Tag Archives: Charles Dickens

Happy Birthday, Charles Dickens

I have known a vast quantity of nonsense talked about bad men not looking you in the face. Don’t trust that conventional idea. Dishonesty will stare honesty out of countenance, any day in the week, if there is anything to … Continue reading

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The Books: Arguably, ‘The Dark Side of Dickens’, by Christopher Hitchens

On the essays shelf: Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens In his review of Michael Slater’s Charles Dickens, Hitchens compares it to Peter Ackroyd’s 1990 biography of Dickens. He seems to admire both. But he does clock a couple of interesting … Continue reading

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The Books: A Collection of Essays, ‘Charles Dickens’, by George Orwell

On the essays shelf: A Collection of Essays, by George Orwell Orwell’s essay on Dickens is a monster. It could be a small book. Dickens is one of my favorite authors, and Orwell’s essay is essential reading, one of the … Continue reading

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Book Questionnaire Full of Shame, Loathing and Lying

I can’t remember where I initially found this questionnaire, but in re-doing my Categories I found the questions saved in Drafts. I had obviously seen them somewhere, and wanted to answer them eventually. Thought I’d bring it out now. Haven’t … Continue reading

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Memos from David O. Selznick

Excerpts from the addictive Memo from David O. Selznick : The Creation of “Gone with the Wind” and Other Motion Picture Classics, as Revealed in the Producer’s Private Letters, Telegrams, Memorandums, and Autobiographical Remarks, part of the Modern Library “The … Continue reading

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Today in history: February 27, 1807

“Believe me, every man has his secret sorrows, which the world knows not; and oftimes we call a man cold, when he is only sad.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Beautiful. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born on this day, in 1807, … Continue reading

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Christmas Carol:

A guided tour. Wonderful observations, I love the point about feeling Dickens’ need to keep going, (in regards to the briefly mentioned detail about Marley’s gaping lolling jaw – a detail not referenced again). God, he was good. And the … Continue reading

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Reading and Watching

— finished Bleak House yesterday morning. My God! What a book! — started and finished The Road yesterday. Could not put it down. What a horrifying story. Scary, too: there were 2 moments in particular when I literally gasped out … Continue reading

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No Country For Old Women, Either

I went to see No Country for Old Men tonight. The crowd gathered outside the theatre, and they wouldn’t let us in because the cleanup crew was still going thru from the showing before. I stood there, nose in Bleak … Continue reading

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The Books: “A Tale of Two Cities” (Charles Dickens)

Daily Book Excerpt: Adult fiction A Tale of Two Cities – by Charles Dickens One of my favorite books ever. The interesting thing to me is: You know how you’re forced to read books in high school? And sometimes you’re … Continue reading

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