A small thrill ran through me when I saw that one of the books on Miyazaki’s list is Swallows and Amazons.
Here’s the interview.
Something makes me trust GS, and now I want to read: Things I already wanted to read Moonglow, Swing Time,The Attention Merchants, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, and things I now want to read: Good Clean Fun (Nick Offerman), Words Without Music (Philip Glass), Resurrection (Tolstoy), and a slew of short stories.
I love that what most moves him are “depictions of good ness that are not fraudulent or sentimental.”
William Golding and Lord of the Flies have been mentioned several times in the early discussion of High-Rise here on the Reading group. This might be partly my fault, since I described the book detailing a “breakdown of society” and “descent from civilisation”. It’s also fair enough: there are clear parallels between JG Ballard’s marauding gangs of violent adults cut off from the world in their concrete fortress and William Golding’s wild children stuck on their island.
Yet while there are obvious similarities, it’s the differences between the books that really matter. They offer radically different views about the loss of moral norms. Implicit in Lord of the Flies is the understanding that even if the children’s descent into savagery is inevitable, it is not admirable. The narrative voice often seems outraged at the unfolding events, while Piggy and Ralph speak loudly for decency and sanity. Jack and his crew have clearly taken a wrong path and are questioned every step of the way.
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She is Lesley University grad, who I met when she was selling children’s books in Lexington and running writing workshops in Arlington. She is a force of nature for books and living by your own light.
She liivs in the Pioneer Valley of Western MA, close to where I grew up. I’m sharing my first real apartment with my boyfriend and trying to decide if I really need a Kitchenaid Mixer (and if I do, what color to get it in). I thrive in nature and don’t mind getting my hands dirty. I work part-time at the most amazing children’s bookstore in the world (not that I’m biased) and the other part-time at a culinary agency.
Twenty-seven years after its premiere, reading Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman (Vertigo) and its related books can be daunting, especially now with the publication of the prequel miniseries The Sandman: Overture. Where should you start reading? What is skippable? What is the difference between The Sandman and The Sandman Presents? Where will you keep all of this after you buy it? Read on and find out!
What is The Sandman?
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My friend, Jessica Sage, who welcomed me into the Department of English Literature graduate programme at Reading, has published an good article on the new cover for C&tCF. Not only does the cover, seem to be for the wrong book Valley of the Dolls and Lolita were both guesses, but it just out-creeps the adult Dahl stories, let alone his kids ones.
I am not sure how I feel about this. I feel that is just another part of the globalization process and so nothing is different. One of my thesis advisors, David Brauner, thinks it is a good thing. http://wp.me/p2MwSq-otShare This: