My Favorite Lit-Blog Things: October 6, 2011

The Book Riot (brought to you by The Reading Ape). This new project has started strong with things like:

Books We ‘Like’: Uncollected Thoughts on Facebook and Reading”

Reading Pathways: Toni Morrison” (A regular feature that will suggest a three-book reading sequence for becoming acquainted with an author. I like the idea and the start.)

DNFing Makes Me Feel Dirty

Other favorites of the week:

Mistakes Are Made (but Using the Passive Isn’t One of Them)” (Lingua Franca)

For a timely article on the place of dueling in Russian life and literature: “Dueling in Russia: Myth, Veracity, and Literature” (The Millions)

Keep hitting refresh at Interpolations for Number One on his list of favorite opening lines. Tolstoy, Dickens, Bradbury, and Faulkner took positions five through two. My favorite would be: “Maman died today.” The Stranger by Camus.

5 Responses to My Favorite Lit-Blog Things: October 6, 2011

  1. And, while on a Toni Morrison kick at Book riot, I like the opening to Beloved which is (at least I hope I’ve remembered correctly): 124 was spiteful. Another one I like is Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Chronicle of a death foretold which goes something like “On the day they were going to kill him, Santiago …” Nothing like telling it straight!

    Great post as usual Kerry. The Reading Pathways is a fascinating idea…

  2. Kerry,
    Thanks so much for linking to Book Riot and getting the word out. If folks like you find the site interesting, then we are doing our job!


  3. marco says:

    Apropos first lines… I’ve just started a Tumblr blog in which I plan to post , two times a week for a year, the first few lines of a work I’ve enjoyed (I have the calendar outlined already).
    As I say in the first post in the series, it’s not out of love for first lines per se, it’s just that last lines might be spoilerish and searching in the middle of the text for apt quotations becomes too much work 😉
    Most quotations will be in English, with sizeable minorities in Italian and German and a couple each in French and Spanish.
    The blog is here:

    • Kerry says:

      Thanks for the link, Marco.

      I agree that first lines probably work best for this type of project. And there are so many that are quotable or that work for unique reasons.

      As always, thanks for dropping in with a comment.

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