Posts tagged ‘literature’

POEMS & FLEETING THOUGHTS: MAINTAINING LIFE’S WORTH

CREATIVE IMMORTALITY

 

Those who create,

Who pour their souls

Into life

Should not age,

But continue

To create

As their strength

Provides power.

October 17, 2016 at 10:13 pm 1 comment

REFDESK.COM, AN AWESOME WEBSITE FOR WRITERS AND NEWS JUNKIES

,’Refdesk,com is a website I check on a daily basis.  It overflows with connection to other sites of varying interests and links to newspapers to name of few of the rewards it offers.

Here’s the link.

http://www.refdesk.com/

As a science fiction writer and also a reading addict, I thought I’d share three sites I always check.

The first is ‘Today In Literature’ which serves to provide a wealth of literary background.

http://www.todayinliterature.com/

The same can be said for ‘Writer’s Almanac’ hosted by Garrison Keillor.

http://writersalmanac.publicradio.org/

Finally, there’s ‘Science Daily’ chock-full of articles on up-to-the-minute scientific findings.  I use this site as a source of ideas for stories. If the lead story in Top Science News generate a story idea for someone I’ll eat all my Arthur C. Clarke novels.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/

August 10, 2014 at 7:39 pm 2 comments

A NEW APPRECIATION OF AN OLD STORY

For the last few months I’ve been doing a lot of reading and I’d like to share with you a book that I recently finished that I found to be a fantastic read.
I’ve been haunting the local Goodwill Store lately, picking up books and stumbled across a paperback written by Nikos Kazantzakis and first published in 1952. The title of the book was well-known to me but I had no idea of what the story involved. I should add that he is also the author of The Last Temptation of Christ. The title of the book I wish to discuss is his novel, Zorba the Greek.
Who has not heard of this book, yet again how many continue to read this work? If I hadn’t stumbled upon it I too would have remained ignorant of this fantastic story.
The story takes place in Crete. The two main characters are the narrator, whom I think is never named. He is bookish young man who comes to Crete with money, hoping to make more. He hires Zorba and together they start mining for coal.
The thrust of the book is the frequent talks about what life is about and the existence of God between a young man wrapped in words and not life and 65 year old Zorba who has experienced life to its fullest and is not ready to stop his search for love and his lust for life.
This is not meant to be a review but only to let you know that this is a most satisfying read and worth the trouble to seek out this book.
Michael Dirda, a book critic for the Washington Post, loves used book stores. He said in one of his books that you should try reading something written fifty years ago indicating that there are long forgotten treasures out there. I found one.

June 13, 2013 at 9:54 pm Leave a comment

WALT’S OPINIONS

WALT’S OPINION

ON

MICHAEL DIRDA

If you love to read as much as I do, and have missed books that ‘you should have read’ there is still hope. By any means possible, purchase the book, Bound to Please, by a phenomenal author and critic, Michael Dirda.

Dirda reviews books for the Washington Post, and every review not only profiles the book, but borrows from his extensive readings. When it comes to literature, he is more like a machine remembering apparently everything he has read. Just as an aside, his other books are most enjoyable giving a glimpse of the life of a true reader.

Bound to Please begins with is a review of books written about great books, beginning with Herodotus: The Histories, on to Writers of the Times. I cannot begin to mention all the information contained in this work. The book also delves into science fiction and horror, my favorite genres.

The book, at first, can appear to be an intimidating read, but if you enjoy literature and want it fill in the holes in your reading, once started, you will be unable to put it aside. At first, I intended to read a page or two but found myself devouring the work, taking notes and marking pages.

If you want to read a comprehensive survey of world literature, please treat yourself to this book. It is a work you will keep for the rest of your life and reference often.

March 14, 2012 at 7:30 pm Leave a comment


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