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My virtue is that I say what I think, my vice that what I think doesn't amount to much.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Hunter S. Thompson’s Daily Routine

Hunter S. Thompson’s Daily Routine:

3:00 p.m. rise 

3:05 Chivas Regal with the morning papers, Dunhills

3:45 cocaine

3:50 another glass of Chivas, Dunhill

4:05 first cup of coffee, Dunhill

4:15 cocaine

4:16 orange juice, Dunhill

4:30 cocaine

4:54 cocaine

5:05 cocaine 

5:11 coffee, Dunhills

5:30 more ice in the Chivas

5:45 cocaine, etc., etc.

6:00 grass to take the edge off the day

7:05 Woody Creek Tavern for lunch-Heineken, two margaritas, coleslaw, a taco salad, a double order of fried onion rings, carrot cake, ice cream, a bean fritter, Dunhills, another Heineken, cocaine, and for the ride home, a snow cone (a glass of shredded ice over which is poured three or four jiggers of Chivas)

9:00 starts snorting cocaine seriously

10:00 drops acid

11:00 Chartreuse, cocaine, grass

11:30 cocaine, etc, etc. 

12:00 midnight, Hunter S. Thompson is ready to write 

12:05-6:00 a.m. Chartreuse, cocaine, grass, Chivas, coffee, Heineken, clove cigarettes, grapefruit, Dunhills, orange juice, gin, continuous pornographic movies. 

6:00 the hot tub-champagne, Dove Bars, fettuccine Alfredo 

8:00 Halcyon

8:20 sleep

Source: Carroll, E. Jean (2011-10-04). HUNTER: The Strange and Savage Life of Hunter S. Thompson (Kindle Locations 196-221).

Via: Ferocious Sprout 

Thursday, February 04, 2016

The Buried Giant

“The Buried Giant” by Kazuo Ishiguro is set in post-Arthurian times, after a war between Saxons and Britons. They are at peace, a fragile one which King Arthur and his army achieved through vicious slaughter. In order to keep the peace, Arthur had Merlin cast a spell over the land to cloud everyone's memory. An elderly British couple, Axl and Beatrice, set off on a journey to visit their son who they barely remember because they too are afflicted with the collective amnesia they call "the mist". They meet many people along the way: Wistan, a Saxon warrior, Edwin, an ogre-bitten child, and Sir Gawain, an elderly nephew of King Arthur. They also encounter ogres, a dragon and a swarm of pixies. They discover that "the mist” is actually the breath of a she-dragon named Querig and the country’s memory will only be restored when Querig is slain. If the memory of the violence and slaughter is restored will the Britons and Saxons resume their war?
I don't care for fantasies, allegories or historical fiction so I found excuses not to read and it took me a month to wade through to the end. I can't recommend this novel although the premise of a collective amnesia imposed by rulers to make the populace forget political malfeasance was thought provoking.

Brian May and V&A to release 3D crinoline book

Rock star Brian May's company, The London Stereoscopic Company (LSC), is partnering with the V&A to produce a book for its upcoming exhibit, Undressed: 350 Years of Underwear Fashion. Crinoline:Fashion’s Most Magnificent Disaster, by Brian May & Denis Pellerin, is a “3D exploration of one of fashion’s most disastrous yet most celebrated garments”, which comes complete with a 3D viewer, the OWL, to take readers on a 3D “visual journey” through crinoline’s history.

More: The Bookseller

Wednesday, February 03, 2016


When asked in 1925 to contribute to a book called 'Favorite Recipes of Famous Women', Zelda Fitzgerald came up with this.


Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Selections from One-Star Amazon Reviews of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest

Biblioklept's excerpts from bad reviews of Infinite Jest:

  • slop
  • passably clever
  • completely pointless
  • superfluous logorrhea
  • spawn of PC Elitist writers
  • reads like a math textbook
  • This is the T.S. Eliot Effect
  • terminally adolescent drivel.
  • The footnotes have footnotes.
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A 100% hand-painted map of "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle,
by illustrator Andrew DeGraff. 
Illustrator Andrew DeGraff's new book, Plotted: A Literary Atlas, maps the fictional landscapes of our favourite books like The Odyssey, Hamlet, Pride and Prejudice, Invisible Man, A Wrinkle in Time, Watership Down, A Christmas Carol, and more. Below DeGraff depicts Robinson Crusoe.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

What Samuel Beckett Read

A collection of Samuel Becket's letters sheds light on what was reading 1941-1956. He liked Albert Camus’s The Stranger. “Try and read it,” he writes. “I think it is important.” He dismisses Agatha Christie’s Crooked House as “very tired Christie” but praises Around the World in 80 Days, “It is lively stuff.” But the book he reserves the most praise for is J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. “I liked it very much indeed, more than anything for a long time.”

More: Open Culture

Eight words that reveal the sexism at the heart of the English language

As Oxford Dictionaries comes under fire for sexist definitions, the history of terms that refer to women shows how deep negative attitudes go.

More: The Guardian

French Poets

10 Poets From France To Look Out For

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Personal library of Richard A. Macksey

The personal library of retired John Hopkins University Humanities professor Richard A. Macksey, housed in his home in Maryland, USA. Comprised of over 70,000 books which include many precious copies such as Proust’s copy of Swann’s Way, and rare first editions from William Faulkner, Henry James and Edith Wharton, Professor Macksey’s library is indeed impressive. To focus on building a bookish sanctuary in one’s home as comprehensively as this is to show the world that literature is the most important thing in one’s life.Via 

360° BOOK of Mount Fuji

Artist and architect Yusuke Oono has created the 360°BOOK of Mount Fuji using a format that presents a panoramic three-dimensional world. Each page is a finely crafted diorama.


Beatrix Potter story Kitty-in-Boots discovered after 100 years

A new story written by Beatrix Potter more than 100 years ago, featuring Peter Rabbit, is to be published for the first time.
The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots was rediscovered by publisher Jo Hanks after she found a reference to it in an out-of-print Potter biography.

More: BBC News

Monday, January 25, 2016

Is this the year's most political picture book?

Don’t be fooled by the pretty rainbows, says Gaby Wood – Lauren Redniss’s latest is a climate change warning in disguise.

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Residencies for Writers in 2016

Are you a writer with a travel itch? Aerogramme Writers' Studio Residencies for Writers in 2016 is a list for established and emerging writers from around the world.

New graphic novel tells the story of Ireland’s Great Hunger

A new graphic novel immerses readers in the harrowing years of 1845 – 1852, when Ireland starved, one million died and another two million people immigrated. The Bad Times tells the tale of the Great Hunger, from the point of view of three teenagers and their dog, Cú, from Kilkee, County Clare in the west of Ireland.

More here