My mother left me a note to tell me how thankful she was that I suggested such an uplifting novel for her to read
Parent/Child relationship: You are doing it right.
“It happens to many teenagers—that moment when you feel full of resentment or distrust for those adults you once loved unquestioningly.”
― John Irving, In One Person
Actually I suspect you can skip the first 8 if you just do the last one.
Yeah, seriously. I don’t fancy myself a great novelist, but perhaps it is because I don’t have a neglected spouse or a loyal pet.
But just for the record:
Childhood trauma: Limited.
Miserable job: Yes, but who hasn’t had at least one of those?
Moment of Self-Discovery: Not that I recall.
Episode of debauchery: I’m only allowed one?!
Pathologic ambition: Check.
Loyal pet: Nope.
Neglected spouse: I hope not.
Personal demons: Well, sure, but again, who doesn’t?
Years of boring hard work: Yes, although as years of boring hard work go, it beats, like, silver mining. And finance.
|—||Salman Rushdie on censorship, at our new literary blog, Page-Turner|
“If youth is the season of hope, it is often so only in the sense that our elders are hopeful about us; for no age is so apt as youth to think its emotions, partings, and resolves are the last of their kind. Each crisis seems final, simply because it is new.”
― George Eliot, Middlemarch
May 12, 1828: Dante Gabriel Rossetti is born.
This English painter and poet (the son of Italian émigrés) helped found the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, along with fellow artists William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais.
(portrait by George Frederic Watts)
The Brotherhood rejected and resented the “corrupting” influence of Raphael and championed a style heavily influenced by (among other things things) nature, Romanticism, and medieval art. In general, the art of the Pre-Raphaelites was marked by the use of bright colors and a sharp attention to detail, and Rossetti was no exception. Rossetti, in particular, was heavily influenced by medievalism early in his career, although when he returned to oil painting in the 1860s, he focused more on ethereal, highly stylized portraits of women.
|—||Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go|
by Preeti Kaur, guest contributor
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