cynthia1960: me from Wiscon Chronicles v. 3 (Default)
Here's one of the open posts [livejournal.com profile] caprine noted when she was discussing Sei Shōnagon being one of the very first bloggish folks a thousand years ago.
cynthia1960: me from Wiscon Chronicles v. 3 (Default)
Seriously, I dare you all to pick up her Pillow Book, grab a few random entries, and close your eyes. It reads like somebody's snarky dw/lj, doesn't it? Add Lady Murasaki, Lady Sarashina, and the author of the Gossamer Diary, and the fun multiplies. If there were comment threads, the snark would get poetic.

(yes, I love reading Heian Japanese lit)
cynthia1960: (pride&prejudice)
Some kind soul pointed me at the blog Following Jane which is written by a man discovering the Divine Miss Austen for the first time. Lucky fellow.
cynthia1960: (eowyn)
I'm reading Value of Nothing by Raj Patel, and I am amused by this quote from the beginning of Chapter 10:

"There are two novels that can transform a bookish fourteen-year-old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish daydream that can lead to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood in which large chunks of the day are spent inventing ways to make real life more like a fantasy novel. The other is a book about orcs."

Well, Mr. Patel, I was fifteen not fourteen, but even then I got a whole lot more out of LotR than you had. You *are* spot on about Rand, though.

ETA: [livejournal.com profile] tandw points out that the quote is actually from Kung Fu Monkey and it reads like this:

"-- There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs."

John Rogers' version is more elegant :).

I haven't seen any attribution for this in my Kindle edition of Patel's book, and that's really sloppy and inconsiderate plagiarism.

Mr. Patel: You've written a best-selling nonfiction book, would it kill you to footnote this and link to Rogers? Hell, it took one of my friends no time at all to find the link and send me it, and then it was easy to edit my entry and give proper credit where credit is due. And was the copyeditor (or whoever does fact checking at the publisher) asleep at the wheel? Note to all the folks trashing traditional publishers (who probably aren't reading this, because my FL/access list has more clue than that): This kind of thing will run rampant if everybody and his dog starts publishing.
cynthia1960: (Saint Molly of Austin)
If I am so fortunate to reach the age of 82 with everything mostly working, I hope I write like Helen Philpot. Her last few posts remind me of Saint Molly of Austin.

hat tip to [livejournal.com profile] supergee among others...

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