Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Monstrosity Gazette: A weekly smattering of all things literary...

Quote of the Week

If information is the currency of democracy, then libraries are its banks.

-Wendell H. Ford

Harold Pinter profile photograph
Today in Literary History...

On this day in 1930 Harold Pinter was born. The famous Pinter pause may have been learned as an only child in Hackney: at the age of eight or nine Pinter and a group of imaginary friends would gather in his back garden, where they "talked aloud and held conversations beyond the lilac tree." He also says he was deeply affected by being a child-evacuee during WWII: "'There was no fixed sense of being ... of being ... at all.'"

For more literary history, visit Today in Literature.

Segment in which I shamelessly pimp Etsy:

Edgar Allan Poe collage print

Edgar Allan Poe Collage Print

Book I'm eyeing this week:

by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
Algonquin, 2010

Summary in a Sentence:
A handicapped woman finds unexpected pleasure in observing a snail as it resides first on her bedside table and then in a homemade terrarium.  

Read the Reviews:


Jen said...

I just finished The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating and loved it --- I really loved how the author wrote about her experiences.... and it totally made me want a snail of my own. Hope you get to this one, and enjoy it, too!

Veens said...

That book sounds unique!
And that poster for some reason makes me smile.

Lisa said...

I think you just found one of my son's birthday presents! He's an art major who loves Poe--how perfect would this print be? Thanks for the tip!

Tea said...

Love your books for children especially that first one, the Princess one and Dave, the Potter. Love your blog too.

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