikipedia
Title-page of Le Cid, 1637 edition.

Le Cid in Œuvres de P. Corneille, Tome 03,  is available at PG:

The English version is also available at PG:
ModGalFri 😷💉x5
4 days ago

Today we have a replay of one of my all time favorite episodes of one of my absolute favorite podcasts.

Evolution of libraries as a friendly place for children, history of children’s literature, a historic female key player that you’ve probably never heard of and a bonus creepy doll bit. What’s not to like?!?

#99pi #bookstodon #books #literature #library #librarian #reading

Today On Screen
4 days ago

Today, June 5, 1832, the Friends of the ABC erect a barricade. Éponine gives Marius a letter. Valjean sets Javert free (Les Misérables, 2012)

#Movies #Film #Cinemastodon #Musicals #Literature #LesMiserables

A group of young men stand on top of a barricade of chairs, wood, and other debris, amidst a Paris street. They're holding flags and guns, and singing.
Project Gutenberg
5 days ago

"Perhaps an individual must consider his own death to be the final phenomenon of nature."

Stephen Crane died #OTD in 1900.

Prolific throughout his short life, he wrote notable works in the Realist tradition as well as early examples of American Naturalism and Impressionism. via @wikipedia

Books by Stephen Crane at PG:

#literature #books #ProjectGutenberg #publicdomain

Formal portrait of Stephen Crane, about March 1896. via @wikipedia
First edition cover of "The Red Badge of Courage: An Episode of the American Civil War" (1895), which is available at PG:
Project Gutenberg
5 days ago

"A study of the history of opinion is a necessary preliminary to the emancipation of the mind."
Essays in Persuasion (1931)

John Maynard Keynes was #OTD in 1883.

His ideas fundamentally changed the theory and practice of macroeconomics and the economic policies of governments. Originally trained in mathematics, he built on and greatly refined earlier work on the causes of business cycles. via @wikipedia

Books by John Maynard Keynes at PG:

#literature #books

John Maynard Keynes (before 1913). via @wikipedia
Title-page of The Economic "Consequences of the Peace" by John Maynard Keynes which is available at PG:
Project Gutenberg
5 days ago

"Perhaps it is impossible for a person who does no good not to do harm."

"Uncle Tom's Cabin " a novel written by Harriet Beecher Stowe, first appeared as a 40-week serial in "The National Era", an abolitionist periodical, starting with the #OTD, 1851, issue. It was originally intended as a shorter narrative that would run for only a few weeks. The final installment was released in the April 1, 1852, issue of "Era". via @wikipedia

"Uncle Tom's Cabin" at PG:


First appearance of Uncle Tom's Cabin as serialized in The National Era (June 5, 1851). via @wikipedia
Title-page illustration by Hammatt Billings for Uncle Tom's Cabin [First Edition: Boston: John P. Jewett and Company, 1852]. Shows characters of Chloe, Mose, Pete, Baby, Tom. via @wikipedia
Sir Rochard 'Dock' Bunson
5 days ago

I'm starting to wander if I stumbled onto a new genre of #literature or #art.

I'd sum it up in "Heirloom Fiction".

A work of art that combines some of your life experiences and lessons that you want to pass on. It can be collected and added to over the generations. Resulting art and commentary would be like a conversation through the generations.

Have you heard of or read something similar?

What do you think of it?

Want to start your own? Let's figure out what that even means!

#Heirloom #Fiction

Project Gutenberg
6 days ago

"Critical philosophy implies above all historical criticism. It dissolves the rigid, unhistorical, natural appearance of social institutions; it reveals their historical origins."

György Lukács died #OTD in 1971. As a critic, Lukács was especially influential due to his theoretical developments of literary realism and of the novel as a literary genre. via @wikipedia

Die Theorie des Romans is available at PG:

#ProjectGutenberg #books #literature

György Lukács in 1917. A reproduction of a photograph of Lukacs from a document. via @wikipedia
Cover image of "Die Theorie des Romans" by György Lukács. via @PG
Project Gutenberg
6 days ago

Nictzin Wilstone Dyalhis was born #OTD in 1873.

He was specialized in the genres of science fiction and fantasy. He wrote as Nictzin Dyalhis. During his lifetime he attained a measure of celebrity as a writer for the pulp fiction magazine Weird Tales. via @wikipedia

Weird Tales magazine are available at PG:

#ProjectGutenberg #books #literature #sciencefiction #fantasy #pulpfiction

Cover image of "Weird Tales", Volume 1, Number 1, March 1923: The unique magazine by Various, which is available at PG.
Project Gutenberg
6 days ago

The first Pulitzer Prizes are awarded #OTD in 1917:

Laura E. Richards, Maude H. Elliott, and Florence Hall receive the first Pulitzer for biography (for Julia Ward Howe).

Jean Jules Jusserand receives the first Pulitzer for history for his work With Americans of Past and Present Days.

Herbert B. Swope receives the first Pulitzer for journalism for his work for the New York World. via @wikipedia

#literature #books

The Pulitzer Prize gold medal award.
6 days ago

Pizza is the best.
It's delicious, and you don't
Have to wash dishes.
OK, now you folks go!
#poetry #poems #poets

Book dedications bot
6 days ago

The Women's House of Detention: A Queer History of a Forgotten Prison by Hugh Ryan #books #literature #dedication

This book is dedicated to the memory of the forgotten
George Penney
1 week ago

Topic: Contrarian Barbarian's Book Club (Of greatness!)

@bookstodon I'm popping this up once more, just in case anyone else wants to join before our first meeting in late June.

Is anyone out there interested in being a part of a Contrarian Barbarian's Book Club where we read whatever the hell we want individually and meet up once a month on the newly formed Contrarian Barbarian Discord server to tell each other about it for a couple of minutes each and then discuss? (All genres/fiction/non-fiction on the table.)

The key focus would be sharing books we love with other people in a positive way. It'd have the diehard rule that if you freakin' love a thing, no one can be negative about it because that would be raining on your parade and your parade is spectacular dammit!

All time zones welcome to say hi!

LGBTQIA++, disability and neurodivergent friendly, with a structure with set rules of conduct--meaning that boorishness (repeatedly talking/typing over people and not respecting boundaries) or trollishness gets booted with the might of Gandalf warding off the Balrog.

If you like the sound of this, reply to this and tell me about the book you love most with the power of the sun.

We've already got a bunch of amazing people and the more the merrier! :blobsmilehappyeyes:

#books #bookstodon #sff #horror #scifi #crimefiction #nonfiction #reading #genrefiction #scifi #mystery #literature #history #botany #romance #science #reading

JuneSim63 💚
2 weeks ago

Boys should be encouraged to read books about girls, says author @joannechocolat because “a boy who is afraid to read a book with a girl protagonist will grow up into a man who feels that it’s inappropriate for him to listen to a woman’s voice”.
#Literature #HayFestival

Eva Amsen
2 weeks ago

Complex systems researchers in Poland studied works of #literature across eight European languages and showed that the placement of #punctuation was very consistent within each language. #WroteThis #mathematics #writing

Dr. Amy H. Sturgis
2 weeks ago

It's alive! The 2023 conference “#Witchcraft and the #Supernatural in Belief, Practice, and Depiction”!

Online. 26th-27th August. All day to hit different time zones. Talks recorded so you don't miss anything. Get discounted tickets for the first month.

#OnlineEvent #Conference #Academics #AcademicMastodon #Gothic #Literature #History #Horror #PopularCulture #Victorian #EarlyModern #GhostStories #Film

Left: The cover of THE NIGHT SIDE OF NATURE, with a ghostly figure before a window showing a moon in the sky. Right: The cover of THE LANCASHIRE WITCHES, depicting witches gathered around a devil figure.

“This is punch-the-air poetry, the knowing in that feeling place in your gut that someone understands and can put it in words so much better than your own.”

—Alison Craig reviews Roddy Lumsden’s SO GLAD I’M ME
#Scottish #literature #poetry

From 2017: Roddy Lumsden talks about his work & his collection SO GLAD I’M ME, published by Bloodaxe Books & shortlisted for the 2017 T.S. Eliot Prize
#Scottish #literature #poetry

Into perplexity: as an itch chased round
an oxter or early man in the cave mouth
watching rain-drifts pour from beyond

his understanding…

—“The Beautiful”, by Roddy Lumsden (1966–2020) – born #OTD, 28 May
Published in POETRY magazine, Dec 2008
#Scottish #literature #poetry

The Beautiful
by Roddy Lumsden

Into perplexity: as an itch chased round 
an oxter or early man in the cave mouth 
watching rain-drifts pour from beyond 

his understanding. Whether to admire 
the mere sensation, enough, or hold out 
for sweeter ornament, vessels of wonder 

born with that ur-charm of symmetry; 
lovely ones we ache to prize and praise, 
climb into and become because they try 

our day-by-day significance: some of us 
ugly and most of us plain, walked past 
in the drowned streets: pearls of paste, 

salted butter, secondary colors. They 
drift unapproached, gazed never-selves, 
blunt paragons of genetic industry. We 

desire them but cannot want such order. 
We stand, mouths open, and cannot help 
stammering our secrets, nailed to water.
Dr. Zalka Csenge Virág
2 weeks ago

I am sharing this one because POSSIBILITIES

#books #bookstodon #writers #literature

AskReddit post:
If authors "covered" novels, the way musicians cover songs, which novel would you be most excited to read?

Answer 1:
Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy by Terry Pratchett
Rip my boi

Answer 2:
Dune, by Terry Pratchett
Yahia Lababidi
2 weeks ago


Thank you, for this fine #introduction, erudite friend.

For the love of #literature, perhaps, this new #book will interest you:

#poetry #books

2 weeks ago

I have, in the past, described this book as the Whitechapel and Spiritbox of #literature. You'll find a have a very unconventional faith in #Jesus through this text, but most are going to assume I worship #Satan after reading it.

It's too in support of #LGBTQ rights, #antiracism, and #antifascism. It's also got some sexy bits about #ethics in the SW industry that will always seem demonic to them.

I confess the worst things I've ever done in this book.

3 weeks ago

If you happen to think about Argentinean #literature (probably never, but let's assume, you did), there are a couple of names, you might think of:

Jorge Luis Borges, Ernesto Sábato, Julio Cortázar and, just in case, you're a huge fan of #SF and #Westworld, Adolfo Bioy Casares (The Invention of Morel).
You would probably not think of Osvaldo Soriano, one of the country's most successful writers of the late XXth century, despite most of his works have been translated to English and German.


A portrait of Osvaldo Soriano, a bald fat man with a friendly face, rubbing his head.
Yahia Lababidi
3 weeks ago

Aphorisms, from my forthcoming #book, appeared in Tiferet #Journal — at the nexus of #literature & #spirituality — alongside #poets that I admire, such as Paul Muldoon.

@bookstodon #books #poetry #wisdom #SilentSunday #publishing #WritingCommunity #reading #meditation #art #peace #reading

it's kat!
3 weeks ago

in terms of civil & human rights, lorraine said that everyone 'must concern themselves with every single means of struggle: legal, illegal, passive, active, violent and non-violent...they must harass, debate, petition, give money to court struggles, sit-in, lie-down, strike, boycott, sing hymns, pray on steps—and shoot from their windows when the racists come cruising through their communities.'
#theatre #literature #art #lorraineHansberry

it's kat!
3 weeks ago

when, at the age of 34, she died of pancreatic cancer, james baldwin said, 'it is not at all farfetched to suspect that what she saw contributed to the strain which killed her, for the effort to which Lorraine was dedicated is more than enough to kill a man'.
although she’d criticised existentialism, lorraine admired simone de beauvoir's 'the second sex' & said that women twice oppressed might be twice militant.
#art #history #lorraineHansberry #author #literature

it's kat!
3 weeks ago

'stop being a liberal & become an american radical.'

it's another #art #history thread for you - whether you like it or not. this one celebrates lorraine hansberry (born #otd in 1930), so what's not to love?
i'd seen a copy of her play, 'a raisin in the sun', lying on my mum's nightstand & have been intrigued ever since by its author. the work itself serves up a heap of quandaries about prejudice & social hierarchy.
#illustration #lorraineHansberry #literature #playwright #chicago

portrait i drew with digital ink & paint tools of revolutionary playwrite & author, lorraine hansberry. she looks curiously at you, one arm stretched toward her shoulder. her hand grasps a pencil between its index & middle finger. colours are bright pink, red, rose, blue-grey & teal.
portrait i drew with digital ink & paint tools of revolutionary playwrite & author, lorraine hansberry. she looks curiously at you, one arm stretched toward her shoulder. her hand grasps a pencil between its index & middle finger. colours are mustard yellows, blue-grey & muted turquoise.

Medieval (Scottish) Gaelic literature: the case of Finn mac Cumaill
23 May, 5–6:30pm BST (6–7:30 CET), free online

Introducing the corpus of #medieval works centred on the legendary hero Finn mac Cumaill. The earliest texts are #Irish – yet, outwith the #Gaelic tradition, Finn is often seen as a #Scottish literary creation, not least because of James Macpherson’s imagining of him as Fingal in the #18thcentury

#literature #CelticStudies

Edwin Muir and a Story of Europe

“Muir’s contact with Europe is significant, however, not only in a personal and literary sense, but also in a wider political context which resonates with our own early twenty-first century times. His travels in the 1920s immediately after the end of World War One, and again at the end of World War Two, tell a story of Europe itself at critical points in its history.”

#Scottish #literature #poetry #Orkney #Modernism #20thcentury

One foot in Eden still, I stand
And look across the other land.
The world’s great day is growing late,
Yet strange these fields that we have planted
So long with crops of love and hate…

—Edwin Muir, “One Foot in Eden”
#Scottish #literature #poetry #Orkney #Modernism #20thcentury

"One Foot in Eden"
by Edwin Muir

One foot in Eden still, I stand 
And look across the other land.
The world's great day is growing late,
Yet strange these fields that we have planted 
So long with crops of love and hate.
Time's handiworks by time are haunted,
And nothing now can separate
The corn and tares compactly grown.
The armorial weed in stillness bound
About the stalk; these are our own.
Evil and good stand thick around
In the fields of charity and sin
Where we shall lead our harvest in.

Yet still from Eden springs the root
As clean as on the starting day.
Time takes the foliage and the fruit 
And burns the archetypal leaf
To shapes of terror and of grief
Scattered along the winter way.
But famished field and blackened tree
Bear flowers in Eden never known.
Blossoms of grief and charity
Bloom in these darkened fields alone.
What had Eden ever to say
Of hope and faith and pity and love
Until was buried all its day
And memory found its treasure trove?
Strange blessings never in Paradise
Fall from these beclouded skies.

Old gods and goddesses who have lived so long
Through time and never found eternity,
Fettered by wasting wood and hollowing hill,
You should have fled our ever-dying song…

—Edwin Muir, “To the Old Gods”
#Scottish #literature #poetry #Orkney #Modernism #20thcentury

"To the Old Gods"
by Edwin Muir

Old gods and goddesses who have lived so long
Through time and never found eternity,
Fettered by wasting wood and hollowing hill,

You should have fled our ever-dying song,
The mound, the well, and the green trysting tree.
They have forgotten, yet you linger still.

Goddess of caverned breast and channeled brow, 
And cheeks slow hollowed by millennial tears,
Forests of autumns fading in your eyes, 

Eternity matvels at your counted years
And kingdoms lost in time, and wonders how 
There could be thoughts so bountiful and wise 

As yours beneath the ever-breaking bough, 
And vast compassion curving like the skies.

“Edwin Muir (1887–1959) is a mysteriously neglected, gorgeous, and emotionally penetrating poet. Of all the many pieces of writing spurred by the Cold War and the threat of nuclear apocalypse, and of the other kinds of 20th century apocalyptic writing, his poem ‘The Horses’ may be the most effective, perhaps because it is the most calm and gentle.”
—Robert Pinsky

#Scottish #literature #poetry #Orkney #Modernism #20thcentury #postapocalypse

On the second day
The radios failed; we turned the knobs; no answer.
On the third day a warship passed us, heading north,
Dead bodies piled on the deck…

—Edwin Muir, “The Horses”
#Scottish #literature #poetry #Orkney #Modernism #20thcentury #postapocalypse

"The Horses"
by Edwin Muir

Barely a twelvemonth after
The seven days war that put the world to sleep,
Late in the evening the strange horses came.
By then we had made our covenant with silence,
But in the first few days it was so still
We listened to our breathing and were afraid.
On the second day
The radios failed; we turned the knobs, no answer.
On the third day a warship passed us, headed north,
Dead bodies piled on the deck. On the sixth day
A plane plunged over us into the sea. Thereafter
Nothing. The radios dumb;
And still they stand in corners of our kitchens,
And stand, perhaps, turned on, in a million rooms
All over the world. But now if they should speak,
If on a sudden they should speak again,
If on the stroke of noon a voice should speak,
We would not listen, we would not let it bring
That old bad world that swallowed its children quick
At one great gulp. We would not have it again.
Sometimes we think of the nations lying asleep,
Curled blindly in impenetrable sorrow,
And then the thought confounds us with its strangeness.

The tractors lie about our fields; at evening
They look like dank sea-monsters crouched and waiting.
We leave them where they are and let them rust:
“They’ll molder away and be like other loam.”
We make our oxen drag our rusty plows,
Long laid aside. We have gone back
Far past our fathers’ land.
And then, that evening
Late in the summer the strange horses came.
We heard a distant tapping on the road,
A deepening drumming; it stopped, went on again
And at the corner changed to hollow thunder.
We saw the heads
Like a wild wave charging and were afraid.
We had sold our horses in our fathers’ time
To buy new tractors. Now they were strange to us
As fabulous steeds set on an ancient shield
Or illustrations in a book of knights.
We did not dare go near them. Yet they waited,
Stubborn and shy, as if they had been sent
By an old command to find our whereabouts
And that long-lost archaic companionship.
In the first moment we had never a thought
That they were creatures to be owned and used.
Among them were some half a dozen colts
Dropped in some wilderness of the broken world,
Yet new as if they had come from their own Eden.
Since then they have pulled our plows and borne our loads,
But that free servitude still can pierce our hearts.
Our life is changed; their coming our beginning.

I never felt so much
Since I have felt at all
The tingling smell and touch
Of dogrose and sweet briar,
Nettles against the wall,
All sours and sweets that grow
Together or apart
In hedge or marsh or ditch…

—“A Birthday”, by Edwin Muir (1887–1959)—born #OTD, 15 May 1887
#Scottish #literature #poetry #Orkney #Modernism #20thcentury

"A Birthday"
by Edwin Muir

I never felt so much
Since I have felt at all
The tingling smell and touch
Of dogrose and sweet briar,
Nettles against the wall,
All sours and sweets that grow
Together or apart
In hedge or marsh or ditch.
I gather to my heart
Beast, insect, flower, earth, water, fire,
In absolute desire,
As fifty years ago.

Acceptance, gratitude:
The first look and the last
When all between has passed
Restore ingenuous good
That seeks no personal end
Nor strives to mar or mend.
Before I touched the food
Sweetness ensnared my tongue;
Before I saw the wood
I loved each nook and bend,
The track going right and wrong;
Before I took the road
Direction ravished my soul.
Now that I can discern
It whole or almost whole,
Acceptance and gratitude
Like travellers return
And stand where they first stood.
Roni Laukkarinen
4 weeks ago

Fuck Amazon. It was so much easier to buy books from Book Depository.

Amazon to close Book Depository online shop

#Amazon #BookDepository #Books #Literature #BookStore #Bookstodon


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I (Editor) love quoting #GKChesterton. He was a great #journalist whose #essay(s) are still loved today. Advocated #Distributism #Economics. What he noticed about #Millionaires 100 years ago still apply to #Billionaires today.

#HistoryRepeats. #Chesterton was a huge influence on #Fantasy #Literature today, inspiring such #Authors as #Tolkien, #Pratchett, #CSLewis, and #Gaiman, with his thoughts on #Myth, #Story, #Art, and #Narrative.