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Here Are The Christmas Giveaway Winners

So 79 of you entered the contest on Friday, and now it’s time for me to pony up and pick the winners.

Congratulations to… Read more

The 101 Books 2014 Christmas Giveaway!

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

V.S. Naipaul And His Crappy Watch

In 2001, V.S. Naipaul won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

As is customary, Naipaul was asked to give a short, two-minute speech. And as far as stuffy Nobel Prize speeches go, I’d say it’s rather clever. Naipaul talks about his wrist watch breaking while he was traveling to Stockholm for the Nobel event. There’s a fancy metaphor in there, but you’ll have to watch to find out what it is.

I’ve never actually watched a Nobel Ceremony—not even a clip of it. And, well, to be honest—this seems like quite the pretentious event.

Can anyone explain to me why the woman introducing Naipaul looks to be wearing a sailor’s hat? Is she the new Love Boat Captain?

Enjoy the humor and pretentiousness. Read more

What’s Your Favorite Christmas Movie?

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

The 101 Books 2014 Christmas Gift Guide

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

Here’s How NOT To Buy A House

I’ve only read the prologue and first chapter of A House for Mr. Biswas, but I love the premise of the novel. It’s simplistic—almost Seinfeldesque in a sense.

Here’s a guy who just wants his own house.

From what I can tell, the prologue places you toward the end of the story, after Mr. Biswas finally found said house, before dropping you into the backstory at the beginning of the novel.

I love Naipaul’s description of this house. Read more

T.S. Eliot Explains The Problem With Modern Day Writing

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.


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