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The Day Jobs That Inspired Famous Authors

I’ve written on this topic before, but I think this infographic does an even better job of summarizing the whole thing up.

I think the writing profession, particularly novelists, is overly romanticized. We imagine these men and women sipping bourbon on the porch of a mountain cabin while crafting their next famous novel. They don’t do anything other than write. That’s their job. That’s what they do.

But the reality is that a lot of authors, even the most famous ones from the past, were working nine-to-fives during the day to pay the bills, while working on their novels at night. On the other hand, day jobs also provided these authors with experiences that would inspire their novels.

This infographic from AdZuna does a nice job of showing how (and if) some famous authors were inspired by their day-to-day work. 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

When Your Favorite Author Turns Out To Be A Jerk

Don’t you just hate that?

If you want, you can replace “author” with “celebrity” or “athlete” or “actor.” It’s all so disappointing when that person appears one way in public, then turns out to be a complete you-know-what when you have an opportunity to interact with them personally, or even on social media.

I won’t name names, because that’s not what this is about. But I’ve had an experience with particular nonfiction author in the past year that changed my view of him and his writing. It’s sad.

It’s sad when you’ve read several books from one writer—and you mistakenly perceive him to be one way—but in a few interactions with him, he turns out to be a total butt munch.

This is particularly true for nonfiction authors. Let’s be honest—the bar is really low for novelists, right? I mean, it takes a little crazy to write good fiction, doesn’t it?  Just read a few bios about famous authors. A lot of them are a bit crazy and neurotic and would have no problem cussing you out–that just comes with the territory.  Read more

10 Great Authors Worth Following On Twitter

I love Twitter.

Twitter is seriously my one-stop shop for news, book reviews, entertainment, and sports. (Follow me @robertbruce76).

It’s so much more useful and practical than Facebook and even going straight to a news source.

I follow quite a few authors and book publishers on Twitter. And I’m not sure how many of you are on Twitter, but for those interested, I thought I’d share some of the more notable authors I follow. You might want to follow them yourself.

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A Map Of Literary America

Live in the U.S. and wonder what type of fiction your region of the country prefers?

Wait no more. Geoff Sawers has taken care of that for you.

This comes from More Intelligent Life via The Literary Gift Company.

It’s a map of the United States broken down by author–both according to where the author was born and the influence they have over a certain region.

And would you look at that? Harper Lee has quite an influence over the part of the country I live in. Maybe that explains why To Kill A Mockingbird is ranked second in my meaningless and totally subjective rankings?

The map features 226 authors, and you can actually order it over at The Literary Gift Company. And, by the way, this is a totally unsponsored post. I just thought it’s a cool idea so I wanted to give this map a little plug.

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#5 In 2012

From Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day, I’ll be recapping the top 5 posts from 2012 on 101 Books. 101 Books will return live on January 2nd, 2013!

Today’s post, “If Famous Authors Were Football Players,” was originally posted on September 7.

#5 In 2012: If Famous Authors Were Football Players

A famous philosopher once said, “Football is an awesome sport.” And I agree.

In the last few days, football (the American version) has kicked off here in the States. To me, it’s like the Christmas season in September. College games kicked off last Saturday, and the NFL starts in full force on Sunday.

You might remember how, last year, I posted about the art of reading while watching football. It’s a talent few have. Today, I’d like to combine my love of reading and football into one of the weirdest posts in the history of this blog.

Have you ever wondered what if famous authors were football players? Of course you have. Well, wonder no more. Instead, imagine with me, if you will, a world in which talented writers charge on to the gridiron.

What position would they play?

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Famous Authors Reading Famous Books

Ernest Hemingway once said, “There is no friend as loyal as a book.”

True that. I think that’s especially true for writers. We’re all loners anyway, right? So we got to have books as friends.

I say that jokingly, mostly. Now, I’m assuming these photos of famous authors reading famous books weren’t staged. Even if they were, these are incredibly intriguing photos from a pretty cool Tumblr called Awesome People Reading.

Take a look:

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