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The Quarantine Stream: ‘Hemingway’ Strives to Deconstruct the Self-Created Myth of Ernest Hemingway

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.) The Movie: Hemingway Where You Can Stream It: PBS The Pitch: A six-hour, three-part documentary from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that explores the life and work of Ernest Hemingway. Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: Ernest Hemingway is a literary giant. With his terse, minimalist prose he changed the face of American writing, influencing co...
Tags: Movies, Features, Jeff Daniels, Ken Burns, Pbs, Hemingway, Burns, Ernest Hemingway, Daniels, Lynn Novick, Edna O Brien, Novik, Netflix/Streaming Video, Featured Stories Sidebar, The Quarantine Stream

‘Hemingway’ directors Ken Burns and Lynn Novick say 3-part film offers surprises, new perspectives

It is not a fast or easy thing to make a documentary, filmmaker Ken Burns says, though the arrival of his new three-part series on the writer Ernest Hemingway came more slowly than most. “I found a scrap of paper from the early or mid-’80s about things to do, and Hemingway was on a very, very short list,” Burns says. “It said, ‘Baseball’ after ‘Civil War,’ which happened.” But after the huge success with his documentaries on those two subjects, Hemingway remained an elusive target as Burns and l...
Tags: Books, China, Sport, Netflix, Things To Do, Soccer, Jeff Daniels, Michael Jordan, Michelle Obama, Archer, Cbs, Michigan, Ken Burns, Pbs, Cuba, Sharon Osbourne

Edna O'Brien to receive France's highest honour for the arts

The 90-year-old Irish writer will be named commander of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres on SundayEdna O’Brien is to receive France’s highest cultural distinction, and be named commander of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres this week. Related: Edna O’Brien on turning 90: ‘I can’t pretend that I haven’t made mistakes’ Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Books, France, World news, Culture, Ireland, Awards and prizes, Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Edna O'Brien, SundayEdna O'Brien

Edna O’Brien on turning 90: ‘I can’t pretend that I haven’t made mistakes’

Ireland’s greatest living writer is as ambitious as ever. She talks about working in Nigeria, coping with critics – and one final novelMost people approaching their 90th birthday would be forgiven for deciding that, whatever their work, enough was enough and it was time to relax.Most people, however, are not Edna O’Brien. Ireland’s greatest living writer has over the past week delivered this year’s TS Eliot lecture on Eliot and James Joyce for Dublin’s Abbey Theatre – Covid-19 meant that it was ...
Tags: Books, London, Fiction, Boko Haram, Nigeria, Africa, Women, Culture, Ireland, Dublin, Focus, James Joyce, Eliot, Edna O'Brien, South Bank Sky Arts, Irish Embassy

Elena Ferrante names her 40 favourite books by female authors

List by pseudonymous author of beloved Neapolitan novels includes Zadie Smith, Sally Rooney and several Italian classicsElena Ferrante, the bestselling pseudonymous Italian author behind My Brilliant Friend, has named her favourite 40 books by female authors around the world, with Toni Morrison, Sally Rooney and Zadie Smith all making the cut.The author, whose quartet of Neapolitan novels has sold 13m copies worldwide, has published her list on, the online store that recently launch...
Tags: Books, UK, Fiction, Culture, Fiction in translation, Short Stories, Margaret Atwood, Booksellers, Alice Munro, Joyce Carol Oates, Elena Ferrante, Zadie Smith, Ferrante, Valeria Luiselli, Edna O'Brien, Europa Editions

Controversial plans to develop James Joyce house into hostel approved

Plans to convert the Dublin home in Joyce’s 1914 story The Dead provoked a swift backlash from writers including Sally Rooney and Colm TóibínDublin city council has greenlit a controversial plan to convert the house made famous by James Joyce’s story The Dead into a hostel, with a campaign group supported by writers including Sally Rooney, Colm Tóibín and Edna O’Brien saying they will appeal the decision.The property, at 15 Usher’s Island, was built in 1775 and was once home to Joyce’s great aun...
Tags: Europe, Books, World news, Culture, Ireland, Heritage, Island, Short Stories, Dublin, James Joyce, Joyce, Colm, Edna O'Brien, Sally Rooney, The Dead, Sally Rooney Colm Tóibín

Irish Scholars Have A Rather Large Bone To Pick With A ‘Hatchet Job’ In The New Yorker

Who decided messing with Edna O’Brien was a good idea? Ian Parker of The New Yorker, that’s who. But “after a complicated relationship with her home country – in 2015 President Michael Higgins made an official apology for the scorn formerly heaped on her by the Irish – O’Brien is now regarded as a national treasure in Dublin” and Irish literary scholars have responded to Parker in kind. – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Words, Dublin, Parker, O'Brien, Edna O Brien, Michael Higgins, Ian Parker, 04.12.20

Edna O'Brien Bears Witness To Horror In 'Girl'

O'Brien's 19th novel is based on the real story of the Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by jihadist group Boko Haram in 2014. It's a painful and essential read that ends on a hopeful yet realistic note.(Image credit: Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Tags: News, Boko Haram, Brien, Edna O Brien

She Escaped From Boko Haram, but Her Troubles Only Continued

The narrator of Edna O’Brien’s novel “Girl” is kidnapped by jihadi fighters in northeastern Nigeria. She returns home bearing a jihadi’s child.
Tags: News, Boko Haram, Nigeria, Edna, O'Brien, Books and Literature, Edna O'Brien, Girl (Book

Shorties (Elizabeth Strout on Her New Novel, Elton John on His Autobiography, and more)

Elizabeth Strout talked to Weekend Edition about her new novel, Olive, Again. Elton John talked to Weekend Edition about his new autobiography, Me. October's best eBook deals. Pitchfork gathered pop music's memorable moments as it turned to activism in the past decade. The Oxford American shared an excerpt from M. Randal O’Wain’s new essay collection Meander Belt. Paste recommended the week's best new albums. Read James Blake's essay on mental health from the anthology It’s ...
Tags: Music, David, House, Elizabeth Strout, Elton John, Air, Honda, Liz Phair, Atomic Books Comics Preview, James Blake, Sandra Cisneros, Edna O Brien, Nels Cline, Yuka, Mango Street, The Oxford American

Edna O'Brien On 6 Decades Of Writing 'Very Difficult Stories' About Women

In Girl, a young woman in Nigeria is abducted by Boko Haram — and that's just the beginning. For nearly 60 years, its Irish author has written about women "both as victims and as fighters, combined."(Image credit: Eamonn McCabe/Guardian News and Media Ltd/Courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Tags: News, Boko Haram, Nigeria, Edna O Brien

Shorties (An Excerpt from Saeed Jones' Memoir, Stream a David Berman Tribute Album, and more)

Literary Hub shared an excerpt from Saeed Jones' memoir How We Fight for Our Lives. Stream Approaching Perfection, a tribute album of David Berman songs, featuring contributions from Dean Wareham, Diane Cluck, and others. October's best eBook deals. eBooks on sale for $1.99 today: A Devil in Paradise by Henry Miller Seventh Heaven by Alice Hoffman Sharon Van Etten played a Tiny Desk Concert. Rachel Maddow talked to All Things Considered about her book, Blowout. San Fermin cov...
Tags: New York Post, Music, Rachel Maddow, Wilco, David, Brooklyn, Bob Dylan, Michael Stipe, Carly Rae Jepsen, Joyce Carol Oates, Ty Segall, Anna Meredith, Henry Miller, Jeff Tweedy, Kim Gordon, Atomic Books Comics Preview

March's Best eBook Deals

eBooks on sale for $1.99 this month: After the Fireworks by Aldous Huxley Born To Drum by Tony Barrell Cocaine + Surfing by Chas Smith Confessions of an Art Addict by Peggy Guggenheim The Dancing Wu Li Masters by Gary Zukav The Dissident by Nell Freudenberger Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie Hurry Down Sunshine by Michael Greenberg My Word Is My Bond by Roger Moore The Neon Bible by John Kennedy Toole Nothing Gold Can Stay by Ron Rash Overclocked by Cory Doctorow Second Nature by Mic...
Tags: Music, Neil Gaiman, David, Avis, William Shatner, Mel Brooks, Roger Moore, Michael Greenberg, Joyce Carol Oates, Julia Child, John Boyne, The Valley, Eleanor Roosevelt, Cory Doctorow, Thich Nhat Hanh, Amanda Knox

Hear Philip Roth Read from Five of His Major Novels: Sabbath’s Theater, The Ghost Writer and More

"I saw and heard something remarkable just a few hours ago," wrote New Yorker editor David Remnick a little over five years ago, "something I’m not likely to forget until all the mechanisms of remembering are shot and I’m tucked away for good." He had attended an eightieth-birthday celebration for the late Philip Roth at the Newark Museum. There, after a series of tributes from fellow literary figures including Jonathan Lethem, Hermione Lee, and Edna O'Brien, the Newark-born-and-raised n...
Tags: Google, Books, College, Literature, Philip Roth, Newark, Paul Auster, Seoul, Nemesis, Facebook Twitter, Jackie Robinson, Roth, Sabbath, Zuckerman, Edna O Brien, David Remnick

Declan Kiberd Bridges the Gaps Between Ireland's Offical Languages

In 2016, many in Ireland reacted more warily than enthusiastically to the centennial of their Easter Rising, which sparked the drive for independence, if partially achieved. This ambivalence resonates in Declan Kiberd's third in his series of essay collections. Inventing Ireland (1996), which charted writers taking up nation-building and cultural allegiance while Irish Classics (2001) related relevant narratives. In the wake of the 2008 crash of "Tiger" Irela...
Tags: Music, England, Identity, America, History, Ireland, Republic Of Ireland, Biography, Diana, Dublin, Republic, Literary criticism, Autobiography, Western Europe, Connemara, Beckett

If the Aim of Literature Is to Spark Debate, Philip Roth Has Succeeded

When Philip Roth announced his retirement from literary fiction back in 2012, the reaction was mixed. For many, Roth is one of the last great surviving voices of 20th Century literature; John Updike and Saul Bellow are both unfortunately deceased, while Thomas Pynchon lives a reclusive existence and, while Don DeLillo is still alive and working, as is Paul Auster, these 'Great American Authors' of the 20th Century are growing fewer and further with each passing year. T...
Tags: Music, Wikipedia, America, Philip Roth, Essays, Don DeLillo, Paul Auster, Columbus, Kafka, Thomas Pynchon, Roth, Brien, Newark New Jersey, Saul Bellow, Portnoy, Edna O Brien

Shorties (The Longlist for the Center For Fiction's First Novel Prize, Stream the New Waxahatchee Album, and more)

The Center For Fiction has announced the long list for its First Novel Prize. Katie Crutchfield talked to Paste about the new Waxahatchee album Out in the Storm. Stream the album at NPR Music. Hazlitt interviewed author Samantha Irby. Stream a new song. Elizabeth Crane talked to the Los Angeles Review of Books about her short story collection Turf. Maz Richter shared a track-by-track breakdown of his album Behind the Counter at Drowned in Sound. The Otherppl podcast intervie...
Tags: Music, Ray Bradbury, Los Angeles, David, Rosewater, Joan Didion, Npr, Iceland, Wiley, Elle, Financial Times, Jorge Luis Borges, Kurt Vonnegut, Henry, Noam Chomsky, Thurston Moore

Even Creatives Need To Follow A Routine

Inspiration is a fickle thing. It can spring from many wonderful sources. It can hit you as you glance out the window or it can strike at three o'clock in the morning when all is silent. Creative entrepreneurs need to source this inspiration on a regular basis to fuel their work and their passions. And quite often this means following a routine. While creativity and routine seem at odds with each other at first glance, it is a must-have ingredient in the success of a creative entrepreneur. As wr...
Tags: News, Stephen King, Huffington Post, Don, Jack London, Edna O Brien, Sophie Andrews, Taryn Williams, Sebastien Eckersley Maslin, BlueChilli

Shorties (Edna O'Brien on James Joyce, A New ANOHNI Song, and more)

Edna O'Brien on the Anna Livia Plurabelle section of Finnegan's Wake. Stream a new ANOHNI song. CatchNews interviewed poet Ishion Hutchinson. NYCTaper shared a recording of a recent Lee Ranaldo live performance. Bookanista interviewed author Alexandra Kleeman. Stream a new song from Los Angeles Police Department (the singer-songwriter, not the force). Janie Chang and Shilpi Gowda discussed writing their second novels at Literary Hub. Stream a new Saltland (cellist Rebecca Fo...
Tags: Music, David, Brooklyn, Michael Chabon, James Joyce, Trump, Marlon James, Washington City, Los Angeles Police Department, Minnesota Public Radio, Lee Ranaldo, Allison Crutchfield, Edna O Brien, Finnegan, Hannah Arendt, Anna Livia Plurabelle

Everything Steven Soderbergh Watched and Read in 2016

Steven Soderbergh hasn’t been making as many movies or TV shows as he used to, but he’s still keeping busy watching and reading everything he can get his hands on. It’s become a tradition of the filmmaker to reveal everything that he watched and read the previous year, and his list from 2016 has been posted. Keep in mind, Soderbergh watched and read all this stuff while working on his own comedy film Logan Lucky (which he watches more than a few times towards the end of the year). Soderbergh al...
Tags: Movies, Nbc, Berlin, Neil Gaiman, Orson Welles, Spain, Netflix, Bronze, Stanley Kubrick, Steven-Soderbergh, Miles Davis, Tracey Ullman, Venice, Westworld, Steve McQueen, Patti Smith

Shorties (Edna O'Brien on the Future of Literature, An Oral History of Prince in the '90s, and more)

Edna O'Brien explored the future of literature at the Guardian. Rolling Stone shared an oral history of Prince in the '90s. May is Largehearted Boy's first fundraising month. All donations will go toward creating new features, crafting a better user experience, and much-needed back end work on the site. Thank you for reading the site and supporting Largehearted Boy. eBooks on sale for $1.99 today: Harold and Maude by Colin Higgins Prayers for the Living by Alan Cheuse The shortlist ...
Tags: Music, UK, Sufjan Stevens, David, Brooklyn, Don DeLillo, Philip Pullman, Journal, Maude, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Harold, Fela Kuti, James Blake, Merle Haggard, Alan Cheuse

Edna O’Brien: 'Is literature a dying animal?'

From Flaubert to Teju Cole, writers have the power to make us live through their books. But will novels still be an essential branch of life in 20 years time? I read in a quiet corner of the room, sitting in a porter’s chair, reminiscent of gatekeepers’ chairs of long ago, fenced in by wide protruding wings. I read slowly, repeating the words out loud, since sound and rhythm are an intrinsic part of the creativity. Quite quickly I can tell if a work is, or is not, for me.Story and its inner dyna...
Tags: Books, Fiction, Culture, Flaubert, Coetzee, Edna O'Brien, WG Sebald

April’s Bestselling Signed Books

There’s nothing like a Pulitzer Prize to boost book sales. Following the Pulitzer announcements on April 18th, winning titles skyrocketed to the top of the bestsellers’ list. Number 2 on our list of bestselling signed books is Custer’s Trials, the Pulitzer Prize winner in the History category. Fiction winner The Sympathizer appears at number six, while Pulitzer finalist Get in Trouble comes in at number 10.  Congratulations to this year’s winners! 1. The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son...
Tags: Books, Uncategorized, Anderson Cooper, Orhan Pamuk, Gloria Vanderbilt, Cynthia, Jim Harrison, Edna O Brien, Custer, T J Stiles, Ian Mcguire, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pierce Brown

Tips, links and suggestions: what are you reading this week?

Your space to discuss the books you are reading and what you think of themAre you on Instagram? Then you can be featured here by tagging your books-related posts with #GuardianBooksScroll down for our favourite literary linksRead more Tips, links and suggestions blogsWelcome to this week’s blog. Here’s a roundup of your comments and photos from last week, where we talk about discovering the sublime poetry of Rabindranath Tagore, revisiting Edna O’Brien’s Country Girls and getting over our Shakes...
Tags: Books, Fiction, Culture, Rabindranath Tagore, Shakespeare Cervantes, Helen Garner, User, Edna O'Brien

Bookshelf (non-musical edition)

Edna O'Brien's novelistic response to the unmasking and trial of Radovan Karadžić is as astonishing and harrowing as everyone says it is. To quote James Wood's review in The New Yorker: "What is extraordinary and unsettling about O’Brien’s novel is the way that it begins in an atmosphere of something approaching pastoral comedy, and steadily darkens as we become acquainted with the buried but unrepressed war crimes of the town’s resident trickster. It is like watching a blush turn into the red o...
Tags: Music, Alex Ross, James Wood, Brien, O'Brien, Edna O Brien, Radovan Karadzic

A Clash Of Manners And Monsters In Edna O'Brien's 'Little Red Chairs'

A charismatic stranger in a remote Irish village turns out to be a war criminal in O'Brien's new novel. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls the book "one of [O'Brien's] best and most ambitious novels yet."
Tags: Brien, Maureen Corrigan, Edna O Brien

The Best Literature & Fiction of April

Let's play Literary Love Child for a moment, shall we? What do you get when you cross 50 Shades of Grey and The Talented Mr. Ripley? Our top fiction pick of the month, Maestra! Senior Editor Seira Wilson says that it "challenges what you think you know about the characters and action right up until the very end [in what is a] smart, morally tangled, and very promising beginning to a new trilogy." The rest of the fiction list includes a new take on a Jane Austen classic, a novel for fans of Girl ...
Tags: New York City, Jane Austen, Lists, Best Books, Grey, Amazon Books, Ripley, Edna O Brien, Best of the Month, Erin Kodicek, Seira Wilson, Literature + Fiction, Manuel Gonzales, Monica Wood, Sunjeev Sahota Short

Healing And Horror Sit Side By Side In 'Little Red Chairs'

Edna O'Brien's new book is set in a little Irish village disrupted by the arrival of a mysterious stranger, a war criminal in hiding whose murderous hands can heal as well as kill.
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Shorties (An Excerpt from Edna O'Brien's New Novel, Stream Mark Kozelek's Cover of Waylon Jennings, and more)

Literary Hub shared an excerpt from Edna O'Brien's new novel The Little Red Chairs (one of my favorite books of the year). Stream Mark Kozelek's cover of Waylon Jennings' "Amanda." eBooks on sale for $1.99 today: Emma Donoghue's Landing Kurt Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions Kurt Vonnegut's Player Piano Kurt Vonnegut's The Sirens of Titan Paul Bowles' The Sheltering Sky Paul Tremblay's A Head Full of Ghosts. Vol. 1 Brooklyn interviewed author Dave Reidy. Stream a new song. The ...
Tags: Washington Post, Wilco, David, Brooklyn, Marilynne Robinson, Los Angeles Times, Emma Donoghue, Daniel Clowes, Kurt Vonnegut, Mark Kozelek, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Chicago Tribune, Jace Lasek, Waylon Jennings, Edna O Brien, Paul Tremblay