Guys, it’s been crazy lately, and for the first time in almost 5 years, I’ve had a hard time keeping up with the blog. That explains the two unannounced off days this week (if you even noticed).
With the holidays here, I’ll be taking next Tuesday through Friday off, then posting some “Best of 2014” posts during the following week.
But before I go on hiatus, I want to have a little Christmas contest and give away a couple of books. It’s just a little thank you for reading 101 Books this year.
You’ve been a part of what has been, by far, the busiest year in 101 Books history. I’d love to give all of you a book, but I ain’t got the budget for that.
So, instead, I’m giving away 2 books from the first 76 I’ve read from the Time list. The winners get to pick which one they want.
To enter, all you have to do is answer this question in the comments: Read more
With today’s Monday Question, let’s take the focus off books and talk about movies.
So what’s your favorite Christmas movie?
So many to choose from, right?
You’ve got Elf, A Christmas Story, Miracle on 54th Street, White Christmas, It’s A Wonderful Life, Christmas Vacation, and hundreds of others. Read more
Last year’s 101 Books Christmas Gift Guide was a moderate success so let’s give it another go.
I try to get a little creative with these. Everybody knows about gift cards, bookmarks, and such, but what are some of the more unusual items you maybe haven’t thought about for the book lover in your life?
How about… Read more
Keep in mind, he said this in 1921.
That comes from Eliot’s The Perfect Critic. Photo and credit to K Street Hipster on Twitter.
I’ve read that quote several times. And, the more I read it, the more I realize how it’s about much more than just writing. It’s about debate and how we gain knowledge.
That last sentence really struck a chord with me: “And when we do not know, or when we do not know enough, we tend always to substitute emotions for thoughts.”
How insightful is that? Think of online debates about Michael Brown or Eric Garner. Think of any debate or argument, really, online or not. How often do we let emotion get in the way of rational thought?
Great stuff from T.S. Eliot more than 90 years ago.
You guys voted for the next novel last week, and A House for Mr. Biswas it is.
This novel is V.S. Naipaul’s only appearance on the Time list. Time describes the novel as such:
A House for Mr. Biswas is the life story of a man who wanted only a home, but who was a magnet for misfortune, oppression and humiliation, “a wanderer with no place he could call his own, with no family except that which he was to attempt to create out of the engulfing world of the Tulsis.” Mohun’s survival is a triumph of resilience and persistence and humor, an epic of dignity and self-respect doggedly clung to.
A few other facts about A House for Mr. Biswas and V.S. Naipaul: Read more