On June 5th Ray Bradbury passed away. He entertained us with work like Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man.
Bradbury’s grandson said, “His legacy lives on in his monumental body of books, film, television and theater, but more importantly, in the minds and hearts of anyone who read him, because to read him was to know him. He was the biggest kid I know.”
Here’s a documentary about Bradbury from 1963. I especially liked hearing about the early years of his writing. Thank heavens he stuck with writing!
I love Netflix. One of the shows that I’m watching on it is Lost. The first season of Lost was the start of a huge adventure. I absolutely loved it. It was exciting. It kept me guessing. And there were loads of literary references.
Walkabout, the fourth episode of season one, features Jack asking Kate, “Tell me something, how come every time there’s a hike into the Heart of Darkness you sign up?”
What do I mean by LitQuotes Duo? Sometimes quotes, like chocolate chip cookies, are best served in pairs. Duos may be similar, surprising, contradictory or odd. They can make you smile or even make you think.
Today’s Duo is one of my favorites! It deals with all things green.
Quote One: “O, beware, my lord, of jealousy! It is the green-eyed monster, which doth mock the meat it feeds on.” ~ Othello by William Shakespeare
April 20th marked 100 years since the death of Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula.
An interesting fact about Stoker is that he was a late bloomer in terms of his writing career. His work history included theater critic, civil servant and 27 years spent as the manager of the Lyceum Theater in London. Stoker didn’t publish Dracula until he was fifty years old.
Then a dog began to howl somewhere in a farmhouse far down the road, a long, agonized wailing, as if from fear. The sound was taken up by another dog, and then another and another, till, borne on the wind which now sighed softly through the Pass, a wild howling began, which seemed to come from all over the country, as far as the imagination could grasp it through the gloom of the night. ~ Dracula by Bram Stoker
When I saw the Classic Book Club site my first thought was, “Why haven’t I heard about this before?” My second thought was, “What a great idea for a site. I wish I would have thought of it.”
The site is filled with book reviews. The reviews aren’t scholarly. Instead they’re the opinions of someone reading the stories for pleasure. Did they like it? What part of the novel appealed to them? I found it refreshing to find other people who think that classic literature can be fun to read.
It was an ideal spring day, a light blue sky, flecked with little fleecy white clouds drifting across from west to east. The sun was shining very brightly, and yet there was an exhilarating nip in the air, which set an edge to a man’s energy. ~ The Adventure of the Copper Beeches by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle