Poet: I can’t answer questions on Texas standardized tests about my own poems

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 01/08/2017 - 10:08
Badly worded or poorly conceived questions on standardized tests are not uncommon (remember the question about a “talking pineapple” on a New York test in 2012?). But here’s something new: The author of source material on two Texas standardized tests says she can’t actually answer the questions about her own work because they are so poorly conceived.

PG Wodehouse secures redemption as British Library acquires priceless archive

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 12/10/2016 - 08:58
On Thursday, the British Library will announce that the Wodehouse archive is about to join its 20th-century holdings, a collection that includes the papers of Arthur Conan Doyle, Evelyn Waugh, Mervyn Peake, Virginia Woolf, Harold Pinter, Ted Hughes, Beryl Bainbridge, JG Ballard and Angela Carter. This rare and brilliant archive not only casts fascinating new light on Wodehouse’s comic genius, and painstaking daily revisions of his famously carefree prose, it also holds the key to the controversy that has tormented the writer’s posthumous reputation, the “Berlin broadcasts”.

Six words added to Oxford English Dictionary to celebrate Roald Dahl’s 100th Birthday Anniversary

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 09/26/2016 - 20:32
Roald Dahl, who was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter and fighter pilot, remembered for his witty, beautifully written children’s books, the author having created some of our most beloved fictional characters. He often used incredibly unique words to describe the vivid worlds of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and Matilda.
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Author dashes into house to save laptop, 2 completed novels from fire in New Orleans' Broadmoor neighborhood

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 09/17/2016 - 08:41
Gideon Hodge, 35, describes himself as a playwright, novelist and actor. When his fiancée told him that their apartment was on fire, he left work in Mid-City and rushed to the scene. That's when he realized that his only copies of two completed novels were on a laptop inside. Clad in a T-shirt that said #photobomb next to an illustration of the Joker photobombing Batman and Robin, Hodge dashed into the building. He ran past the smoke and the firefighters yelling at him to stop and managed to grab the precious laptop.
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The game is up: Shakespeare's language not as original as dictionaries think

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 09/07/2016 - 21:03
Australian academic David McInnis claims literary bias by first editors of OED has credited Shakespeare with inventing phrases in common Elizabethan use

George Orwell and the whiff of genius

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 09/06/2016 - 14:28
Orwell often lived in places with no washing facilities, and in the company of chickens and goats. He loved farmyard smells: cows grazing in a meadow were scented ‘like a distillation of vanilla and fresh hay’. Sutherland thinks it significant that there are no animals in Nineteen Eighty-Four — apart from the rats, of which the author’s phobia was as intense as Winston Smith’s.
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Allen Eskens

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Wed, 08/10/2016 - 14:09
Allen Eskens is a writer from Mankato, Minnesota, and is author of three mysteries, "The Life We Bury," "The Guise of Another," and "The Heavens May Fall."