1. I’m listening to Storm of Swords on audiobook and I’m pretty into it except every time I get to a Dani chapter I get totally bored and stop listening for a couple days.

     
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Ernest Cline, Ready Player One

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    Ernest Cline, Ready Player One

     
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Currently Reading - The Master and Magarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

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    Currently Reading - The Master and Magarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

     
  4. 19:01

    Notes: 463

    Reblogged from classicpenguin

    Tags: PenguinJane Eyre

    classicpenguin:

This is too fun not to share.
We recently received a letter from a perceptive Classics reader noting a possible error in our current edition of Jane Eyre. Here’s the passage in question — a John Reed tirade:

"Where the dickens is she?," he continued. "Lizzy? Georgy (calling to his sisters) Joan is not here: tell mamma she is run out into the rain — bad animal!"

Joan? Joan Eyre? Surely not. Fascinated, we took this query Stevie Davies, editor of our current edition and resident Bronte expert, who gave us this enlightening answer.

Delighted to be asked, and it’s a good question, asked by a keen-eyed reader, because it picks up some of the meticulous verbal nuancing and class inflection that make Jane Eyre so authentic a social document. John Reed is calling Jane by a version of her name he considers proper to the lower ranks. This goes right back - Shakespeare: ‘Greasy Joan doth keel the pots.’

Oh, the ever-so-subtle art of the Victorian dis. John Reed is such a toad. Can someone please prepare a list of low-rent versions of common names so we can bring these insults back?

    classicpenguin:

    This is too fun not to share.

    We recently received a letter from a perceptive Classics reader noting a possible error in our current edition of Jane Eyre. Here’s the passage in question — a John Reed tirade:

    "Where the dickens is she?," he continued. "Lizzy? Georgy (calling to his sisters) Joan is not here: tell mamma she is run out into the rain — bad animal!"

    Joan? Joan Eyre? Surely not. Fascinated, we took this query Stevie Davies, editor of our current edition and resident Bronte expert, who gave us this enlightening answer.

    Delighted to be asked, and it’s a good question, asked by a keen-eyed reader, because it picks up some of the meticulous verbal nuancing and class inflection that make Jane Eyre so authentic a social document. John Reed is calling Jane by a version of her name he considers proper to the lower ranks. This goes right back - Shakespeare: ‘Greasy Joan doth keel the pots.’

    Oh, the ever-so-subtle art of the Victorian dis. John Reed is such a toad. Can someone please prepare a list of low-rent versions of common names so we can bring these insults back?

     
  5. 17:20

    Notes: 21955

    Reblogged from alogicaltangle

    Tags: waterstonesoxfordst

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  6. Really excellent article by David Mitchell on If On a Winter’s Night a Traveller. Definitely strikes a chord with a lot of my reactions to the book, and is also just a lovely reflection on how tastes and influences age. 

     
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Pride & Prejudice covers

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    Pride & Prejudice covers

     
  8. Review: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

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    Read this for a class, but was not actually able to go to the tutorial on it. It left me feeling a bit divided, so if anyone else has read it I’d love to hear your thoughts!

    Review past the link, mostly spoiler free:

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  9. 19:01

    Notes: 693

    Reblogged from moderatedbliss

    Tags: Susan SontagBorgesQuote

    You showed that it is not necessary to be unhappy, even while one is clear-eyed and undeluded about how terrible everything is. Somewhere you said that a writer — delicately you added: all persons — must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource. (You were speaking of your blindness.)
    — Susan Sontag's unspeakably beautiful letter to Borges (via explore-blog)

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  10. 17:20

    Notes: 330

    Reblogged from athousandbookstoread

    Tags: Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    bookporn:

    Two beautiful cartoons to say goodbye to Gabriel García Márquez.

    by Fisgón and Helguera.