Monthly Archives: May 2013

This just in from Amazon–“Margaret Langstaff, A customer just told us your review helped them shop for DEPRAVED AND INSULTING ENGLISH”

Hahahaha… glad to be of help. “To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield”  … even an inch to Bescumblers, Pizzles et al. When life has become alothen, this is a good alternative to allochezia. And an anodyne for … Continue reading

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Is the Real Vanishing?

Originally posted on Chad Ference:
Morgan Freeman, the actor with the godlike voice, works in mysterious ways. As it happened, he helped me to understand more fully the first chapter of Jean Baudrillard’s The Illusion of the End, a postmodern meditation…

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Have you read or are you reading PRESENT SHOCK by Douglas Rushkoff?

I am midway through it now and finding it disturbing, stimulating, revealing about many burning issues of our time. Particularly what Rushkoff has to say about: THE COLLAPSE OF NARRATIVE THE FALSE NOW THE DISSONANCE BETWEEN OUR DIGITAL LIVES AND … Continue reading

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The Origin Of Species: The Musical

Originally posted on Delight Through Logical Misery:
The curtains go up. On the Origin of Species, published on 24 November 1859 by Charles Darwin is considered (correctly I would argue) to be the foundation of evolutionary biology. Its original full title was On the…

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Writing 2.3 – A Contract with the Reader

Originally posted on brainsnorts inc.:
When I took a graduate class called “Writing the Novel” a few years ago, I learned two very important things.  First, if you tell a writer that her work in progress is a romance novel…

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Albert Camus and the ventriloquists

This blog and conversation are amazing and have given me a glimpse of a glimmer of hope that Literature might survive the onslaught of online thieves and snippers/quippers. One and all, the voices are authentic, intelligent and discerning. So rare … Continue reading

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Oranges in a Sunny Chair: Wallace Stevens’ “Sunday Morning”

Sunday traditionally has been a time for reflection, easy speculation, and many of us call a truce with the nattering details of our lives to indulge our senses and explore with greater interest and attention the possible sense in things (if anything). Poetry, the best, … Continue reading

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You Can Always Count on NPR: “County sheriff’s dept to host several DUI checkpoints near the University of Florida”

[Recent local NPR public service announcement produced by college student interns] In other news …. this just in … a WUFT NPR special exclusive … Get to know your local law enforcement officials! You are cordially invited to attend one … Continue reading

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Bile Assaults: is bile really that bad?

Originally posted on Delight Through Logical Misery:
The four types of temperament proposed by humorism. Or how nobody has ever looked ever. Something had me thinking about bile recently. I can’t be sure what it was and I wouldn’t want…

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The Flower That Splits the Rocks: What Poetry Has to Do With Everything

  It is difficult to get the news from poems yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.[21] William Carlos Williams 1883-1963 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Carlos_Williams Related articles spring… and all (in2thewood.com) The therapeutic capacity of POETRY (connectingmindbodybreath.wordpress.com)

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Raising Some Hell: The Inferno and Its Often Hellish Translators & Rips

(c) Copyright 2013, Margaret Langstaff, All Rights Reserved [Posting this here as a follow up to “Our Words Indict Us” (see below).] I’m on a bit of soapbox here, but I think these are important issues that discriminating readers, curious … Continue reading

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Virginia Woolf on Words

Good grief, I was just trying to say some of the same things, struggling to explain to someone the fragility and friability of language, what a writer can reasonably expect and accomplish with it, took a break and tripped over … Continue reading

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Our Words Indict Us

(c) Copyright 2013, Margaret Langstaff, All Rights  Reserved “What a piece of work is man.”  It takes genius to fully render him, both in time and for all time. Trying to verify a phrase and give correct attribution for a … Continue reading

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Until the Last Ding Dong of Doom: Faulkner’s Nobel Acceptance Address Still Speaks Volumes to Us as Writers Today

Ladies and Gentlemen, I feel that this award was not made to me as a man, but to my work – a life’s work in the agony and sweat of the human spirit, not for glory and least of all … Continue reading

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Quote of the Week via www.WriterzBlox.net ~ May 17th, 2013

Originally posted on WriterzBlox:
“At one time I thought the most important thing was talent. I think now that — the young man or the young woman must possess or teach himself, train himself, in infinite patience, which is to…

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A Few Voice Lessons for Young Writers

(c) Copyright 2013, Margaret Langstaff, All Rights Reserved There is a lot of Hoopdeedoodle (Elmore Leonard’s wonderful term) about the Secret Sacred Writing Mysteries only one click away and readily available to desperate earnest young writers. Publishers have clued into … Continue reading

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Some Telling Truths about Truth Itself by Authors Who Were or Are Intent on Telling the Truth

This is a thorny issue, and dangerous under the best of circumstances. But it is an inescapable one, an ongoing lifelong challenge, for serious writers.  So many acceptable dodges, evasions, even escapes, are handily available, and it’s far easier to … Continue reading

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You Have to Be Willing to Make a Fool Out of Yourself: Some Advice to a Young Writer

(c)Copyright 2013 Margaret Langstaff, All Rights Reserved I receive many emails and questions from young writers of fiction, serious novices who have literary aspirations. Many of them are well read and well educated and as a result are so in … Continue reading

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“When I have Fears that I may Cease to be” by John Keats (read by Tom O’Bedlam)

Originally posted on Learnalltheway:
John Keats, Portrait by William Hilton, after Joseph Severn (National Portrait Gallery, London). (Photo credit: Books18)   When I have Fears That I May Cease to Be BY JOHN KEATS When I have fears that I may…

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To Mark the 23rd Anniversary of Walker Percy’s Death

So encouraging, refreshing to see some still asking the hard questions. Percy is a great example, an inspiration to those that have the interest, courage and willingness to go out on a limb on the remote chance of locating the … Continue reading

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“Levels of Life” by Julian Barnes: a meditation on grief

Originally posted on The Argumentative Old Git:
In the 8th book of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, the gods Jupiter and Mercury, wandering the earth in disguise, find scant hospitality in the homes of the wealthy; however, they do find welcome from a…

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“’Dear Patron:’ A Savage Terrorist Attack on the Weakest Most Vulnerable Members of Western Civilization, Book Critics!”

[NOTE AND BACKGROUNDER: This is a slightly edited version—for reasons of privacy only—of a real  email a colleague of mine received recently.  Identifiers, names, addresses, urls etc. have been X’ed out.  Book Critics (sullied by some recurrent craven disreputable yellow-bellied … Continue reading

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Some Recent Articles of Interest to Writers

These are all dead on, IMHO. Worth reading if you’re serious … and committed. God knows the serious and committed among writers should be “committed” (terrible pun!) on some days after several hours of lonely toil at the craft.  Intelligent … Continue reading

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This Quiet Dust

      (c) Copyright 2013 Margaret Langstaff, All Rights Reserved [What follows is a rambling, ruminative follow-up to a book review I recently posted on Goodreads. Books that address ultimate questions often have such a residual effect on readers. I beg … Continue reading

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Ian McEwan is killing me

Originally posted on One Writer and his Blog:
I don’t know about you, but reading people’s posts and seeing them publish their books, is beginning to make me wonder whether I have what it takes and sometimes its truly depressing.…

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