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Joan Didion Talks About Female Writers


I’ve said this many times, but I love The Paris Review “Art of Fiction” interviews. They really are a fascinating look at famous authors.

The interviewer always manages to get these writers to open up about their craft, and even their personal life to some extent.

Joan Didion’s feature on The Paris Review was no exception. She talked about a variety of subjects, including female writers.  Read more

Next Up: Play It As It Lays

Today we start my 85th novel from the Time list. 85!

Only 16 more of these books to go, and we’ll kick off the final 16 with Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion.

First observation: Wouldn’t the correct grammar here be “Play It As It Lies?” You lay something down, while that same something lies down. Well, maybe I’ll figure out why Didion name the novel as such as I read.

So here are a few quick facts about Play It As It Lays and the author, Joan Didion: Read more

How Hot Are These Famous Authors?

Hopefully, by now, you know that 101 Books isn’t necessarily a blog of high literary criticism. If you don’t, I’m telling you now: We ain’t high-fallutin’ book people ‘round here.

That’s where today’s post comes in. Blinq is a controversial dating app that has a feature wherein you can upload a photo, the app does some kind of magic, then it tells you whether you’re “hot or not” on a scale of “Hmmm…” to “Godlike,” as well as an estimated guess on age. It was in the news a couple of weeks ago.

But we already know you’re probably all hot, so that’s boring. Let’s make this interesting. Let’s upload some photos of famous authors and see what happens.

Here we go: Read more

The Next 5 Novels Will Be…

It’s that time again. It’s time to tell you guys what’s coming down the pike here at 101 Books.

Yes, the reading has been slower lately. No, I’m not sure if the pace will increase or not. Maybe it will. We’ll see.

Nevertheless, I will finish all of these novels and, to do that, I’ve got to get through these next 5. So here are the next books I’ll be reading—most of which you probably haven’t heard of. Yes, we’re to the more obscure part of the list. Read more

Book #84: On The Road

I used to love On The Road. Loved it.

When I first read the novel in my early-to-mid 20s, it became a new personal favorite, along with Into the Wild.

This novel is made to be read in your 20s, when you’re single and untethered. Whether you act on it and follow Kerouac’s footsteps or simply dream about getting out on the road is up to you. But my guess is, at that stage of life, you’ll get the itch.

But as I revisit On The Road 15 years later, now with a full-time job, married, the proud father of two boys, I look at this novel and I think WTF? Why would anyone do this?

It’s not the traveling part that gets me. It’s the chaos. The drugs, casual sex, the driving all the way across the country just to “hang out with the boys.” Read more

8 Grammar Jokes To Start Your Day Off Right

It’s a special breed of person who enjoys a good grammar joke.

And I believe many of you, like me, are fond of them.

So if you keep a copy of Strunk and White on your desk, today’s post is for you.

Here’s 8 pretty darn good grammar jokes.  Read more

Merry Christmas, Y’all

101 Books is out of pocket until the first week of January.

Until then…

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


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