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When William Faulkner Set the World Record for Writing the Longest Sentence in Literature: Read the 1,288-Word Sentence from Absalom, Absalom!

Image by Carl Van Vechten, via Wikimedia Commons “How did Faulkner pull it off?” is a question many a fledgling writer has asked themselves while struggling through a period of apprenticeship like that novelist John Barth describes in his 1999 talk "My Faulkner." Barth “reorchestrated” his literary heroes, he says, “in search of my writerly self... downloading my innumerable predecessors as only an insatiable green apprentice can.” Surely a great many writers can relate when Barth says, “it was...
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When William Faulkner Set the World Record for Writing the Longest Sentence in Literature: 1,288 Words from Absalom, Absalom!

Image by Carl Van Vechten, via Wikimedia Commons “How did Faulkner pull it off?” is a question many a fledgling writer has asked themselves while struggling through a period of apprenticeship like that novelist John Barth describes in his 1999 talk "My Faulkner." Barth “reorchestrated” his literary heroes, he says, “in search of my writerly self... downloading my innumerable predecessors as only an insatiable green apprentice can.” Surely a great many writers can relate when Barth says, “it was...
Tags: Google, Europe, Books, Maryland, Writing, College, Washington, Literature, Guinness Book of World Records, Lincoln, Sherman, Jonathan Coe, Jones, William Styron, Facebook Twitter, Beckett


January's Best eBook Deals

eBooks on sale for $1.99 this month: American Caesar by William Manchester Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany Birds, Beasts and Relatives by Gerald Durell Blind Ambition by John Dean Chaos by James Gleick Darkness Visible by William Styron The Earth Is the Lord's by Taylor Caldwell Great Lion of God by Taylor Caldwell The Hidden Flower by Pearl S. Buck I'm Just a Person by Tig Notaro Last Days by Brian Evenson The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie Marvel Comics: The Un...
Tags: Music, Obama, Earth, David, Sherlock Holmes, Neal Stephenson, Havana, David Foster Wallace, Lagos, Eleanor Roosevelt, Atomic Books Comics Preview, William Styron, Debbie, Carrie, Tom Wolfe, James Gleick


Shorties (An Interview with Poet Tracy K. Smith, a New Guided By Voices Song, and more)

The Believer interviewed poet Tracy K. Smith. Stream a new Guided By Voices song. 26 "best books of 2018" lists were added to Largehearted Boy's master aggregation yesterday (bringing the total to 481), including including The Globe and Mail’s best books, The Times and The Sunday Times’ best fiction, & Book Riot’s best audiobooks. eBook on sale for $1.99 today: Darkness Visible by William Styron Our Man in the Havana by Graham Greene The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene All S...
Tags: Music, David, Brooklyn, The Times, Globe, Havana, Graham Greene, Atomic Books Comics Preview, William Styron, Electric Eel, Tracy K Smith, Heid, World Needs Now Vulture, Largehearted Boy The Boston Review


Thought for the day, Nov. 1, 2018

William Styron, 1989. (Photo by Williamwaterway/Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported) William Styron, American novelist “A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it.” (from an interview in “Writers at Work, First Series,” edited by George Plimpton,1958). June 11, 1925-Nov. 1, 2006 Related Articles Thought for the day, Oct. 31, 2018 Thought fo...
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Shorties (Recommended Women Horror Writers, An Interview with the Band Goat Girl, and more)

Literary Hub recommended women horror writers. Drowned in Sound interviewed members of the punk band Goat Girl. October's best eBook deals. eBook on sale for $1.99 today: Scrapper by Matt Bell eBook on sale for $2.99 today: The Collected Novels: Lie Down in Darkness, Set This House on Fire, The Confessions of Nat Turner, and Sophie's Choice by William Styron The Current is streaming video of a recent show by CHVRCHES. Literary Hub shared an excerpt from Alyson Hagy’s novel Scr...
Tags: Music, Australia, David, Nazi, St Vincent, Vox, Atomic Books Comics Preview, William Styron, Sophie, John Grant, Rebecca Traister, Nat Turner, Newsday, Andre Dubus III, Matt Bell, New York Times Stream


October's Best eBook Deals

eBooks on sale for $1.99 this month: Anger Is an Energy by John Lydon Blind Ambition by John W. Dean The Boo by Pat Conroy Boone by Robert Morgan Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Omnibus Volume 1 Casino Royale by Ian Fleming Coraline by Neil Gaiman The Drowning Season by Alice Hoffman Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons The End of the World: Stories of the Apocalypse A Fair Maiden by Joyce Carol Oates Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman by Richard Gleick Georgia O'Keefe by Roxana Ro...
Tags: Music, Neil Gaiman, David, George Orwell, Willie Nelson, Party, Nikola Tesla, Agatha Christie, Joyce Carol Oates, Richard Feynman, Atomic Books Comics Preview, William Styron, Jesmyn Ward, John Darnielle, Yotam Ottolenghi, Nathaniel


"If we’re going to start having Republican parties and Democratic parties, that’s not what the Island has been about. It’s a tragedy that it’s come to the Island. This is supposed to be a place where you leave your politics at the door."

Alan Dershowitz told The Martha’s Vineyard Times, reported in The NYT, which highlights the mockery Dershowitz is getting in social media for complaining about a deficiency in his social life among the elite.[H]e also responded to his critics on Twitter, saying he was “reveling, not whining” and “I’m proud of taking an unpopular, principled position that gets me shunned by partisan zealots. It’s not about me. I couldn’t care less about being shunned by such people.”...The NYT also digs back into...
Tags: Law, Etiquette, Brooklyn, Harvey Weinstein, Island, Alan, New York Magazine, Larry David, William Styron, NY Magazine, Alan Dershowitz, Dershowitz, Ann Althouse, Partisanship, Laurie David, Martha 's Vineyard Times


Morning Routines: How They Can Help You Become More Productive

When you hear the word “morning,” what do you think of? Do you have visions of hurriedly grabbing a bran muffin as you run out the door after having hit the snooze button a few too many times? Do you get filled with anxiety thinking of the daily scramble of getting your kids to day care before heading into the office? Or perhaps you envision the barista you see every day as you pull through your local coffee shop. No matter what your morning looks like, one thing is important: It’s the most ...
Tags: Productivity, Sales, Vogue, Anna Wintour, Don, William Styron, Your Career


Money story: I was a frugal jerk

This guest post from the Frugal Jerk is part of the “money stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all stages of financial maturity. Today, the Frugal Jerk — who has asked to remain anonymous for now — shares the first half of his story about going from internet entrepreneur to busted and broke. You might know me. I’m a blogger and entrepreneur. I’v...
Tags: Marketing, New York Times, Reader Stories, William Styron, ROTH IRA, Allie Brosh, Being Frugal, Nike Air, My Roth IRA, Money Stories, Frugal Jerk


How Reading Increases Your Emotional Intelligence & Brain Function: The Findings of Recent Scientific Studies

Image by Sheila Sund, via Flickr Commons Reading “availeth much,” to borrow an old phrase from the King James Bible. To read is to experience more of the world than we can in person, to enter into the lives of others, to organize knowledge according to useful schemes and categories…. Or, at least it can be. Much recent research strongly suggests that reading improves emotional and cognitive intelligence, by changing and activating areas of the brain responsible for these qualities. Is reading e...
Tags: Google, College, Toronto, Neuroscience, New York Times, Literature, Jane Austen, Pompeii, Carnegie Mellon, Emory University, William Styron, Facebook Twitter, Kidd, Steadman, Roland Barthes, Josh Jones


Never Let Go of a Childhood Dream

You're reading Never Let Go of a Childhood Dream, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. "Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts." Winston S. Churchill [embed]https://vimeo.com/225005520[/embed] Becoming a published novelist is a story of blind luck and perseverance—of never losing a childhood dream, even when life seems to steer you...
Tags: Career, Motivation, Childhood, Featured, Washington, Success, Brooklyn, Creative writing, Warren, Philadelphia, How To Be Happy, John, Lifehacks, Shakespeare, Danny DeVito, Dream


Moral Injury Is Motivating Whistleblowers And Killing Our Veterans

Whistleblowers, Moral Injury, and Endless WarCross-posted with TomDispatch.com “My guilt will never go away,” former Marine Matthew Hoh explained to me. “There is a significant portion of me that doesn’t believe it should be allowed to go away, that this pain is fair.” If America accepts the idea of fighting endless wars, it will have to accept something else as well: that the costs of war are similarly endless. I’m thinking about the trillions of dollars, the million or more “enemy” dead (a st...
Tags: Facebook, Japan, News, Snowden, Islamic State, Iraq, America, Afghanistan, Edward Snowden, Oliver Stone, Tokyo, Ohio, State Department, Vietnam, Air Force, Pacific


Why won’t James Baldwin’s estate let the public view his love letters?

The bulk of restricted material are letters written to close friends, which are currently under a 20-year seal.
Tags: Life, Lifestyle, New York Public Library, Nina Simone, Ad Friendly, Queerty, James Baldwin, William Styron, Kevin Young, Lorraine Hansberry, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Schomberg Center for Research


Book Notes - Phillip Lewis "The Barrowfields"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Lauren Groff, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Jesmyn Ward, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. Phillip Lewis's novel The Barrowfields is an outstanding and richly told debut novel. Booklist wrote of the book: "In his evocative debut about disenchantment and identity, ...
Tags: Music, John Lewis, Scotland, David, Marilyn Monroe, Ohio, North Carolina, Arthur Miller, Boone, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Henry Miller, Henry, Lewis, Publishers Weekly, Atomic Books Comics Preview


Co-founder of digital publisher steps down as company chair

NEW YORK (AP) — A co-founder of the online book publisher Open Road Integrated Media is stepping down as chair and executive publisher. Jane Friedman will remain a company director, Open Road announced Monday. The publisher specializes in issuing e-book editions of older works, from Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple” to William Styron’s “Darkness Visible.” […]
Tags: Business, New York, News, Alice Walker, William Styron, Open Road, Jane Friedman, Open Road Integrated Media


Semper (and suffer) Fidel: Artists conflicted about Castro

NEW YORK (AP) — As a prominent advocate for human rights, the poet Rose Styron knew well the abuses in Fidel Castro's Cuba and the censorship of artists and publications with dissenting views. But when she and her husband, author William Styron, were invited to meet him in 2000 she didn't hesitate to accept.
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Aisle View: Nat Turner in Jail

Phillip James Brannon in Nat Turner in Jerusalem Photo: Joan Marcus Nat Turner in Jerusalem is one of those prison-cell-the-night-before-the execution plays. Jerusalem was a small town in Virginia, just north of the North Carolina border. The name was long since changed to Courtland, but the town remains known as the place where Nat Turner was executed on the morn of November 11, 1831. Turner is one of those mostly forgotten people who can be said to have helped change the course of h...
Tags: News, Virginia, Jerusalem, Davis, North Carolina, Huffington Post, Turner, William Styron, Steven Suskin, Nat Turner, Joan Marcus, Courtland, NYTW, Rowan Vickers


Daily Deals 06/27/16

Today on Amazon’s Gold Box, get up to 50% Off or More on ECCO Shoes. In the Bonus Deals of the Day, get up to 62% Off on PetSafe Fountains and Feeders, 76% Off on Game of Thrones: Season 1 & 2, 25% Off on A YouCopia Chef’s Edition SpiceStack 30-Bottle Spice Organizer, White, 44% Off on Select High Sierra Backpacks & Luggage, 29% Off on an Ivation Thermo-Electric Dehumidifier. Today’s Kindle Daily Deal is Sophie’s Choice ($1.99), by William Clark Styron [Open Road]. Book Description This award-...
Tags: Amazon, Audiobooks, Books, Science Fiction, Fantasy, US, Brooklyn, Kindle Books, ePub Books, Muriel Spark, The Washington Post, Daily Deals, Auschwitz, Food & Wine, William Styron, Sophie


Mental Illness Rears Its Beautiful Mind and Goes Wide

In November, the Mayor of New York Bill de Blasio and his wife, First Lady Chirlane McCray, launched ThriveNYC, a mental-health initiative, aimed at early detection, prevention and treatment of those suffering from mental illness. More recently, the Duchess of Cambridge began editing a special HuffPost UK section on mental health and has received contributions from Michelle Obama, First Lady of the U.S., and Olympian Ian Thorpe, among others. This weekend, Touched With Fire, a film about two bip...
Tags: UK, Hollywood, New York Times, Cambridge, Michelle Obama, Katie Holmes, Houston, Times, Chirlane Mccray, Huffington Post, Ucla, Van Gogh, Hemingway, William Styron, Barbara, Kay Redfield Jamison


The Books of the Films of Meryl Streep

She’s an icon of modern cinema with more than 50 film roles to her credit. She has a trophy closet full of silverware, including three Oscars and eight Golden Globes. You’ve probably seen the majority of her films. We’re talking about Meryl Streep – the leading lady of Hollywood’s leading ladies. Meryl Streep by Karina Longworth But, as so often with movies, books have inspired many of Streep’s films. In fact, if you want an original reading list for a year of solid literature then you could d...
Tags: Florida, New York, Hollywood, Movies, Jack Nicholson, Film, Rizzoli, Massachusetts, Nazis, Africa, Roald Dahl, Julia Roberts, Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, Fox, Brooklyn


Getting Away: Of Islands and Authors

If you Google "Salt Cay, Bahamas" and select the satellite map view, off the coast of Nassau you'll see an impossibly tiny green and brown spoon-shaped strip of land in a turquoise sea. Zoom closer, and coconut palms and white sand beaches appear. Closer still, and you can see the blue roofs of Dolphin Encounters, which shelter the dolphins and sea lions that live in the lagoon. In the late 1800s Salt Cay [pronounced "key"] was the haunt of privateers and pirates who visited the island not to bu...
Tags: New York Times, Elijah Wood, Bahamas, Huffington Post, Universal Studios, Nassau, Charles Lindbergh, Karen Dionne, Don, Google Salt Cay Bahamas, Paul Hogan, John T McCutcheon, Chicago Tribune, McCutcheon, Kenneth Roberts, John Marquand