Frederic Beigbeder: French Literature’s Enfant Terrible

Those of you who do not know who Frederic Beigbeder is, he’s French writer, literary critic and a TV presenter. He created a bunch of awards, was awarded a bunch of awards, wrote some good stuff, wrote some bad stuff, and was once arrested for snorting cocaine off the hood of a car.

He’s become less and less of a rebel, and chose to distance himself from the kind of things that have once made him famous. Continue reading Frederic Beigbeder: French Literature’s Enfant Terrible

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Creepy Moments in Literature

The written word, for all its faults and flaws, is fully capable of giving a reader the shivers… it plays on our senses by combining the familiar and unfamiliar in uncanny moments that, in many instances, originated the horror genre. Here are some of the creepiest moments in literature. Continue reading Creepy Moments in Literature

Book Review: The Pearl by John Steinbeck

From Amazon.com:

Like his father and grandfather before him, Kino is a poor diver, gathering pearls from the gulf beds that once brought great wealth to the Kings of Spain and now provide Kino, Juana, and their infant son with meager subsistence. Then, on a day like any other, Kino emerges from the sea with a pearl as large as a sea gull’s egg, as “perfect as the moon.” With the pearl comes hope, the promise of comfort and of security….

A story of classic simplicity, based on a Mexican folk tale, The Pearl explores the secrets of man’s nature, the darkest depths of evil, and the luminous possibilities of love.

John Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. You’d expect some hefty volumes with his signature on them, but the truth is that his most memorable works are quite short. Continue reading Book Review: The Pearl by John Steinbeck

Book Review: The Order of the Day by Eric Vuillard

From Amazon.com:

Winner of the 2017 Prix Goncourt, this behind-the-scenes account of the manipulation, hubris, and greed that together led to Nazi Germany’s annexation of Austria brilliantly dismantles the myth of an effortless victory and offers a dire warning for our current political crisis. 

“The sun is a cold star.”

The words used to introduce us to a world we wish never even existed in literature, let alone in real life. Imagine a single day in history. One day. 24 hours. Now, imagine that God chose to abandon us for that day.

The players that Vuillard writes about are all well known: Siemens, Opel, Reuter, Krupp. The folks who run businesses such as Bayern, Agfa, Farben, Allianz, Varta. They are the titans of industry, the owners of mass-media, and they are all there, on the marbled steps of the Reichstag, in the presence of Hermann Göring. All of them waiting for Hitler. Continue reading Book Review: The Order of the Day by Eric Vuillard

TMM: Stories

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“The Universe is made of stories, not of atoms.” – Muriel Rukeyser

Stories. The words that make up our past, the words we tell those strangers we’d like to become more to us. Stories. The words we tell those strangers we’ll never get to meet.

Stories. The plane on which reality and imagination collide, a place of endless possibilities. Continue reading TMM: Stories

TMM: Write to Write

“Write to write. Write because you need to write. Write to settle the rage within you. Write with an internal purpose. Write about something or someone that means so much to you, that you don’t care what others think.”Nick Miller

There are a million different reasons to write something. The narcissistic belief that what you have to say is important to others, the selfless ideal of helping save this world through art and beauty…

Fame. Money. Love.

Heartbreak. Depression. Solitude.

All of them are important reasons.

But there’s something about writing just to write, writing to get the words out of your head… Continue reading TMM: Write to Write