I’ve gotten a few of you asking me to recommend soundtracks. I’m very excited, especially because they’re all books I haven’t read yet! As luck would have it, I’m going to be away for a while. Bu I’m going to add all the books to my to-read list and I’ll post reviews and soundtracks as soon as i come back. Don’t be afraid to drop more requests in my ask box, they come straight to my email. So I’ll get them while I’m away.
Thank you for the support!
I haven’t yet, but I definitely will!!
Favourite 2013 Reads [3/?]
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Or a song you would like to add to a books soundtrack?
Note: what follows is not merely a book list, but an attempt to identify some of the hinge moments in our literature – a composite of significant events, notable poems, plays, and novels, plus influential deaths, starting with the violent death of Shakespeare’s one serious rival …
1. The death of Christopher Marlowe (1593)
2. William Shakespeare: The Sonnets (1609)
3. The King James Bible (1611)
4. William Shakespeare: The First Folio (1623)
5. John Milton: Areopagitica (1644)
6. Samuel Pepys: The Diaries (1660-69)
7. John Bunyan: Pilgrim’s Progress (1678)
8. John Locke: Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1690)
9. William Congreve: The Way of the World (1700)
10. Daniel Defoe: A Journal of the Plague Year (1722)
11. Jonathan Swift: Gulliver’s Travels (1727)
12. Samuel Johnson: A Dictionary of the English Language (1755)
13. Thomas Jefferson: The American Declaration of Independence(1776)
14. James Boswell: Life of Johnson (1791)
15. Benjamin Franklin: Autobiography (1793)
16. Mary Wollstonecraft: A Vindication of the Rights of Women (1792)
17. William Wordsworth: “The Prelude” (1805)
18. Jane Austen: Pride & Prejudice (1813)
19. Lord Byron: Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage (1812)
20. Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Shakespearean Criticism (1818)
21. Ralph Waldo Emerson: “The American Scholar” (1837)
22. Thomas Carlyle: The French Revolution (1837)
23. The uniform Penny Post (1840)
24. Thomas Hood: “The Song of the Shirt” (1843)
25. Emily Brontë: Wuthering Heights (1847)
26. Charles Dickens: David Copperfield (1849)
27. Herman Melville: Moby Dick (1851)
28. Elizabeth Gaskell: North and South (1855)
29. Charles Darwin: On the Origin of Species (1859)
30. Henry Thoreau: Walden, or Life in the Woods (1854)
31. Harriet Beecher Stowe: Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852)
32. Lewis Carroll: Alice In Wonderland (1865)
33. Wilkie Collins: The Moonstone (1868)
34. First commercially successful typewriter, USA. (1878)
35. George Eliot: Middlemarch (1871)
36. Robert Louis Stevenson: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886)
37. Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890)
38. Thomas Hardy: Poems (c.1900)
39. JM Barrie: Peter Pan (1904)
40. James Joyce: Ulysses (1922)
41. TS Eliot: The Waste Land (1922)
42. F Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby (1925)
43. George Orwell: George Orwell: Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949)
44. Ian Fleming: Casino Royale (1953)
45. Jack Kerouac: On The Road (1957)
46. Maurice Sendak: Where The Wild Things Are (1963)
47. Truman Capote: In Cold Blood (1966)
48. WG Sebald: Vertigo (1990)
49. The launch of Amazon.com (1994)
50. JK Rowling: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (1997)
Plus a bonus book - Ted Hughes: Birthday Letters (1998)
This catalogue, in conclusion, is highly partisan and impressionistic. It makes no claim to be comprehensive (how could it?). Rather, it aims to stimulate a discussion about the turning-points in the world of books and letters from the King James Bible to the present day.
URDUSTAN: A COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES written by Sabina England, now available online
Urdustan is a collection of short stories, it tells the stories of North Indians and Pakistanis; Muslims and Hindus; Desi Americans and British Asians. All come from the same land yet each leads a different life and tells a different story; each shares the desire to experience love and friendship, the insatiable urge to connect to others on a human level. Urdustan reveals multiple personalities of the South Asian diaspora that are often ignored.
The stories are richly interwoven with different characters from many walks of life–Hasidic Jews, African Americans, punks, deaf teens, gay males, and even supernatural creatures such as vampires and angels. Romance, horror, racism, homophobia, audism, love, death, spirituality, fantasy, friendship all play important factors in the storytelling of Urdustan.
Each story is a small reflection of the greatly diverse world we live in and call our home.
The book is written from an unique perspective: a Deaf Indian Muslim woman who is a minority within a minority culture and religion in a minority community overseas. I am a filmmaker, playwright, stage performer, and poet. Art, performing, making films, telling stories, sign language poetry, Indian culture, Deaf culture, and many different Islamic cultures from all over the Muslim world, trying new forms of expression, Mother Earth, Allah invoke strong passion in my soul, they are very important in my life.
A new review by Fresh Pulp Magazine will be published this week, check back later for the link.
Please visit my website for more informaiton.
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Okay I had to go compile a bunch of influential YA books that were written BEFORE 2005 because of reasons, so. Here!
When you’re a young writer trying to get your manuscript out into the world, there are a lot of scary people trying to take advantage of your naivety!
Don’t let yourself get scammed! This site is full of resources of how to avoid getting screwed when all you want to do is get published. Check it out!
So this is something I’ve been thinking about, these scams which are essentially legal but nonetheless utterly malicious. And the argument is always ‘they didn’t have to agree to it’ or ‘they should’ve asked more questions’ or some variation of these.
Lemme put this in context. If I put up a stand that says ‘FREE BROWNIES’ and neglect to tell people that one in five of them is full of thumbtacks, do I have a legal defense here? I mean, they didn’t have to eat the brownies. They could’ve asked if there were thumbtacks in them. That’s a reasonable question to ask of someone who’s offering free brownies, right?
This is what Randroids actually believe.
Reblogging because I know a lot of you are writers, and because I have a particular loathing for online scam artists, and also because of the Libertarian jab there at the end.
If my personal library represented life…than only straight white people have adventures and fall in love. And occasionally gay white men join in the fun.
Time to diversify the genre and also expand my search when it comes to books. Diversity has to be out there. Time to make it popular.
It’s out there! If you’re looking for diverse YA fantasy, for example, check out this book list: http://pinterest.com/stacylwhitman/diverse-ya-fantasy/.
For diverse YA SF, here’s a starting point: http://pinterest.com/stacylwhitman/diverse-ya-science-fiction/.
I don’t know other categories/genres as well, but hopefully that’s a start for you!