Category Archives: Literature

I Ain’t Miserable

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This is a bit from A Confederacy of Dunces that made me chuckle. It’s a good example of the novel’s typical dialogue and humour. “I refuse to ‘look up.’ Optimism nauseates me. It is perverse. Since man’s fall, his proper position in the universe has been one of misery.” “I ain’t miserable.” “You are.” “No, I ain’t.” “Yes, you are.”… Read more »

R.I.P. Terry Pratchett

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Sir Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld series, died this week after struggling with Alzheimer’s for eight years. He was 66 years old, which seems so unfairly young, particularly for someone who still had so much passion for his work. In the mid-90s, before I ever picked up a Discworld novel, I played something called Discworld MUD (Multi-User Dungeon), which… Read more »

The Classics Club November Survey

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I thought I’d participate in this month’s Classics Club question, which is actually 50 questions. It turns out that 50 questions is an awful lot of questions. Some might say too many questions, but I felt committed to finish once I’d started. It was a fun exercise, though. Share a link to your club list. My List of 50 classics…. Read more »

May in Review

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Books Acquired: The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor by Bruce Campbell The Magicians by Lev Grossman A Cook’s Tour – In Search of the Perfect Meal by Anthony Bourdain Heat: An Amateur’s Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany by Bill… Read more »

Arthur Conan Doyle Interview

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Arthur Conan Doyle was a very interesting man. He’s best known for writing what may be the most logic-driven character to ever exist, Sherlock Holmes, in stories which time after time proved the seemingly mystical to have rational causes. While doing so, he also spent most of his life investigating and publicly supporting spiritualism, often famously promoting acts that were… Read more »

Book Banning Attempt

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This year my old high school distict has had a bit of publicized controversy. A man named Dean Audet petitioned to have The Perks of Being A Wallflower banned. “Last time I checked it is illegal to distribute pornography to minors,” said Audet, who objects to sections that he says include young people having sex, graphic instructions on how to… Read more »

Annual Book Sale Haul

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A local newspaper here organizes a huge annual book sale, which happened this past weekend, and it’s always one of my favourite events of the year. Which is a little sad, but let’s not dwell on that. All of the books are donated, and the proceeds go to local literary programs, so it’s a good excuse to buy way too… Read more »

In Memoriam

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My father passed away a week and a half ago. I don’t normally go into anything too personal here, but in a way he’s very relevant to this weblog. I’ve never met someone who read as much as he did. It was what he loved to do, more than anything else. He would always have a book or an e-reader… Read more »

Terra Trailer

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I don’t really like the recent trend of book trailers. I’m not against them, but they just don’t do anything for me. Mitch Benn has released a trailer for his upcoming debut novel Terra, but instead of a blurb and a dull animation, he’s had several comedians, actors, and writers read the first chapter. What a great way of publicising… Read more »

Book Porn

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My favourite annual used book sale was yesterday, and I think I did quite well. I usually feel guilty acquiring new books these days, considering I have dozens kicking around here that I haven’t yet read, but this is for charity you guys. Jeez, have a little heart. Paris in the Twentieth Century by Jules Verne Their Eyes Were Watching… Read more »