Posts tagged books
Posts tagged books
“Struggle struggle struggle then some Lion come from out of nowhere and saves the day.”
Today’s daily desk copy request: Suzette Field’s A Curious Invitation: The Forty Greatest Parties in Fiction for a course on event planning.
If books have taught us any basic truth about our world, it is this: human beings are inherently good.
Just kidding. It’s this: people love to party. And people love reading about people at parties. Field’s book chronicles forty of the greatest fictional festivities as seen through the eyes of the world’s greatest writers.
While it might teach your students about party planning, I like to think it will really teach everyone who reads it to be more assertive in regards to their needs. It certainly has for me, because when my friends recently asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday, there was none of that farcical “I don’t know? Maybe dinner?” stuff. Taking notes from Raphael de Valentin in Balzac’s The Wild Ass’s Skin, I proudly demanded what I really wanted: “a carouse worthy of this century” with enough wine to bring about “three days of delirium.”
Also featured? Fun headers for future party invitations (i.e. “price of admittance: your mind”*), and some old party truisms (the party don’t stop when you’ve got a regenerating boar-for-the-eating [until Ragnarok]**).
*Tip gathered from Hermann Hesse’s Steppenwolf
**Tip gathered from the Prose Edda
NPR’s Alan Cheuse picks Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker by Stanley Crouch as one of his top three books of the year.
“I think this book is about a guy falling in love with his friend’s mom, correct?”
Being Ian McKellan
In honor of Jane Austen’s 238th birthday: The 6 Most Underrated Characters In Jane Austen Novels—including Mary Bennet of Pride and Prejudice.
“I honestly have problems reading classics because of the setting and time frame, reading involves imagination, and I’d much rather imagine things in the present rather than force myself to live in a time where I don’t know what existed.”
If you’re a fan of Abigail Gibbs’s debut novel, The Dark Heroine: Dinner With A Vampire, her latest installment, Autumn Rose, has hit Wattpad. Get a sneak peek here, and visit Abigail’s Wattpad account to learn more about the Dark Heroine series.