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I'm not wise, but I read a lot of novels-Elena Ferrante
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Lol. So twisted. So good.

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vivastory @Bookwomble 🍼🍯😬 1d
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LeahBergen These are good. 😆 1d
Megabooks Love that last one! 18h
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Ruthiella 🤣🤣🤣 2d
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Leftcoastzen 😂😄 1d
LeahBergen Ha! 😆 1d
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Hop-Frog | Edgar Allan Poe
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📚Hop-Frog*Hogfather*Hobbit*H of H Playbook*Hearing Trumpet*Hound of the Baskervilles
🖋️Highsmith*Haruf*D. Hughes*L. Hunt
🎬 Hannibal*Hell or High Water*Halloween*Hot Fuzz*Hitchcock Presents
🎙️Head & the Heart*PJ Harvey*Howlin' Wolf
🎧Hurt (Cash)*Hallelujah (Buckley)*Heart the Size of a Horse*How's it Gonna End (Waits)*Happy Phantom (Amos)*Holocene (Bon Iver)*How Lucky (Vile & Prine)*Home of the Brave (Spiritualized)
@CBee #manicmonday #letterh

CBee The man who brings it every time 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 I absolutely love Tori Amos. (edited) 2d
vivastory @CBee I do my best 🙂 Same! Although I always listen to the same 2 albums lol 2d
persephone1408 Yes! The head and the heart AND Holocene💜 love it 2d
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CBee @vivastory Little Earthquakes and Under the Pink? Boys for Pele is cool too though 😊 2d
vivastory @CBee Little Earthquakes & Boys for Pele, although it's been years since I've listened to Under the Pink. Should revisit it!! 2d
CBee @vivastory you should! 😊 2d
Leniverse It's "From the Choirgirl Hotel" for me. 2d
vivastory @Leniverse Another I haven't listened to in awhile... I remember liking it though! 2d
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Mathilda | Mary Shelley
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The year after publishing the 1818 edition of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley began working on her second full fictional work which would not be published until 1959. There is a plot summary & brief synopsis of how Mathilda was refused to be published during her lifetime via the below publisher's link below. This is one of the darkest 19th c works of fiction I have read in awhile. Darker than Frankenstein in some of the philosophical implications.👇

vivastory Shelley's lyrical language leaps off the page in certain passages & although it is not as capacious of a narrative as Frankenstein I rec. for anyone interested in Shelley, lesser known Victorian works, &/or novellas (my edition runs to around 130 pages).
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vivastory I also noticed that one of the recent Penguin Little Black Classic Editions is a version of Mathilda:
ManyWordsLater Fascinating! Was it a finished work? 3d
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LeahBergen That IS fascinating. She‘s an author I keep meaning to learn a lot more about. 3d
vivastory @ManyWordsLater It is! It's a shorter work 3d
vivastory @LeahBergen I hope to revisit Frankenstein soon. Have you seen the National Theater Frankenstein featuring Cumberbatch & Miller? 3d
Bookwomble @vivastory Thank you for those publisher links. I've read a few of MS's shorter works but hadn't heard of Matilda - now on my radar! Her giving that manuscript to her father feels significant given its subject matter. Perhaps I'm reading to much into that, but... 🤔 Apologies for crashing your question to Leah: I saw that production on TV and it was fantastic. I loved the role swap. 2d
batsy Great review! I've heard of this but yet to read it and your intriguing review has me excited to get to it soon. 2d
vivastory @Bookwomble It's definitely tempting to speculate on motives on her giving it to her father & why exactly it was withheld. There are also prolonged discussions of suicide which I'm sure must have been viewed as scandalous at the time. I caught the production featuring Miller as the monster but would love to see the roles reversed! It played at theaters a few days & I was hoping that it would return to theaters this fall, but no such luck. 2d
vivastory @batsy I see that it has mixed reviews online, so I will be curious to see where you land 2d
Branwen Oh wow! Okay, I am SO intrigued! 2d
vivastory @Branwen I don't recall if you use a Kindle or not. If you do the Penguin Little Black Classic is available on there 👍 2d
LeahBergen @vivastory No, I haven‘t! 2d
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Nancy invents Litsy 📚📚

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Deblovestoread 💜 this 3d
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batsy Perfect 😂 3d
LeahBergen 😆😆 3d
Branwen 😂🤣😂🤣 2d
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Free Jazz | Jeff Schwartz
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Karma is one of the best albums I've listened to this year. Sanders also was a major player on Alice Coltrane's Journey in Satchidananda.

Bookwomble Sad to hear of his passing. I love his work with Alice Coltrane 🖤 4d
vivastory @Bookwomble It's awful. I listened to Karma for the first time earlier this week and I was so floored by it I immediately listened to 3 of his other albums 4d
Bookwomble @vivastory I'll try to check out some of his stuff 🎶🎷 4d
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vivastory @Bookwomble Aside from Karma I also rec. Tauhid. Both have a feeling similar to some of Alice Coltrane's 4d
Bookwomble @vivastory They sound promising; thanks 😊 4d
Bookwomble Ordered Karma 🎷 😊 (and a bunch of Sibelius piano works 🎹 while I was at it, which I'm totally blaming you for, Scott! 😄) 3d
vivastory @Bookwomble I gladly accept the blame! Let me know if there are specific Sibelius works you recommend. I like the few that I have heard! 3d
Bookwomble @vivastory Any of his 7 symphonies, & his violin concerto & Karelia are very popular. I love his tone poems, particularly Tapiola & The Swan of Tuonela. His music for the play Pelléas and Mélisande is iconic as the 1st movement, At the Palace Gate, is used as the theme for the longest running TV science show, The Sky at Night. And Kullervo is a striking accompaniment to that episode in the Kallevala, which Tolkien partly adapted. I'm gushing! 😅 3d
vivastory @Bookwomble Thanks for the lengthy response. It's truly appreciated! I found a compilation featuring symphonies & concertos as well as a compilation of Tone Poems. I'm adding both to my library to listen to. Also definitely intrigued by Kullervo. I have not read Tolkien's version but years ago I did read the Kalevala and it remains one of the wildest epics I've read. 3d
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Poems Dead and Undead | Tony Barnstone, Michelle Mitchell-Foust
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If you are interested in something off the beaten path this fall, I recommend these poetry anthologies co-edited by Michelle Mitchell-Foust & Tony Barnstone. Generous in scope (tagged spans Psalm 18 to Kim Addonizio, while Monster Verse spans Ancient Greeks to Patricia Smith) & surprising with the selections. I have read both of these years ago, but plan on revisiting both. There are two further Everyman's Poetry Anthologies I rec. tagged below 👇

vivastory (These are the Everyman's poetry anthologies that I rec. for fall. There are many other excellent collections they have published. One day I will make a post of my favorites 💙📚) 4d
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LeahBergen Cool! I‘ve been meaning to get a copy of Killer Verse for ages. 4d
merelybookish Thanks for these! Are you getting back into poetry again? 4d
vivastory @merelybookish I am reading more poetry than I have in years. It's been great! 4d
merelybookish @vivastory That's great! I read a lot of poetry in August. Tried doing the Sealey Challenge where you read a book of poetry/day. I knew I wouldn't manage 31 days but was still fun to read poetry with that kind of intensity. I usually just dip in and skim about. So it was fun to read entire collections from start to finish. 4d
vivastory @merelybookish I saw that challenge. I was tempted to join. Any particular volumes you read that you would recommend? 4d
vivastory @merelybookish I read Limón's Bright Dead Things years ago & I remember it was a favorite at the time. Adding The Carrying to my TBR. I was pleased when it was announced that she is the Poet Laureate 4d
batsy These look so good and interesting! Thanks for the recs. 3d
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Lol. Great story. A new favorite Poe

Branwen I don't think I've read this one! I'll have to give it a try! 4d
vivastory @Branwen It's a short one (about 12 pages) but of the 4 Poe tales I've read for the first time recently I think this is my favorite 4d
DimeryRene I‘ve been obsessed with Poe this year. I have read some scattered short stories before, this my reading this year has exploded. 🐈‍⬛🌑⚰️ 2d
vivastory @DimeryRene Any new favorites? I am trying to read at least 3-4 per week. Many years ago I came across a double CD featuring readings/performances of his works. There is a reading by Christopher Walken of the Raven. To this day it remains my favorite. Also, Diamanda Galas' reading of Black Cat & Iggy Pop's Tell-Tale Heart are pretty memorable. For some reason it's not on Spotify, but there is a YT Playlist 2d
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All My Pretty Ones | Anne Sexton
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This poem, several pages long, is an incredible ending to Sexton's astonishing, & very grim, second collection All My Pretty Ones.

Branwen I love Anne Sexton's poetry so much! 💕 4d
vivastory @Branwen I'm making my way through her Complete Poetry. I have read a few volumes through the years, but I think it'll be interesting to see her evolution 4d
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Poem 244
(This poem!)

Tender Is the Flesh | Agustina Bazterrica
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I knew that supply chain shortages are continuing, but seems a bit extreme 🙃

SW-T 😂 5d
BarkingMadRun 🤣🤣🤣 5d
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sarahbellum Taking a page from Swift‘s proposal 😂 5d
LeahBergen 🤣🤣 4d
Reggie Lololol I think there is actually an 80‘s movie where Adrienne Barbeau actually almost eats a baby because all the women in town are turning cannibal. 4d
vivastory @Reggie Since we've been talking foreign horror movies it seems like a good time to mention the 2010 Spanish movie We Are What We Are 4d
Reggie I think I‘ve only seen the English version. Which is a perfect late night early morning movie. 4d
Reggie It‘s where the mother dies of a weird cannibal disease and the daughter has to start preparing meals and she has a sister and a brother? 4d
vivastory @Reggie That's the one! I did really enjoy the remake of it 4d
batsy 😅 4d
Megabooks 🤣🤣🤣 4d
Branwen 🤣😂🤣😂👍🏻 4d
Aims42 LOL 🤣🤣🤣 4d
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Happy Birthday to the late Coltrane. Truly one of the greats. Pictured here with Alice Coltrane, an incredible musician in her own right! (A Journey in Satchidananda & Ptah the El Daoud are highly rec)

wanderinglynn I love Coltrane. Simply masterful. 5d
TheBookHippie Just lovely. 5d
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Beyond Black: A Novel | Hilary Mantel
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WTF is going on with the world?!!!

vivastory In about 2 weeks the world has lost the following creative luminaries: Marías, Godard and now Mantel. Absolutely terrible. 5d
batsy @vivastory Right? It is too much. (I did take some comfort in learning that Godard, in his 90s, went out on his own terms. Somehow that feels right, to be afforded that dignity after having lived a full life.) 5d
LeahBergen So sad! 😢 5d
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vivastory @batsy I wasn't aware of that, but you're right. That is comforting in a way 💔 💙 5d
vivastory @LeahBergen I have read Mantel before (not Wolf Hall trilogy) but it always felt like there would be more epics down the line 😥 5d
batsy @vivastory Yes. I think it was revealed quite soon after his death announcement in the French media, and then the rest reported it https://www.theguardian.com/film/2022/sep/13/jean-luc-godard-chose-to-end-life-t... 5d
Hooked_on_books This is such a major loss to the literary world. I was a bit shocked when I heard. 5d
Branwen I am really heartbroken over this. What a loss 💔 4d
vivastory @Branwen If you haven't read it, I think you'd really like her book 4d
CarolynM 😢 3d
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A History of Reading | Alberto Manguel
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It is no secret that I love Alberto Manguel. As I have posted numerous times, Manguel is one of my fave literary critics. He might very well be my fave living literary critic. Tonight I stumbled upon a 4 part documentary, featuring Manguel, entitled Empire of the Word. Luckily a YT channel has uploaded the documentary in the entirety:

vivastory As a fellow Manguel fan, I think this would be of interest to you @palimpsest 5d
Dilara Fantastic! I‘m going to watch that documentary too. 5d
vivastory @Dilara Enjoy! I watched the first episode last night and greatly enjoyed it 5d
Palimpsest @vivastory Wow, awesome! I‘m definitely going to watch this. Thanks for thinking of me! 4d
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Untitled | Unknown
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Happy first day of Fall, Littens 🍂🎃

Ruthiella Back atcha! 5d
Centique It‘s Spring Scott! I don‘t know what koolaid you‘ve been drinking… #southernhemisphereisthebesthemisphere 😂😂 5d
Branwen Happy Happy Fall! 🎃🍁🍂❤️🧡💛 4d
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A History of Reading | Alberto Manguel
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This is incredible! Apparently these are still around in certain places ?? Although not quite the same I have always remembered the Penguin Spinner Rack I saw at Left Bank Books several years ago. The info at the bottom about “ingenious people“ getting quite a few books for their sixpence cracked me up. Knaveproof. Ha!

LeahBergen I would love to come across one of these! 6d
vivastory @LeahBergen Wouldn't that be wonderful? “Let's see, should I press E-3 for Waugh..or F-11 for Austen“ 👏 (edited) 6d
vivastory @thekidupstairs you might have already seen this but I think that this would be of interest to you! 6d
TheKidUpstairs This is so cool! Thanks for the tag. Would love to see these at transit hubs! I think the Paris Metro has something similar, but it dispenses short stories (off to hunt for the article, it may have just been a dream!) 5d
vivastory @TheKidUpstairs I have heard of the short story dispensers! When I lived in Minneapolis, one of my fave spaces for live events was The Loft Literary Center, where among other things they had poetry dispensers! 5d
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Happy 65th Birthday to one of my favorite working musicians! I am seriously hard-pressed to think of a greater recent run of consecutive albums than the 3 studio albums he made with The Bad Seeds: Push the Sky Away, Skeleton Tree, Ghosteen. He has suffered great loss over the past few years & has continued to create incredible art to make sense of it & the world. Incredible.

CBee Are you on his e-mail list - The Red Hand Files? 6d
TrishB Hubby is a big fan! 6d
vivastory @CBee I'm not. Is it worth signing up for? 6d
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vivastory @TrishB A family of good taste I see! 📚🎧 6d
persephone1408 Omg I absolutely love push the sky away 6d
vivastory @persephone1408 Perfection 👏 6d
CBee @vivastory YES. Absolutely. He answers fan questions and his writing is just as poetic in his responses as in his music! (edited) 6d
vivastory @CBee Excellent! I will have to sign up. Thanks 👍 6d
CBee @vivastory hope you like! 6d
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Turtle Diary | Russell Hoban
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Inspirational Quote of the day

CBee If that ain‘t the truth I don‘t know what is 😂 6d
vivastory @CBee I am not allowed to use a customizable email signature on my work acct. If I was, this would be pretty tempting 😂 6d
CBee @vivastory mine is the first part of Emily Dickinson‘s poem “Hope is the Thing With Feathers.” This seems more apt 😂😂😂 6d
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vivastory @CBee I have been slowly making my way through the Collected Poems of Dickinson lately. It's been fantastic 💙 6d
CBee @vivastory I love Dickinson ♥️ 6d
vivastory @CBee One of my all-time favorites, for sure 6d
batsy This book was so true about so many things! 6d
vivastory @batsy I need to read more Hoban! I might have to tackle Riddley Walker. This short article by John Self on Hoban is interesting:
batsy @vivastory I was thinking that I want to give Riddley Walker a go, as well! Thanks for the article; it's pretty fascinating that his books vary quite broadly in scope. 6d
vivastory @batsy I found it v interesting. I have heard that the key to Riddley Walker is reading aloud the first few pages to get a sense of the dialogue. Revisiting Self's article I somehow forgot that Hoban was 48 before he had published his first book! 6d
batsy I find that so motivating! That he was kind of a late bloomer *and* produced such interesting, varied work. 5d
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Untitled | Unknown
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I finally made it to the theater to watch Barbarian. WTF?! I loved it. Top 5 horror film released this year. I recommend going in knowing as little as possible.

Probably_reading_right_now I‘m really excited to watch this one! 7d
Reggie So many bad decisions were made but seriously the storytelling was pretty good. All the horror movies that have come out this year have had good storytelling. Justin Long plays a great Chad. That poor monster lady. Bebe bebe. 6d
vivastory @Reggie Don't go in the basement lol. Also, I love how Bill Skarsgard pulled a Drew Barrymore/Janet Leigh. I agree about the horror movies this year having good storytelling. Did you see X? Because it definitely fits the bill & I'm looking forward to Pearl. 6d
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'Salem's Lot | Stephen King
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I wasn't on Litsy much yesterday so I somehow missed the posts celebrating King's 75th birthday started by @reggie I have posted extensively about King previously: about how I read IT during a week off from work 5 years ago & the scope & ambition completely changed my idea of what a horror novel could be; I have also talked of my abiding love for the genre bending series & the memorable characters in the Dark Tower; a few times I have mentioned

vivastory King carrying on the epistolary tradition of Frankenstein & Dracula in works like Carrie & The Outsider. Since I was a kid I have always loved King via the made for tv adaptations of works like Sometimes They Come Back & The Stand, but it is only in the past few years that I have become a devoted reader of his work. All of my life I have been a constant reader & am now also a Constant Reader. (pic image mural outside of Verbatim Books in CA whose 1w
vivastory IG ACCT is great fun.) 1w
Reggie 🖤Thanks for sharing, Scott. 1w
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vivastory @Reggie Thanks for starting these great posts, friend! BTW I just bought tickets to go see Barbarian tonight! 1w
Branwen Thank you for sharing this! This post makes me so happy! 💕📚💕 7d
vivastory @Branwen 🎈📚📚 7d
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persephone1408 That's why we should read ALL the banned books! 1w
Branwen Just the facts! 👍🏻📚💕 7d
vivastory @Branwen He's the best! 7d
dylanisreading Truth. 7d
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The Ferryman: A Novel | Justin Cronin
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Did you guys see that Cronin is scheduled to publish a new book next year? I. Can't. Wait. The Passage trilogy is one of my favorites of all time.

Reggie I never read the 3rd book in the series. I LOVED the first halves of the first 2 books but when we got to the vampire futures I was always meh. Idk, maybe I‘ll give him another shot. 1w
Vansa I didn't know this, I absolutely loved his Passage trilogy!! The ending had me in tears. Thank you for sharing, cannot wait! 1w
Addison_Reads I'm reading this now thanks to #NetGalley. I'm a huge fan of his work. 1w
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vivastory @Reggie Honestly the 3rd book is my least fave in the series, but overall I LOVE this trilogy. One of my fave series of all time. But it was hard to deal w/ time jumps 1w
vivastory @Vansa It's hard to believe it's been almost 7 years since City of Mirrors! 1w
vivastory @Addison_Reads That's awesome! I know I've said this before but I really wish I enjoyed reading on my ereader more purely bc of Netgalley 1w
Kimberlone I loved The Passage series!! Looking forward to checking this one out 👀 7d
vivastory @Kimberlone I have thought about doing a reread of the series. 7d
Addison_Reads @vivastory I was also approved for the new Victor LaValle on #NetGalley, so see what all you're missing out on. 😉 7d
vivastory @Addison_Reads I am good naturedly jealous lol I just can't do ereaders except for quick bits of poetry & short stories 7d
Branwen HOW DID I NOT KNOW THIS?! 😱 7d
vivastory @Branwen I hope there'll be signed editions on B&N! 7d
Branwen @vivastory That would be AMAZING! 7d
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Dark Things | Novica Tadic
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A chance discussion earlier this evening about Vasko Popa & Serbian poetry, especially translations by the great Serbian-American Charles Simic called to mind a favorite poet I have not read in years. Tadic is the legitimate heir of Popa, or I should say was as he passed away several years ago. Dark, surreal, cynical, compact. In the intro to Dark Things Simic speaking of Bosch writes, "We live in a world which resembles one of his canvases."?

vivastory Further in Simic writes, “Tadic is a poet of the dark night of history.“ From a writer who opened his poem Hatred with lines which are becoming more relevant, “An ocean of hatred splashes over me every day/ whether I open a window or a daily newspaper.“ I can appreciate optimistic verse, but there's a certain amount of refreshing & realistic honesty that one finds in a poet like Tadic “Wind lifted the ashes/and spread them/over other ashes“ (edited) 1w
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Dark Things | Novica Tadic
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Dark Things (translation Charles Simic)

Reggie I felt the light get dimmer as I read this. Lol 1w
vivastory @Reggie *Insert nodding Jack Nicholson GIF* 😂 1w
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Dark Things | Novica Tadic
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You, Crooked One (translation Charles Simic)

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As translator Aaron Poochigian summarizes in the intro, " Considering life in Athens litigious & stressful, two Athenians, Peisthetaerus & Euelpides, head into the wilderness to find Tereus the Hoopoe, leader of the birds, & to make their home there." Peisthetaerus & Euelpides convince Tereus & the other birds to build Cloudcuckooland, a grand border city between humans & the Gods to regain their mythical majesty. A zany comedy w/ some ?

vivastory interesting commentary underneath. 1w
batsy Aristophanes is so over the top! And it intrigues me to think about the audiences he was writing for, who obviously were into this kind of absurdist. 1w
batsy *absurdism 1w
vivastory @batsy I completely agree. It makes me wonder about lost plays that could have anticipated Beckett & Ionesco. 1w
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Best of Roald Dahl | Roald Dahl
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Yesterday I posted about this story in connection with the mid-90s anthology movie Four Rooms. I just read it & I definitely recommend checking it out. There's a bit of a different spin to it.

LeahBergen I love this collection. 👍 1w
vivastory @LeahBergen I have read only a few from it (yesterday I read Pig 😬) but I like what I have read! Didn't Dahl at one point have a TV show on the BBC that featured adaptations of other authors? I vaguely recall hearing about a really creepy episode based on an Elizabeth Taylor story... 1w
LeahBergen I seem to remember a show like that, too! 🤔 1w
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vivastory @LeahBergen Found it! Tales of the Unexpected. There's a detailed wikipedia entry on it. It sounds very similar to Hitchcock Presents, only largely based on Dahls writings)
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Bookwomble Tales of the Unexpected was an iconic TV show when I was a kid. It had loads of big (in the UK) stars acting in it as Dahl was so popular, and his stories so inventive. The opening credits were really striking, and much copied and satirised. The show was produced for commercial TV, rather than the BBC. Thanks for the blast of nostalgia. I've got the theme running through my head now! 😄 1w
vivastory @Bookwomble Thanks for the info! It sounds interesting. I have it bookmarked to watch once I finish Hitchcock Presents 1w
vivastory @Bookwomble By coincidence I noticed that the series premiere was an adaptation of The Man from the South! 1w
Bookwomble @vivastory I can't remember that one. The two which stick in my mind are "Royal Jelly" and "Lamb to the Slaughter". 1w
vivastory @Bookwomble I haven't read Royal Jelly yet, but I am familiar with Lamb to the Slaughter. I see Royal Jelly is in my collection. Marking it down to check out. Here's a link to Man from the South, if interested:
Bookwomble @vivastory Thanks! I'll give it a read on my day off 😊 1w
LeahBergen @vivastory @Bookwomble Ah yes, that‘s what it was called! I remember it now. And Lamb to the Slaughter is one that stands out for me. 1w
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Ghost Stories | Peter Washington
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📚 The tagged book. There's something in it for everyone!
🖋️ Ernest Gaines*N. Gogol*L. Groff
🎬 Godfather*The Game*Get Shorty*Girl w/ Dragon etc trilogy*Get Out*Grand Budapest Hotel
🎙️ Gillian Welch*GZA
🎧Go Home (A. Olsen)*goonies vs ET (RTJ)*Go to Sleep (Radiohead)*Girl in Amber (Nick Cave)*Ghosts (Head & the Heart)*Gold on the Ceiling (Black Keys)*Good Grief (Dessa)
#manicmonday #letterg @CBee

CBee Ohhhhhh I love Gillian Welch ♥️ 1w
vivastory @CBee Hell Among the Yearlings is brilliant 1w
CBee @vivastory you‘re reminding me of music I love that I haven‘t listened to in a while, so thank you 😊 1w
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vivastory @CBee My pleasure! I listen to a lot of music bc of my job 1w
CBee @vivastory that‘s super cool! Sounds like a fab job to me 👏🏻👏🏻 1w
AmyG @CBee Ha, I just thought the same thing about Gillian Welch. Haven‘t listened in a looooong time. 1w
kspenmoll Gillian Welch! ❤️ 1w
vivastory @kspenmoll 👏🤘 1w
CBee @AmyG the playlist is huge. Lots of music I‘d never heard before and lots of forgotten favorites. 1w
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Poems to Night | Rainer Maria Rilke
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Nocturnal Walk

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I pulled this off of my shelves randomly a few weeks ago. I have previously read Adventures of SH, but as this contains the memoirs & Hound of the Baskervilles I have been making my way through it over the past few weeks. It's been wonderful revisiting 221B Baker Street. Sherlock has always been a comfort read for me. Also, Hound etc feels like a gothic masterpiece that subverted audience expectations.

LeahBergen I‘ve always loved the Holmes stories. I should revisit them one day! 1w
vivastory @LeahBergen They're a lot of fun! I plan on reading vol. 2 eventually 1w
batsy Spot on about Hounds. I read it long ago while spending a few nights at a friend's place on a farm and it well and truly creeped me out 😆 Like Leah, I want to revisit the stories and catch up with those I haven't read. 1w
vivastory @batsy I can only imagine how creepy that would have been. I was getting a bit unnerved by it reading it in the middle of the day 😬😂 1w
Branwen Sherlock is one of my comfort reads as well! 💕📚💕 1w
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Remember this classic 90s anthology movie? Having just read Dahl's story Pig, I read an article about adult Roald Dahl stories when I came across the summary of The Man from the South. It immediately sounded familiar. Sure enough, the final segment of Four Rooms as directed by Tarantino is a Dahl adaptation!

Lizpixie Is that Dita Von Teese top left?? 1w
vivastory @Lizpixie I had to Google to see who that is, but no it's not 1w
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The Final Problem was published in The Strand Magazine in the UK & in McClure's in the US in December 1893. Yikes! What a Christmas gift. It is also interesting to me that Doyle doesn't introduce Moriarty until The Final Problem.

Richryan52 Are you a fan of pastiche? 2w
Bookwomble I read the tagged yonks ago about the real life Victorian criminal mastermind who inspired Doyle's Moriarty. Fascinating read, made more so for me as I was reading it while at a training centre in a former stately home which I learnt was the scene of one of his most notorious crimes! 2w
vivastory @Bookwomble I had no idea about this case! Thanks for the recommendation. Book synchronicity is always fascinating. I recall years ago finding out that Bonnie and Clyde were nearly captured about 10 minutes away from where I live. After finishing the book I drove to the spot and there was a commemorative plaque 2w
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Bookwomble @vivastory There's a fantastic photo in the Napoleon of Crime book of Worth's bodyguard and hired muscle, a former circus strongman! It's little wonder Doyle was fascinated. And cool being able to take your book along to a site associated with Bobby and Clyde. It must have given a real connection. 2w
Bookwomble @vivastory Bonnie, obviously! I don't think "Bobby" would have survived Bonnie's jealousy for long ? 2w
vivastory @Bookwomble Bonnie & Clyde were quite the pair 🤣 2w
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I just returned from the theater where I watched Brett Morgen's experimental, impressionistic documentary about Bowie that could accurately be subtitled the philosophy of Bowie. As reviews have stated this disregards a strictly chronological narrative, however I do feel like it still maintains it to a degree as it literally is bookended with images & songs from the beginning & end of his career. I thought it was phenomenal. Easily one of 👇

vivastory the best movies I've seen in theaters released this year. I normally don't watch movies in IMAX but if you are going to watch this in the theater & are able to, definitely recommend. 👨‍🎤 2w
Suet624 Hmmm… I hope it comes to my little town but I‘m not holding my breath. So glad you got to see it. 2w
vivastory @Suet624 I saw in the opening credits something about HBO Max, so it might be on there soon. I plan on watching it again. 2w
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vivastory @Suet624 Also, speaking of music... I know you love Foo Fighters. Did you know they were in a movie that came out last year? I forget the name, but I think it's a horror comedy 2w
Suet624 Ooh, good to know. Now I just need to find a friend who has HBO Max. 😀😀 2w
Suet624 @vivastory I did know about the Foo Fighter movie but in my mind it all got wrapped up with Taylor Hawkins death. So I couldn‘t watch it. Watching them be goofy and not knowing they‘d lose their friend just got to me. 2w
vivastory @Suet624 I could def. see that. about the movie. Have they announced future plans? 2w
Suet624 No. They have one more tribute concert for Taylor coming up. Not sure what happens after that. Have you seen Taylor‘s son playing the drums at the first tribute concert? Made me pretty teary. 2w
vivastory @Suet624 I didn't watch it. I heard it was a great tribute concert though. 2w
Dragon Just heard Brett Morgan talking about how hard it was to make the Bowie documentary. He had a heart attack and the pandemic made it very difficult but he said in the end he made the movie he wanted to. Glad to hear it may be on HBO eventually as your review has peaked my interest. 💚🐉 2w
vivastory @Dragon I had no idea about his heart attack but in retrospect it makes sense bc several parts of the movie was Bowie talking about not wasting his life & treating each day as important. I can definitely see how difficult it would have been bc of the pandemic & I really appreciate that he didn't compromise his vision 2w
Bookwomble Great review, Scott. I'm excited to see it now 😄 Tagged is one of my favourite Bowie books. Photos by Mick Rock, text by David himself 🧡 2w
vivastory @Bookwomble Thanks 🙏 I hope you get to experience it soon! That book sounds incredible. Definitely adding to my TBR 2w
Dragon He mentioned that a couple times during the radio interview- it definitely has caught my interest 1w
Meshell1313 Great review! Can‘t wait to see this! Sounds moving and powerful. #bowieforever! 👨‍🎤 1w
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Sherlock trivia: This is the story where Doyle introduces Mycroft.

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(Poem taken from Prowling Bee Blog)

batsy There's always a line with each read that stands out in a Dickinson poem, and for me today it's "Just where the Hectic stings!" 2w
vivastory @batsy Yes!! A memorable line. I have to admit, it's tempting to start using "Mirth is the Mail of Anguish" in lieu of "If I don't laugh, I'll cry" 2w
batsy @vivastory Too good! 2w
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Ren Magritte | Patricia Allmer
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The Sixteenth of September-Magritte

BarbaraBB Love this artist! 2w
vivastory @BarbaraBB Same! Who are some of your other favorite artists? 2w
BarbaraBB I‘ve got quite a few but I now think of Marlene Dumas, Edward Hopper, Felix Valloton, and Gregory Crewdson. Who are yours? 2w
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batsy Love this and Magritte! 2w
vivastory @BarbaraBB I love Hopper. I'm not familiar with the others you mentioned, but I'm going to look into them! Like you I have quite a few favorites. To name a few: Basquiat, Schiele, Kahlo, Ernst, Remedios Varo, Xul Solar, Goya, Romare Bearden, Pollock, Joseph Cornell, Carrington, Juan Gris, Vivian Maier, Diane Arbus... 2w
vivastory @batsy 👏 I'm going to ask you the same that i asked Barbara. Who are your favorite artists? 2w
Megabooks Lovely! Thanks for sharing. I enjoy Magritte as well. 2w
vivastory @Megabooks I'm glad you enjoyed! I'm curious to know who some of your favorite artists are? 2w
BarbaraBB Wonderful list. I am definitely going to look up the ones I don‘t know. Thank you very much! 1w
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A few days ago somewhere on social media I noticed that the '36 Italian short Il Caso Valdemar, based on the tagged Poe story, was described as “the first gory movie.“ Intrigued by this I decided to reread the story & watch the short. When the story was published in 1845 it was believed for a time to be real, due to not being labeled a work of fiction & being presented as a case study. The Wikipedia entry for the story is fascinating. But I👇

vivastory recommend that you read the story first. Or if you pref. check out the Basil Rathbone reading, linked below. As is the Italian short.
Rathbone reads:
Il Caso Valdemar:
LeahBergen Cool! 2w
CarolynM How interesting! Thanks for sharing the links. 2w
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Danish linguist Knut calls a nighttime TV show after seeing a guest who speaks about the language that she has invented. Panska can be understood across all Scandinavian countries. The guest, Hiruko works at a center for immigrants, teaching children Panska & classes pairing folktales with her personal artwork. Knut & Hiruko meet in person & they attempt to connect her with another native Japanese speaker, as Japan has disappeared due to👇

vivastory escalating global warming. This sets off a series of adventures in what the publisher's site accurately describes as, “Mind-expanding, cheerfully dystopian.“ With connections forming later in the narrative between the various characters, this would appeal to Emily St. John Mandel fans. A deeply moving story about language, immigration & treasuring life's short lived moments in an increasingly tenuous existence. Easily one of the best books I've 2w
vivastory read this year. Please read this. 2w
BarbaraBB I will 🙏 2w
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vivastory @BarbaraBB I hope you like it! I thought it was brilliant & I was really moved by it 2w
CarolynM "Cheerfully dystopian" has me intrigued. Stacked, and I'll look out for it next time I'm at the bookshop. 2w
Sapphire Sounds fascinating 2w
vivastory @CarolynM At times it was so heartwarming that I forgot about the dark events simmering underneath. I'll be curious to see what you think 2w
vivastory @Sapphire I placed an immediate hold on the following as soon as I finished 2w
Sapphire @vivastory I didnt realize it was the same author! I was going to audiobook it, but now i habe to reconsider. This author writes the kimdnof sentences you stop and reread and ponder. 2w
vivastory @Sapphire Very true! In Scattered she writes extensively about language & I found myself stopping to muse over particular passages 2w
stretchkev I didn't care for The Emissary, but I might have to give this a try. She is a good writer for sure 2w
Megabooks Sold!!! 2w
Hooked_on_books The NBA longlist for translated lit came out today and this one‘s on it! 2w
vivastory @Megabooks I think you'd love it 📚📚 2w
vivastory @Hooked_on_books I noticed that. I'm pretty excited! There's several others on the list I plan on reading, but I wouldn't be mad if Towada won 2w
Branwen This sounds really good! 2w
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Months after the tagged library branch closed, the newly constructed Green Hills Branch has opened! This is the closest library to my house, so it will be a second home. Pictured are my first check-outs at the new location & in true library fashion one of them is a title I had previously checked out but never got around to reading 📚📚 I tagged the Boardwalk branch as Green Hills isn't in the database yet.

marleed I love the mid-continent library! 2w
vivastory @marleed This one is interesting bc it is going to have a cafe & a culinary center! 2w
Daisey I need to make more of an effort to visit some of the different branches of Mid-Continent! 2w
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vivastory @Daisey There's a lot of great branches! My favorite is the Woodneath branch, but I've been to several other great locations 2w
BarbaraBB That looks great. As is the combatting of eating and reading. Also, I was wondering if the title of the music book comes from my favorite Kate Bush song: This woman‘s work 2w
vivastory @BarbaraBB It's a winning combo! 🥣📚 It is based on the Kate Bush song. Sensual World is my favorite Kate Bush album The book is a collection of essays by contemporary female writers on music. 2w
BarbaraBB My favorite album too, that‘s a sign. I hardly ever hear people about that album! And I love that song so much! 2w
Branwen AHHHHHH that looks so wonderful! 💕📚💕 2w
vivastory @Branwen It's pretty fantastic! 2w
Daisey I actually made it to Woodneath once last fall and it is a beautiful one! 2w
vivastory @Daisey I am in liberty often bc of my job. When I have free time it's a good excuse to swing by 2w
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Otw to work this morning I heard a radio ad for an upcoming concert for...RHCP. Red Hot Chilli Pipers that is. Thought you'd get a kick out of this @barbarabb

keithmalek I don't know anything about them, but it's almost guaranteed that they're better than the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. 2w
wanderinglynn Love it! I‘d totally go see that concert. 2w
CBee Omg 😂😂😂 I‘m with Lynn. I‘d go see them! 2w
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LeahBergen 😆😆 2w
Suet624 I happened upon them on YouTube one time. 2w
vivastory @keithmalek *Insert Big Lebowski That's just like your opinion, man GIF* 2w
BarbaraBB That is hilarious! I googled them and found out they are “the most famous bagpipe band on the planet - ever”. According to themselves 😂 2w
vivastory @BarbaraBB I saw an ad for them that described them as "bagpipes with attitude" ? 2w
BarbaraBB Haha! They‘re probably extra red hot right now with all eyes on Scotland 😀 2w
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The Department of Truth #1 | James Tynion IV
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1) I used to enjoy Post Apocalyptic works more, but as they are starting to feel more & more like nonfiction I have a deeper appreciation for Alternate History.
2) For Post Apocalyptic I recommend Canticle for Leibowitz & Wyndham's Chrysalids. I feel like Chrysalids is especially an under the radar gem. For Alternate History I recommend Tynion's graphic novel series The Dept of Truth & Weisman's deeply researched imagining of a future world.

TheSpineView You're welcome! Thanks for playing! 2w
Reggie Oof, it‘s the starting to feel more like nonfiction for me. Lol 2w
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Brockmeier's Ghost Variations is a collection of flash fiction works in thematic sections that are variations on a standard ghost story. The sections (Ghosts & Nature, Ghosts & Speculation, Ghosts & the Other Senses etc) are imaginative & engaging & Brockmeier's reimagining of the ghost story as both metaphor & spirit, is inspired. I would recommend any time of the year, but def rec. for readers who want something a bit different this Halloween.

julesG Interesting. Stacked. 2w
youneverarrived Love the cover! 2w
vivastory @youneverarrived Same here! It was one of my favorites of last year 2w
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Ghost Story | Peter Straub
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Since Peter Straub's passing, I've wondered about the conversations that must have transpired over the years between the Kings (Tabitha, Stephen, Owen & Joe) & Emma & Peter Straub. I just stumbled across this hour long discussion, featuring at least 4 of them. I'm bookmarking this to watch later, but thought others might enjoy:

Lizpixie That was amazing! Thank you for the link, I think I was laughing at half and completely envious the rest🙌 2w
Cathythoughts Thanks 👍🏻 I‘ll have a listen ! 2w
Branwen Oh wow! Thank you so much for posting this! I can't wait to watch it! 💕📚 2w
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Florida | Lauren Groff
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📚 Fahrenheit 451/Fables/Fates & Furies/Feast for Crows/Fevre Dream/Fifth Season/Firestarter/Florida/Forensic Records Society/Furious Hours
🖋️ Nicci French/Tana French/Gillian Flynn
🎬Five Graves to Cairo/Firestarter (84 version)/Fargo (movie & series)/Ferris Bueller
🎙️ Florence & the Machines/Fiona Apple/Fantastic Negrito/Fontaines DC/First Aid Kit
🎧 Funeral (P. Bridgers)/Famous Blue Raincoat/Fake Empire/Fetch the Boltcutters/

CBee Once again, you brought it 😂😂👏🏻👏🏻 2w
OriginalCyn620 I forgot about Fahrenheit 451! 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2w
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vivastory @CBee I try to do my part 😂 2w
vivastory @OriginalCyn620 A lot of good F titles. I intentionally left out the titles that I recently named during the #alphabetgame Otherwise I would have also included Frankenstein 2w
CBee @vivastory and then some! I‘m here for it 🙌🏻 2w
CBee @vivastory is the song Fake Empire - The National? There were a few but I chose The National 😊 2w
vivastory @CBee You have it right 🙂 2w
OriginalCyn620 @vivastory Damn! I forgot Frankenstein too! I did not bring my A-game today. I‘m a little ashamed of myself. 2w
vivastory @OriginalCyn620 If it's any consolation I completely forgot about Fleetwood Mac. Landslide is one of my fave songs of all-time 2w
CBee @vivastory my story of how I got introduced to Landslide - I was a rabid Smashing Pumpkins fan in high school (still love them) and heard their cover. Had no idea it was a cover! 2w
vivastory @CBee Same! I saw SP on their Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness tour. Still one of the best shows I've ever seen. 2w
CBee @vivastory dang that‘s awesome. Jealous! Had a chance to see them at Lollapalooza but my parents wouldn‘t let me go 🙁 2w
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Without going into spoilers for those who haven't seen it, anyone else find the pacing of HoD incredibly weird? We are now nearly halfway through season 1 & I literally have no idea where the story is heading. Plus the significant time jumps between episodes, yet the characters have literally all of the same concerns and worries? It feels very disjointed to me.

Endowarrior21 YES LOL I am so confused lol 2w
vivastory @Endowarrior21 I'm glad I'm not the only one 🤣 2w
Jess I hear you. I seem to complain through the entire episode but overall kind of like it. So yes, I am confused as well. 2w
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persephone1408 The story that they're telling, the dance of the dragons, starts when the king dies. This is the set up, as it were. 2w
vivastory @Jess There are aspects about the series that I like & I'm going to stick with it, but def kinda bugged about it 2w
vivastory @persephone1408 That makes sense. Hopefully they will end the year long time jumps between episodes once the story gets going. 2w
persephone1408 @vivastory I'm just wondering if it'll be this season or not. 2w
vivastory @persephone1408 I think I will read the book soon to give me a better sense of it📚📚 2w
persephone1408 @vivastory its definitely entertaining and shocking 2w
Branwen Are you enjoying it though, despite the clunkiness? I am still really mad about how the last season of Game of Thrones ended and I decided not to sink any more time into a show! 😂 That being said, I really really love the book, Fire and Blood! ❤️🐉 2w
vivastory @Branwen I think I might like it more if Rings of Power wasn't on right now which I am loving. I have watched every episode of both shows & so far I have enjoyed every episode of Rings of Power more 😂 I AM looking forward to the spinoff that they will be doing focusing on Jon Snow though (edited) 2w
Branwen @vivastory I've been watching Rings of Power and loving it as well! It's so fantastic! I'm absolutely addicted! 💕 2w
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A Heart So White | Javier Maras, Margaret Jull Costa
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Incredibly saddened by the news of the passing of Marías. No joke, he was 1 of 5 authors I planned including in a post for my Nobel Prize hopefuls. At least we have his works. 💔📚

Liz_M Oh no! 💔 2w
Ruthiella I know the name but have never read any of his books. What would you recommend? 2w
vivastory @Ruthiella The only work I have read is the following 2w
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vivastory @Ruthiella But I have read sections of several novels & can just tell he's an author who I plan on diving into deep one day 2w
Ruthiella Thanks! I‘ll check it out. 2w
Tonton Saw the sad news this morning. Such a loss. 2w
batsy I'm dismayed that I've yet to read him! The tagged book has been sitting unread on my shelf for an embarrassing amount of time. I should definitely get to it soon. 2w
BarbaraBB So young. Very sad 💔 2w
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Rashomon and Other Stories | Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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Saturday reading plans. Might watch the Kurosawa film later. It's been years since I've seen it & I have only vague memories of it.

Bookwomble I've got this same edition tbr. I keep swearing to read it soon, and somehow it gets put off (saying that as though it's not me putting it off! 😆). 3w
vivastory @Bookwomble I just read the first 4 stories and I found all of them fascinating, especially the title story & In a Bamboo Grove 3w
Bookwomble @vivastory That sounds good 🙂 I read Kappa a few years ago and enjoyed that, even though I suspect I missed a lot of the cultural allusions. 3w
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Only 70 pages in, but this is very very good.

BarbaraBB Sounds fantastic! 3w
vivastory @BarbaraBB I was trying to remember, are you a boxwalla subscriber? This was a recent selection. This is one that I feel fairly confident that you'd really love 3w
BarbaraBB No I wasn‘t. I don‘t even know it to be honest. I subscribed to Indiespensable but they quit delivering to Europe! 3w
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I never finished This Time Tomorrow. Not because I disliked it. I liked it quite a bit, but other books came up. Emma Straub says in this thread that it's very much autobiographical.

Lesliereadsalot The ending was the best part. I loved the ending. 3w
KathyWheeler 😢 I loved his work. 3w
Megabooks Thank you for sharing. 3w
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Reggie I just read her thread on him and I felt like a fcking idiot for never connecting them two. So sad and her thread was so great. I love The Hellfire Club by him. 3w
Cathythoughts So sad. Yes It felt very autobiographical from what I read of her own story. 3w
batsy Sad. I think it was an NPR interview with Emma where I learned her father was hospitalised & ill in 2020. She mentions learning from her father's books to write about what scares you the most, which seems so poignant now, wrt to This Time Tomorrow. 3w
BarbaraBB Thanks for sharing this. So sad. It hits home hard, but for you too I guess. I loved the book, I hope you will read it one day ❤️ 3w
sarahbarnes Thanks for sharing this. I didn‘t realize he was her father. 3w
Branwen Thank you so much for sharing this! 💕 3w
vivastory @Reggie @sarahbarnes I didn't realize until only a few months ago that they're related. Straub does seem to be a not unusual surname 3w
vivastory @BarbaraBB I plan on returning to it. I loved what I read. It does indeed hit home. I hope that you are able to hold onto the good memories. 💔💙 3w
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