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David Foster Wallace Fan…Or No?

A new film about David Foster Wallace was released on Friday. The End of the Tour stars Jason Segel as DFW and Jesse Eisenberg as David Lipsky.

We’ve talked about the film here on 101 Books before, just briefly. It covers the time in which Lipsky, a writer for the Rolling Stone, followed Wallace on a book tour right as Infinite Jest was blowing up and Wallace was becoming famous.

I’ve yet to see the film, and today’s Monday question isn’t really about the film. It’s more about DFW.  Read more

11 Of The Best Quotes In Literature

A great sentence is as refreshing as a cool cup of water.

See what I did there? That was a bad sentence riddled with a horrible cliche. That was the opposite of a good sentence. In fact, I’m probably terrible at writing good sentences–that’s why I love reading other people’s good sentences.

Today, join me as we bask in the brilliance of some of the greatest quotes from literature. I wish I could write like this.

Enjoy. Read more

This 12-Year-Old Boy Needs Books. Let’s Send Him Some.

Here’s your heartwarming story for the day.

Last week, a mailman in Utah was delivering mail to the home of a 12-year-old boy, Mathew Flores. The kid was reading junk mail and asked the mailman if he had any extra.

When the mailman, Ron Lynch, asked Flores why he was reading junk mail, the boy told him that he didn’t have any books. For fun, he reads newspapers and mail.

Flores’ family doesn’t have a car, and he can’t afford the bus pass to go to the library. So, no books.

“He didn’t want electronics. He didn’t want to sit in front of the TV playing games all day. This kid just wanted to read,” Lynch said.

So, like any good trustworthy mailman, Lynch did something about it.

He posted a photo of the boy on Facebook, with a description of the situation. The post went viral on social media and found its way to Reddit.  Read more

A Little Reminder That Harper Lee Was An Incredible Writer

SPOILERS BELOW!

If you ever doubted that Harper Lee could write, if you ever bit on the rumor that, perhaps, Truman Capote had secretly written To Kill A Mockingbird (explaining why Lee never wrote again), then Go Set A Watchman should erase those doubts.

As we’ve talked about before, Lee wrote Watchman years before Mockingbird. It was Lee’s editor who helped turn the Watchman novel into the classic that eventually became To Kill A Mockingbird. So, when you read Go Set A Watchman, you’re actually reading Mockingbird‘s first draft. Fascinating, isn’t it?

Lee’s editor, Tay Hohoff, saw something in Lee. She realized the type of writing Harper Lee was capable of, and she helped draw that out of her.

If you’re familiar with Watchman‘s story, then you know it’s rather controversial. Atticus Finch has become a racist old man. Scout, who has recently returned to Maycomb from New York City, is shocked to find Atticus and her boyfriend, Hank Clinton, at an organized “we hate black people” meeting at the courthouse.

Jean Louise (Scout) is stunned.  Read more

My Thoughts On The First 100 Pages Of Go Set A Watchman

SPOILERS BELOW.

Here are just a few of my thoughts about what I’ve read so far. Read more

Rest In Peace, E.L. Doctorow

I rarely break my blogging schedule, but today’s an exception.

Last night, E.L. Doctorow died at the age of 84. According to his son, he passed away because of complications from lung cancer.

As I’ve read through the 101 Books, I’ve noticed how rare it is to actually have a living author on the list. Doctorow, who most famously wrote Ragtime and Billy Bathgate, was one of the few. Since I created the blog almost five years ago, I only recall one other author on the list passing away–that’s Doris Lessing, who wrote The Golden NotebookRead more

The Editor Behind To Kill A Mockingbird

The recent release of Go Set A Watchman is an interesting case study in the development of a classic novel.

With the novel’s publication last week, the New York Times published an interesting behind-the-scenes look at the process that transformed Go Set A Watchman into To Kill A Mockingbird several years later. Read more

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