Category Archives: Literature

Virginia Woolf: A Room of One’s Own

January 25, 1882 – Virginia Woolf born, leading English modernist author and feminist; best known for her novels To the Lighthouse and Mrs. Dalloway, and her essay A Room of One’s Own. “… a woman must have money and a … Continue reading

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Hobbit Day

September 21, 1907 – The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, is published. “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a … Continue reading

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Desert Wind and Mean Streets – Raymond Chandler

July 23, 1888 – Raymond Chandler was born, iconic American author of detective stories and screenwriter. In 1932, at the age of forty-four, Chandler became a writer after losing his job as an oil company executive during the Great Depression. His first … Continue reading

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Joan Didion 1934-2021

Joan Didion, author of Play It as It Lays and Slouching Toward Bethlehem, journalist, short story writer, and screenwriter, died yesterday after years of battling Parkinson’s disease. She was 87 years old.

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Poems for Tolkien Reading Day

Today is Tolkien Reading Day, started by the Tolkien Society in 2003. It is held annually on March 25, the day of the downfall of Sauron. In addition to writing The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Tolkien … Continue reading

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it might never be time for some game theory

  By ann summers   Not the best diversion for the end of the republic, since it’s not about game theory, but perhaps that’s all these have been, since the inevitable is coming in 20 days. “Guys. It’s time for … Continue reading

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TCS: Giving Frigates and Fairylands to Kids

Good Morning! ____________________________________________________________ Welcome to The Coffee Shop, just for you early risers on Monday mornings. This is an Open Thread forum, so if you have an off-topic opinion burning a hole in your brainpan, feel free to add a … Continue reading

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“It’s Not the End of the World at All”

“It’s not the end of the world at all,” he said. “It’s only the end for us. The world will go on just the same, only we shan’t be in it. I dare say it will get along all right … Continue reading

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First Read of a Literary Blockbuster

  The worst years of the Great Depression were 1932 and 1933. In 1932, the Gross National Product fell a record 13.4%  and unemployment rose to 23.6%. FDR was elected in 1932, and took office in March 1933. He worked … Continue reading

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First Read of An American Classic

Today is the 68th anniversary of the first publication of one of the most famous short stories in America. Some works of fiction take time to find their audience. Shirley Jackson’s now-classic short story, “The Lottery,” was first published in … Continue reading

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