Hear Hilaire Belloc Sing

Continuing yesterday’s theme of Wodehouse and Belloc, today we have not just the voice of Belloc, but we hear him sing his own songs! [Read more...]

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Wodehouse Interviewed

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Here’s a Boxing Day treat for you: various clips of P.G. Wodehouse speaking. Despite a 26-year-long devotion to the great man and his books (a devotion I’ve passed on to my kids), I’d never heard him talk. Here’s the man Hilaire Belloc once called “the greatest writer of English now alive.” Hope you all have [Read More...]

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Read More Trashy Books! For Free!

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My twin literary passions are at the absolute opposite ends of the spectrum: great literature, and pulp “trash.” I have no interest in almost anything  in between. I love the Western canon: Chaucer, Dante, Shakespeare, Donne, Dickens, Trollope, Yeats, Eliot, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and similar hacks. And I love vintage pulp fiction and comics: Doc Savage, [Read More...]

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Amazon MatchBook: Get Kindle Versions of Your Purchases

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Remember when Amazon AutoRip went live and almost every hard-media CD you’d ever bought from Amazon (even those you’d bought as gifts for others) was automatically available as an MP3 download or cloud streaming file? For free? That was great. Amazon MatchBook does something similar for books and Kindle. Books you’ve bought in hard copy [Read More...]

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World’s Largest Shakespeare Collection Going Digital

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The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC is the largest Shakespeare collection in the world, and beginning next month it’s going online. The Library will be releasing scans of their collection, as well as publishing an app called The  Luminary Folger Shakespeare for accessing it all. The project eventually will make 50,000 digital images available to the [Read More...]

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Dr. Johnson’s “Prayer Before Any New Study”

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Samuel Johnson’s “Prayers and Meditations” are not well known, but the new Delphi Complete Works of Samuel Johnson (Illustrated) includes a clean text, along with all of his other works and writings about Johnson by Hawthorne, Lovecraft, Chesterton, and others. Your cost? $3. I’ve written before about how much I love the Delphi editions for their [Read More...]

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Best Writing Advice Ever

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Rest in peace, Dutch. Some of his other tips: 1. Never open a book with weather. 2. Avoid prologues. 3. Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue. 4. Never use an adverb to modify the verb “said”…he admonished gravely. 5. Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than [Read More...]

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Barbara Mertz (aka Barbara Michaels, Elizabeth Peters) Passes Away

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The great author Dr. Barabara Mertz died this morning in her Maryland home. She was 85. Barbara was an Egyptologist by training (and wrote two good books on the subject), but found her fame as a writer of best-selling thrillers (under the name of Barbara Michaels) and mysteries (as Elizabeth Peters). If you’re counting, that’s [Read More...]

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