Anyone who wondered what JK Rowling could possibly have experienced to inspire her latest novel The Silkworm, a novel full of bitter literary rivalries and backbiting authors, should check out Joanne Harris’ comments as reported by The Telegraph about the Harry Potter series, the bitchy tone of which undermined her otherwise perfectly valid argument about writing being a career which people depend upon for their living.
The Taming of The Shrew has never been a play I’m particularly fond of, for obvious reasons but even so, Shakespeare had some great lines especially about grabbing hold of life in the face of your own mortality. I like to think of this as the more romantic equivalent of gathering rosebuds while you still can…
Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of The Wind is a brilliant work of fiction and is infinitely quotable but I especially love this quote about the power of words. If you haven’t read it, you should get hold of a copy today.
I loved this quote from Divergent which I finished last week. For me it kind of summed up a key part of the ethos of the trilogy.
What was your favourite quote from the series?
Doubly so if the person you’re trying to talk sense into is a teenager or has the emotional intelligence of a five year old.
Few things annoy me more than someone who gets on the train and decides to have a loud phone call for entertainment while ignoring the glares of other people. It’s completely antisocial. Why can’t they bring a book, newspaper or magazine like everyone else? Or use the time for quiet contemplation?
In the wise words of Lemony Snickett, never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them. They might be a public phone caller.
A wise man, or a mad one depending on how you look at these things, once said that flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. It must be to this end that I keep throwing myself forward. Has anyone else tried this? Did you have any success?
If you had a bad Valentine’s day or someone has asked you why you’re not planning to get married recently, quote Montaigne and fly free, little bird, fly free!