Wednesday, July 22, 2009

This Week in Reading July 19 - 25

Authors Born This Week

Nobel Prize in Literature
Poet Erick Axel Karlfeldt (1931), Novelist Elias Canetti (1981)

Novelists and story writers
Alexandre Dumas pere, E. F. Benson, Jun’ichiro Tanizaki, A.J. Cronin, Ernest Hemingway, Herbert Selby, Jr., Thomas Berger, Cormac McCarthy, John Gardner, Tom Robbins, Banana Yoshimoto

Poets and Playwrights
Poets: Petrarch, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Robert Graves, Stephen Vincent Benet, Hart Crane Playwrights: William Gillette, Frank Wedekind, John Leguizamo

Thinkers, Believers, Scientists, Historians, Biographers
Thinkers: Herbert Marcuse, Eric Hoffer, Marshall McLuhan Believers: Oswald Chambers Scientists: Karl Menninger Historians: Richard B. Morris, Nicholas Bethell

Humorists, Essayists, Editors, Journalists, Officials, Media and Others
Journalists: Amy Vanderbilt, Nicholas Gage, Serge Trifkovic, Thomas L. Friedman, Don Van Natta Officials: Bella Abzug, George McGovern Media and other: Zelda Fitzgerald, Orson Bean, Diana Rigg

Mystery / Crime / Suspense Writers
Crime: Raymond Chandler, Michael Connelly Suspense: John D. MacDonald

Fantasy / Science Fiction Writers
Lord Dunsany Science Fiction: C. M. Kornbluth, Gardner Dozois

Visual Artists
Illustrators: Maxfield Parrish Cartoonists: Pat Oliphant, Gerry Trudeau, Colleen Doran

Young People’s Writers
Maria Gripe Teens: S. E. Hinton

Events to read about this week:
A week of civil and criminal disobedience finds women acting up finally at Seneca Falls while a century later a woman flies around the world and another runs for Vice President, Henry David Thoreau refuses to support a war against another country and yet war within this country starts fifteen years later, the Riot Act is passed to prevent disturbances and two centuries later John Dillinger is shot down to end his criminal career and an Italian dictator falls. Gregor Mendel gives birth to the study of genetics and a century later babies are born out of test tubes; some people with genetic talent reach heights of fame in art, acting, and sport.

Biographer Frank McCourt, 78, Angela's Ashes.

This Week’s Questions:
It’s a big week for hardboiled writers but you can't always tell it by what they say or write. Which quotes are from mystery writers born this week and which are from others:

"It’s hard enough writing books without having to explain them."

"In the long run, however little you talk or even think about it, the most durable thing in writing is style ..."

"Clear prose indicates the absence of thought."

"In everything that be called art, there is a quality of redemption. There may be pure tragedy, if it is high tragedy, and it may be pity and irony, and it may be the raucous laughter of the strong man. But down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid."

"I get this crazy feeling. Every once in a while I get it. I get the feeling that this is the last time in history when the offbeats like me will have a chance to live free in the nooks and crannies of the huge and rigid structure of an increasingly codified society. Fifty years from now I would be hunted down in the street. They would drill little holes in my skull and make me sensible and reliable and adjusted."

"She walked into my office on legs as long as one of those long-legged birds that you see in Florida - the pink ones, not the white ones - except that she was standing on both of them, not just one of them, like those birds, the pink ones, and she wasn't wearing pink, but I knew right away that she was trouble, which those birds usually aren't. "

Answer to Last Week’s Questions:
In addition to last week’s literary lights there are some library lights:

Barge Type Books – Not only is the print bigger but the story jumps out at you

Litterature – throwaway books and the ideas contained therein.

EEEE! Books – Electronic horror stories

Screwy Decimal System – What’s left if you put books back on the shelves yourself instead of leaving them aside for the library to arrange for the next persons looking for them.

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