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5 perfect sentences from Publisher’s Weekly: 


My father was right: you could make anybody amazing just by insisting they were.

-”What We Know About the Lost Aztec Children”by Elizabeth McCracken

She thought of a hotel room in Mazatlan whose door had just been slammed, it seemed forever, waking up two hundred birds down in the lobby; a sunrise over the library slope at Cornell University that nobody out on it had seen because the slope faced west; a dry, disconsolate tune from the fourth movement of the Bartok Concerto for Orchestra; a whitewashed bust of Jay Gould that Pierce kept over the bed on a shelf so narrow for it she’d always had the hovering fear it would someday topple on them.

-The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon

On heart-broken pretense of entreating a cup of cold water, fiends in human form had got into lonely dwellings, nor retired until a dark deed had been done.

-Benito Cereno by Herman Melville

I sleep with a glass of water on the nightstand so I can see by its level if the coastal earth is trembling or if the shaking is still me.

-”In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried” by Amy Hempel

“I get the idea perfectly, Mickey,” said Archimboldi, thinking all the while that this man was not only irritating but ridiculous, with the particular ridiculousness of self-dramatizers and poor fools convinced they’ve been present at a decisive moment in history, when it’s common knowledge, thought Archimboldi, that history, which is a simple whore, has no decisive moments but is a proliferation of instants, brief interludes that vie with one another in monstrousness.”

-2666 by Roberto Bolaño

5 perfect sentences from Publisher’s Weekly

My father was right: you could make anybody amazing just by insisting they were.

-”What We Know About the Lost Aztec Children”by Elizabeth McCracken

She thought of a hotel room in Mazatlan whose door had just been slammed, it seemed forever, waking up two hundred birds down in the lobby; a sunrise over the library slope at Cornell University that nobody out on it had seen because the slope faced west; a dry, disconsolate tune from the fourth movement of the Bartok Concerto for Orchestra; a whitewashed bust of Jay Gould that Pierce kept over the bed on a shelf so narrow for it she’d always had the hovering fear it would someday topple on them.

-The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon

On heart-broken pretense of entreating a cup of cold water, fiends in human form had got into lonely dwellings, nor retired until a dark deed had been done.

-Benito Cereno by Herman Melville

I sleep with a glass of water on the nightstand so I can see by its level if the coastal earth is trembling or if the shaking is still me.

-”In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried” by Amy Hempel

“I get the idea perfectly, Mickey,” said Archimboldi, thinking all the while that this man was not only irritating but ridiculous, with the particular ridiculousness of self-dramatizers and poor fools convinced they’ve been present at a decisive moment in history, when it’s common knowledge, thought Archimboldi, that history, which is a simple whore, has no decisive moments but is a proliferation of instants, brief interludes that vie with one another in monstrousness.”

-2666 by Roberto Bolaño

Our lovely editorial staff sporting Penguin Classic gear! Totes and custom tees are available here

Our lovely editorial staff sporting Penguin Classic gear! Totes and custom tees are available here

(Source: classicpenguin, via edenfenixblogs)

Great Book Gifts for Literary Fiction and Nonfiction Readers

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The best literature and nonfiction of the year, for the serious reader in your life.

 

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford
Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman & Paul Clark Newell, Jr.
The Mushroom Hunters by Langdon Cook
My Promised Land by Ari Shavit
Dissident Gardens by Jonathan Lethem
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Purchase by Linda Spalding
Dear Life by Alice Munro
The Circle by Dave Eggers (audiobook)
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon
The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
Wilson by A. Scott Berg
Double Down: Game Change 2012 by Mark Halperin & John Heilemann

willywaldo:

Monsters of Literature Playing Cards from Etsy.com
A Happy Literary Halloween!

willywaldo:

Monsters of Literature Playing Cards from Etsy.com

A Happy Literary Halloween!

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"A is for adolescence. We suggest The Catcher in the Rye. Whatever you’re going through, Holden Caulfied got there first.” -Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin, The Novel Cure

"A is for adolescence. We suggest The Catcher in the Rye. Whatever you’re going through, Holden Caulfied got there first.” -Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin, The Novel Cure

 

The Best Writing Advice I Ever Received by Elliott Holt

"Charlie gave me a piece of advice that James Salter gave him. Salter (as quoted by D’Ambrosio) said, ‘It is hard to get over the habit of being civilized.’ As a writer, you have to push past the graceful and civilized into darker places. Good stories are about when characters stop being civilized, when there are cracks in their composure. Good fiction is born of characters’ struggle and desperation. As writers, Charlie said, we have to go looking for ‘resistance and trouble.’”

My point is not that you should write wild plots. (Characters having sex under tables is not the goal.) The point is to remember that all good stories and novels—even ones set in “civilized society”—feature characters who are desperate in some way. Push past the civilized, with your characters and your sentences. Find the resistance. You can be cautious and polite in life, but on the page, you have to go looking for trouble.

(Source: elliottholt, via oliveryeh)

therumpus:

HORN! REVIEWS: You Are One Of Them by Kevin Thomas

A great review of Elliot Holt’s novel, You Are One of Them!

therumpus:

HORN! REVIEWS: You Are One Of Them by Kevin Thomas

A great review of Elliot Holt’s novel, You Are One of Them!