Friday, December 31, 2010

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow-was an American poet and educator whose works include "Paul Revere's Ride", The Song of Hiawatha, and "Evangeline". He was also the first American to translate Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy and was one of the five Fireside Poets. Longfellow predominantly wrote lyric poems which are known for their musicality and which often presented stories of mythology and legend. He became the most popular American poet of his day and also had success overseas. He has been criticized, however, for imitating European styles and writing specifically for the masses.




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Thursday, December 30, 2010

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

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Samuel Johnson-often referred to as Dr Johnson, was a British author who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. He as been described as "arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history".



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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Former US general McChrystal to pen book!

Stanley McChrystal, the general fired from command of US troops in Afghanistan after he mocked the Obama administration in a magazine interview, is to pen his autobiography, Penguin publishers said Wednesday.

McChrystal's memoir, so far untitled, is due to be published in 2012, said Portfolio, an imprint of the Penguin group.

"Few people know who General Stan McChrystal really is," said Portfolio president Adrian Zackheim.

"Nor do people realize what a fascinating career he had for 38 years in the Army and what he can teach all of us about effective leadership under extreme pressure."

McChrystal is best known for his work in counter-insurgency strategy.

He was fired this year by President Barack Obama from his post as top Afghanistan commander after making scathing comments about Vice President Joe Biden and others in a magazine article.

He then announced he would retire. He is due to start lecturing at Yale University on global affairs.

NYC subway service ads replace poetry, literature!

Not long ago, a subway rider who'd had a particularly tough day at work found herself staring up at the ads inside her subway car, where one of the placards featured a poignant literary quote.

It was from a 15th-century Turkish poet, Mihri Khatun, and it "turned my day around," the rider later said in an e-mail. "Within me, the heart has taken fire like a candle/ My body, whirling, is a lighthouse illuminated by your image," the poet wrote.

Commuters like her have been able to catch relief during grueling rides by reading poetry and inspired literature among all the ads. But the train has screeched to a stop.

Transit officials have replaced the words of Franz Kafka, Galileo and other great thinkers — a program called Train of Thought — with service announcements about the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's improved new technology, equipment and infrastructure.

The agency that runs city subways and public buses "needs to communicate with our customers about what we've done in the past year to improve the system," said MTA spokesman Jeremy Soffin.

In the past few weeks, the slogan "Improving, Nonstop" has displaced the Train of Thought quotes sprinkled amid private advertising for impotence treatments and law firms chasing accident victims.

Riders are mourning the loss of the campaign that provided a brief escape into literature.

"Every time we eliminate the arts, which speak to our souls, we're creating chaos, because words were put on this planet to make us think," said jazz percussionist Edson Silva, waiting for a No. 1 train on Manhattan's Upper West Side a few days before Christmas.

The 2-year-old literary campaign was an expansion of the very popular Poetry In Motion — famed verses that filled thousands of subway cars from 1992 to 2008.

The MTA once described that program as "a way of delivering a bit of joy and enlightenment along with the ride."

These days, the state-run agency has more pressing, nonliterary concerns.

Having filled a $900 million budget gap for the year, with "essentially no money for advertising," the spokesman said, the MTA is using its limited subway and bus space to inform riders "of what we've been doing."

Transit improvements include countdown clocks above station platforms that show how many minutes are left until the next train arrives; new security cameras; and special lanes on city streets dedicated to buses.

"I don't begrudge them wanting to put their best foot forward," said Gene Russianoff, staff attorney for the Straphangers Campaign rider advocacy group. "But if this new campaign comes at the price of permanently kiboshing the literature, I think that's a mistake."

He acknowledged the MTA could benefit from a campaign to improve its image, particularly after a difficult year in which the agency severely cut service, eliminating some subway lines entirely, and passed another fare hike — by 25 cents to $2.50 for a single-ride ticket. None of the new service ads mention the third fare hike in as many years, taking effect Dec. 30.

Hundreds of station clerks, maintenance workers and cleaners also lost their jobs.

Soffin, the MTA spokesman, said the few literary placards remaining on subways are being removed. The authority has not renewed an agreement with its Train of Thought sponsor, the TV quiz show "Jeopardy!"

For a contribution of $50,000 a year, mostly for printing costs, the MTA churned out the placards with ideas from writers, historians, scientists, politicians — and just about anyone who could spice up riders' time on public wheels.

Hundreds of the poetry placards still grace some city buses, thanks to thousands of dollars in private funds raised by the New York-based Poetry Society of America.

The current public service campaign will be up for a few months, Soffin said.

Transportation officials are aware of the popularity of both Poetry in Motion and Train of Thought, "and the rumors of the death of literary work in the transit system have been greatly exaggerated," said Soffin, jokingly playing on the famed Mark Twain quip after a newspaper published the writer's obituary, "The report of my death ... was an exaggeration."

Soffin said there's a chance that snippets of famed literature still "might return" to New York subways, but no precise plans are in the works.

"We'll see how it goes, and we'll see what's next," he said, adding, "I wouldn't be surprised if there's a return of something literary."

Margaret Davis Grimes, a jazz concert manager and frequent MTA rider, would be thrilled.

While reading the literary quotations, "many of us have felt uplifted and enlightened, have had our thoughts provoked in beautiful ways," she wrote in an e-mail. "There's so little in our society now that allows for such small miracles, made accessible as we sit for a few moments."

Then she added, "Is there any effective way New York City transit riders can appeal these terrible decisions?"

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Publisher confirms Julian Assange book deal!

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he's being forced into penning an autobiography to keep his organization from going under.

New York publishing house Alfred A. Knopf confirmed Monday that it had struck a deal with the 39-year-old Australian to bring out his autobiography, whose publication date has yet to be determined.

Assange, speaking to The Sunday Times, said the deal would bring in more than $1 million, with $800,000 from Knopf and another 325,000 pounds ($500,000) from U.K. publisher Canongate. But he said he only agreed to it because he was under financial pressure.

"I don't want to write this book, but I have to," he said. "I have already spent 200,000 pounds for legal costs and I need to defend myself and to keep WikiLeaks afloat."

Assange shot to worldwide prominence on the back of a series of spectacular leaks of classified U.S. material, including the ongoing publication of some 250,000 classified State Department cables.

But with the international attention came international legal problems. The U.K.-bound activist is currently fighting extradition to Sweden, where he faces sex crimes allegations, and has said he fears moves to indict him in the United States on espionage charges. He's previously said that most of his organization's money goes to fighting off legal and technical attacks.

Knopf spokesman Paul Bogaards declined to comment on the specific figures mentioned by Assange, but confirmed that a deal had been in place since "prior to the holidays."

Bogaards said Assange was due to deliver his manuscript sometime in 2011. The autobiography's title hasn't been made public.

Knopf is an imprint of Random House Inc.

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Auguste Comte-was a French philosopher, a founder of the discipline of sociology and of the doctrine of positivism. He may be regarded as the first philosopher of science in the modern sense of the term.
 
The Course in Positive Philosophy, a series of texts published between 1830 and 1842. The first three volumes of the Course dealt chiefly with the physical sciences already in existence, whereas the latter two emphasised the inevitable coming of social science.
 
 
 
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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Literary Diva of Blogtalk Radio Talk Radio On The List of The Huffington Post's "Around The Web" Of Political Hot Messes!

The Huffington's Post 2010 Political Hot Messes "around the web list" of 2010!

In the article "Literary Diva of Blogtalk Radio was on the list of hot messes of "around the web."  Here are the two episodes of the series of "A Political Hot Mess that's on the list: "A Political Hot Mess: American's Lasting Impression of 2010 Politics" and "A Political Hot Mess: Political Bitterology-A Pain In The Bum." To see the list of hot messes around the web on the huffington post visit: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ (6 Political Hot Messes of 2010-Around the Web List) or listen at www.blogtalkradio.com/diva29

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

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Hannah More-was an English religious writer, Romantic and philanthropist. She published Sacred Dramas in 1782 and it rapidly ran through nineteen editions. These and the poems Bas-Bleu and Florio (1786) mark her gradual transition to more serious views of life, which were fully expressed in prose, in her Thoughts on the Importance of the Manners of the Great to General Society (1788), and An Estimate of the Religion of the Fashionable World (1790).



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Sunday, December 26, 2010

QUICK LIT TREND OF THE WEEK! It's All About "FLASH FICTION!"

What creative, fun and challenging way to express yourself this year! This year it's all about shortening things up with major meat in the middle. Yes "flash fiction" is in the literary house for 2011!

FLASH FICTION-is a style of fictional literature or fiction of extreme brevity. One type of flash fiction is the short story with an exact word count. Examples include 55 fiction, the drabble and the 69er. Nanofictions are complete stories, with at least one character and a discernible plot, exactly fifty-five words long. A Drabble is a story of exactly one hundred words, excluding titles, and a 69er is a story of exactly sixty-nine words, again excluding the title.












To immerse yourself in this popular writing style, we recommend reading, and studying examples throughout time that can help you be the best flash fiction writer you can possibly be. An example would be "Aesop's Fables." The roots of flash fiction goes back to this must read.



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"SIX WORD STORY" WEEKLY CHALLENGE WINNERS! 12/24/10

CONGRATS TO OUR "SIX WORD STORY" WEEKLY WINNERS!

Sweet Treats-Good Eats-Yummy Holidays (Emily T, TX)

New Beginings-I'm There-It's Time (Tony H, HI)

My Heart-Is Broken-So Lonely (William P, DE)

*Live It-Love It-Fabulous Life (Literary Diva of BTR)*


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QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY

Thomas Carlyle-was a Scottish satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher during the Victorian era. He called economics "the dismal science", wrote articles for the Edinburgh Encyclopedia, and became a controversial social commentator.




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Saturday, December 25, 2010

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

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Harriet Martineau-was an english social theorist and Whig writer, often cited as the first woman sociologist. She wrote more than 50 books and is significant to the discipline of sociology. Martineau changed sociological opinions on issues previously ignored such as marriage, children, domestic and religious life, and race relations. 




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Friday, December 24, 2010

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

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Amos Bronson Alcott-was an American teacher, writer, philosopher, and reformer. As an educator, Alcott pioneered new ways of interacting with young students, focusing on a conversational style, and avoided traditional punishment.  He hoped to perfect the human spirit and, to that end, advocated a vegan diet before the term was coined. He was also an abolitionist and an advocate for women's rights.

Alcott's published books, all from late in his life, include Tablets (1868), Concord Days (1872), New Connecticut (1881), and Sonnets and Canzonets (1882).



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Thursday, December 23, 2010

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

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Elizabeth F. Ellet-was an American writer, historian and poet. She was the first writer to record the lives of women who contributed to the American Revolutionary War. She was involved with a public scandal involving Edgar Allan Poe and Frances Sargent Osgood and, later, another involving Rufus Wilmot Griswold.

Ellet's most important work, The Women of the American Revolution, was published in 1845. The three volume book profiled the lives of patriotic women in the early history of the United States. She continued writing until her death in 1877.





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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Amazon Provides Free Weekly Nielsen BookScan Data for Print Book Sales!

Authors who use Amazon's Author Central service can now view Nielsen BookScan's weekly geographic sales data for their print books for free.

Author Central is a free service provided by Amazon that helps authors promote their books and reach more readers, the Company noted. Also announced, Author Central has added a feature that shows authors past history on the Amazon bestsellers rank for their books.

"Authors are an important community for us," said Russ Grandinetti, Vice President, Amazon. "We're really happy to make it easy and free for them to see geographical BookScan data updated weekly, as well as historical Amazon bestsellers rank, for their books. We hope this creates an improved feedback loop for authors and enables them to develop more effective methods for reaching the widest possible audience."

Authors can access timely geographic sales trends aggregated across retailers by Nielsen BookScan, a source for industry print book sales. The new "Sales by Geography" feature displays a map of the continental United States, highlighting the areas where copies of authors' books have been sold. The new "Sales by Week" feature displays a bar chart of an author's sales recorded over the trailing four weeks. Authors can also see how many copies of each title were sold by print-edition type, e.g. hardcover or paperback. Digital book sales are not included in BookScan data. Nielsen BookScan estimates that it tracks 75 percent of print trade books sold in the United States, collected at more than 10,000 online and offline locations.

In addition to these new features, authors who use Author Central have the opportunity to share the most up-to-date information about themselves and their work with readers, according to the Company. Authors can view and edit their bibliography, add a photo and biography to a personal profile, upload missing book cover images, add video, information about speaking events, and use a blog to connect with readers. Authors only need a book listed in Amazon's catalog to be eligible to join Author Central. The Author Central service is also available in the United Kingdom, Germany and Japan.

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

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Margaret Fuller- real name (Sarah Margaret Fuller Ossoli) was an American journalist, critic, and women's rights advocate associated with the American transcendentalism movement. She was the first full-time American female book reviewer in journalism. Her book Woman in the Nineteenth Century is considered the first major feminist work in the United States.



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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

"SIX WORD STORY" WEEKLY CHALLENGE WINNERS! 12/17/10

CONGRATS TO OUR "SIX WORD STORY" WEEKLY CHALLENGE WINNERS!

This World-Messed Up-No Control (Randal M, CA)

Little Money-Little Food-Not Surviving (James C, FL)

Laid Off-No Job-Damn Obama (Greta F, NY)

*Wasted Food-Wasted Money-No Appreciation (Literary Diva BTR)*


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Hugo Ball-was a German author, poet and one of the leading Dada artists.As co-founder of the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich, he led the Dada movement in Zürich, and is one of the people credited with naming the movement "Dada", by allegedly choosing the word at random from a dictionary.



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Monday, December 20, 2010

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

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Jacob Lawrence-was an American Painter. Lawrence is among the best-known twentieth century African American painters, a distinction shared with Romare Bearden. He was only in his twenties when his "Migration Series" made him nationally famous. A part of this series was featured in a 1941 issue of Fortune magazine. The series depicted the epic Great Migration of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North. The collection has been split into two parts for public viewing.

In 1941, Jacob Lawrence illustrated the life of John Brown in The Legend of John Brown, a series of twenty-two gouache paintings. By 1977, the original paintings were in such fragile condition they could not be displayed, and the Detroit Institute of Arts commissioned Lawrence to recreate the series as a portfolio of silkscreen prints. The result was a limited edition portfolio of twenty-two hand-screened prints.

The works were printed and published with a poem, John Brown, by Robert Hayden, which was commissioned specifically for the project. Though John Brown had been a popular topic for many painters, The Legend of John Brown was the first to explore the topic from an African American perspective.




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Sunday, December 19, 2010

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

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Henry David Thoreau-an American author, poet, abolitionist, naturalist, historian and philospher. He is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay, Civil Disobedience, an argument for individual resistance to civil government in moral opposition to an unjust state.

Thoreau's books, articles, essays, journals, and poetry total over 20 volumes.His literary style interweaves close natural observation, personal experience, pointed rhetoric, symbolic meanings, and historical lore; while displaying a poetic sensibility, philosophical austerity, and "Yankee" love of practical detail. He was also deeply interested in the idea of survival in the face of hostile elements, historical change, and natural decay; at the same time imploring one to abandon waste and illusion in order to discover life's true essential needs.




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QUICK LIT TREND OF THE WEEK! It's All About The Literary Retreats!

What a relaxing, serene and fun get away these "literary retreats" are! It's all about the literary retreats and here are some that you may want to book next year!

*Ernest Hemingway Home
Key West, FL*

Built in 1931, the Hemingway Home was the residence of one of the greatest authors of the 20th century. In the 30 years he spent here, Ernest Hemingway wrote some of his most profound prose including Green Hills of Africa, To Have and Have Not, The Snows of Kilimanjaro and For Whom the Bell Tolls.
The majestic Spanish Colonial style home, now open to the public, still houses scores of cats and kittens, the direct descendants of Hemingway's nearly 50 cats.

*The Dickinson Homestead
Amherst, MA*
Emily Dickinson spent almost her entire life at the homestead, rarely venturing past its stone walls. In her lifetime she wrote almost 2,000 poems, though only a handful were published while she was alive. Today, visitors can walk through the house and garden where Dickinson spent her days writing.

*Mark Twain House
Hartford, CT*Now a national landmark, Mark Twain lived at this house in Connecticut from 1874 to 1891. Tours are available of the 19-room mansion where he wrote his most famous works including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.

*Steinbeck House
Salinas, CA*

If you find yourself in Salinas, Califonia you can eat lunch in the house where Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden were written. The Steinbeck House, a restored Victorian home where Steinbeck spent his childhood, has been converted into a luncheon café with revenues going to support local charities.

*Jane Austen Weekends
The Governor's House in Hyde Park
Hyde Park, VT*
 Imagine a literary retreat that will slip you quietly back into Regency England in a beautiful old mansion where Jane herself would feel at home. Share your thoughts at a book discussion of Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility or Emma and how the movies stand up to the books. For all the Jane Austen devoteés this literary retreat is sure to please.




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Saturday, December 18, 2010

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

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William Slater Brown-was an American novelist, biographer and translator of French literature. Most notably, he was a friend of the poet E. E. Cummings and is best-known as the character "B." in Cumming's 1922 memoir/novel The Enormous Room.

His books, published under the name Slater Brown, include the novel The Burning Wheel (1943); Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys (1956), a biography for children; and The Heyday of Spiritualism (1970), a study of the 19th-century interest in parapsychology and the occult.




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Friday, December 17, 2010

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

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Claude Simon-was a French novelist and the 1985 Nobel Laureate in Literature.
Simon is often identified with the nouveau roman movement exemplified in the works of Alain Robbe-Grillet and Michael Butor, and while his fragmented narratives certainly contain some of the formal disruption characteristic of that movement (in particular Triptyque from 1973), he nevertheless retains a strong sense of narrative and character. In addition Simon's work is thematically and stylistically highly original.



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Literary Diva Presents: A Very Hollywood Literary Chat! Author CiCi Foster!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Join us as welcome entreprenuer, film producer, and urban fiction author CiCi Foster! CiCi will be joining us to discuss her new book titled "Sunny Rain." CiCi is an accomplished author as well as film producer. Her film company "Flower Goddess Productions" which is based in LA. strives to develop strong roles for women. She's also been featured in many magazines such as; The Chocolate Voice, Fever Magazine, Gloss Magazine, Get Money Magazine, and The Black Urban Times as well as other media outlets. This hollywood Diva has something to talk about and it's all in her writing. Tune in live as we take you on a hollywood chat with author CiCi Foster. Stay tuned and keep it locked.
 
 
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Thursday, December 16, 2010

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

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Frank O'Hara-was an American writer and art critic. As a poet, he was a key member of the New York School of poetry. O'Hara's poetry is generally autobiographical, much of it based on observations on what is happening to him in the moment.



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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

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E. B. White-was an American writer and long-time contributor to The New Yorker magazine. He wrote many famous books for both adults and children, such as the popular Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, and co-authored a widely used writing guide, The Elements of Style, popularly known by its authors' names, as "Strunk & White."




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Monday, December 13, 2010

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

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Louis-Ferdinand Céline-was the pen name of French writer and doctor Louis-Ferdinand Destouches.  He is considered one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century, developing a new style of writing that modernized both French and World literature. He remains, however, a controversial figure because of his satirical anti-Semitic tracts published during 1937 and his support for Vichy France during the Second World War.

His best-known work is Voyage au bout de la nuit (Journey To The End of The Night). It violated many of the literary conventions of the time, using the rhythms and, to a certain extent, the vocabulary of slang and vulgar speech in a more consistent (and occasionally difficult) way than earlier writers who had made similar attempts.



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QUICK LIT TREND OF THE WEEK! It's all about organization the uncommon way!

What eye catching cute "literary trends!" This year it's all about organizing your life. We all want a less chaotic life and less stress. Here are some fabulous literary accessories to help keep you and what you do in tip top shape.











*BAMBOO DRY ERASE WALL PANEL*

This puts the function in functionality. It will help with organizing many aspects of your day to day life. It also has a cute little cup attached so that you don't have to run around looking for a pen. What you don't see is the hidden pocket to store your mail-very cute!. This product is very environmentally friendly because of the bambo, so you can't go wrong.  All in all very cute and will help you stay organized.



*POZERS NOTE AND PEN HOLDERS*

Can you say too cute! These cheery desktop pals will definitely keep you organized. They are made to clamp notes and keep your pens in arms reach. This product is functional but also adds humor to your day.

*OPEN SESAME! PASSWORD REMINDER BOOK*

Functional and will help with you organize those much needed passwords. Many times people have gone to websites and gotten stumped because they couldn't remember their passord. This is your answer! This cute unassuming notebook is it! It's a small alphabetized journal designed specifically for passwords. It will be there for you when your mind isn't working when you need it to; especially when it comes to your passwords. 


All these literary accessories and trends are available at http://www.uncommongoods.com/ to help with your organization in 2011.


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Sunday, December 12, 2010

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY

Hallie Quinn Brown-was a African American writer, educator, and activist. She was one of the founders of the Colored Woman's League of Washington, D.C., which in 1894 merged into the National Association of Colored Women.  Some of her published works include; "Homespun Heroines and Other Women of Distinction" (1926), and "Bits and Odds: A Choice Selection of Recitations" (1880).






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"SIX WORD STORY" WEEKLY CHALLENGE WINNERS! 12/10/10

CONGRATS TO OUR "SIX WORD STORY" WEEKLY WINNERS!

Down Baby-Up Baby-Oh Baby (Jackson C, NC)

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY

Alfred Jarry-was a French writer best known for his play Ubu Roi. Jarry wrote in a variety of genres and styles. He wrote plays, novels, poetry, essays and speculative journalism. His texts present some pioneering work in the field of absurdist literature. Sometimes grotesque or misunderstood (e.g. the opening line in his play Ubu Roi, "Merdre!", has been translated into English as "Pshit!", "Shitteth!", "Shittr!", "Shikt!", "Shrit!", "Pschitt!", and "Shitsky!"), he invented a pseudoscience called 'Pataphysics.




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Literary Diva Presents: A Fun and Informative Literary Chat! Author Joel Thomas!

  














Join us as we welcome author, nauturalist, wildlife rehabilitator and animal keeper Joel Thomas. We will be chatting about his new book "Creature Comforts: Wildlife Stories and Solutions." Joel has over 30 years of experience and know how when it comes to dealing with animals. In his book, he brings us stories about his life and about animal life as well as the do's and don't's when it comes to dealing with animals. For many people who do keep animals it's a must read! Dealing with animals is a responsibility that everyone must take heed to, when making the choice to own an animal. It's definitely a book that belongs on every homeowner's shelf. Tune in live as we chat with author Joel Thomas. Stay tuned and keep it locked.

Tune in Dec 11@ 12pm est at www.blogtalkradio.com/diva29

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Friday, December 10, 2010

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY

L. Frank Baum-was an American author of children's books, best known for writing The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz. He wrote thirteen novel sequels, nine other fantasy novels, and a host of other works (55 novels in total, plus four "lost" novels), 82 short stories, over 200 poems, an unknown number of scripts and many miscellaneous writings), and made numerous attempts to bring his works to the stage and screen.



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Thursday, December 9, 2010

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY

Raymond Roussel-was French poet, novelist, playwright, and chess enthusiast. Roussel's most famous works are Impressions of Africa and Locus Solus, both written according to formal constraints based on homonymic puns. Through his novels, poems, and plays he exerted a profound influence on certain groups within 20th century French literature, including the Surrealists, Oulipo, and the authors of the nouveau roman.






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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY

Elizabeth Von Arnim-was an Australian-born British novelist. In 1898 she started her literary career by publishing Elizabeth and Her German Garden, a semi-autobiographical novel about a rural idyll published anonymously and, as it turned out to be highly successful, reprinted 20 times within the first year. Von Arnim wrote another 20 books, which were all published "By the author of Elizabeth and Her German Garden". Enchanted April was adapted into an Academy Award-nominated feature film, directed by Mike Newell, in 1992, and a Tony Award-nominated stage play by Matthew Barber, in 2003. Her book Mr. Skeffington was made into a movie starring Bette Davis and Claude Rains in 1944.



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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Audubon's "Birds of America" fetches $10 million!

It's quite a nest egg. John James Audubon's "Birds of America," a rare blend of art, natural history and craftsmanship, fetched more than $10 million at auction on Tuesday, making it the world's most expensive published book.

With its 435 hand-colored illustrations of birds drawn to size, the volume is one of the best preserved editions of Audubon's 19th-century masterpiece. The sale at Sotheby's auction house had been anticipated for months by wealthy collectors.

Because each picture is so valuable, there have been fears the volume will be broken up and sold as separate works of art. However, experts believe that's unlikely. The tome is probably more valuable intact. And collectors hold Audubon in such reverence that the notion of ripping apart a perfect copy would be akin to sacrilege.

"Audubon's 'Birds' holds a special place in the rare book market," said Heather O'Donnell, a specialist with Bauman Rare Books in New York. "The book is a major original contribution to the study of natural history in the New World."

"It's also one of the most visually stunning books in the history of print: The scale of the images, the originality of each composition, the brilliance of the hand coloring."

Then there's the wow factor.

"No one can rival John James Audubon for frontier glamour," O'Donnell said. "The story of his lonely journey through the American wilderness and his struggle to record what he saw there gives the 'Birds' a resonance that no other book can match."

Part naturalist and part artist, Audubon possessed an unequaled ability to observe, catalog and paint the birds he observed in the wild. Experts say his book, originally published in 1827, is unmatched in its beauty and is also of considerable scientific value, justifying its stratospheric price tag.

Pom Harrington, owner of the Peter Harrington rare book firm in London, said it has been 10 years since the last complete edition of "Birds of America" was auctioned, going for a then-record $8.8 million.

He said it is unusual to find a copy not in a museum or academic institution.
The book sold for $10,270,000 (6.5 million pounds) to an anonymous collector bidding by telephone, the auction house said.

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY

Dorothea Tanning- is an American painter, printmaker, sculptor and writer. In recent years, Tanning has focused on her work as a writer and poet. In 1986, she published her memoir, called Birthday, which has since been translated into four other languages.  In 2001, she wrote an expanded version of the memoir called Between Lives: An Artist and Her World. A collection of her poems, A Table of Content, and a short novel, Chasm: A Weekend , were both published in 2004. Tanning continues to write poetry, and her poems appear regularly in such literary reviews and magazines as The Yale Review, Poetry, The Paris Review, and The New Yorker.




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Monday, December 6, 2010

Christine O'Donnell has book deal!

Christine O'Donnell has lost an election, but gained a book deal.



















The Delaware Republican and Tea Party favorite, defeated in last month's voting for the U.S. Senate, will offer her take on the campaign and her "frustrations" with the political process, St. Martin's Press announced Thursday.

Publication is scheduled for August 2011.

Backed by Sarah Palin, O'Donnell was a surprise winner in the GOP primary, but was widely ridiculed for her lack of experience and for past comments, including statements about her youthful interest in witchcraft and her opposition to masturbation.


(AP)

*All we have to say is REALLY!!!*

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY

Jane Bowles-was an American writer and playwright. In 1943 she published "Two Serious Ladies." However, Bowles most famous works was a play she wrote titled "In The Summer House." The play was performed on broadway and opened to mixed reviews. She's considered by Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams, and John Asbery as one of the finest and most underated writers of American fiction.  






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Sunday, December 5, 2010

QUICK LIT TREND OF THE WEEK! It's all about Fabulous Bookends!

What eye an catching cute "literary trend!" That's right bookworms style your bookshelves with some fun, fabulous and interesting bookends. Make your books come alive as they sit on the shelf with bookends that tell a story or are just conversation starters.













Pair of stacking turtles bookends. This pair is sure to bring some whimsical attention to any bookshelf.  The stacking of each turtle alone is sure to be bring ooh's and ahh's!


Set of three cat chasing bird bookends. Darling and Fun! This trio will be the topic of coversation in of any bookshelf. With a trio of bookends like these, it's sure add some fun yet function to any bookshelf.


Set of three bookworm bookends. Cute, charming, and classic! Adding these bookends to any bookshelf would definitely create an atmosphere solely for reading. So darn charming we had to say it again!

Bookends can dress up any bookshelf as there are many styles to select out in the market. For anyone that has a library or just a bookshelf that showcases there prized reading material-investing in bookends can add a sense of style and flair that is sure to keep your bookshelves and your books looking fabulous.

For other great styles of bookends visit Hayneedle at: http://www.hayneedle.com/ today!




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BOOK REVIEW: MURDEROUS INTELLECTUALS-German Elites and The Nazi SS By Author Jonathan Maxwell



WOW! What an interesting read! This book sheds light on how so many of the horrific leaders in the nazi party were educated especially many of the officers. Many described in this book that were attached to Nazism, had attended prestigious schools and graduated with very worthy degrees. Instead many of the leaders used their intellect for bad including betraying family members and friends. In this well thoughtout and researched book it takes you on a journey of what happened with the Jews and how they were duped in believing that they could still reside in a place such as Germany while Nazism was happening. The terrifying truth is that many people believe that the nazi party was represented and fronted by insane crazies. However, many of them were very smart and well respected members of german society who saw being apart of the nazi party other evil organizations like the SS as an opportunity to further their own agenda.

As the Nazi party progressed they embarked on some horrific methods to expel so many people mainly the Jews. One in particular is the "euthanasia program." This program was a mercy of death in which the lives of those with terminal illnesses were shorted. With this program they were weeding out the weak and the inferior. As Jonathan Maxwell writes; it was set in motion by the "Knauer Baby", a serverely disabled infant. The parents of this child wanted the baby killed and so in appealing to Hitler he made it happen. In turn, creating a top-secret program where he enlisted prominent nazi doctors to lead the program. The SS was also recruited to provide administrative and technical support. As Jonathan Maxwell also describes; there were six killing centers that were built to look like normal hospitals or medical centers. Many people were killed including children with common barbituates as well as just starving them to death. When it came to killing the disable adults the T4 physicians did so by using the gas chambers. What really takes the cake is that the staff looted the corpses by removing any gold teeth while the physicians extracted the organs for medical research. After all that, they then cremated the bodies.

To further elaborate on how they used their intellect to dupe the public; they set out to deceive families by sending an urn of ashes of the victims that were cremated along with a letter stating that, their relative had died of natural causes. This was done in order to prevent a public outcry of fury.

Such terror was bestowed upon these people by individuals who clearly wanted to do harm or just futher their own political aspirations. In this book you will get a clear picture of how many of these helpless people suffered under the Nazi party and other organizations. The cruelty and the downright deception coupled with intellect lead Hitler and his posse to remain in power for a long period of time.

In the book Murderous Intellectuals Jonathan Maxwell provides us with an inside vivid picture of very intellegent people who did terrible things and of a country that was in continuous chaos. Everything from Hitler's rise to popularity, to the embrace of socialism, and a portrait of Hitler's twisted inner circle of deceit and cruelty is mapped out by author Jonathan Maxwell. This book opens the door and let's you in on the real truth of what many of these intellegent individuals did during a time when many lost their lives and are still suffering from it here today.

Again, a very reseached and well written book of events that takes you on a journey filled with Hitler's dramatics, and his frightening rise and huge fall in power.



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Literary Diva of Blogtalk Radio Literary Chat with Budding Author and Poet Tzynya Pinchback!

Yesterday we welcomed budding author Tzynya Pinchback. We had a fun literary chat with the "Space For Fragile Things" author about her new literary works "Hussy" as well as her next moves in the literary world.  This buddy writer and poet brings a unique vibe and freshness to the world of poetry.  She embodies the craft with pure passion and a true sense of "I'm doing it my way." It's amazing to us at Diva's House to see such passion, creativity, and fresh "avante garde" voice in the world of lit!  Hear it for yourself on with Literary Diva of Blogtalk Radio.
 
Get your copy of her Tzynya's new book titled "Hussy" at http://www.tzynyapinchback.com/
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY

E. M. Forster-was an English novelist, short story writer, essayist and librettist. He is known best for his ironic and well-plotted novels examining class difference and hypocrisy in early 20th-century British society.

Forster had five novels published in his lifetime. The novel "Howard's End" was very ambitious that showed how the different groups within the Edwardian middle classes represented by the Schlegels (bohemian intellectuals), the Wilcoxes (thoughtless plutocrats) and the Basts (struggling lower-middle-class aspirants).





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"SIX WORD STORY" WEEKLY CHALLENGE WINNERS! 12/3/10!

CONGRATS TO DIVA'S HOUSE "SIX WORD STORY" WEEKLY WINNERS!

You Dog-Cheating Dog-It's Over (Lucille J, PA)

She's Gorgeous-Very Vivacious-Love Sick (Brian M, MI)

My Man-My Time-Enjoying It (Silvia H, NC)

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY

Gypsy Rose Lee-was an American burlesque entertainer, famous for her striptease act. She was also an actress, author and playwright, whose 1957 memoir was made into the stage musical and film Gypsy.

The G-String Murders-detective novel written by famed American burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee. Set in a burlesque theater, Lee casts herself as the detective who solves a set of homicides in which strippers in her troupe are found strangled with their own G-strings.





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Friday, December 3, 2010

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY

Carson McCullers-was an American writer. She wrote novels, short stories, and two plays, as well as essays and some poetry. Her first novel The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter explores the spiritual isolation of misfits and outcasts of the South. Her other novels have similar themes and are all set in the South.




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Thursday, December 2, 2010

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY

Prentice Mulford-was a noted literary humorist and California author. In addition, he helped found the New Thought movement. He became known for his humorous style of writing and vivid descriptions of both mining life as well as life at sea. Mulford's book, Thoughts are Things served as a guide to this new belief system and is still popular today.



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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Women writers at war over fake book reviews on Amazon!

The story involves subterfuge, jealousy and dirty tricks in the world of literature.

And its unlikely setting is the readers’ reviews section on Amazon.

Alongside details of a book for sale, the website offers supposedly independent verdicts from customers, including a rating of from one to five stars.

However, rival publishers are accused of hijacking the system to praise their own volumes and disparage the opposition.

Authors are turning on each other, agencies are charging up to £5,000 to place favourable fake reviews and Amazon has recruited a team of amateur critics to restore the balance.

One author, Rosie Alison, became so incensed by a series of barbed reviews on the website that she called in investigators to see if rival publishers were behind the stinging criticism.

Miss Alison is a producer for the company behind the Harry Potter films.

Her first novel, The Very Thought Of You, went virtually unnoticed when it was published.

But the book, about an eight-year-old World War II evacuee, became the target of vicious assaults after it was long-listed for the Orange prize for women’s fiction this year.

By yesterday it had attracted 119 reviews on Amazon – 50 per cent more than the book which won the prize, The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver.

While many praised its qualities, 16 reviewers give the book the minimum one star.

One compares Miss Alison’s writing to Mills and Boon novels, while another claims she ‘has no feel for fiction at all, no sense of what makes a plot tick along, no flair for language’.

Another implies that the author’s success is connected to her marriage to Tim Waterstone, founder of the chain of High Street bookshops.

Miss Alison, 46, is said to be in dispute with Amazon about the hostile reviews and has approached Kwikchex, a company which specialises in protecting online reputations, run by Chris Emmins.

He said: ‘I looked at some of them and certainly the wording and the dates of the postings were indicative of a malicious attack.’

Another author, Polly Samson, 48, has suffered sneering reviews on Amazon because she is married to David Gilmour, the Pink Floyd guitarist.

Her most recent book, Perfect Lives, published this month, was the target of some vicious criticism.

One reviewer, Felicia Davis-Burden, said: ‘Every story seems to be a variation of Samson fictionalising the life she probably has as Mrs D Gilmour. I’m sorry, Polly, but this book bored me. You need to leave home.’

Earlier this year historian Simon Winder forced Amazon to remove a critical review of his book Germania after he discovered it was written by a rival academic – Diane Purkiss, of Keble College, Oxford.

Guidelines set by Amazon state that reviews should not be posted by anyone with a financial interest or a competing book.

But the online giant accepts anonymous reviews from anyone with a customer account.

This has led PR firms to provide favourable reviews of new books, at a price.

Nathan Barker, of Reputation 24/7, offers a service starting at £5,000.

He said: ‘First we set up accounts. For a romance novel we’d pick seven female profiles and three males.

‘We’d say we like this book but add a tiny bit of criticism and compare it to another book.’

Mr Barker claims this is common practice among publishers.

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY

Wallace Stevens-was an American Modernist poet. He was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, educated at Harvard and then New York Law School, and spent most of his life working as a lawyer for the Hartford insurance company in Connecticut. His best-known poems include "Anecdote of the Jar", "Disillutionment of Ten O'Clock", "The Emperor of Ice-Cream", "The Idea of Order at Key West", "Sunday Morning", and "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird", all of which appear in his Collected Poems for which he won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1955.




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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Borders to offer $15 gift cards for public schools!

The much discussed documentary "Waiting for Superman," which offers a harsh portrait of the country's public schools, has inspired a promotional collaboration among the Borders Group superstore chain, an education fundraiser and the publisher of the movie's companion book.

On Dec. 4 and Dec. 5, any Borders customer making an in-store purchase, whether of a book or a bagel or a latte, will receive a $15 gift card to donate to a public school of choice through DonorsChoose.org, an Internet-based charity. Anyone purchasing the book "Waiting for 'Superman': How We Can Save America's Failing Public Schools" will receive a second $15 card.



















The companion text was published by PublicAffairs, part of the Perseus Books Group, which along with Borders and DonorsChoose.org announced the campaign Sunday.


(AP)

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY

Hip Hop Music-is a musical genre that developed as part of hip hop culture, and is defined by four key stylistic elements: rapping, DJ-ing/scratching, sampling (or synthesis), and beatboxing. Rapping, also is referred to as MC-ing or emceeing-which is a vocal style in which the artist speaks lyrically, in rhyme and verse, generally to an instrumental or synthesized beat.



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Monday, November 29, 2010

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY

Franz Kafka-was a one of the most influential German Language Novelist of the 20th century, whose works are now regarded existential classics; and among the highest achievements of world literature. His work is now considered among the most original in Western Literature.



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Sunday, November 28, 2010

QUICK LIT TREND OF THE WEEK! It's all about "Bookworm and Literary Diva" fashion!

What eye catching cute "literary trends!" That's right for all of my bookworms and literary diva's who love fashion; we are counting these as fashion forward pieces that bookworms and literary diva's would wear at any given moment. These are pieces that can stand on their own or mixed with pieces that you already have in your closet.  As you make your way to the latest poetry reading, book signing, or literary party consider these pieces to wear and be a fabulous fashion forward literary scene stealer.

DONNA KARAN CHUNKY KNIT CASHMERE SWEATER!
So cute and so chic for any and all bookwarms and Literay Diva's to use to keep warm or make a statement. Pair this with anything and you have a fabulous look that any Bookworm or Literary Diva can appreciate.













DONNA KARAN SEQUINED CARDIGAN!
A must have staple this season for any fashion forward Bookwarm or Literary Diva. Pair this with a pair of jeans or a nice pair of boot-leg tailored pants and you have a fabulous look!  Wearing this, you are set for any literary event as the sequins do the talking. Shine on and Shine bright!













TORY BURCH FERMION COMBO TURTLE NECK!
OMG! Can we say adorable! Wear this with any jeans and you're set for any day of the week. To my Bookworms and my Literary Diva's; this is a must-have "STAPLE" for the fall and winter!













COLE HAAN AIR LAURIE LACE UP SNEAKER!
Likable, adorable, and down right pairable with anything a bookworm or literary diva owns. These fabulous  sneakers can be dressed down casual or dressed up casual. They are python embossed and are just a great sneaker to wear for comfort and for style. Walk it out and one two step with these sneaks any day of the week!













*Remember Bookworms and Literary Diva's alike can be fashion forward with any of these pieces. Fashion has no limits even in the literary world. Show your fashionable literary side with these fabulous staple pieces that make a statement and that look chic.*



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QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY

Kingsley Amis-was an English novelist, poet, critic and teacher. He wrote more than 20 novels, six volumes of poetry, a memoir, and various short stories, radio and television scripts, along with works of social and literary criticism. Amis’s first novel, Lucky Jim (1954), is perhaps his most famous. The novel satirizes the high-brow academic set of a Redbrick university, seen through the eyes of its protagonist, Jim Dixon, as he tries to make his way as a young lecturer of history. The novel was perceived by many as part of the Angry Young Men movement of the 1950s which reacted against the stultifications of conventional British life, though Amis never encouraged this interpretation.




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Saturday, November 27, 2010

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY

Coronis (textual symbol)-In ancient Greek papyri, coronis or koronis (Ancient Greek: κορωνίς) was used to mark sub-sections in poetic texts, in conjunction with a paragraphos. The meaning of the Greek word is curved or bent; in writing it denotes flourish with the pen at the end of a book or chapter.




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Friday, November 26, 2010

Faulkner photos by giant Cartier-Bresson come home!

Two photographs pairing artistic giants of the 20th century_ author William Faulkner and photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson — are coming back home to Mississippi.

The portraits of Faulkner were shot by the French photojournalist in 1947. They were recently bought by the University of Mississippi from a Los Angeles art consultant, whose colleague acquired them in France.

University museum director William Pittman Andrews declined to say what they cost.

The photos of Faulkner were taken at Rowan Oak, his Greek Revival house in Oxford that now functions as a Faulkner museum run by the university.

Copies of the photos will be displayed at Rowan Oak, while the originals will be displayed, at some point, in the university museum about a mile away.



(AP)

First Wills and Kate book published; more in store!
















First came the royal engagement. Now — 10 days later — the first book.

"William and Kate: A Royal Love Story," by The Sun newspaper's royal reporter James Clench was published in Britain Friday, the first in a slew of new titles about the relationship between Prince William and Kate Middleton that publishers hope will set cash registers chirping in the months before their April 29 wedding at Westminster Abbey.

Published by Harper Collins and The Sun — both owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. — the book is scattered with photos by Arthur Edwards, the paper's long-serving royal photographer.

It is one of several books on the royal romance in the works. They include one by celebrity journalist Andrew Morton, whose 1992 book "Diana: Her True Story" rocked the royal family and punctured the image of Princess Diana's and Prince Charles' fairy-tale romance with its details of bulimia, depression and infidelity.

"William and Kate: A Royal Love Story" — due to be published in the U.S. on Dec. 17 — is a more reverent affair. It charts the romance between "the boy who would one day be king" and "the middle-class girl who had harbored a crush on him since her school days."

The book traces "the greatest love story of the century" from the couple's first meeting at a university in Scotland. It claims that William's nickname for Kate was Babykins, while she called him Big Willie.

Publication comes just days after the Nov. 16 engagement announcement — and at the start of the lucrative Christmas book-buying season. Clench had written most of the text in advance and turned out the final 4,000 words in 48 hours.

"The engagement was announced on Tuesday and the book was at the printer on Friday," said Anna Valentine, senior nonfiction editor at Harper Collins.

It's an increasingly common phenomenon, speeded by technology — "insta-books" appearing within days of the event they commemorate.

"Publishers have books that are ready to go," said Cathy Rentzenbrink of U.K. book store chain Waterstone's. "If Andy Murray won Wimbledon I imagine there would be a book very soon off the press called 'My Wimbledon' by Andy Murray."

Valentine said it's increasingly important for publishers to be able to move quickly with books about current events.

"Newspapers and magazines have been doing it for centuries — but if book publishers are going to remain relevant we have to be able to respond in the same way, and give consumers what they want when they want it."



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(AP)

"SIX WORD STORY" WEEKLY CHALLENGE WINNERS! 11/25/2010

CONGRATS TO THIS WEEKS "SIX WORD STORY" WEEKLY WINNERS!

Sit Down-Shut Up-Don't Puff (Letoya S, Kansas)

Work Me, Roll Me, Climax Me (Stanley S, Alaska)

My Rights-Totally Violated-Racist Arkansas (Doug H, Arkansas)

*No Job-No Money-No Christmas (Literary Diva of Blogtalk Radio)*

For more info on the "six word story* weekly challenge or to participate in the weekly challenge contact: literarydiva29@yahoo.com

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY

Orthography-specifies a standardized way of using a specific writing system (script) to write the language.Where more than one writing system is used for a language, there can be more than one orthography.


 
 
 
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Thursday, November 25, 2010

HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM DIVA'S HOUSE OF LITERARY COFFEE!













Have a safe and wonderful "turkey" day from our house to yours. Eat up lots and enjoy the day with family and friends.












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QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY

Scriptorium- literally "a place for writing", is commonly used to refer to a room in medieval European monosteraries devoted to the copying of manuscripts by monastic scribes.

A scriptorium was a necessary adjunct to a library; wherever there was a library it can ordinarily be assumed that there was a scriptorium. Scriptoria in the conventional sense of a room set aside for the purpose probably only existed for limited periods of time, when an institution or individual wanted a large number of texts copied to stock a library; once the library was stocked, there was no further need for a designated room.




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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Snobby Mommy Author Sahara Hill Gearing Up For Book Signing!

For all of you "Snobby Mommy" fans who love the book and the character, author Sahara Hill will be coming to a city or town near you.  Check back later for updates of where she will be headed to sign her book "Snobby Mommy" and her other book "The Secret Life Of Girls And Their Sugar Daddies."  She will also debut a new book! Again, check back for dates and places for the book tour.  Until then visit and get the book "Snobby Mommy" and "The Secret Life of Girls and Their Sugar Daddies" right here or at http://www.amazon.com/ today!  To host author Sahara Hill in your town send a message to: literarydiva29@yahoo.com today!

Palin book lauds 'Juno,' snubs JFK religion speech!




















In her new book, Sarah Palin takes on everything from "American Idol" to "American Beauty," revives talk of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and finds fault in JFK's famous religion speech, saying he "seemed to want to run away" from his faith.

Who gets praise? Simon Cowell, for one. And the movies "Juno," "Knocked Up" and "40-Year-Old Virgin."

Barack Obama? Unsurprisingly, not so much. She accuses him of reflecting "a stark lack of faith in the American people," among many other things — without tipping her hand on whether she will challenge him in 2012.

"America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag," which has been billed as a tribute to American values, comes out Nov. 23. The Associated Press purchased a copy. Palin's first book, the memoir "Going Rogue," has sold more than 2 million copies.

In a chapter on faith and public life, Palin addresses at length John F. Kennedy's noted speech on religion during the 1960 campaign — a speech many saw as crucial to counter sentiment that his faith would hold undue sway over him if he became the nation's first Catholic president.

"I am not the Catholic candidate for president," Kennedy said at the time. "I am the Democratic Party's candidate for president, who happens also to be a Catholic."

Palin writes that when she was growing up, she was taught that JFK's speech reconciled religion and public service without compromising either. But since she's revisited the speech as an adult, she says, she's realized that Kennedy "essentially declared religion to be such a private matter that it was irrelevant to the kind of country we are."

She praises Mitt Romney, a Mormon, for not "doing a JFK" during his campaign for the 2008 GOP nomination. "Where Kennedy seemed to want to run away from religion, Mitt Romney forthrightly embraced it," she writes. She attributes the gulf not just to the difference between the men, but to the distance the country has come since 1960. Now, she says, America is "reawakening to the gift of our religious heritage."

Palin is not the first conservative to challenge Kennedy's speech. Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania made similar remarks in September, saying he had admired Kennedy's speech as a youth but later realized that "on that day, Kennedy chose not just to dispel fear, he chose to expel faith."

Historian Ted Widmer, who included the JFK speech in a Library of America anthology of the country's oratory, said he was surprised by Palin's comments.

"It's putting a negative spin on what was interpreted at the time as a sensible and uplifting message," said Widmer, himself a former speechwriter for President Bill Clinton. "JFK was trying to protect his own right to be a Catholic and to run for president."

Palin's potential presidential ambitions have been the subject of increasing chatter recently, with her every remark parsed for clues as to her 2012 plans. The former Alaska governor doesn't detail her plans, but speaks of a need for new leaders.

"We're worried that our leaders don't believe what we believe, that America is an exceptional nation, the shining city on a hill that Ronald Reagan believed it is," she writes. "We want leaders who share this fundamental belief. We deserve such leaders."

Palin makes it clear she believes Obama is not such a leader. She accuses him of dismissing American "exceptionalism" as "a kind of irrational prejudice in favor of our way of life."

In one of her more provocative passages, she returns to the subject of Wright, Obama's controversial former pastor. And she revisits first lady Michelle Obama's comment during the presidential race that "For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country."

"I guess this shouldn't surprise us, since both of them spent almost two decades in the pews of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright's church listening to his rants against America and white people," Palin writes. Candidate Obama ultimately repudiated Wright in April 2008.

Michelle Obama later clarified her remark, saying she meant she was proud of how Americans were engaging in the political process and that she had always been proud of her country.

Also on the subject of race, Palin defends the tea party against accusations of racism, and charges the left with using that accusation in an attempt to shut down debate.

Palin, whose daughter Bristol is in the thick of a much-scrutinized run on "Dancing with the Stars," takes aim at another competitive reality show, "American Idol." She says the show's "talent-deprived" contestants suffer from "the cult of self-esteem" to the extent that they grew up convinced they could be stars like Michael Jackson.

But Cowell, the acerbic judge who left the show at the end of last season? He is "almost alone in his willingness to tell hard truths," Palin writes.

Her cultural critique is not limited to "Idol." Palin praises the uplifting "It's a Wonderful Life," starring Jimmy Stewart, which teaches, she says, that "working hard and doing the right thing pays off in the end." But look, she writes, at Kevin Spacey's character in "American Beauty," who comes home and tells his wife he quit his job, blackmailed his boss and asks her to please pass the asparagus. "Message: Hard work is for suckers and brainwashed, brain-dead drones," Palin writes.

Palin praises "Juno," the movie where a pregnant teen chooses to carry her baby. "Most Americans, I think, are a lot like Juno," she writes — they may not be actively religious, "but they still want to do the right thing." She also likes "Knocked Up," in which a baby results from a one-night stand, and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin."

In her book Palin also:

Criticizes Hollywood for putting out movies about Iraq that portray troops as "mindless pawns."

Says she admires Hillary Clinton, but that her "baking cookies" remarks sounded like "someone frozen in an attitude of 1960s-era, bra-burning militancy."

Says she helped deliver Bristol's son, Tripp, and cut the cord, since the baby's father, Levi Johnston, was not there until the end. Of her daughter's unplanned teenage pregnancy, she says, "I assumed that Bristol was making only wise decisions while staying with my sister in Anchorage. I kick myself to this day for my selfish assumption. It was a mistake." But she praises Bristol for the responsibility she has taken in raising Tripp, and in campaigning against teen pregnancy.

In fact, she says that if she had to pick a role model between Bristol and Murphy Brown, the 1990s sitcom character who chose single motherhood as a lifestyle, she'd choose Bristol. As for Brown, she laments that former Vice President Dan Quayle's criticism of the character essentially cost him the chance to be president. Quayle, she says, turned out to be right.

Says Todd Palin is the love of her life — a partner in life, love, and doing battle with The New York Times. Also adds: "If you want to get anything done in this life, it's helpful to have a First Dude."

Palin will start a promotional tour next week for "America by Heart," which is being published by HarperCollins. As with "Going Rogue," she will not make appearances in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco or other cities usually included on book tours. She will spend little time on either coast, sticking mostly to the South, Southwest and Midwest.


(AP)
 
*Sarah Palin has clearly bumped her "no governor" head all the way out the door!  She has some nerve to criticize pop culture when she's knee deep in it.  First of all she's all about social networking, and then more recently her ridiculous reality show aired and her non dancing daughter participated in dancing with the stars, which she didn't win.  If she truly wants to be President she has to learn not to be a hypocrite and come back to reality about what America truly is about.*