A tribute to two of my favourite art forms: literature and musical theatre! If you’ve ever watched Les Mis and found yourself thinking, “you know what this needs? A monologue on the history of the Parisian sewer system”, this is the list for you.
Chapter with more characters and Quentin Blake illustration deemed ‘too wild’ for British children appears for first time
I like how the original title for The Fault in Our Stars is all poetic and then the Norwegians just translated it to “fuck destiny” and I think that’s beautiful
Aw man, I thought for sure this had to be bullshit but nope
Why is it always Norway
Norway, a nation where you can put the word “fuck” on the cover of a young adult novel.
The new semester has started, which means that students all over the world are currently panicking over their reading lists and whether they will be able to get it all done. To make life a little bit easier for you, here is a quick introduction to a text that will definitely be on many a syllabus.
since feeling is first
who pays any attention
to the syntax of things
will never wholly kiss you;
wholly to be a fool
while Spring is in the world
my blood approves,
and kisses are a better fate
lady i swear by all flowers. Don’t cry
—the best gesture of my brain is less than
your eyelids’ flutter which says
we are for each other: then
laugh, leaning back in my arms
for life’s not a paragraph
And death i think is no parenthesis"
T.S. Eliot, in his obituary for Virginia Woolf, from “The Bloomsbury Group: A Collection of Memoirs and Commentary”
We’ve rendered these 10 famous first lines from novels in emojis. Can you name the novels?
8/12! How did you guys do?
First, I’m sorry that it took me so long to reply to your message, but I read At Swim, Two Boys once about three years ago and I couldn’t really remember the details. I wouldn’t know where to begin with this book as a whole because there is so much to it, but I did look up those final pages again so I could take another look at those lines you were referring to.
It seems to me that Jim used to dream about Doyler regularly and look for his face in the crowds, but as time goes by the immediate grief has become a scar and those sharp memories have faded, even though Doyler is still there in the back of his mind (or rather, his absence is). In the final paragraph of the book it says that Jim only looked for Doyler again years later as he lay “broken and fevered […] the last time in MacMurrough’s arms.” To me, this sounds like Jim is dying and Doyler is waving to him from “the other side”, as it were. It’s his ultimate happy memory, the one moment that comes to him before death. In a way, Doyler is the light at the end of his tunnel.
Oh my God.
Just thinking about these characters and their story has made me sad all over again. It’s been years and I’m still not over the complete and utter heartbreak of this book.