11.30.2010

Fifteen Novels in Fifteen Minutes

I was tagged for this on Facebook (which I actually remembered to visit today), but it is too good to just leave there. Influenced is harder than "liked" ... but here we go ...

The Rules: Don't take too long to think about it. List, in no particular order) fifteen authors (poets included) who've influenced you and that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes.
  1. Rumer Godden
  2. Agatha Christie (nonfiction)
  3. Harriett Beecher Stowe
  4. Robert Alter (his OT translations)
  5. Flannery O'Conner (The Habit of Being)
  6. Dean Koontz
  7. CS Lewis
  8. Shirley Jackson
  9. Samuel Shellabarger
  10. Fulton Sheen
  11. Francis Fernandez (author of the In Conversation with God series)
  12. Nathaniel Hawthorne
  13. Robert R. Chase
  14. Charlotte Bronte
  15. M.F.K. Fisher
You're supposed to tag fifteen people but I decline that part. Not that I wouldn't like to see what Jesse Willis, Scott Danielson, Heather Ordover, Dr. Gemma, and Joseph (Zombie Parent)  would pick. I'm just sayin' ...

11.26.2010

Lagniappe 37: Grimm's Fairy Tales, 2

In which we ask, "Who are these kids, anyway?
Hansel and Gretel or Little Brother and Little Sister or Brother and Sister?"
Either name it's the same story with a witch and without a gingerbread house.
Joseph brings us something extra from the Brothers Grimm.


Grimm's Fairy Tales, 2
(listen or download from link above)

Read by Joseph from Zombie Parent's Guide

Get the book here: Grimm's Fairy Tales

References:
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    According to Webster
    la·gniappe  \ˈlan-ˌyap, lan-ˈ\
    Function: 
    noun
    Etymology: American French, from American Spanish la ñapa the lagniappe, from la + ñapa, yapa, from Quechua yapa something added
    Date: 1844
    : a small gift given a customer by a merchant at the time of a purchase;
    broadly : something given or obtained gratuitously or by way of good measure

    11.22.2010

    Episode 142: Genesis, chapters 5-7



    In which we encounter the "begots" and begin Noah's story.
    Genesis, chapters 5-7
    (download or listen via this link)
    Book Information
    • This book is in under copyright. Forgotten Classics has been granted the non-exclusive right to read Robert Alter's translation of Genesis and his commentary. This book is published by WW Norton. Please contact Mr. Alter or his agent for any permissions. Many thanks to Robert Alter and Georges Borchardt for their graciousness in allowing us to read this book.
    • If you are enjoying this reading, please buy Genesis. It comes to life even more when you are able to see and ponder the words.
    • Story rating: R for adult situations and commentary.
    • I will do my best to properly pronounce any Hebrew words but cannot promise accuracy. Biblical words may be pronounced using this guide.
    Podcast Highlight
    Other Links

    You really should check out Ari's comments in the LibraryThing group

    I really enjoy his comments, especially in something like this list of books that have been tangentially mentioned on the podcast. He is, in turn, making me have a great appreciation for his turn of phrase and take on authors and books. Thank you Ari!

    11.16.2010

    Rose Has Edited a "Crash the Superbowl" Contest Entry.

    Rose sez:
    I edited a Doritos commercial that a producer friend of mine at Columbia shot. I think it's pretty good and right now it is submitted to the Crash the Superbowl online contest. The winner is played during the Superbowl! ...and wins a lot of money...

    So, having views betters our chances of making it to the final round.

    Once you skip the intro, the video will pop up.
    I watched this over Tom's shoulder this morning, only knowing that it was directed by a friend of Rose's who is attending Columbia. I liked it.

    Did Tom tell me Rose edited it? No.

    (sigh)

    Upon opening my email I saw the message above. Swing by and take a look.

    11.15.2010

    Episode 141: Genesis, chapters 3-4

    In which Adam and Eve give in to temptation and suffer the consequences.
    Genesis, chapters 3-4
    (download or listen via this link)
    Book Information
    • This book is in under copyright. Forgotten Classics has been granted the non-exclusive right to read Robert Alter's translation of Genesis and his commentary. This book is published by WW Norton. Please contact Mr. Alter or his agent for any permissions. Many thanks to Robert Alter and Georges Borchardt for their graciousness in allowing us to read this book.
    • If you are enjoying this reading, please buy Genesis. It comes to life even more when you are able to see and ponder the words.
    • Story rating: R for adult situations and commentary.
    • I will do my best to properly pronounce any Hebrew words but cannot promise accuracy. Biblical words may be pronounced using this guide.
    Podcast Highlight
    Other Links

    11.06.2010

    Episode 140: Genesis, chapters 1-2

    In which we witness creation, from near and from afar.
    Genesis, chapters 1-2
    (download or listen via this link)
    Book Information
    • This book is in under copyright. Forgotten Classics has been granted the non-exclusive right to read Robert Alter's translation of Genesis and his commentary. This book is published by WW Norton. Please contact Mr. Alter or his agent for any permissions. Many thanks to Robert Alter and Georges Borchardt for their graciousness in allowing us to read this book.
    • If you are enjoying this reading, please buy Genesis. It comes to life even more when you are able to see and ponder the words.
    • Story rating: R for adult situations and commentary.
    • I will do my best to properly pronounce any Hebrew words but cannot promise accuracy. Biblical words may be pronounced using this guide.
    Podcast Highlight
    Other Links