|—||W. Somerset Maugham (via beckisbookshelf)|
It never ceases to amaze me how much really great old music—how many great old books, films, and the like—are out there that I’ve never heard of before. Case in point is this brilliant musician Papa Lemon. The music’s around a half a century old but still new to me. I love this album from start to finish and really enjoy the spoken bits where he talks about his life back when. They remind me of some of the stories told on a Mance Libscomb album I have (who’s another of my favourite blues artists).
A little notice to writers who live close to Ottawa: my friend Julie Czerneda is giving a workshop to benefit CAN-CON: The Conference on Canadian Content in Speculative Arts and Literature and ChiSeries Ottawa. Since Julie’s both a great editor and writer, you’ll be in good hands with her. Details here: http://ottawaspecficworkshops.ticketleap.com/destroy-story-gremlins
This probably more relevant to my friends in the Faerie community, but it’s still worth a general head’s up. I don’t know what Robert’s writing is like but I love the personality of his Gandersnitch character that I’ve met at various Faerie gathering, so I’m guessing the book will be irreverant and fun.
Read a great op-ed by my pal Joanne Harris from a couple of weekends ago. The last three paragraphs go:
Stories — even fairy stories — are not just entertainment. Stories are important. They help us understand who we are. They teach us empathy, respect for other cultures, other ideas. They help us articulate concepts that cannot otherwise be expressed. Stories help us communicate; they bring us together; they teach us different ways to see the world. Their value may be intangible, but it is still real.
That’s why our politicians, far from closing libraries, should be opening new ones. That’s why our thinkers, instead of dismissing fairy tales as fantasy, should celebrate creativity. That’s why our schools, instead of teaching literature in the way that gets the best grades, should be using it to fire pupils’ enthusiasm and imagination.
In the dark old days, the storyteller always had the best place by the campfire. Those days may be gone, but the power of story remains. It’s time we acknowledged that, and brought our authors out of the cold.
- Joanne Harris
from”Rich authors are work of fiction”
London Daily Telegraph, July 19, 2014
|—||Nikki Giovanni (via writersrelief)|
Glad to hear you enjoyed it!
Zahatar made their Kickstarter goal for their album which means we all get to hear their versions of the tunes from my book The Little Country. Congrats to the band and thanks to everyone who supported the project. The band’s now hoping to make a few of the stretch goals in these last few days, so if you’ve been waiting to jump on board, there’s no better time than now.