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1.) …surprised me
2.) …was much heavier (in theme and tone) than I expected
3.) …rang true anyway
4.) …was, despite the fact that the film version has not yet been released, already taken over by the film’s casting in my head. First time for everything!
5.) …raised questions about literary validity of a happy vs. unhappy endings
6.) …turned into another ‘Odyssey Years’ read (see also: This Side of Paradise)
7.) …inspired me to read more David Nicholls and get curious about his next book
8.) …made me wait for ages and ages to get it from the library (it’s a hot ticket at Senate House Library!)
9.) …had me seriously pondering a swim in the ladies bathing pond at Hampstead Heath
10.) …made me cry
As a result of combined life, the universe, and everything stuff for both me and Kate, LT will be going on a sort of hiatus until the autumn. The Classics Challenge will continue unabated, but expect a lot of ’10 Things’ reviews rather than proper write-ups, probably a lot less musings, and possibly a lot more about female travel narratives of the 19th century than you ever wanted to know.
In a belated repost from the Housmans blog, I’m tickled to report a recent trend in student protest in Europe: using books as protection against the police! It turns out that shield-sized book mock-ups are great protection against police batons when used by groups of students to form something akin to the Roman legion “turtle”. Apparently it is called “Book Bloc” and it’s pretty awesome (see above).
So the question naturally arises, as Housmans asks, what book would you use to protect yourself? Personally, I’m a fan of the guys using things like 1984 and Brave New World, although I might lean towards something more swash-buckling in my bookish student protest: “I will fight you off with the strength of The Three Musketeers!” quoth the protestor. A girl can dream.
It’s that magical time of year again! Yes, at this very general time at the end of April, possibly on this very day, Shakespeare may well have been born. You have to love the speculative nature of this particular literary anniversary.
In honor of the occasion, I give you a few fun tidbity videos:
First up we have the inimitable Fry and Laurie learning how best to perform Shakespeare in their “Shakespeare: Master Class: An Actor Prepares.”
Here’s a fun little game to get you over any middle-of-the-week blues!
Below I’ve provided a picture of five authors along with five quotes about the writing process from each of them. The game is to guess the authors and match the quotes to the correct author. (At the bottom is a list of possible authors so it isn’t completely impossible!) (more…)
Last year, we made up a list of all the Academy Award nominees with a basis in literature (any remote basis, really). I had fun putting the post together and was surprised (although I’m not sure if pleasantly or not) at how many nominees had their roots in books.
Here at Literary Transgressions, we take active pride and amusement in the searches that lead people to our humble shores. This week, I’d like to present some of the very finest accompanied by what I hope are some helpful answers. If you have a question that I haven’t answered or a personal search term I’ve (unintentionally, I promise!) ignored, definitely comment below!
Cheerio, loyal readers! In an effort to improve your reading experience here at Literary Transgressions, please take a moment to tell us what you want to see more of! I’m heading into the class-less days of my graduate school existence, so I’ll (hopefully!) be doing more reading and maybe more posting. Thus, I’m very interested to know what you want to see here at LT! And polls are just fun for everyone.
It’s multiple choice and you can comment or write in anything I failed to mention that you want to see. Thanks for taking the time!