Thursday, December 20, 2012

HAPPY HOLIDAY/NEW YEAR!

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Thanks to all of our readers and followers for reading and keeping up with us throughout this year.

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Author Philip Roth says he is done with writing

(Reuters)-Seminal American author Philip Roth, whose novels explored modern Jewish-American life, has told a French magazine that he will write no more books because he has lost his passion for it.

Author Philip Roth poses in New York September 15, 2010. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

The author of such novels as "American Pastoral", for which he won a Pulitzer Prize, and "Portnoy's Complaint" slipped his retirement announcement into an interview last month with French magazine Les Inrocks.
On Friday, Houghton Mifflin confirmed his decision. "He told me it was true," said Lori Glazer, executive director of publicity at the publisher.
Roth, 79, one of the world's most revered novelists and a frequent contender for the Nobel Prize for Literature, said he had not written for three years.
"To tell you the truth, I'm done," Roth was quoted as telling Les Inrocks. "'Nemesis' will be my last book," he said of his 2010 short novel set against a fictional polio epidemic in Newark, New Jersey, in 1944.

The novella "Goodbye, Columbus" catapulted Roth onto the American literary scene in 1959 with its satirical depiction of class and religion in American life. Published along with five other short stories, it won the National Book Award in 1960. He again received that award in 1995 for "Sabbath's Theater."

Roth, who has written some 25 novels, told Les Inrocks that he had always found writing difficult and that he wanted nothing more to do with reading, writing or talking about books.

He said that when he was 74, he started re-reading his favorite novels by authors Ernest Hemingway, Ivan Turgenev, Fyodor Dostoyevsky and others, and then re-read his own novels.

"I wanted to see whether I had wasted my time writing," he explained. "After that, I decided that I was done with fiction. I no longer want to read, to write, I don't even want to talk about it anymore," he was quoted as saying.

"I have dedicated my life to the novel: I studied, I taught, I wrote, I read - to the exclusion of almost everything else. Enough is enough! I no longer feel this fanaticism to write that I have experienced all my life. The idea of trying to write again is impossible," Roth told the magazine.

Roth's four most recent novels, "Everyman," "Indignation," "The Humbling" and "Nemesis", have been short works, often focusing on ageing, physical decline, depression and death.

New Jersey-born Roth is best known for his semi-autobiographical and unreliable alter-ego Nathan Zuckerman, who appeared in nine of his novels.
Roth told Les Inrocks that he had spent most of his time in recent years preparing material for his biographer, Blake Bailey. "If I had a choice, I would prefer that there is no biography written about me, but there will be biographies after my death so (I wanted) to be sure that one of them is correct,"
Roth was quoted as saying.

Roth said he had asked his literary executors and his agent to destroy his personal archives after his death once Bailey has finished the biography. "I don't want my personal papers hanging around everywhere," he said.

Monday, October 22, 2012

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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The Red Book"aka" Liber Novus-is a 205-page manuscript written and illustrated by Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung between approximately 1914 and 1930, prepared for publication by The Philemon Foundation and published by W.W. Norton & Co. on October 7, 2009. Until 2001, his heirs denied scholars access to the book, which he began after a falling-out with Sigmund Freud in 1913. Jung originally titled the manuscript Liber Novus (literally meaning A New Book in Latin), but it was informally known and published as The Red Book. The book is written in calligraphic text and contains many illuminations.

Red book cover with yellow or gold text: 'THE; RED BOOK; LIBER NOVUS; C.G.JUNG; EDITED and INTRODUCED by SONU SHAMDASANI'


Carl G Jung-was a Swiss psychologist and psychiatrist who founded analytical psychology. Jung proposed and developed the concepts of the extraverted and the introverted personality, archetypes, and the collective unconscious. His work has been influential in psychiatry and in the study of religion, literature, and related fields.



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Monday, October 8, 2012

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......Kenny Rogers opens up about childhood, career in memoir

(Reuters) - Country music star Kenny Rogers offers a revealing look into his life and five-decade-long musical career in "Luck or Something Like It," his memoir that will be released on Tuesday.




From his humble beginnings in Depression-era Texas, the Grammy-winning singer paints a portrait of his road to success and how he became one of the world's best-selling musicians with more than 120 million albums sold worldwide.

Rogers, 74, whose hits include "Lady," "The Gambler," "We've Got Tonight" and "Lucille," spoke to Reuters about his childhood, his father's alcoholism and why he compares music to a mistress
Q: In what ways do you think your challenging upbringing has helped shaped you?
A: "I think it made me more determined. One of the things I talk about in the book is the fine line between being driven and being selfish. I think there were times in my life I was so driven I became very selfish, and I'm not proud of that. I think it's a realization I came to when I was writing this book.
Q: You also share your father's struggles with alcoholism and its effect on you.

A: "I think that one of the real tragedies in my life is that I never really got to know why my dad drank. He was an alcoholic, but during that time, post-War World Two, a lot of people were unemployed and ended up drinking. He couldn't really support his family and I think it just broke him down. It breaks my heart that I didn't know that before he passed away."

"I never drank in my life. I saw it destroy him and saw it destroy other people I work with, so I made a conscious decision about this. Plus I didn't know if there was any predetermination for me as the son of an alcoholic to become addicted, so I just never tried it."

Q: What do you think your father, Floyd Rogers, would have thought about your book?

A: "I think he would appreciate the honesty, the candor and the fact that I don't take myself that seriously. But I don't think there is anything in that book that he would be offended by because it's the truth as I saw it, and that's really all you can do."

Q: How about your mom, your siblings?

A: "I don't think any of my brothers or sisters have read the book yet since it just came out. I'm going to make them buy it. I have to sell all the books I can."

"I think my mom would have loved it. When I was working on this project, I was told if they like the boy, they'll love the man. So we spent a lot of time talking about my childhood, how we didn't have a lot of money and how my mom kind of force-fed us religion. She was a true believer with lots of wisdom. When I once complained about going to church, she told me, 'You can never be more as an adult than what's put into you as a child.' She was amazingly astute for a person with a third grade education."

Q: You have said: "Music, at least for me, is like a mistress, and she's a difficult mistress for a wife to compete with." Can you elaborate?

A: "When I became driven and selfish I was so intent to follow my life that it cost me. I was gone so much from some of my marriages that there was a disconnect."

"And this may seem like an absurd statement, but every woman I married, I really loved when I married her. And I don't blame them for the marriage falling apart. I blame myself and my chosen field of music. That's why I say that music is a mistress, because you can't wait to get out there to it, and usually the mistress wins in a situation like that. That's kind of what happened to me. Hey, you can't say I'm afraid of commitment. I've been married five times."

Q: So is five times (married) the charm?

A: "Wanda and I have been together now for 20 years, been married 15 years. She's 28 years younger than me, and I say this from the bottom of my heart - she is my soul mate. She knows me better than anyone else has known me. She loves what I do and I'm not as insensitive to her needs as I may have been in the past."

Q: So who is the Lucille of your famous song?

A: "My mom, whose name is Lucille, got very upset because she thought (the song) was about her. So I told her it's not about her, because she had eight kids. But she was so angry because she thought I was putting her business on the street. Roger Bowling wrote the song, and whether he knew Lucille or not is hard to tell. It's a great story song, though."




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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Indian ex-journalist debuts with road trip tale

(Reuters) - A television reporter walks out of the newsroom after a spat with her boss, setting out on an impulsive road trip that eventually puts her life back on track.



Urvashi Gulia's debut novel "My Way Is the Highway" is in many ways a memoir, with traits for her characters drawn from the author's real-life observations of India's ratings-hungry television industry.

Manki, the book's main character, leaves Delhi for the Himalayan mountains hundreds of miles away with only her trusty jeep Iqbal Mastani for company, learning to fish, unwind and even fall in love along the way.

Gulia, a former journalist who now works in the non-profit sector, was inspired by the sudden death of Soumya Vishwanathan, a Delhi-based TV journalist murdered in 2008. Writing a book was one of the dreams Gulia had shared with her friend and Soumya's death made her realize she couldn't put it off.

Gulia spoke to Reuters about how her book isn't really chick lit and how life isn't easy for young, single people in India.

Q: You were a journalist yourself. How did this book come about?

A: "Way back in 2004, after a series of crazy nights at work, I couldn't sleep. I wrote a start and an end and announced to my friends that I am going to write a book. I wrote that bit on an office notepad and forgot all about it. The notepad came back to me when I was moving houses in 2007. I took a sabbatical then and practically changed my career.

"In all honesty, I would have probably sat on it longer but I Iost a very dear friend with whom I used to talk about writing a book, maybe make a movie one day and many other things that we would plan to do at some point in life. I realized that I didn't have all the time in the world to do everything that we dream about. Two weeks after she died, I was at Pune airport, I opened the notepad and put it away. I picked it up a month later and wrote non-stop for two days. That's how it came about."

Q: Did you really take that trip alone?

A: "I didn't do it alone. I travelled the route. Every place mentioned in the book is a real place. I picked up the elements of those experiences during camping trips with my friends. I deliberately travelled twice over to get the distances right."

Q: Did you have the plot and characters from the outset?

A: "The only things I have changed since the first draft are adding shades of grey to my characters. Initial draft had everything sugary sweet. I had to give Manki that touch -- almost every urban woman goes through a phase when she likes more than one guy at a time, then she has to choose, and that is not easy. I was initially very careful with the language too, but then I thought why not use the real words that are used in a television newsroom. My editor's brief was to be real rather than being nice.

"Most of the journalistic instances in the book are drawn from real life, some from mine and some from my friends. Also, there is such a charm in the youngsters about the media world, every young girl and guy wants to be a television journalist, so I thought I should let them get a glimpse of this side as well."

Q: Can this book be described as chick lit?

A: "No. I have a big contention with branding of books chick lit and lad lit. If every piece of contemporary fiction by a woman writer with a female protagonist will be branded as a chick lit then aren't you creating a glass ceiling under a sexist glass ceiling that already exists? I'd like to say it is an urban contemporary fiction ... I have a moral issue with the chick lit tag. I just feel it is unfair. If ten years later, people say this was one book which talked about how women in the Indian cities lived, it is spot on."

Q: How much of Manki is you?

A: "I don't have the guts that she does. The only similarity is that we are both journalists, and an army man's daughters. Placing the story in a time span of 2005 - 09 was easy too, because I was working in the media, and even later I still had friends. So the research was not very difficult. Manki and I talk and think at the same pace. She thinks so much, does too much in a day. I don't have Iqbal, the jeep. Also, I wish I could take a lone trip into the hills. All the traits I have built in are the amplified traits of journalists in this country."

Q: How tough or easy is life for a single woman in Indian cities?

A: "The cities don't make it easy for you. It is a personality issue. I mean you can live as bold a life as you want in Delhi or Bombay, Bangalore or Kolkata ... Apart from that it is your decision, you decide this is what I want, and these are the precautions I will take to stay safe. There are tiny peripheries in all these towns where you may be safe. You need your allies. I feel that it is a huge celestial conspiracy against single women in India: From absolute strangers, neighbours, friends to eventually your own distant and near family members start asking questions. Why are you single? And if you are seeing someone, then why is that person coming over to your house? Who is this guy with you in your pictures? Same goes for men too. No one wants to give a house to a bachelor."





Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Irving explores bisexuality in latest best seller

(Reuters) - Author John Irving's latest book, "In One Person," is his most politically charged novel since his 1980s best sellers, "The Cider House Rules" and "A Prayer for Owen Meany."

Irving's 13th book is about a bisexual boy from rural Vermont named Billy Abbott who has crushes on the wrong people, including his town's transgender librarian. He learns to navigate his relationships in a world that consistently views him as suspect.

After its release last month, "In One Person" quickly became a best seller and earned praise from Vanity Fair and The New Yorker.

Irving, 70, spoke with Reuters about the politics of his latest novel, bisexuality and recurring themes in his work.

Q: LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) issues are a hot political topic right now, but the discourse doesn't touch much on the "B" or "T" as frequently. Why choose to write Billy as bisexual and include several transgendered characters?

A: "For many gay men of my generation, the bisexual man was disbelieved. He was perceived for the most part as a gay guy who lacked the courage to come all the way out of the closet. I think young gay men today are far more accepting or tolerant of the bisexual man than many gay men of my generation were. It was purposeful on my part to make Billy a bisexual so that he would feel the sting of that solitariness and be aware of the distrust of his gay and straight friends alike.

"That was a deliberate choice, just as it seemed only logical to me for a character like Billy that he would find these two transgender women at either end of his life - of different ages and from different eras - very sympathetic if only because he recognizes that they are as marginalized and distrusted by society as he is. They are as you say the "BT" part the "LGBT" abbreviation, but they get a little less attention - that's all. I was very conscious of making that choice for exactly those reasons. If you're going to test the waters of our tolerance for sexual differences, well let's really test it."

Q: "In One Person" takes place over Billy's lifetime, so he is about your age when he is looking back and retelling things. From that perspective, how do think the plight of sexual minorities has changed over that time?

A: "I guess you could say that our tolerance for sexual differences is better or different than it was in the late 1970s when ‘The World According to Garp' was published. But if I felt our tolerance of sexual differences was perfect, I don't think I would have had this novel on my mind for 10, now almost 12 years, or I wouldn't have written it at all. So I wouldn't say that our tolerance of sexual differences is what it should be.

"Witness the Republican Party, witness the lineup of clowns who are indulging in righteous gay-bashing, right up to (Mitt) Romney's ascendance to the throne, and Romney has subscribed in kind. His position on gay rights issues is lamentable, to be kind."

Q: In the book you draw a lot on plays and novels - "Madame Bovary," Norwegian playwright Ibsen, Shakespeare. Why?

A: "It seemed that the childhood of this character was fortunately imaginative. He had some preparation from the world of theater and the world of books for the sexual difficulties he would face. I think literature is a support system for many people who find themselves in a sexual minority. It isn't just that he has the support or encouragement of a good, albeit unusual librarian, and that he has the love of an unusually good stepfather. In Shakespeare, in Ibsen, he finds some pretty powerful testimonies for sexual differences."

Q: Certain themes surface repeatedly in your novels - some politically-tinged issues, unusual sexual relationships, absent parents, wrestling, New England, etc. Why these common threads, and what motivates you to return to them?

A: "Many of the so-called common things you mention to me are kind of superficial landmarks, like the landscape of northern New England.

"I would say a more common thread that doesn't often get mentioned to each of my novels is an element of predetermination, an element of fate. Where they are going is something the reader can see from very early on, this novel being no exception - a story that begins in the 1950s and '60s and you're already listening to the voice of an older man as you have in 'In One Person.'

"It's the story of a bisexual boy, and you're meeting various gay friends and lovers. I'm not giving anything away, but the reader knows an AIDS epidemic is coming, and many of these characters you're meeting are not going to get through it. There's always an element of that kind.

"Everyone from Sophocles to Shakespeare to Thomas Hardy to Nathaniel Hawthorne - their most interesting work was about challenging sexual relationships. I don't think there's anything new about it. Hamlet is a sex story. Othello is a sex story. Macbeth is a dysfunctional marriage story. I didn't invent these things, I read about them in so-called classical literature. People have found sexual relationships the most trying and important parts of their lives since before Shakespeare."

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Mistress Tells Her Side Of John Edwards' Affair In Book

(Reuters) - Rielle Hunter, John Edwards' former mistress, writes in her new book that the two-time presidential candidate told her he had at least two previous affairs and also fabricated three other relationships so she would not become too attached, ABC News reported.

Hunter's book, "What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter, and Me," is set to be released on June 26. It follows Edwards' federal trial in North Carolina, which ended in May with an acquittal on one campaign finance charge and a mistrial on five others after the jury deadlocked.

The Justice Department announced last week that it would not re-try the former U.S. senator.

Edwards, 59, was accused of seeking more than $900,000 from two wealthy supporters to conceal Hunter and her pregnancy with his child from voters during his unsuccessful bid to win the Democratic presidential nomination four years ago.

At the time, Edwards' wife, Elizabeth, was battling cancer. She died in December 2010.

ABC News said it had obtained a copy of Hunter's book, in which she defends John Edwards' innocence in the criminal case while also revealing that he had affairs with at least two other women prior to 2004.

Hunter said Edwards made up three additional mistresses - supposedly in Chicago, Los Angeles and Florida - during the early part of their relationship, which began after they met at a New York City hotel in February 2006, because he did not want Hunter to become too attached to him.

She said Edwards told her he had broken up with the fake mistresses before conceding that he had fabricated them.

Hunter wrote that Edwards confessed to having the other affairs but that he led her to believe that she was the last.

Hunter blames Elizabeth Edwards for driving John Edwards to cheat. She describes Elizabeth Edwards in unflattering terms, calling her "crazy," "venomous," and a "witch on wheels."

Hunter said she regretted allowing John Edwards' political aide, Andrew Young, to publicly claim paternity for the daughter Edwards had fathered.

"Of all the things that happened in my relationship with Johnny the thing that I regret the most is going along with this stupid idea and allowing this lie to go public," Hunter wrote, according to ABC News.

Edwards eventually admitted the child was his.

Hunter later sued Young over ownership of a video of her having sex with Edwards, which in her book she says she filmed at Edwards' request while traveling with him in Uganda.

Hunter said she wrote the book to provide her now 4-year-old daughter, Frances Quinn, with a truthful public account of "how she came into the world."

She writes that Edwards is involved in their daughter's life but does not shed much light on the current status of their relationship.

"I really have no idea what will happen with us," she wrote, according to ABC News. "The jury is still out. But I can honestly say that the ending is of no concern to me anymore. The love is here. And as sappy as it may sound, I love living in love."



Sunday, June 17, 2012

Indie booksellers object to U.S. e-books deal

(Reuters) - The American Booksellers Association, which represents U.S. independent bookstores, has objected to the U.S. government's proposed settlement of its price-fixing lawsuit against top publishers, saying it would strengthen Amazon.com Inc's dominance.

The association, in a letter to the U.S. Justice Department dated June 14, said the settlement would create "a significant danger that Amazon will again regain a monopoly share in the sale of e-books."

Booksellers and publishers have been frustrated with Amazon, the world's largest Internet retailer, for using books as a loss leader to attract customers for more expensive products. They say the practice hurts bookstores.

A spokesman for the Department of Justice declined comment. A spokesman for Amazon did not immediately return a request for comment.

Independent booksellers started selling electronic books in late 2010, three years after Amazon introduced its first Kindle e-reader.

In an antitrust lawsuit in April, the Justice Department sued Apple Inc and two publishers, saying they, and three other publishers, with which it simultaneously settled, conspired to fix the prices of e-books to break Amazon's dominance.

Apple had successfully convinced publishers to use the "agency model" that allows publishers to set the price of e-books, and in turn Apple would take a 30 percent cut, the government said at the time.

Under the proposed settlement, the three publishers would agree not to use the agency model for two years, in contrast to the "wholesale model" in which retailers pay for the product and charge what they like.

The settlement the government reached in April with the three publishers would allow Amazon to resume discounting books. Amazon said at the time that it planned to lower prices on books associated with its Kindle e-reader.

The booksellers association said in its letter that the adoption of agency pricing had helped lowered Amazon's share of the e-book market to 60 percent from 90 percent.

The three publishers that agreed to settle are News Corp's HarperCollins Publishers Inc, CBS Corp's Simon & Schuster Inc, and Lagardere SCA's Hachette Book Group.

Macmillan, a unit of Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH, and Pearson Plc's Penguin Group, have said they plan to fight the Justice Department charges, along with Apple.

Last week, Barnes & Noble Inc, the largest U.S. bookstore chain, also objected to the settlement, making many of the same arguments.



Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Ray Bradbury, beloved science fiction author, dies

(The Lookout)-Ray Bradbury, author of "Fahrenheit 451," "The Martian Chronicles" and other iconic science fiction novels, died Tuesday night at the age of 91, according to The Associated Press.



"His legacy lives on in his monumental body of books, film, television and theater, but more importantly, in the minds and hearts of anyone who read him, because to read him was to know him. He was the biggest kid I know," his grandson told the i09 science fiction blog.

Bradbury sold 8 million copies of his books in 36 languages, according to The New York Times' obit.

He attributed his success as a writer to never having gone to college—instead, he read and wrote voraciously. "When I graduated from high school in 1938, I began going to the library three nights a week," he said in an interview with The Paris Review. "I did this every week for almost ten years and finally, in 1947, around the time I got married, I figured I was done. So I graduated from the library when I was twenty-seven. I discovered that the library is the real school."

"The universe is a little emptier right now," Texas A&M University-Commerce English professor Robin Anne Reid told Yahoo News. She wrote a book about Bradbury's works and sits on the board of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies. "There's less of that sense of joy and exultation that he was writing in his works all the way to the end."

Reid said Bradbury was the first writer to jump from pulp magazines to mainstream literary magazines, thus bringing science fiction writing into the mainstream. Bradbury also wrote fantasy and horror.


*He will be missed! RIP*

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

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

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Quick Lit Bit Of The Day!

Biz Stone (Christopher Isaac "Biz" Stone)-is a co-founder and Creative Director of Twitter, Inc and also helped to create and launch Xanga, Blogger, Odeo, and The Obvious Corporation, founded in June 2011 with his long time collaborators Evan Williams and Jason Goldman to focus on building systems that help people work together to improve the world. Stone currently serves as Chief Creative Officer at Obvious.




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Twitter co-founder to publish life lessons in "old media"

(Reuters) - Twitter co-founder Biz Stone is planning to dish up some life lessons that will need more than 140-character bursts.

Stone, 38, is working on a book about creativity called "Things a Little Bird Told Me" that will relate stories from his life and career and encourage others to be think outside the box, Grand Central Publishing said on Monday.

"I've found that my experiences resonate with a very wide array of individuals at different stages in their lives," Stone said in a statement. "I'm excited to create a physical artifact to share the lessons I've learned."

Grand Central's executive editor Ben Greenberg said the book would "reveal how his creativity works and will help readers apply those principles to their own lives."

Stone co-founded Twitter with Evan Williams and Jack Dorsey in 2006, creating a micro-blogging service that allows users to send messages of up to 140 characters and which now has some 140 million active users.

Stone also helped to create and launch social networking site Xanga, blog publishing service Blogger, and most recently, The Obvious Corporation, which aims to help people work together to make the world smarter and healthier.

The Twitter co-founder has previously published two books on blogging, 2002's "Blogging: Genius Strategies for Instant Web Content" and "Who Let The Blogs Out" in 2004.

"Things a Little Bird Told Me" is due for publication in April 2014.



Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Book Talk: Author explores Jewish sect she left

(Reuters) - Like the characters of her book, Anouk Markovits grew up inside the strict Satmar Hasidic Jewish sect, where reading novels was frowned upon and she was expected to wed in an arranged marriage at a young age.

Markovits, a native of France, broke away from the community, as does Atara Stern, one of the daughters of the family in "I Am Forbidden."

But most of the book centers on those who remain behind, especially the young couple Mila and Josef, whose infertility and desire for a child sets them on a collision course with tenets of their faith.

Trained as an architect and scholar of comparative literature, Markovits spoke with Reuters about her novel and her life, where they intersect and where they differ.

Q: What inspired the book? I've read that you've said 9/11 had something to do with it.

A: "I think what happened with 9/11 is that I realized even if I in my private life had (left) fundamentalism, it was out there. I knew that I had an intimate knowledge of aspects of it...The people inside (the novel) had all made choices so different from my own, and I didn't know if I could even imagine their inner lives. But I did feel that I should try, that if I were able to do it maybe I could basically lift a corner onto a world that is really not acceptable to most people in mainstream Western society.

"So I just started and it ended up being extremely difficult because it was a world that I had left, and the people were making choices that I had not done. But then it's the magic of the novel, it required that I enter these characters and inhabit them. And the more I was trying to be these people, the more I was also realizing that that very approach, where you allow conflicting voices and multiple voices to express themselves, was itself anti-fundamentalist."

Q: How old were you when you left home, how hard was it?

A: "I was 19 when I finally left. I left because in that world, people marry - arranged marriages. I felt I couldn't put it off much longer, I had to make a move or I would be married into that world and I knew that would be completely unfair to whomever I married.

That was extremely traumatic, because you really generally lose everything you have known. You lose your family, your community, your friends."

Q: How did you come up with the characters, and is there one you feel especially close to?

A: "Oddly enough, I would say that there was one character who still breaks my heart, and that's Josef. Josef is sort of the man who is almost the battleground and the person who is annihilated by extreme forces and conflict and divided selves. I would say that he's a character that I feel I could have been, I feel that I'm happy that I'm not. Of course Atara is in some senses the character more closely modeled on my trajectory."

Q: When you say that in some ways Josef and how he becomes a battlefield could have been you, what do you mean by that?

A: "In many ways I feel that every one of the characters in some sense could have been me - when I think also of what happens to Judit, who finds herself at 17 with basically no valid voice. Although the specifics of her predicament were totally not mine, in many ways this sense of being trapped... is something which many people who want to leave have. They all feel at a moment, 'I can't do it, I have no choice.' And then most of them, those who feel they really have no choice, they choose what she did. At some point you cave in and hopefully desire ticks over and life ticks over and you move on."

Q: I'm interested by what you said that as an architect, you think of the idea of force and counter-force.

A: "It's the idea that of course conflict drives story, and of course conflict can be internal conflict within a character. It begins with Zalman in conflict with his body. I pretty much realized as I went along that there was something about the novel that wanted a counter-force, always. So Atara had Zalman to oppose her. Mila's desire for a child is totally driving her, but her faith tells her there's nothing she can do. All along, I would say, that it was the structure on which I built the novel. But I think most novels are built that way. Every writer interprets it differently, but the principle is the same.

Q How long did this take to write?

A: "Years. I would say almost seven years. Some of those years were spent just working with the language. It was very hard to put myself in those characters, it was very hard to go there, I didn't want to make the choices that they were making. You do have to inhabit that world, and it was a world that I had left. I didn't take all that time to write the novel but I took that time to put myself in a position where I could write it."


*Great Interview*



Wednesday, May 23, 2012

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 Bit Of The Day!

Khalil Gibran (revisited)- known in the English-speaking world for his 1923 book The Prophet, an early example of inspirational fiction including a series of philosophical essays written in poetic english prose.

Gibran is the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu.




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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

......Nobel winner Pamuk opens novel museum in Istanbul

..ISTANBUL (Reuters Life!) - Nobel prize-winning Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk realizes a long-nurtured dream on Saturday with the opening of an actual "Museum of Innocence" - a collection of relics of a half-century of ordinary life - as depicted in his 2008 novel of the same name.

Pamuk set out "not to do a spectacular or monumental museum but something in the backstreets, something that represents the daily life of the city," he told a news conference after a press preview.

Situated in a bright, wine-red building in the district of Cukurcuma, the Museum of Innocence houses real and fabricated artifacts from everyday Turkish life between 1950 and 2000, in an homage both to the novel and to Pamuk's Istanbul.

"Our daily lives are honorable, and their objects should be preserved. It's not all about the glories of the past," he said. "It's the people and their objects that count."

He conceived of the museum more than a decade ago, at the same time he came up with the idea for the novel. A New York Times bestseller, "The Museum of Innocence" was his first book after winning the 2006 Nobel prize for literature.

The book tells the story of Kemal, who hoards ordinary items to recapture the happiness he felt during a passionate but ill-fated love affair.

The real life museum contains odds and ends that Pamuk collected from Cukurcuma junk shops, family and other donors. There are china dog figurines, old shaving kits and a wind-up film projector. A toothbrush collection, which features in the novel, was contributed by its real-life owner.

Pride of place goes to Kemal's lover's 4,213 cigarette butts, lovingly dated, archived and gently pinned to a canvas that occupies a full wall. Pamuk described the painstaking process of vacuuming out the tobacco to prevent worms.

The space was originally meant to open with the book's publication, but was beset with delays. It took Pamuk - working closely with a team of architects, artists and product designers - another four years to complete the project.

His Nobel prize money of more than 1 million euros did not fully cover costs, he said, declining to specify the exact cost of the museum. Royalties from the book will go towards upkeep.

While the project is distinctly personal, Pamuk insisted it is not autobiographical.

His protagonist Kemal is far too obsessed with his love and his compulsive hoarding to pay much attention to the social and political upheaval around him. His story takes place in Istanbul in the 1970s, a decade bookended with coups.

Pamuk, 59, is among Turkey's best selling writers. His work, including "My Name Is Red," "The Black Book" and the memoir "Istanbul," has been translated into some 60 languages.

He was charged with "insulting Turkishness" in 2005 for remarks he made about the World War One massacre of Armenians and the state's fight against Kurdish separatism since 1984. He was acquitted.

Pamuk is now at work on a new book told from the view of a street vendor eking out a living in one of sprawling Istanbul's shantytowns. His first book, 1982's "Cevdet Bey and His Sons," is now being made into a serial for television.



Tuesday, April 10, 2012

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 Bit Of The Day!

Perspective Visual-the way in which objects appear to the eye.

Perspective Graphical-representing the effects of visual perspective in graphic arts.



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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Popular romance trilogy gets US publisher

(AP) — E.L. James' "Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy, a word-of-mouth romance smash so erotic it's sometimes labeled "mommy porn," has been signed up by a paperback division of Random House Inc.

Vintage Books announced Saturday that it had acquired the three books — "Fifty Shades of Grey," ''Fifty Shades Darker" and "Fifty Shades Freed." E-book editions will be out Monday and paperbacks are expected in early April.

The novels had been distributed by an Australia-based publisher, the Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House. The trilogy follows the romance between a young billionaire, Christian Grey, and a college student, Anastasia Steele. It has sold more than 250,000 copies, and on Saturday, the first volume was No. 1 on both Amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.

"'Fifty' has taken me on an extraordinary and wholly unexpected adventure, and I'm thrilled to be continuing it with Vintage," James, a former television executive based in London, said in a statement issued Saturday by Vintage. "I've heard from so many readers trying to find these books in their local bookshops and libraries. It is gratifying to know that they will soon become widely available in the U.S. and around the world."

James' trilogy began as fan fiction, a thriving genre online in which fans write variations of their favorite books and characters, stories usually intended solely for fellow aficionados. James used the vampire Edward and teen Bella from Stephenie Meyers' mega-selling "Twilight" and placed them in Seattle. First called "Master of the Universe" and published two years ago on the website www.fanfiction.net, James' stories attracted a strong following and were released commercially in 2011 by Writer's Coffee Shop.

The books' success has set off a strong debate online. On a chat room for NBC's "Today" show, which ran a segment on the trilogy earlier this month, several negative messages were posted, saying it was wrong for readers to pay for a trilogy originally available for free and that Christian and Anastasia were stand-ins for Edward and Bella.

In an email Saturday, romance author and blogger Sarah Wendell said similarities to "Twilight" included "the hero's 'long hands,'" the "klutzy heroine with auburn hair" and the narrative being "told from the heroine's very deep first-person point of view."

"The themes of 'Twilight' are very much repeated," she added, "innocent heroine, dark, emotionally unavailable hero with a secret, isolation of the heroine from the rest of the world while with the hero, and the hero's overwhelming ability to care for and provide for the heroine with limitless wealth. It's a wealth fantasy as well as an erotic fantasy."

Vintage defended "50 Shades" as an original creation with a passionate following.

"It is widely known that E.L James began to capture a following as a writer shortly after she posted her second fan fiction story," Vintage said in a statement. "She subsequently took that story and re-wrote the work, with new characters and situations. That was the beginning of the 'Fifty Shades' trilogy. The great majority of readers, including fan fiction aficionados, have found 'Fifty Shades' deeply immersive and incredibly satisfying."

Friday, March 2, 2012

Harry Potter" E-books get worldwide library distribution

(TheWrap.com) - The "Harry Potter" saga may have seen the end of its run in the movie theaters, but J.K. Rowling's wizardly brain child will live on in the world's libraries.

British distributor OverDrive has struck a deal with Pottermore -- the online home of all things Potter -- to distribute "Harry Potter" e-books and digital audiobooks in school and public libraries worldwide.

The deal calls for the books to be distributed in more than 20 languages throughout OverDrive's global network of libraries, which currently numbers more than 18,000.

All seven books in Rowlings' series will be included. This will mark the first time that the titles will be available for lending in digital form in libraries.

The "Harry Potter" book series, which has sold more than 400 million copies worldwide, is credited with sparking an enthusiasm for reading in a generation of children.

"J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter is a once-a-lifetime phenomenon and has been an extremely significant catalyst for reading and literacy for current and future generations," Steve Potash, OverDrive's CEO and president, said of the agreement. "We are honored to bring this beloved storytelling experience digitally to public and school libraries worldwide."

Sunday, January 1, 2012

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Happy New Year to all of our supporters who support "Diva's House Of Literary Coffee."

We hope many of you step your literary game by reading, writing, and exploring the world of lit alot more. 

Our main focus for this year is to inspire, motivate, and keep you informed with all things lit.

Keep it positve and we wish you all the best in this fabulous new year!!



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