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Robert Walser, Berlin Stories

From Nicholas Lezard (The Guardian)

Those of you compelled to take public transport might find some wisdom in this piece of advice on what to do if the journey goes past the half-hour mark, and is getting tedious: “You look straight ahead. 266 more words


Repost with Update: 15 Riveting Opening Lines from Novels

Each of us wants to craft a novel, short story, or article that engages a reader quickly. Sometimes even the first sentence is a powerful hook. 592 more words


Dystopian Lit Opening Lines ~ WIF Required Reading

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Dystopian Literature

Dystopian worlds are decidedly unlike our own – totalitarian, dehumanizing, frightening, often futuristic. The job of their creators, then, is to imagine a hellish world and put it on paper, in writing that somehow makes its existence terrifyingly plausible. 1,768 more words


Top Ten Tuesday - 25th August 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is: Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught X 101 (examples: YA fantasy 101, feminist literature 101, magic in YA 101, classic YA lit 101, world-building 101) 247 more words


Quote-of-the-Week 34

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“Simply wait, be quiet still and solitary- the world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked. It has no choice. It will roll in ecstasy at your feet.”

(Franz Kafka)


Books that Sting

I never knew books could bite and sting. I don’t read serious stuff. There are enough problems in my life to be burdened with more. No, thank you. 285 more words

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