She was an extraordinary woman who didn't fit into her time, who loved to strongly, had deep opinions and wrote many great novels. Middlemarch is epic, full of complex characters and a weaving storyline. The Mill on the Floss is a portrait of a woman too passionate for her surroundings, much like Eliot herself.
Every sentence she wrote was incredibly clever, witty and wise. I recommend Persuasion as the best of her novels. Harold Bloom called it the perfect novel. For me, it is what is in the back of my mind when I am writing, as the perfect build up of anticipation and then completion in a plot. I've read it at least 6 times and each time it is just as satisfying, except that I am always sad to finish.
I'm fascinated by the creative process, and the routines and spaces that creative people use to tap into their inspiration and do great work. This is a book of photographs of writer's spaces with notes from the writers on how they create and why their spaces and routines work for them. Personally I am bed writer!
I read it based on a comparison to one of my favorites, Emily of New Moon. Written as a journal, a young girl tells her story of growing up and living in a castle. She yearns to write and to encourage her father, a once famous writer who hasn't written in 12 years, leading to the family's poverty.Through various misadventures she grows up, learns about love, and decides to pursue being a writer.
After several months of reading nothing inspiring, this book was the first in a long time to really engage me. This book makes you think about many of the issues of humanity and being human through its metaphors and storyline. There is one scene in particular which is very intense and emotional and made me cry for the first time in a while.
A creative quirky manual on how to look at the world with more curiosity and wonder, and how to transform that into creative projects and in to the way you live.
“Artists and scientists analyze the world in surprisingly similar ways.”
— Keri Smith, author, illustrator, guerilla artist, How To Be An Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum, PERIGEE, 2008
How should a person be?
An enjoyable fictional or otherwise exploration of how a writer/artist/woman/person should be. There are many great insights - parts I wanted to copy down to remind myself in my own quest to find out how to live life artfully.
Beautiful new track by Sharon Van Etten, love her song-writing and voice.
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For those who seek identity in song lyrics, Van Etten's confounding self-therapy can be a strange sort of salvation, as she grapples with having the confidence and self-respect to change."