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  • Christianity and the 19th Century Russian Novel

    03/26/2019 6:08:06 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 8 replies
    Thinking Faith ^ | 19th Nov 2010 | Dairmid Gunn
    The 1840s saw the beginning of a rift between two general movements in educated society – the Westerners and the Slavophiles. The former imbibed the philosophy of Hegel and Marx and saw in this a blueprint for the creation of a perfect state or Utopia. For them The Emancipation of the serfs in 1861 was not enough to satisfy their craving for secular reform. The group in society who agitated for change were called the intelligentsia and among its members were people of modest rank recruited for government service during the reign of Nicholas I. The Slavophiles clung to traditional...
  • A Week to Remember: writer Nikolai Gogol (1809-1852)

    03/26/2019 2:01:25 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 10 replies
    Los Angeles Public Library ^ | March 24, 2019 | Keith Chaffee
    Nikolai Gogol was born on March 31, 1809. Gogol wrote mostly short stories and plays. He is generally thought of as the first great Russian realist, but his stories often contain elements of the surreal and the bizarre, occasionally leaning into horror. Gogol was born in what is now Ukraine, and was raised speaking both Russian and Ukrainian. He was exposed to the theatrical world from a young age; his father was a Ukrainian-langage playwright whose plays were often staged by Gogol's uncle, who ran a theater. He spent most of his twenties as a student at one of Ukraine's...
  • A YA sensitivity reader watched his own community kill his debut novel before it was ever released.

    03/05/2019 9:07:18 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    Slate ^ | March 4, 2019 | Ruth Graham
    Until recently, Kosoko Jackson was considered an expert in the trapdoors of identity-related rhetoric. Jackson worked as a “sensitivity reader” for major publishers of YA fiction, a job that entails reading manuscripts and flagging them for problematic content. His own debut novel, A Place for Wolves, was promoted as an “#ownvoices” book, a hashtag attached approvingly to books in which the author shares a particular marginalized identity with his subject. (Jackson is black and queer.) He believed that, for example, women shouldn’t “profit” from writing gay men’s stories, as he tweeted last year. And he was part of a small...
  • New work by J.D. Salinger set to be published for the first time in half a century [tr]

    02/02/2019 4:24:48 AM PST · by C19fan · 23 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 2, 2019 | Chantalle Edwards
    Never-before-seen, new work by J.D. Salinger, will be published for the first time in more than 50 years. The Catcher in the Rye author's son, Matt Salinger revealed to the Guardian that his father 'never stopped writing' up until his death in 2010 - despite not publishing anything after 1965. Actor and producer Matt Salinger, who played Captain America in the 1990 film said he was working with his father's widow Colleen O'Neill, to get all the material ready for publication. Matt Salinger has joint charge of the literary estate with O'Neill, J.D. Salinger's third wife, who he married in...
  • COL Schlichter's Books on Sale for Kindle

    11/24/2018 9:29:41 AM PST · by BlueLancer · 6 replies
    For all you Kindle readers out there, two of COL Kurt Schlichter's novels are on sale today at half-price ... and
  • Charting the Danger of the Modern Left

    11/20/2018 8:56:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | November 20, 2018 | Stephen Moore
    o one understands the dysfunctions and debilitating impact of America's political system in the swamp better than Mark Melcher and Steve Soukup. For decades between them, they followed Washington for Wall Street at one of America's largest brokerage houses. For the last 16 years, the two have run their own, independent research shop, delivering political commentary and forecasting to the investment community, studying the intersection between politics and economics. This pushed them into a relentless pursuit of the new left -- measuring its deleterious impact on everything it touches -- most especially Western civilization. To this end, Melcher and Soukup...
  • A Famous Science Fiction Writer's Descent Into Libertarian Madness (Robert Heinlein)

    11/18/2018 6:15:19 PM PST · by narses · 90 replies
    The New Republic ^ | June 8, 2014 | By JEET HEER
    By JEET HEER June 8, 2014 The science-fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein once described himself as “a preacher with no church.” More accurately, he was a preacher with too many churches. Rare among the many intellectual gurus whose fame mushroomed in the 1960s, Heinlein was a beacon for hippies and hawks, libertarians and authoritarians, and many other contending faiths—but rarely at the same time. While America became increasingly liberal, he became increasingly right wing, and it hobbled his once-formidable imagination. His career, as a new biography inadvertently proves, is a case study in the literary perils of political extremism. MOST...
  • Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, Long-Serving Times Book Critic, Dies at 84

    11/08/2018 7:32:27 AM PST · by EveningStar · 14 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 7, 2018 | Robert D. McFadden
    Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, a nationally influential literary critic for The New York Times for three decades, who wrote some 4,000 reviews and essays, mostly for the daily column Books of The Times, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 84. His death, at the Milstein Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia, was caused by complications of a stroke, his daughter, Rachel Lehmann-Haupt, said. In one of journalism’s most challenging jobs, Mr. Lehmann-Haupt was The Times’s senior daily book critic from 1969 to 1995, tackling two or three books a week and rendering judgments that could affect, for better or ill, literary careers as well...
  • FreeperBookClub: Free review copy of Epic Fantasy novel from a conservative author

    11/04/2018 2:43:19 PM PST · by jwesleybush · 24 replies ^ | 11/15/2018 | J. Wesley Bush
    FreeperBookClub friends (and other book lovers): My latest epic fantasy novel debuts November 15, and since it's written from a conservative perspective, I'm offering free review copies to folks on conservative fora. It's in PDF format, and can be read on mobile phones, Kindle apps, iPads, or any electronic device. The long-term (and subtle) themes for the series include: - A Burkean comparison of French-style "liberation" with true liberty - Conservatism vs. Reaction - Duty before Desire -- the need for rights WITH responsibility
  • The Gulag Archipelago: A New Foreword by Jordan B. Peterson

    11/02/2018 6:27:38 AM PDT · by jalisco555 · 14 replies
    Quillette ^ | 11/1/2018 | Jordan Peterson
    Once we have taken up the word, it is thereafter impossible to turn away: A writer is no detached judge of his countrymen and contemporaries; he is an accomplice to all the evil committed in his country or by his people. And if the tanks of his fatherland have bloodied the pavement of a foreign capital, then rust-colored stains have forever bespattered the writer’s face. And if on some fateful night a trusting Friend is strangled in his sleep—then the palms of the writer bear the bruises from that rope. And if his youthful fellow citizens nonchalantly proclaim the advantages...
  • SFWA Stands For The Doxxing Of Children

    09/25/2018 2:52:44 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 8 replies
    Jon Del Arroz blog ^ | 09/25/2018 | Jon Del Arroz
    From the blog of Jon Del Arroz, conservative Hispanic scifi author A year ago, my children were doxxed. I was facing immense pressure because an author, who happens to be the SFWA president, was running a campaign to smear and slander me, which began with her calling this blog “egregious stupidity” on a public forum when I’d never had contact with her in my life.
  • Hardly anyone majors in English anymore. Scholars debate why.

    09/20/2018 7:00:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 94 replies
    College Fix ^ | September 20, 2018 | Staff
    The English major is shrinking at an alarming rate. This according to a recently published report by the Association of Departments of English. The report, published in July, states that approximately two-thirds of English departments that responded to a survey reported either a decline or sharp decline in the number of undergraduate English majors.
  • Three Blockbuster Novels From the 1950s, and Their Remarkable Afterlife

    09/12/2018 6:51:55 PM PDT · by Borges · 66 replies
    NYT ^ | 9/12/2018 | Sam Tanenhaus
    The “space race” was a competition, but with only two rivals — “us” and “them.” And this odd partnership, or dance, spilled over into realms of the imagination, particularly the novel. In the aftermath of Sputnik three towering and best-selling works of fiction by dissident Russians — “Atlas Shrugged,” “Lolita” and “Doctor Zhivago” — were published in quick succession, crowded into an 11-month span, from October 1957 to September 1958. Today, all three still live on, each a universe in itself, read and discussed — and fought over — as if written not in prose but in hieroglyphics or code.
  • Nobel Prize-winning author VS Naipaul dies aged 85

    08/12/2018 6:26:45 AM PDT · by mononymous · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | 8/12/2018 | BBC
    Novelist Sir VS Naipaul, who won the Nobel Prize in literature, has died aged 85, his family have said. Sir Vidia, who was born in rural Trinidad in 1932, wrote more than 30 books including A Bend in the River and his masterpiece, A House for Mr Biswas.
  • What FReepers FRead Thread

    08/04/2018 8:31:02 AM PDT · by Eagles Field · 29 replies
    8-4-2018 | Eagles Field
    What’s the best book you’ve read not written by a big name author? What famous author can you not stomach? “All Over But The Shoutin” by Rick Bragg is my favorite. Hemingway is annoying.
  • Belarusian Writer Svetlana Alexievich on her fears for Russia’s ‘collective Putin’

    08/01/2018 7:15:23 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 13 replies
    Financial Times ^ | July 2017 | Guy Chazan
    Svetlana Alexievich’s magnum opus Second-Hand Time (first published in Russian in 2013), is an attempt to understand where Putin came from and why he has such a hold on the Russian people. In her Nobel lecture of December 2015, Alexievich described Russia as “a space of total amnesia”. The way she puts it, things now are getting even worse. “Lawmakers say we should put Gorbachev on trial, a Solzhenitsyn monument has been vandalised, and they’re putting up more and more statues to Stalin,” she says. “But it’s not Putin telling people to do that — the initiative is coming from...
  • ODEARY ME Students paint over Rudyard Kipling’s poem ‘If’ claiming the Jungle Book author was racist

    07/19/2018 12:30:32 AM PDT · by blueplum · 68 replies
    The Sun UK ^ | 18 Jul 2018 | James Cox
    STUDENTS painted over Rudyard Kipling's poem 'If' claiming the Jungle Book author was racist. They replaced the wall mural with Still I Rise by Maya Angelou saying Kipling stood for the "opposite of liberation, empowerment and human rights". Sara Khan, Liberation and Access Officer at the University of Manchester Students Union, said on Facebook: "A failure to consult students during the process of adding art to the newly renovated SU building resulted in Rudyard Kipling's work being painted on the first floor last week. "We, as an exec team, believe that Kipling stands for the opposite of liberation, empowerment, and...
  • Liberty Island Celebrates LIBERTY IN FICTION

    07/04/2018 4:30:25 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 1 replies
    Liberty Island Magazine ^ | 07/03/2018 | Liberty Island Staff
    Liberty Island Magazine is a conservative/libertarian science fiction site with a wealth of short stories and non-fiction articles. Liberty Island Celebrates LIBERTY IN FICTION
  • ‘Set your phasers to SAVAGE’! William Shatner totally MELTS snowflake who tried to shame him

    07/04/2018 12:56:52 PM PDT · by DFG · 26 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 07/04/2018 | Sarah D
    William Shatner is among those who find the ALSC’s decision utterly ridiculous. William Shatner ✔ @WilliamShatner Did you hear about the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award being renamed over negative lines on the indigenous people of America? Laura changed the lines in the 50’s. I find it disturbing that some take modern opinion & obliterate the past. Isn’t progress @ learning from our mistakes?🤔
  • Harlan Ellison, Iconic Sci-Fi Writer, Passes Away at 84

    06/28/2018 1:52:19 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 68 replies ^ | June 28, 2028 | Stephen Gerding
    Harlan Ellison, one of the most influential sci-fi writers of the twentieth century, passed away today in his sleep. He was 84 years old. Christine Valada, the widow of the late Len Wein and a friend of Harlan and his wife Susan, officially announced the author’s passing on Twitter. “Susan Ellison has asked me to announce the passing of writer Harlan Ellison, in his sleep, earlier today,” Valada wrote. “For a brief time I was here, and for a brief time, I mattered.”—HE, 1934-2018. Arrangements for a celebration of his life are pending.