This space is where a picture of a kid’s magic kit called “The Greatest Magic Kit on Earth” would have gone. A very mean Barnes & Noble employee told us that we couldn’t take the picture because it was against copyright law & was illegal.
He was also manning the nook stand, so my guess was that he simply didn’t sell any nooks today & was upset about it.
“Look. (Grown-ups skip this paragraph.) I’m not about to tell you this book has a tragic ending, I already said in the very first line how it was my favorite in all the world. But there’s a lot of bad stuff coming.”—William Goldman, The Princess Bride
So, we got our phone bill today and it had a fax “mofee” charge of $14.95 on it from “ESBI” … which is a scam. Fun times calling the phone company and a scam company to get a third party charge removed. They said that I had charged it specifically (not my parents) also it was on a day when I was in St. Augustine meeting Damien’s dad and step-mom - no computer contact for me there.
This was the first thing that google showed when I typed in “ESBI” to find out what the heck that company was anyway:
“Suppose we have only dreamed, or made up, all those things – trees and grass and sun and moon and stars and Aslan himself. Suppose we have. Then all I can say is that, in that case, the made-up things seem a good deal more important than the real ones.”—The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis (Submitted by: christinakim) (via quote-book)
“He was not serious when he talked about the end of the world in 2012 but he is an adamant believer that the world is flat, that Stonehenge was built by aliens, and that the sun revolves around the Earth.”—
I had to read these two books for my Jane Austen class this semester. Now, Raphy, I already know that you must feel the same way about her as Mark Twain does.
"I haven’t any right to criticise books, and I don’t do it except when I hate them. I often want to criticise Jane Austen, but her books madden me so that I can’t conceal my frenzy from the reader; and therefore I have to stop every time I begin. Everytime I read ‘Pride and Prejudice’ I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone." - Mark Twain
However, it was the lesser of the evils and I don’t mind her novels as much as all of that. Her two novellas that I had to read first, however, are having me doubt that decision.
Love and Freinship by Jane Austen
No, I didn’t misspell it. That’s how a 14-year-old Jane Austen mistakenly spelled it when she wrote it and for literary history or whatever, it’s stuck.
Basically a story of letters in which we hear of Laura, our heronine, and her mad adventures that go on between her and her family. Witty as always, a little funny, but definitely a prelude to the writer that Austen will be when she grows up.
Lady Susan by Jane Austen
This novella was much more polished than her first though somewhat drier in the sense that it has more of a center on the social context that inhabit all of Austen’s books.
It was a good enough read … right until the last two pages when I wanted to throw it out the window. This story is also told through letters (between different people this time) right up until the end where Austen breaks character and writes a summary of what happened after the letters stopped. There isn’t anything in there that you couldn’t have guessed for yourself or made up your own mind over. It’s the same reason why I’m not bothered by the movie Inception's ending. If the audience is too relient on the hopes of a sequel to tell them what happened at the end of a movie, what's the point? You're supposed to think it over and discuss and make up your own mind. I think it was a bit of a jerk thing to do, but it was still just as brilliant of an ending as the rest of the movie.
So, read it if you want to, but just be warned about the ending because it just pulls you right out of the book.
After my recent backlash in my American Literature class last semester, I figured that I needed a dose of early American colonialism that I could stand - especially one that I knew that I would like.
I remember reading this in fifth grade for the first time for the Accelerated Reader Program in school (you know the one where you read a book and take a test on it at the end for points and you had to have so many points at the end of each grading period/semester that contributed to your English grade). I haven’t picked up the book since, but I wish I had given it another read through during my high school’s American History class because I had forgotten how detailed of a description of the times leading up to the Revolution War was documented in it.
The book is seen through the eyes of Johnny Tremain, a silversmith’s promising apprentice, who is left with a damaged right hand after being badly burned in an accident. He is then left to find another career and living for himself while around him in Boston attitudes towards those Red Coats are starting to change.
A super great little read, especially for any amateur history buffs who could use a little literature in their reading.
“Some people think I’m a little sarcastic. That’s true. I care, but not enough to change. I just think, ‘aw, I’m tenured, what the heck.’”—My science fiction professor, who has a good sense of humor about things and his subject. I have a good feeling about this class.