Happy Sunday! I hope everyone’s taxes are paid and the little grey cells are well rested.
It has been a busy week and the next promises more of the same. Still, I do not wish to abandon my quixotic quest for cultural literacy entirely.
Today I offer something literary and fun. No need for math here!
Below you will find 17 well-known authors, all with prodigious bibliographies. You will also find the titles of 17 works, less well-known to some, yet each corresponding to an author. Simply match one from column A with one from column B. (Give yourselves bonus points if you can match the author to their picture above.)
- Alice Walker
- Anne Rice
- C. S. Lewis
- Charles Dickens
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Henry James
- Herman Melville
- Jane Austen
- Joseph Conrad
- Leo Tolstoy
- Mark Twain
- Nathaniel Hawthorne
- Oscar Wilde
- Rudyard Kipling
- Virginia Woolf
- Willa Cather
- William Faulkner
a) A Fable
b) Babylon Revisited
c) Captains Courageous
d) Cry to Heaven
e) Dombey and Son
f) Jacob’s Room
g) Mardi: And a Voyage Thither
h) The Mysterious Stranger
i) Northanger Abbey
k) Out of the Silent Planet
m) The Celestial Railroad
n) The Reluctant Giant
o) The Song of the Lark
p) The Temple of My Familiar
q) Washington Square
Answers will be posted on Wednesday.
Chanukah, Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa – the next few weeks are rife with reasons to celebrate and exchange gifts. When better to spread a little draconic cheer – and wisdom. But what to give the dracophile who has most everything?
For the Dragon lover on your holiday list – modesty be damned – I recommend:
Here be Dragons.
…Not the slavering, whimsical monsters from childhood fancies, but real Dragons – fierce, complex, wondrous, and wild. They do not require our belief; they never have.
With hard science and myth, empirical wisdom and original line drawings, The Dragon Keeper’s Handbook is the draconic enchiridion for the modern world, providing everything you need to know about these extraordinary beings. From disparate theories of Dragon evolution and the golden geometry of their form to modern conservation efforts and how to release a well-weaned orphan back into the wild, this book answers all your questions, even those you didn’t know to ask. From awe-inspiring Cosmic Creators to wee pisuhänds guarding hearth and home, discover the habits and habitats of Dragons and pseudo-dragons both familiar and rare.
The Dragon Keeper’s Handbook shows us how human and Dragon lives are bound together and why Dragons are now – and ever will be – relevant: In their wildness lie lessons for us all.
Here Dragonfire sears the grass and the wind dances with Dragon-song. Here you’ll find true Dragons, real flesh-and-blood creatures that are as fiercely alive and majestic as they were thousands of years ago.
- Learn about the three true species: Eastern, Western, and Feathered
- Explore how Dragons evolved and the various types of pseudo-dragons
- Study the science of Dragons: size, diet, temperament, habitat, and more
- Discover how Dragons impact religion, art, literature, and occult studies
- Find out how to safely interact with Dragons
This essential, comprehensive introduction to Dragons is filled with what everyone must know about these extraordinary creatures. Whether a casual dracophile or a dedicated Dragon keeper, come explore what Dragons have to teach us about the world and ourselves. Discover how, with care and devotion, you can help save them from extinction.
In Remembrance of a Writer Past…
Words. Words. I play with words, hoping that some combination, even a chance combination, will say what I want.
There come times when events beyond our control interfere with life and cause us to change plans. It is such a time here at the Editor’s Corner, where the stuff of life must take precedence over the stuff of blogs.
Rather than leave the space empty, though, I give you the words of one far wiser than I, an extraordinary author who died this past weekend: Doris Lessing.
Doris Lessing said once, “I’m just a story teller.” ‘Just’ implies a meager endeavor, and yet what higher calling is there? We should all aspire to be ‘just story tellers’ like she. She’s a difficult writer and, by many accounts, was a sometime-difficult woman, but her prose is clear and provocative, and her advice on reading, writing, and living are nuggets as golden as her Notebook.
“A public library is the most democratic thing in the world. What can be found there has undone dictators and tyrants: demagogues can persecute writers and tell them what to write as much as they like, but they cannot vanish what has been written in the past, though they try often enough…People who love literature have at least part of their minds immune from indoctrination. If you read, you can learn to think for yourself.”
“There is only one way to read, which is to browse in libraries and bookshops, picking up books that attract you, reading only those, dropping them when they bore you, skipping the parts that drag-and never, never reading anything because you feel you ought, or because it is part of a trend or a movement. Remember that the book which bores you when you are twenty or thirty will open doors for you when you are forty or fifty-and vise versa. Don’t read a book out of its right time for you.”
“A writer falls in love with an idea and gets carried away.”
“You should write, first of all, to please yourself. You shouldn’t care a damn about anybody else at all. But writing can’t be a way of life – the important part of writing is living. You have to live in such a way that your writing emerges from it.”
“A story is how we construct our experiences.”
“You can only learn to be a better writer by actually writing. I don’t know much about creative writing programs. But they’re not telling the truth if they don’t teach, one, that writing is hard work and, two, that you have to give up a great deal of life, your personal life, to be a writer.”
“In the writing process, the more the story cooks, the better. The brain works for you even when you are at rest. I find dreams particularly useful. I myself think a great deal before I go to sleep and the details sometimes unfold in the dream.”
“That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life, but in a new way.”
“What’s terrible is to pretend that second-rate is first-rate. To pretend that you don’t need love when you do; or you like your work when you know quite well you’re capable of better.”