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Meet One Of The Saddest Couples In Literature

I’ve got to admit that I really like Appointment in Samarra.

Knowing very little about the novel before I started, I’ve been pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoy O’Hara’s writing style, as well as the story.

If you enjoy a novel based on what’s essentially small-town gossip among a bunch of country clubbers, then you’ll probably appreciate Appointment in Samarra.

Here’s how O’Hara describes how his main character, Julian English, met his wife. Read more

Previewing The Next 5 Novels

Last week I posted the list of books that I still have to read from the Time list—27 in all.

As I’m getting close to wrapping up Appointment in Samarra (it’s going by so quickly!), I thought I’d share with you guys the next five novels I’ve selected to read.

So here they are, in no particular order: Read more

Literary Fun With Google Translate, Part 1

I titled this post with a “part one”—which implies there will be a “part two”—but I honestly don’t know. I guess we’ll see how this goes over.

Here’s the deal. This is an idea I completely stole from Garnet and Black, a blog devoted to the University of South Carolina football. They take coach Steve Spurrier’s press conference quotes, then throw them through a Google Translate ringer, basically translating his quotes through five or six different languages, then back translating to English. The results are pretty funny.

So I thought we’d try the same with famous literary passages. Why not? Read more

On September 11 And The “Why” Behind Tragedy

Today is September 11.

If you don’t live in America, today might not be that big a deal to you. It’s just another Thursday.

But, for us, today marks the 13th anniversary of one of the saddest moments in our country’s history. That being the terrorist attacks on the twin towers in New York City.

Everybody here has their “where were you when it happened?” story. Mine was simply this: Read more

Some Thoughts On The 27 Remaining Novels

Let’s take a look at the 27 books I have left to read from the Time list, shall we?

Here’s what’s left: Read more

Here’s A Guy Who Wrote His Own Epitaph

It’s said that John O’Hara wrote the epitaph that appears on his tombstone.

You catch that? He wrote his own epitaph.

“Better than anyone else, he told the truth about his time, the first half of the twentieth century. He was a professional.”

“Better than anyone else.” Who says that about themselves—on our their own tombstone, no less?

John O’Hara…that’s who. Read more

Thomas Pynchon WILL NOT Make Fun of Homer Simpson

As I mentioned while reading Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49 (Gravity’s Rainbow is still waiting), Pynchon has appeared in a couple of episodes of The Simpsons. He’s a fan of the show, and producer Matt Selman is a fan of him, so it’s a perfect fit.

Selman tweeted a photo of Pynchon’s edits to a script from one of the episodes he appeared in. He took issue with his cartoon representation making fun of Homer’s weight: Read more

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