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Sunday, October 25, 2020
“To understand and reconnect with our stories, the stories of the ancestors, is to build our identities. We all belong to an ancient identity. Stories are the rivers that take us there.” – Frank Delaney
Delaney said that writers always should read their works aloud before finalizing them. "If you need proof of how the oral relates to the written, consider that many great novelists, including Joyce and Hemingway, never submitted a piece of work without first reading it aloud."
When asked who he would emulate and why, he said Fitzgerald. '”The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald remains the most perfect novel that has ever come out of the United States. Everything in the book moves as it should, in the manner of a piece by Bach or Mozart."
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Saturday, October 24, 2020
use the language I use to my friends. They wouldn't believe me if I used some
high-flown literary language. I want them to believe me.”
– Adrian Mitchell
Born in London on this date in 1932, Mitchell was a poet, novelist, playwright and one-time journalist who was a leading voice in Britain’s anti-bomb movement. During his lifetime (he died in 2008), his poems on nuclear war, Vietnam and racism were so well known that they were often read and sung at demonstrations and rallies. For Saturday’s Poem here (from the International Poetry Archives) is Mitchell’s,
look at your hands
your beautiful useful hands
you’re not an ape
you’re not a parrot
you’re not a slow loris
or a smart missile
we all start human
we end up human
or we’re nothing
nothing but bombs
and poison gas
nothing but guns
nothing but slaves
of Greed and War
if we’re not human
look at your body
with its amazing systems
of nerve-wires and blood canals
think about your mind
which can think about itself
and the whole universe
look at your face
which can freeze into horror
or melt into love
look at all that life
all that beauty
they are human
we are human
let’s try to be human
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Friday, October 23, 2020
“Sometimes things just fall out of your head on the paper, and if you're smart, you learn not to touch them.” – Laurie Halse Anderson
Born in upstate New York on this date in 1961, Anderson is winner of the 2010 Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association (for her contribution to young adult literature). And she is a finalist for the 2021 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature, sponsored by World Literature Today. The NSK Prize is the most prestigious international children’s literary award given in the United States.
A graduate of Georgetown University, Anderson began her writing career as a freelance journalist for The Philadelphia Inquirer while simultaneously working on children's and young adult novels. After minor successes for several children’s books, she published (in 1999) her award winning YA novel Speak – about a young girl’s trauma dealing with a rape. The book, also made into a movie, is now out in 16 languages worldwide.
To date, Anderson has written 10 YA novels, 2 graphic novels, and 16 children’ books. Her latest is this year’s graphic novel Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed.
“If I can write a book that will help the world make a little more sense to a teen,” she said, “then that's why I was put on the planet.”
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