June 17, 2014
The Penultimate Truth About Philip K. Dick


The Penultimate Truth About Philip K. Dick (named after his 1964 novel of humanity tricked into living in underground warrens) seeks out the writer’s friends, colleagues, collaborators, stepdaughter, therapist, and wives (three of them, anyway), assembling a portrait of the man who could create so many textual worlds at once so off-kilter and so tapped into our real worries and obsessions. Each of these interviewees regards differently Dick’s dedication to the pursuits of both literary achievement and psychonautical adventure, his complicated conception of the true nature of reality, his at times unpredictable behavior, and his penchant for encounters with the divine. Director Emeliano Larre and writer Patricio Vega’s 2007 documentary reveals one of the most fascinating personalities in late 20th-century letters, though, as any professor of literature will tell you, we ultimately have to return to the work itself.       continue

May 1, 2014
"For a true writer each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment. He should always try for something that has never been done or that others have tried and failed. Then sometimes, with great luck, he will succeed."

— Ernest Hemingway - Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

February 28, 2014
"The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.

Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth."

—    Albert Camus

February 27, 2014
"A writer out of loneliness is trying to communicate like a distant star sending signals. He isn’t telling or teaching or ordering. Rather he seeks to establish a relationship of meaning, of feeling, of observing. We are lonesome animals. We spend all life trying to be less lonesome."

—    JOHN STEINBECK

January 29, 2014
"On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who points."

— Virginia Woolf

January 25, 2014
It’s the birthday of Virginia Woolf, born Virginia Stephen in London, England (1882).
After the death of both her parents, she moved with her siblings into the unfashionable — and cheap — neighborhood of Bloomsbury, which soon became the literary and intellectual center of England.
Woolf’s brother hosted evening meetings that came to include D.H. Lawrence, T.S. Eliot, Aldous Huxley, and others.

Woolf suffered most of her life from bouts of depression, and one doctor prescribed long walks as a remedy. It was on these walks that she conceived of many of her novels, including Mrs. Dalloway (1925) and To the Lighthouse (1927). These novels employed a new brand of stream of consciousness, distinct from James Joyce and others.
via http://writersalmanac.publicradio.org

It’s the birthday of Virginia Woolf, born Virginia Stephen in London, England (1882).

After the death of both her parents, she moved with her siblings into the unfashionable — and cheap — neighborhood of Bloomsbury, which soon became the literary and intellectual center of England.

Woolf’s brother hosted evening meetings that came to include D.H. Lawrence, T.S. Eliot, Aldous Huxley, and others.

Woolf suffered most of her life from bouts of depression, and one doctor prescribed long walks as a remedy. It was on these walks that she conceived of many of her novels, including Mrs. Dalloway (1925) and To the Lighthouse (1927). These novels employed a new brand of stream of consciousness, distinct from James Joyce and others.

via http://writersalmanac.publicradio.org

(Source: jamesbeaudreau)

May 10, 2013
"

You are lucky to be one of those people who wishes to build sand castles with words, who is willing to create a place where your imagination can wander. We build this place with the sand of memories; these castles are our memories and inventiveness made tangible. So part of us believes that when the tide starts coming in, we won’t really have lost anything, because actually only a symbol of it was there in the sand.

Another part of us thinks we’ll figure out a way to divert the ocean.

This is what separates artists from ordinary people: the belief, deep in our hearts, that if we build our castles well enough, somehow the ocean won’t wash them away. I think this is a wonderful kind of person to be.

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Anne Lamott - author of Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life,  Grace (Eventually), Plan B, Traveling Mercies, and Operating Instructions, as well as seven novels, including Rosie and Crooked Little Heart.

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May 8, 2013
"So what? All writers are lunatics!"

Cornelia Funke

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April 29, 2013
"The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself."

— Albert Camus

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January 20, 2013
writing
Lynn Sanguedolce
http://lynnrenee.com/workszoom/589585

writing

Lynn Sanguedolce

http://lynnrenee.com/workszoom/589585

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September 25, 2012
Sheldon Allan “Shel” Silverstein (September 25, 1930 – May 8/9, 1999),was an American poet, singer-songwriter, musician, composer, cartoonist, screenwriter and author of children’s books. He styled himself as “Uncle Shelby” in his children’s books. Translated into more than 30 languages, his books have sold over 20 million copies.

If you are a dreamer, come in, If you are a dreamer, A wisher, a liar, A hope-er, a pray-er, A magic bean buyer…
Cpme on in…

Sheldon Allan “Shel” Silverstein (September 25, 1930 – May 8/9, 1999),was an American poet, singer-songwriter, musician, composer, cartoonist, screenwriter and author of children’s books. He styled himself as “Uncle Shelby” in his children’s books. Translated into more than 30 languages, his books have sold over 20 million copies.

If you are a dreamer, come in,
If you are a dreamer,
A wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er,
A magic bean buyer…

Cpme on in…

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June 24, 2012
Summer stuff. 
Tom Wolfe and Kurt Vonnegut guarding lives.

Summer stuff.

Tom Wolfe and Kurt Vonnegut guarding lives.

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June 8, 2012
Marcel Proust playing air guitar on a tennis racket circa 1892

Marcel Proust playing air guitar on a tennis racket circa 1892

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May 1, 2012
"Every writer I know has trouble writing."

Joseph Heller

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March 1, 2012
"Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them. There’s many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher."

— Flannery O’Connor

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