Posts Tagged ‘authors’

5 Greatest Author Feuds

August 2, 2018

“Top 5 Greatest Author Feuds,” a video by Signature highlighting mano-a-manuscript mayhem by all your literary faves. Henry James vs. H.G. Wells, William Faulkner vs. Ernest Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway vs. Gertrude Stein, Norman Mailer vs. Gore Vidal, and the marquee event: Mary McCarthy vs. Lillian Hellman. Can you bet on these bouts in ‘Vegas?

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Travel Ban

March 30, 2017

Novelist Mohsin Hamid talks about the Trump travel ban with Seth Myers.

Mohsin Hamid website.

More:

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid – magical vision of the refugee crisis,” Sukhdev Sandhu, The Guardian

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Aldous Huxley on Technodictators

February 22, 2017

Author Aldous Huxley, interviewed by Mike Wallace in 1958. Animated by Patrick Smith for Blank on Blank (PBS Digital). Colorist:Jennifer Yoo.  Producer: Amy Drozdowska.

Full interview here.

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Vonnegut on Computers

May 6, 2014

Vonnegut on Computers

Commencement speaker at Agnes Scott College, May 15, 1999, Kurt Vonnegut: 

“Computers are no more your friends, and no more increasers of your brainpower, than slot machines…

Only well-informed, warm-hearted people can teach others things they’ll always remember and love. Computers and TV don’t do that.

A computer teaches a child what a computer can become.

An educated human being teaches a child what a child can become. Bad men just want your bodies. TVs and computers want your money, which is even more disgusting. It’s so much more dehumanizing.”

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Sunday: Literary Hill BookFest 2014

May 3, 2014

Sunday: Literary Hill BookFest 2014

Literary Hill BookFest
Sunday, May 4, 2014
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Eastern Market, North Hall
7th Street & North Carolina Avenue SE
Capitol Hill, Washington DC 20003

If you’re in DC and like to read, stop by Eastern Market this Sunday and meet local authors and poets: Brett L. Abrams, Jonathan Bardzik, Louis Bayard, Elizabeth Becker, Simeon BookerMike Canning, Jack Colhoun, Pete Daniel, Christopher Datta, John DeFerrari, Tom Dunkel, Alison Fortier, Frederic J. Frommer, Stephen H. Grant, Mary Z. Gray, Patricia Gray, Lovey Marie Guillory, Lucinda Janke, Abby Arthur Johnson and Ronald Maberry Johnson, Anu Keene, Katy Kelly, Tim Krepp, Jonathan Lewis, Myrina McCullough, Diana McLellan, John Muller, Jean Nordhaus, Garrett Peck, Quintin Peterson, Frank Pietrucha, Robert Pohl, Gina Sangster, Canden Schwantes, Paris Singer, Benjamin Soskis, Janine K. Spendlove, Cathy Travis, Bill Walsh, Gene Weingarten, and John R. Wennersten.

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Happy Birthday, John Steinbeck

February 27, 2014

Happy Birthday, John Steinbeck

Happy Birthday, John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. Born February 27, 1902 in Salinas, California.

Best Wishes from the Joad Family.

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Happy Birthday, Charlie Dickens

February 7, 2014

Happy Birthday, Charlie Dickens

Author Charles Dickens was born 202 years ago today. He was a peculiar person, being obsessive-compulsive, a practical joker and an egomaniac and all, and he was pretty odd as a writer, too. He published his novels in weekly or monthly installments before he finished them, which must have been nerve-wracking for author and editor alike.

Serial writing, one episode at a time, without a predetermined ending. Maybe we should think of Dickens as a sort of Victorian blogger.

Related:

“Happy Birthday, Charles Dickens: The Beloved Writer on Grief and How to Heal a Mourning Heart,” Maria Popova, Brain Pickings

The Dickens Project

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Happy 238th Birthday, Jane Austen. You Go Girl!

December 16, 2013

Happy 238th Birthday Jane Austen. You Go Girl!

Miss Jane Austen celebrates her 238th birthday today, December 16th, four days after the 200th anniversary of the publication of her novel Pride and Prejudice. Whilst she modestly declines comment, Miss Austen’s Facebook friends are celebrating with country dancing, house visits, cream tea, sherry, dramatic programmes, and contests. How jolly!

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Elmore Leonard, 1925 – 2013

August 23, 2013

Elmore Leonard, 1925 - 2013

Author Elmore Leonard has died. He wrote 50 novels and left out the parts readers tend to skip over.

“Elmore Leonard: A Man of Few, Yet Perfect, Words,” Janet Maslin, New York Times

“Novelist Elmore Leonard elevated crime thriller, mastered dialogue,” Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press

“Elmore Leonard’s Cowboy Economics,” Marc Herman, Pacific Standard

“Pelecanos talks Leonard,” Jocelyn McClurg, USA Today

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Richard Matheson, 1926 — 2013

July 3, 2013

Richard Matheson, 1926 -- 2013

Writer Richard Matheson died last week at age 87. A Brooklyn Technical High School graduate, he spent World War II as an infantry soldier and earned a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. Matheson is remembered for his screenplays and novels, but he was a master of the short story. and wrote nearly a hundred of them. Start by reading the Shock! collections from the Sixties, if you can find them.

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