<——– J.K. Rowling tweeted that little bit of news yesterday.
I know, like, Harry Potter doesn’t actually exist and all, but chew on that little bit of news.
His oldest son, James Potter, would be starting at Hogwarts yesterday.
I’m at the point in my life where I deal with these revelations of time everyday. A few months ago, I realized that this year’s high school graduation class wasn’t even alive when I graduated high school. That’s old.
And, now, Harry Potter’s son is off to Hogwarts?
What’s next–Han Solo as an old man? Don’t answer that.
Over the years, I’ve posted many excerpts from The Paris Review’s interviews with famous authors.
I love these interviews because they not only focus on authors and their novels, but they also dig into the writing process itself. And I’ve always enjoyed reading how world-class novelists go about their jobs. It’s fascinating.
Let’s take a look at Salman Rushdie’s writing process: Read more
That’s a long time.
I guess, when you’re 39 like me, it’s not really that long of a time. But, still, it’s about 12% of my lifetime.
It’s also the amount of time this blog has existed. Sunday is the actual 5 year anniversary of 101 Books, but I don’t post on Sundays so…
The blog started on August 30, 2010 while I was sitting in a beach house overlooking the Atlantic on a Labor Day vacation. I popped open my laptop, went to wordpress.com, and cranked out my first post. This one. Read more
Seinfeld was a fabulous show.
One of the many reasons to love the show is its inclusion of relatively obscure literary references. You might remember I did a post awhile back about the episode in which George discover’s that his fiance, Susan, is the recipient of John Cheever’s famous love letters. Who saw that coming? Read more
I want to take you into the early pages of Midnight’s Children today. It’s a novel that I’ve found intriguing to this point–filled with a nice balance of satirical humor and unique character development.
To give you an idea of Salman Rushdie’s style, I present this paragraph, the first paragraph of one of the early chapters in the novel: Read more
Don’t look now, but fall is right around the corner.
Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. You see, I believe summer is only good for two things: sweat and weeds. If it were up to me, summer would only last one week–long enough for my family to go on a beach vacation. After that, let’s get on with fall.
For me, fall is football, pumpkin patches, crisp mornings, and grilling out with a cold beer. It’s the absolute perfect time of year. And, oh yeah, in my opinion fall is the best time of year for reading.
So with that said, here are 17 amazing things about reading in the fall. Read more
Daniel Britton is a graphic designer who has battled dyslexia all of his life.
To raise awareness for others who suffer with the learning disability (one in five people), Britton created a font that emulates what it’s like to be dyslexic.
“What this typeface does is break down the reading time of a non-dyslexic down to the speed of a dyslexic. I wanted to make non-dyslexic people understand what it is like to read with the condition and to recreate the frustration and embarrassment of reading everyday text.”
Here’s another example: Read more