My sister and I explored some literary sites today-Jennings Hall at Bennington College, the likely inspiration for Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, Lincoln Square, the likely inspiration for S.J.’s The Lottery, which happened to be across from McCullough Library, which has nothing to do with Shirley Jackson but is awesome because it’s our maiden name. So glad to have my sissy to nerd out with!
Rob Latham double-reviews J.G. BALLARD and @ballardian's APPLIED BALLARDIANISM in the latest issue of SCIENCE FICTION STUDIES. Here's an excerpt: “Wilson’s study of J.G. Ballard is a model entry in Illinois UP's MODERN MASTERS OF SCIENCE FICTION series. A comprehensive and intelligent overview of the author’s work, it is critically engaged, well-informed in terms of existing scholarship, and written in a lively and accessible style ... This is probably the single most useful volume on Ballard for undergraduate and graduate students: the discussions are concise, organized, and often quite penetrating. Indeed, the chapter on Ballard’s autobiographical novels is perhaps the best collective discussion of these texts available." A stand-alone version of that chapter appears in Rick McGrath's DEEP ENDS: THE J.G. BALLARD ANTHOLOGY 2016.
Latest dispatches from the @naropau fam - excited to get my hands on the brand-new transcription of extensive conversation between my two spiritual dads Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs, “Don’t Hide the Madness,” edited by Steven Taylor (whose musical Summer Writing Program workshop I unfortunately never got to take, but glad he’s keeping on.) October makes me miss Naropa the most! 📚🍂 Oh and this new R. Crumb cover is stellar! #jackkerouacschool#naropa#beatgeneration#newengland
"Our elders say that the sun will shine on those who stand before it shines on those who kneel under them." #ThingsFallApart#ChinuaAchebe#rosendereads .
I am feeling the autumn spirit and all the spooks this lovely month ❤🎃.
Starting the 13th book of the rosendereads bookclub, really excited🙌
💕Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies💕...
This is the book we’ve all been waiting for. Here, a handful of heroines tell us what feminism means to them. Their thoughts/ views are expressed in a variety of ways and include advice, poetry, personal stories and interviews. My personal favourite chapter is Jameela Jamil’s ‘TELL HIM’, which she describes as ‘a call to arms for the women who have boys growing up in their houses’. Jameela tells us to tell young boys the whole story when it comes to women and oppression; be open about sex, porn and relationships; tell them not to hide their emotions; and tell them to be kind. We also hear from Keira Knightley, Zoe Sugg, Dolly Alderton, Emma Watson and Helen Fielding (as Bridget Jones, which is brilliant), amongst others. I’ll be giving this book to all my friends…
📚This Really Isn’t About You by Jean Hannah Edelstein📚
. “Arriving in New York for the first time at thirty-two felt like getting to a party and colliding at the entrance with a lot of people who got there before you: you’re trying to find space to hang your coat up while they’re trying to reclaim theirs, because they’re ready to go home.” ...
Jean Hannah Edelstein is a fantastic writer. I inhaled this book after putting it off for a while because I thought it was going to be heavy-going. It’s not. It’s raw and honest and a compelling view on deciding how to live your life once you are well aware that there’s an expiry date on it.
THIS REALLY ISN’T ABOUT YOU is a memoir about how, six weeks after Jean’s dad died of cancer, she found out she’d inherited the gene that would cause her cancer too. While the memoir is about her struggle with dealing with her mortality, it is also an account of life in her twenties, finding jobs and having relationships in both England and America. I’d definitely recommend a read. .
Do you have a mountain of books on your bedside table?
We’ve always got books on the go....health and wellness (In my hand is “Accessing the Healing Power of the Vagus Nerve) 🤓, cookbooks (even if I never actually follow a recipe - just love the inspiration), and fiction (sometimes literary junk food, sometimes more cerebral)....but one thing is for sure, I love my books!
Haven’t yet embraced e-books...still love the whole experience of holding a book....how about you? Electronic or paper?
🌛 Stasera vi do la buonanotte con questa riflessione che ho appena letto:
➡️ "Può darsi che ti stia chiedendo:'Ho un desiderio ardente?'
Un desiderio ardente 💥 che è diverso dalla semplice voglia di qualcosa, può sembrare un bisogno di fare qualcosa o realizzare qualcosa. Inizia come un'idea o presa di coscienza e cresce per diventare una forza trainante dietro alle tue azioni quotidiane. È guidato dai tuoi valori personali e permea i tuoi processi decisionali.
💞 Nei tuoi sogni, nelle tue aspettative che hai su te stessa e sulla vita, come pure nelle passioni, probabilmente troverai il tuo DESIDERIO ARDENTE‼️
🌟 Forse ricordi all'istante un obiettivo che hai avuto per un po' di tempo. Potrebbe essere un obiettivo personale, aziendale, finanziario, fisico o spirituale. Se devi ancora raggiungere l'obiettivo, chiediti perché. È possibile che questo obiettivo non sia stato sostenuto dal desiderio ardente che ti occorreva per raggiungerlo con successo?" (Napoleone Hill)
🌸I attended my first Lush book club last night and it was fab. I dragged my university BFF along with me and we were greeted with offers of fizzy drinks and vegan hot chocolate with glitter. The book club is usually hosted by literary journalist and scout Anna James, but this time it was Anna in the hot seat talking about her debut novel PAGES & CO. A booky adventure for middle-grade readers, Anna explained how she wrote the book based on her own childhood spent travelling to the amazing worlds within her favourite books. We were given free copies of the book, as well as a free lush product aptly paired to the novel. I came away with a package-less ‘naked body lotion’ called Once Upon a Time 😍 .
I never thought I’d be one to really enjoy business books but after a month of being in a new job (!!!) and reading five and a half of them, they’ve really started to grow on me. This has been one of my favorites, thus far, because my job involves a lot of writing that needs to grab the attention of a very diverse group of people and it illustrates how to do exactly that, plus so much more. The author is highly relatable and pretty dang funny making the book a pretty quick read in my opinion. I also highlighted, underlined, and sticky noted the shit out of it, which to me means that I really must’ve loved it because I don’t mark up just any ol‘ book. If you’re in the mood to better your writing a little I highly recommend you give this a read!
Opening page of Preparation for the Next Life (2015) by Atticus Lish.
Love this novel! Tight, intense, rhythmic prose; characters forced to margins of "civil society"; depictions of inner beauty and outer brutality, and vice versa. It's a truly literary book, in my opinion, as well as a compelling story.
Eternal- (Illustration credits - Nikhila Pushadapu(tagged)) Annoyed, I bang my fist on the wall,
Thoughts of anger clouding my mind.
How could she have said all that,
I thought she was one of a kind!
Ideally I should've sat and thought
But my mind couldn't comprehend.
Instead I went and fought
And that put things to an end.
Shattered, petrified, I sank;
Asked her if she cared about me.
The look on her face was blank
But my eyes could very well see.
She cared a lot but I misunderstood,
Losing her was my biggest fear
She was a peaceful soul under the hood
And she sat upset right here.
I would have travelled a thousand seas
Just to see her smile.
This moment I had to seize
But I failed to travel even a mile.
The noxious cologne of fear choked me,
I was breathing out silent cries.
It was you and I where it used to be,
I could see the pain in her eyes.
All my thoughts, I put aside,
Held her broken pieces and embraced.
She was mine and she couldn't hide
And our eternal love was saved.
#UNMUTE - The Untold Stories