It’s made me think a lot about language in general. I think that if a writer writes in more than one language, you really recognize how specific and complex a language is.

They’re just different entities. They’re just completely different. They sound different, they feel different, they are different at their essence, even though they can mean the same thing—you can translate something and mean the same thing, but it’s so specific the way a language works.

The thing about this right now in my life as a writer, I feel a certain awe for language in general, for what it is, what it does, and I think this writing experimentation has brought a lot of that to the fore.

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It is curious to me how often we tend to describe the perfection and drama of the natural world, its sublime qualities, in metaphors of fakery or artificiality: “like a postcard”, “like a painting”, or latterly in New Zealand, “like a scene from The Lord of the Rings”.

The impulse, I think, comes from a wish to apologise for the limited capacity of the “real” world.

To grow up is to confront the disappointments of language, in a way, and to suffer the divorce between what we experience and what we imagine to be real.

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Catton on growing up in New Zealand. 

Eleanor Catton: The land of the long white cloud

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Creative people are interesting. 
..Are they interesting because they are Creative? 
..Or, are they creative because they have had interesting lives?
Seen on Incidental Comics.

Creative people are interesting.

..Are they interesting because they are Creative? 

..Or, are they creative because they have had interesting lives?

Seen on Incidental Comics.

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scholasticbookclubs:

When kids choose their own books, a neat thing happens… they read them! Welcome to the Scholastic Book Clubs Tumblr!

Hey, remember those awesome magazines you got in grade school full of things that you could force your parents to buy because, duh, education?? They’re on tumblr now!

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Looking forward to reading this. 

Alison Bechdel may well be the most important cartoonist working today.
With the publication of Are You My Mother?, her amazing new memoir, Bechdel exceeds the considerable achievement of her 2006 masterpiece Fun Home, bringing psychic life to the page like no one else and finding innovative pictorial ways of mixing narrative accessibility with theoretical sophistication.

Looking forward to reading this. 

Alison Bechdel may well be the most important cartoonist working today.

With the publication of Are You My Mother?, her amazing new memoir, Bechdel exceeds the considerable achievement of her 2006 masterpiece Fun Home, bringing psychic life to the page like no one else and finding innovative pictorial ways of mixing narrative accessibility with theoretical sophistication.

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..a literary take on paint by numbers. 

..a literary take on paint by numbers. 

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These are beautiful. Considering getting one for my wall.

youmightfindyourself:

My friend Justin makes hand-carved woodblock prints of famous writers. I have a Burroughs hanging in my room. This is just a small sample of portraits. Check out Writer’s Mugs!

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Kurt Vonnegut explains the shapes of stories

Using just a chalkboard and a simple graphical axis, Kurt Vonnegut explains the different shapes that stories can take.

This is part of a longer talk he gave, read the full transcript here

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The Literary Man Cave
In theory, we love the idea of the newly debuted Man Cave.  Hosted by Adams Media, it’s  an online bookstore targeted directly at  male readers and those who buy gifts for them, according to Publishers Weekly.  How perfect!
“Men tend to be the most challenging people to shop for,” says  an Adams Media marketer. And the Man Cave site boasts of having the  solution: “Yes, guys do read—they like it, in fact. It’s here that  you’ll find the perfect gift for the man in your life.” But check out  the selection of titles: How Do You Light a Fart?, 100 Sexiest Women in Comics, and Sweet ’Stache: 50 Badass Mustaches and the Faces Who Sport Them, to name just a few.
Ahh … so they didn’t mean literary novels and memoirs that might  appeal to not-big-reader guys. They meant gifty books that nobody  really wants but that are stamped “For Guys.” Books about farts and  mustaches. You know, the book equivalent of a tie printed with golf  tees.
What would you suggest for a real literary man cave?
( Via UtneReader )

The Literary Man Cave

In theory, we love the idea of the newly debuted Man Cave. Hosted by Adams Media, it’s  an online bookstore targeted directly at male readers and those who buy gifts for them, according to Publishers Weekly. How perfect!

“Men tend to be the most challenging people to shop for,” says an Adams Media marketer. And the Man Cave site boasts of having the solution: “Yes, guys do read—they like it, in fact. It’s here that you’ll find the perfect gift for the man in your life.” But check out the selection of titles: How Do You Light a Fart?, 100 Sexiest Women in Comics, and Sweet ’Stache: 50 Badass Mustaches and the Faces Who Sport Them, to name just a few.

Ahh … so they didn’t mean literary novels and memoirs that might appeal to not-big-reader guys. They meant gifty books that nobody really wants but that are stamped “For Guys.” Books about farts and mustaches. You know, the book equivalent of a tie printed with golf tees.

What would you suggest for a real literary man cave?

( Via UtneReader )

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In the not so distant future.

In the not so distant future.

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Rushdie’s Reading List for The Standard Hotel 
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What books have always wanted was to be annotated, marked up, underlined, dog-eared, summarized, cross-referenced, hyperlinked, shared, and talked-to. Being digital allows them to do all that and more.
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What Books Will Become

- as we continue to explore the future of publishing, Kevin Kelly weighs in on where books are going. (via curiositycounts)

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On The Road - The Film
First Look of the Day: Sam Riley as Sal Paradise, Kristen Stewart as Mary Lou, and Garrett Hedlund as Dean Moriarty in Motorcycle Diaries-director Walter Salles’s Francis Ford Coppola-produced big-screen adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road.

A couple more photos here. Release date TBD.

[comingsoon.]

On The Road - The Film

First Look of the Day: Sam Riley as Sal Paradise, Kristen Stewart as Mary Lou, and Garrett Hedlund as Dean Moriarty in Motorcycle Diaries-director Walter Salles’s Francis Ford Coppola-produced big-screen adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road.

A couple more photos here. Release date TBD.

[comingsoon.]

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[Writing is] like standing on the edge of a cliff. This is especially true of the first draft. Every day you’re making up the earth you’re going to stand on.
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