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"The Hurricane" -- Poets.org

The tree lay down

on the garage roof
and stretched, You
have your heaven,
it said, go to it.

 

- William Carlos Williams

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21 Book/Candy Mash-ups

21 Book/Candy Mash-ups | License to Read | Scoop.it
What do you get when you mix Halloween candy and classic literature? LiteraryCandy like The Fault in our Starburst, Lord of the Ring Pop and more!

 

These made me Snicker(s).

 

1. The Red Vines of Courage

2. Draculamond Joy

3. War and Reese’s Pieces

4. Jane Eyre Heads

5. Middlemounds

6. Les Twizzlerables

7. Nicholas Nicklebaby Ruth

8. Around the World in 80 Paydays

9. M & Emma’s

10. Lord of the Ring Pop

11. The Perks of Being a Wallsour Patch Kid

12. 100 Grand of Solitude

13. Moby Snickers

14. Oliver Twix

15. A Raisinet in the Sun

16. Phantom of the Lollipopera

17. A Room of One’s Toblerone

18. Skittle Women

19. The Runts and Future King

20. The Fault in Our Starburst

21.Three Musketeers

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Students hear a first-hand account of book burning

Students hear a first-hand account of the horror of book burning and banning from CHS Media Director Bonnie Grimble.

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Paper and Salt: A blog about authors' dishes

Paper and Salt: A blog about authors' dishes | License to Read | Scoop.it

"Paper and Salt attempts to recreate and reinterpret dishes that iconic authors discuss in their letters, diaries and fiction. Part food and recipe blog, part historical discussion, part literary fan girl..."

 

I don't think my mother wanted to believe it for years, being quite a great cook herself, but she has now embraced the fact that I only have a kitchen because it came with the house. (I hung the plaque she gave me confirming this in that very room.) Admittedly, and unlike Agatha Christie, I'm not all that into food. I am into creative writing, however, and I do enjoy reading about those who write it, so this blog fills me up. And such a clever name.

 

Some of the best entries (unless you're into the recipes):

 

June 30 -- Wallace Stevens: Coconut Caramel Graham Cookies

If cookies were a literary genre, I suspect they’d be the romance novel. Neither one gets much respect in highbrow circles, but both have a dedicated, verging-on-rabid following. They’re the perfect accompaniment to a rainy Sunday afternoon – and it’s dangerously easy to consume several in one sitting.

 

June 18 -- Ernest Hemingway: Bacon-Wrapped Trout with Corn Cakes

Broiling the fish not only keeps the bacon crispier than the Hemingway method, it also gives you the freedom to step away from the kitchen for a few minutes while it cooks. After all, a writer who couldn’t be tied down to one continent – or one woman – certainly shouldn’t be a slave to a sauté pan.

 

And a great comment on the About page: 

For my creative writing thesis in 96, I wrote “The American Literature Cookbook.” Some recipes, if I can recall …
-Walt Whitman, “Leaves Of Lemon Grass Chicken”
-Ben Franklin, “Thanksgiving Eagle Surprise”
-Cotton Mather, “Meatloaf In The Hands Of An Angry God”
-Herman Melville, “Bartelby’s Burned Boston Butt”

 

So as for making dinner tonight, "I would prefer not to." Bartleby would understand.

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Unusual Literary Halloween Costumes

Unusual Literary Halloween Costumes | License to Read | Scoop.it

"During previous Halloweens, we’ve seen enough 'Clockwork Orange' rip offs, and we’re pretty sure drawing a lightening bolt on your forehead with eyeliner doesn’t qualify as creative."

 

"This year, find a unique way of expressing your bookishness. Instead of a striped-stockinged, wart-wearing witch, try the 1692 version, like Elizabeth from 'The Crucible.'" 

 

How about a Tralfamadorian from "Slaughterhouse-Five"? 

 

"They're 'two feet high' and 'shaped like plumber's friends,' so this costume might have to be a little less literal. Wear all green, carry a plunger, and draw an eye on your palm, putting your hand above your head for pictures and impressions. Your response to everything should be "So it goes," but please avoid abductions and speaking condescendingly to fellow party-goers.

 

Or, from "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy":

 

"Try the literally two-faced Zaphod. He was the flamboyant, temporary President of the Galaxy, and voted 'Worst Dressed Sentient Being in the Known Universe,' so any combination of mismatched, bright-colored, out-of-date clothes will do. To depict his two heads, print out a picture of your face and tape it to the back of your noggin."

 

I told a senior today he should dress like Arthur Dimmesdale. I don't think he will, but at least he knew who I was talking about! 

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Kurt Vonnegut explains why people have such a need for drama

Kurt Vonnegut explains why people have such a need for drama | License to Read | Scoop.it

“What’s that, Lassie? Timmy fell down a well?” ... Well, no, Timmy never did fall down a well, although Lassie did once. Oh, the drama.

 

Here's some of what rascal Timmy DID do, however:

 

…let a rabid dog out of a cage (“Graduation”)
…ate deadly nightshade berries (“Berry pickers”)
…threatened by an escaped female circus elephant (“The Elephant”)
…hid out in the tree house when he had pneumonia (“Spartan”)
…ignored severe stomach pains; later diagnosed with appendicitis (“Hospital”)
…wandered into a live mine field (“Junior GIs”)
…menaced by a bear (“Campout” and “The Renegade”)
…trapped in a mine (“Old Henry”)
…got a black eye playing football (“Growing Pains”)
…nearly flew a home-made glider off a cliff (“Flying Machine”)
…ran into a burning house to save a neighbor lady and passed out (“The Whopper”)
…endangered by dynamite picked up by an escaped lab chimp (“The Man from Mars”)

(source: lassieweb.org)

 

I'm not sure that last one is for real, but shows get desperate when they're nearing the end.

 

Students and teachers alike get desperate too when the grading period nears its end. I really could have used Lassie today to eat all of my students' homework that I had yet to grade. 

 

The connection of all this to today's post is that my morning started with an uptick on my timeline as this blog hit 1000 views from over 600 unique IP addresses. That was just the beginning of today's drama, though it's all settling down now. 

 

So thanks to my Scoopies for making today more than just another ordinary day in an ordinary town. 

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Magnificent Five-Story Book Mountain Library

Magnificent Five-Story Book Mountain Library | License to Read | Scoop.it
Architecture firm MVRDV designed this magnificent library called Book Mountain, literally a mountain of books covered by a glass shell.

 

Public library in Spijkenisse near Rotterdam, Netherlands.

 

The windows may not be all that good for the books, but maybe the country doesn't get a lot of sunlight?

 

And I don't see any ladders, but that could be because perhaps they wanted to shelve the banned and challenged books just out of reach. I'll remember that for the "Books and Beer" cafe venture my colleagues want to open in the arts district. We'll offer "top shelf" literature.

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J. K. Rowling: By the Book

J. K. Rowling: By the Book | License to Read | Scoop.it
The author of “Harry Potter” and, now, “The Casual Vacancy” says her favorite literary character is Jo March: “It is hard to overstate what she meant to a small, plain girl called Jo.”...

 

"I don’t read “chick lit,” fantasy or science fiction but I’ll give any book a chance if it’s lying there and I’ve got half an hour to kill."

 

Really? Not a fan of fantasy? okaaay... 

And Dickens? She'd want to meet him? Hmmmmm...

 

Still, I would like to read her new book. I mean, if she cried while writing the ending of her own book... 

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The Pop Cultural Landscape (According to Books)

The Pop Cultural Landscape (According to Books) | License to Read | Scoop.it

This is just a short list of most mentioned songs, movies, TV shows, etc. in literature. It gives just a snapshot of what appears over on Small Demons, a site filled with hours of trivia.

 

Go to the Featured section of Small Demons to discover how many times a song has been referenced and the excerpt where it appears. Then prepare to spend way too much time digging through other connections that lead to more breadcrumbs, etc. 

 

 

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Underlined Book Quotes Become Clever Illustrations - My Modern Metropolis

Underlined Book Quotes Become Clever Illustrations - My Modern Metropolis | License to Read | Scoop.it
Bookworm or not, you can't help but enjoy these black and white illustrations of literary quotes by Evan Robertson.

 

It's not the deepest statement he ever made, but Sartre wins, with Hemingway a close second. 

 

I'd buy the teapot, though, and not just because it's from "Prufrock," my favorite poem.  I happen to like tea served British style, with milk.

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Zelda and Scott's Creative Communion

Zelda and Scott's Creative Communion | License to Read | Scoop.it

To Scott and many others, Zelda was one of a kind. She was very nearly his literal Daisy, and his desire, jealousy, and obsession for her brought us several great novels. Quite the muse.

 

I'll soon be rereading "The Great Gatsby" for the n-th time, but I never tire of it. In fact, it gets better with age. Closest thing to poetry in prose I've ever encountered.

 

On another note, I've had thousands of students, but I've never had anyone named Zelda. You'd think such a popular gal would have inspired numerous others to name their offspring after her. I mean, come on, "Apple," really?

 

Even my name is more popular than hers. I've actually met two people named Enid, one of whom was a roommate's aunt. And there is that city out west...

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'New York, Phew York' celebrates smells of New York 

'New York, Phew York' celebrates smells of New York  | License to Read | Scoop.it

"A midtown concierge has written an odorous ode to New York City’s distinct smells — and boy, does it stink! From pastrami sandwiches to pizza to the unwashed guy you don’t want to sit next to, it's not for the faint of stomach"

 

Scratch and sniff goes gross, but I'd say Harry Potter's Bertie Bott's Jelly Beans are even more disgusting.

 

What I find more shocking than the aroma choices is that she had trouble finding a publisher so had to do it herself. Seems like the more a work has shock value, either because of crassness or language, the better it sells. (e.g. "Go the Bleep to Sleep," "Fifty Shades...") 

 

 

 

 

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F. Scott Fitzgerald Responds to Hate Mail

F. Scott Fitzgerald Responds to Hate Mail | License to Read | Scoop.it
Curating eclectic interestingness from culture's collective brain...

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Scott never was one to mince words:

"Who in hell ever respected Shelley, Whitman, Poe, O. Henry, Verlaine, Swinburne, Villon, Shakespeare ect when they were alive. Shelley + Swinburne were fired from college; Verlaine + O Henry were in jail. The rest were drunkards or wasters..."

 

And when he said this: "100% American (which means 99% village idiot)," he had no idea that nearly 100 years later, we'd be looking to him and his literature to help us, the village idiots, define the American Dream.

 

I scooped this from one of my favorite sites, Brain Pickings, which hosts the literary jukebox, always a unique paring of music and literature. Do check it out.)

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Letters of Note: The novel (The Great Gatsby) is a wonder

Letters of Note: The novel (The Great Gatsby) is a wonder | License to Read | Scoop.it

Fitzgerald's editor confirms everything I have professed about the greatness of "The Great Gatsby," and he was just reading the drafts.   I've always found it to be the most perfectly crafted and poetic story I've ever read, but his editor believed this as well: 

 

"The amount of meaning you get into a sentence, the dimensions and intensity of the impression you make a paragraph carry, are most extraordinary. The manuscript is full of phrases which make a scene blaze with life."

 

"I think the novel is a wonder. I'm taking it home to read again and shall then write my impressions in full;—but it has vitality to an extraordinary degree, and glamour, and a great deal of underlying thought of unusual quality. It has a kind of mystic atmosphere at times that you infused into parts of "Paradise" and have not since used. It is a marvelous fusion, into a unity of presentation, of the extraordinary incongruities of life today. And as for sheer writing, it's astonishing."

 

"In the eyes of Dr. Eckleberg various readers will see different significances; but their presence gives a superb touch to the whole thing: great unblinking eyes, expressionless, looking down upon the human scene. It's magnificent!"

 

"You once told me you were not a natural writer—my God! You have plainly mastered the craft, of course; but you needed far more than craftsmanship for this."

 

So to those who choose to get summaries of this short book from friends or the internet instead of reading it themselves, I can only say that it would be like hearing about today's OT win by the Indianapolis Colts secondhand. It's a good story, but it won't ever be a part of yours. 

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Johnny Depp to launch publishing imprint after 18 literary films

Johnny Depp to launch publishing imprint after 18 literary films | License to Read | Scoop.it

"Johnny Depp will launch a publishing imprint with Harper, a division of HarperCollins, called Infinitum Nihil. That's the same as his production company, which has had a hand in the films "The Rum Diary" (adapted from the novel by Hunter S. Thompson"

 

Hope his books don't get pirated.

 

 

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower | License to Read | Scoop.it

In case anyone's wondering, the movie is nearly identical to the book (not too surprising since Chbosky wrote both).

 

Ironically, I was reading it in the back of the room during a presentation about banned books (which I had enjoyed twice already) when the one giving the talk mentioned it. I thought she was calling me out for reading it, but she assured me she had no idea.

 

Just quite a fun coincidence. 

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Fairy Tales For 20-Somethings

Fairy Tales For 20-Somethings | License to Read | Scoop.it
Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Rumpelstiltskin, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood. Most children grow up reading (and watching the Disney versions) of these fairy tales.

 

"Now Tim Manley, a 27-year-old New York City high school teacher, has reimagined many of these classic stories ... in the voice of a 20-something, Millennial urbanite. The results, published on his Tumblr, 'Fairy Tales For 20-Somethings,' satirize the mindset of that demographic pretty brilliantly."

 

In addition to the tales mentioned in the HuffPost article, (Thumbelina, arguably the best one), there are other great entries on the original site: http://fairytalesfor20somethings.tumblr.com/

 

A choice few:

Peter Pan decided it was time to grow up, get serious, and work towards something substantial. so he started a blog of funny anecdotes from his life.

 

The ugly duckling always felt gross compared to everyone else. But then she got Instagram and there’s this one filter that makes her look awesome.

 

The crazy thing is that eventually even Alice began to doubt whether what she’d seen down the rabbit hole had ever really existed. And it didn’t make her sad, there was nothing overly dramatic about it, it was just that now she understood how the world actually worked.
But then she was tagged in a photo by an old friend, by the White Rabbit. It was a faded picture of her and the Cheshire Cat, and, wow, it just brought her right back.

 

The ugly duckling read obscure works of literature in other languages and listened to indie music even the guys in the record store had never heard of. If i’m not going to be prettier than anyone, she thought, I'm at least going to be better than them.

 

It was time to go to bed but Cinderella kept reloading her Facebook page, hoping one more person would like the link she’d posted to her photography. Then another person did, her heart jumped, and she hit reload again. Just one more, she thought.

 

Rapunzel cut her hair short and gave the rest to Locks for Love and everyone on Facebook liked her new profile photo. It made her feel good for a minute but then she was like, "Wait, did nobody like my long hair and they just weren’t telling me?"

 

 

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The section in books stores formerly known as "Young Adult"

I've noticed this too! Blame it on "Twilight."

 

At least they're reading something.

 

(BTW, the typo in the title isn't mine.)

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Stocking Series: The Rebellious Roll Garters

Stocking Series: The Rebellious Roll Garters | License to Read | Scoop.it

Roll down the stockings and powder up. We'll soon be crashing Gatsby's parties. The pool may even be reopened. (I still contend that Gatsby's pool boy has the worst job in literature.) Chlorine absolves even the worst of sins.

 

I won't be poolside, however, for I had more than enough of that idle time back in my younger and more vulnerable days when I was more apt to judgment as I played Cerberus to those foolish enough to dive into the shallow end of the gene pool. No, find me in that library with Owl Eyes, sucked in by the Charybdis of unread, uncut volumes, drowning in the drink of words.

 

And since invitations to read will be snubbed, just like poor, purple Myrtle who never made it to either Egg (she fell off the wall before it could ever be torn down), all I can do is tempt with the allure of the forbidden, the banned, the challenged. Crash this party and stay forever. Once you check this book out, you can never leave.

 

Handing out Gatsby this week. Let the good times roll.

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10 YA Novel to Film Adaptations That Kept Their Edge

10 YA Novel to Film Adaptations That Kept Their Edge | License to Read | Scoop.it

I can vouch for most of these, having both read and seen them. Book-to-screen transfers can be so disappointing.

 

The only shaky one on the list is the “The Hunger Games” because of its awful use of the "Blair Witch" camera technique. I literally had to leave the theater because it made me nauseous. At least I don’t have to watch the next two to know how it all ends. Just one of the perks of being a reader.

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Occupy Literature: New York from Melville to the Beats

Occupy Literature: New York from Melville to the Beats | License to Read | Scoop.it
Before Occupy Wall Street rattled the money merchants, Herman Melville and the Beats shook the city's foundation with gumption and glee.

 

"The savage angels kept arriving, stoking the fetish for music, art, and literature flickering in the endless nightscapes."

 

Bartleby, the Scrivener: a hero? a role model? a Beatnik before his time?  

 

I could comment on this, but "I prefer not to."

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Banned Books Video: Authors Describe Being Banned

Hear the "persistent voices behind squelched literature."

 

"Any book worth banning is a book worth reading."

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Famous Authors’ Funniest Responses to Their Books Being Banned - Flavorwire

Famous Authors’ Funniest Responses to Their Books Being Banned - Flavorwire | License to Read | Scoop.it

“A very famous writer once said, ‘A book is like a mirror. If a fool looks in, you can’t expect a genius to look out.’" - J.K. Rowling

 

Happy Freedom to Read Week

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PSA: Don’t Let Salami and Google Images Get You In Hot Water

PSA: Don’t Let Salami and Google Images Get You In Hot Water | License to Read | Scoop.it

I shared this on Diigo yesterday and it's already had 84 views. The timing on this couldn't have been better. This week I've been teaching seniors about copyright and making them use public domain images for projects (that still need to be attributed, BTW). 

 

Today's takeaway lesson, especially for bloggers: Take your own salami picture.

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Turnitin: Countdown to 20 Million Graded Papers

Turnitin: Countdown to 20 Million Graded Papers | License to Read | Scoop.it

Too bad the prize is only $2,000 because I'm going to win this in the next few days. I have enough papers in the system (90 X 8-10 pgs. each) that still need to be graded that I'm quite confident the prize will be mine.

 

Guess they don't offer more of an incentive because if they did, the one who wins (me) would stop using their service because she has RETIRED.

 

Stay tuned for the results.

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