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  1. This popped up on my FB and while I hadn't given it much thought it does bring up a good point : Why are Books That Shape? Any thoughts?
  2. By the director of the hit documentary Behind the Burly Q comes the first ever oral history of American Burlesque–as told by the performers who lived it, often speaking out here for the first time. By telling the intimate and surprising stories from its golden age through the women (and men!) who lived it, Behind the Burly Q reveals the true story of burlesque, even as it experiences a new renaissance. Burlesque was one of America’s most popular forms of live entertainment in the first half of the 20th century. Gaudy, bawdy, and spectacular, the shows entertained thousands of paying customers every night of the week. And yet the legacy of burlesque is often vilified and misunderstood, left out of the history books. By telling the intimate and surprising stories from its golden age through the women (and men!) who lived it, Behind the Burly Q reveals the true story of burlesque, even as it experiences a new renaissance. Lovingly interviewed by burlesque enthusiast Leslie Zemeckis who produced the hit documentary of the same name, are former musicians, strippers, novelty acts, club owners, authors, and historians–assembled here for the first time ever to tell you just what really happened in a burlesque show. From Jack Ruby and Robert Kennedy to Abbott and Costello–burlesque touched every corner of American life. The sexy shows often poked fun at the upper classes, at sex, and at what people were willing to do in the pursuit of sex. Sadly, many of the performers have since passed away, making this their last, and often only interview. Behind the Burly Q is the definitive history of burlesque during its heyday and an invaluable oral history of an American art form. Funny, shocking, unbelievable, and heartbreaking, their stories will touch your hearts. We invite you to peek behind the curtain at the burly show.
  3. So I have compiled together a list of amazing novels with brief summary in the video below. Let me know what you think about these novels Have you read any of them? have u seen the movie? Did you like them? thanks
  4. Hiya, Happy New Years All. What's your reading list for 2017? Any particular books you're looking forward to releasing? Below is a few of my reading list goals for this year. I plan on re-reading some trilogies and finishing some books I've been sitting on for a while. For more on this list as I have a goal of 101 books to be read by end of year - check out my website at http://www.abandonallguilt.com/category/book/reading-list/ . *My Book List for 2017* Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy A Game of Thrones – George R.R Martin The Silmarillion – J.R. Tolkien 1984 – George Orwell Rasputin – Douglas Smith The Invisible Library – Genevieve Cogman The Secret History of the World – Jonathan Black Seventh Plague – James Rollins War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy City of Bones – Cassandra Clare Eragon – Christopher Paolini Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard There are 101 books on my list. Check out my blog for the full list. Hope you are all having a fantastic start to the new year.
  5. I'm from Italy and I love to read books. Now I'm reading one book of Hemingway and one other of Rosamunda Pilcher. I have a big bookcase where there are: Paolo Cohelo, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Isabelle Allende, Nuala Gardner, Nicholas Sparks, Massimo Grammellini, .. the Bibble and religious' books.. the School's book... I read everywhere. Excuse me for my English. I will to know you and your books.
  6. If you're looking for prizes and you write literary fiction, try quagga. Entries accepted from independent authors: www.quaggabooks.net
  7. PREFACE Books and the Man ‘He reads a lot - not always good books either.’ My mother’s words, as remembered. ‘Dave prefers books to people.’ My brother’s verdict, with a knowing smile at my fairly modest library of 3000+ books. ‘Come on, man, you’re announcing yourself as a scholar in the field.’ Dr Willam Fredeman, bibliographer at UBC, Vancouver in 1967 after Dave’s failure to pass PHD Comprehensives. ‘A man’s own words and deeds are his best memorial … do not omit painful casualties or unpleasing passages.’ Samuel Johnson’s advice to biographers in Lives of the English Poets It is difficult for us to imagine a world without books. And yet of course even today there are millions to whom the written word is meaningless, and our cousin, homo erectus survived for up to two million years without script. The book is a relatively recent tool, but one without which most of us today would feel lost. The book has become the vade mecum of modern man. ABC is the first object to be mastered in Western education systems. Every child needs its bedtime story. The book has become the therapy for loneliness, depression, hunger and of course for gaining maximum pleasure at minimum cost. Once the Word gets out; there’s no stopping it. Today we are suffocated by books, even more so than by people or cars. Who can avoid them? I sometimes feel an urge to run away from books, for what once was a delight now frequently becomes a burden. Most of my friends (now, there’s a word!) seem to have TBR lists, often referred to as mountains. So the hunger is insatiable and that’s worrying. I’m approached to Buy Now, offered free books, invited to review books, but my response is always polite, but negative. Almost everyone I meet recommends me to read another book. ‘It’s wonderful. I stayed up all night’ and so on. ‘Thanks,’ I say, ‘I’ll try it.’ Like heck, I say to myself. Where would I find the time? So, how do I select my reading? I don’t. I wander into any bookstore, avoiding this week’s best sellers and any with catchy titles or gun-toting girls on the cover and pick up whatever takes my fancy. Seneca! I don’t know much about him, so read a few pages, am captivated and leave Waterstone’s with a wrapped volume to take home and digest. On the bus I feel its outlines, maybe take a peek, and like a wise kid with a new toy, save it for later. I once had a penchant for novels, but now I’m less addicted. I’ve become more eclectic, moving into philosophy, science, linguistics and even non-celebrity memoirs. I want to get to know people and one of the best ways is by reading what they say about themselves. People, especially those with a hobby-horse, can become boring, whereas with books you can always turn off the tap, skip, or pick up another without upsetting anyone. For myself I have to confess a lifelong addiction to Marcel Proust. I don’t tell anyone about this unless they too are either Proustians or likely to be interested. Those who find him a monumental bore are unlikely to be among my intimates - if I have any such close connections beyond my brother. But what I seek from books and rarely find among people is the thrill of common interests or even excitingly new approaches to eternal questions. Of course one does occasionally ‘meet’ a kindred spirit on the internet, but somehow this isn’t the same. They probably have hang-ups or live in Australia or are desperate for sex or money. Whereas I can immediately reach out to David Copperfield to Henry James, Hemingway or even Henry Miller. I have now befriended (although he doesn’t know it) Dick Swaab, whose book We Are Our Brains accompanied me on my recent stay in hospital and he introduced me to the autistic savant Daniel Tammet. Of course I can’t shake the hand or embrace these gurus who have touched my heart, but they’ve become a part of me I’ll never lose until the dawning of Altzheimer’s Day. Ditto Shakespeare, Donne and a hundred other close-bosomed friends. Not that owning hundreds or even having read thousands of books makes me a better person. Not at all. More interesting maybe. Even possibly more intelligent, though Dick Swaab would dispute that. But better, no. My car mechanic is probably morally my superior. When I scrutinise my outwardly blameless life, I find it laced with self-deceit, cowardice, vainglory, negligence and even a kind of internal pride in these vices. I can’t see that all this copious reading, writing, lecturing and reviewing and all the ensuing academic activity have in any sense made me a better person - except of course financially. So why do I seek to ‘tell the world’ - as we in the trade say - my story? There are dozens of reasons, mostly selfish, many unknown to me that it would be inappropriate to delve into now, but the only one worth anything is that I am a writer, and writers can’t help themselves. The need to express or discover something urgent within must be addressed, and it is the itch or driving force behind all creative endeavour, from Michaelangelo’s ‘David’to the name of a loved-one scratched on the old oak tree. Tomorrow night I am giving a talk at my local library on writing and marketing your book. I ought to have prefaced my informal event with the TS Eliot cautionary heading ‘Notes towards … ’ for there are no rules. Ultimately you have to forget the ‘How to’ and do it your way because much creative work is unconscious. You may love your Dickens or your Laurie Lee but you can only write like yourself, and you only find out who you are by writing. On which pedgogical note I will now pass my quill over to my writing self.
  8. Hey all Book fans, I'm needing help and am looking to fellow book lovers for it, With the rage of the digital eBook for the Nook or Kindle or even the apps on your phone and tablet that allow us to read eBooks (I have a few, but prefer the physical version better), there is still something quite relaxing and magical about the Indy bookstore. A place where you can go in and spend time browsing the shelves searching for that special treasure and experience that the online market doesn’t give you or that smiling friendly face of the staff up front who happily points you to the book you’re searching for and especially the coffee and lounge area that lets you relax after a hard days work, gives a nice break during lunch or provides a hideaway for the college exam cram session (boy do I know this one!). eBooks will never replace a place like this no matter how popular they get and it’s sad to see that some Indy bookstores are leaving and succumbing to the online store. However, you can help to save the Indy Bookstore industry by supporting Tall Tales, LLC and backing our campaign on Indegogo! You get some awesome perks for backing us (we even have one where we name a Latte drink after you & let you design the flavor!) http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/tall- ... /x/5497893 Even if you don't live in the West Plains, Howell County, Missouri, USA area, any help will get us off the ground and make a big difference to our community, especially the college students. It's hard to find supporters of a new bookstore but I have a mission and determination to see this through no matter what. It's a vital need in the community and something I hope to pass on to my kids some day. Would you consider helping? Even if it's not a financial backing, you can help by promoting the campaign on facebook, twitter, tumblr and whatever else you use, even word of mouth. Thanks everyone for taking the time to look at this thread P.S. Here's a look at one of the perks you get if you're a backer: It's an awesome tote bag you can use to buy books or whatever you want. I'm personally ordering one just for myself because I think it's just adorable!
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