Literary Snobs

There's a time and a place for badly-written populist mind-candy. This is neither. It is, however, the place to appreciate good writing - both past and present, genre or non-genre. No deathless prose, no cardboard characters, no idiot plots. The good stuff. Such as Lawrence Durrell, John Fowles, Anthony Burgess, DH Lawrence, Joseph Conrad, Thomas Pynchon, Doris Lessing, Kathy Acker, Hanan Al-Shaykh, Georgette Heyer, Thomas Mann, Milorad Pavić, Kazuo Ishiguro, Michel Houellebecq, Roberto Bolaño, Harry Mulisch...

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December, 2022: Reading “Cold in the earth and fifteen wild Decembers, From those brown hills, have melted into spring.”8 no leídos / 8CliffBurns, Ayer 1:22pm
Slow Reading12 no leídos / 12Cecrow, Ayer 12:59pm
2022: The Movies We Love (...and not so much)68 no leídos / 68CliffBurns, lunes 11:20am
2022 Obits: Gone, but not forgotten56 no leídos / 56DugsBooks, viernes 12:07am
2022: Personal Message Board31 no leídos / 31CliffBurns, miércoles 2:22pm
2022: Articles on writing, authors and publishing66 no leídos / 66CliffBurns, noviembre 29
November, 2022 Reading: “November at its best—with a sort of delightful menace in the air.” Anne Bosworth Greene15 no leídos / 15CliffBurns, noviembre 28
2018: Television shows/series worth watching103 no leídos / 103CliffBurns, noviembre 1
October, 2022 Readings: " October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets and carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins."29 no leídos / 29CliffBurns, octubre 31
Book Hauls 6: A thread about buying books ...200 no leídos / 200CliffBurns, octubre 20
Great quotes, memorable bits of wisdom (Thread #2)119 no leídos / 119CliffBurns, octubre 11
September, 2022 Readings: “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” (Camus)24 no leídos / 24Cecrow, septiembre 30
Sci Fi that doesn't suck212 no leídos / 212CliffBurns, septiembre 3
2022: Things that make us go "Hmmm..."23 no leídos / 23CliffBurns, septiembre 2
August, 2022 Books: "August arrives in the dark/we are not even asleep & it is here..."25 no leídos / 25CliffBurns, septiembre 1
July, 2022 Readings “Summer has filled her veins with light and her heart is washed with noon.” (C. Day Lewis)21 no leídos / 21BookConcierge, julio 30
Now That's What I Call More Modern Music, Part IV175 no leídos / 175Cecrow, julio 8
June, 2022 Readings: "The month of June trembled like a butterfly..." (Pablo Neruda)25 no leídos / 25CliffBurns, junio 30
May, 2022 Readings: "What potent blood hath modest May." Ralph W. Emerson19 no leídos / 19CliffBurns, mayo 31
They Whisper in my Blood1 no leído / 1BAPS, mayo 18
April, 2022 Readings: “April. Month of dust and lies.” (Naguib Mahfouz)28 no leídos / 28bluepiano, abril 28
March, 2022 Readings: “March bustles in on windy feet, and sweeps my doorstep and my street.” (Susan Reiner)9 no leídos / 9BookConcierge, marzo 30
February, 2022 Readings: “February is the border between winter and spring.” (Terri Guillemets)22 no leídos / 22BookConcierge, Febrero 28
January, 2022 (Reading): “Hope Smiles from the threshold of the year to come, Whispering 'it will be happier'...”29 no leídos / 29BookConcierge, enero 30
2021: Fond farewells and obits82 no leídos / 82CliffBurns, enero 21
Poetry III: A Poet Can Survive Everything But A Misprint33 no leídos / 33mejix, enero 14
2021: Personal Message Board43 no leídos / 43CliffBurns, enero 1
Dec. 2021: Readings " was in the bleak December/And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor."22 no leídos / 22mejix, diciembre 2021
2021: Articles on authors and publishing53 no leídos / 53mejix, diciembre 2021
2021: The Movies We're Watching83 no leídos / 83CliffBurns, diciembre 2021
September, 2011--Early autumn reading189 no leídos / 189RODNEYP, diciembre 2021
November, 2021 Readings "November always seemed to me the Norway of the year." (Emily Dickinson)23 no leídos / 23CliffBurns, diciembre 2021
October, 2021: Readings "I wish that every day was Saturday and every month was October.” Charmaine Ford20 no leídos / 20CliffBurns, octubre 2021
Things that make you go "Hmmm..." (2020 Edition)64 no leídos / 64DugsBooks, octubre 2021
Sept. 2021 Readings: "Late September holds onto the summer / like that promise you made / you can never forget."16 no leídos / 16KatrinkaV, octubre 2021
August, 2021 Readings: "I do not think I have said enough about the splintered disorder of June, July and August."30 no leídos / 30Limelite, septiembre 2021
July, 2021 Readings: “The Summer looks out from her brazen tower/Through the flashing bars of July.” (Francis Thompson)19 no leídos / 19BookConcierge, agosto 2021
June, 2021 Readings: "Green was the silence, wet was the light, the month of June trembled like a butterfly.” (Neruda)16 no leídos / 16BookConcierge, julio 2021
May, 2021 Readings: "The month of May was come, when every lusty heart beginneth to blossom, and to bring forth fruit."8 no leídos / 8Maura49, mayo 2021
March, 2021 Readings: "March is the month of expectation, the things we do not know..." (Emily Dickenson)29 no leídos / 29CliffBurns, mayo 2021
April, 2021 Readings: "April hath put a spirit of youth in everything." (Shakespeare)16 no leídos / 16CliffBurns, abril 2021
What Light Prose/Comedy Meets Snobby Standards?13 no leídos / 13SandraArdnas, abril 2021
How/Where do you buy your books? (Thread #2)37 no leídos / 37RobertDay, marzo 2021
Films we're watching in 2020139 no leídos / 139berthirsch, marzo 2021
February, 2021 Reading: “February is the border between winter and spring." (T. Guillemets)19 no leídos / 19RobertDay, marzo 2021
January, 2021--"And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.” (R.M. Rilke)19 no leídos / 19mykl-s, enero 2021
December, 2020 Readings: "On cold December fragrant chaplets blow/And heavy harvests nod beneath the snow." (A. Pope)7 no leídos / 7CliffBurns, enero 2021
2020: Obits and Memorials152 no leídos / 152CliffBurns, diciembre 2020
2020: Articles about writers, writing and publishing82 no leídos / 82CliffBurns, diciembre 2020
2020: Personal news and announcements from our members32 no leídos / 32RobertDay, diciembre 2020
November, 2020 Readings: "Since golden October declined into sombre November..." T.S. Eliot25 no leídos / 25BookConcierge, noviembre 2020
October, 2020 Readings: "I have been younger in October than in all the months of spring.” (W.S. Merwin)18 no leídos / 18KatrinkaV, noviembre 2020
On Nobel Prize Winners (Literature) Your Thoughts?33 no leídos / 33Cecrow, octubre 2020
September, 2020 Readings: "Like steps of passing ghosts/The leaves, frost-crisp’d, break from the trees/And fall…"17 no leídos / 17CliffBurns, octubre 2020
August, 2020, Reading: "That August time it was delight / To watch the red moons wane to white." A. Charles Swinburne14 no leídos / 14cindydavid4, septiembre 2020
July, 2020 Readings "July is a blind date with summer." (Hal Borland)28 no leídos / 28BookConcierge, julio 2020
June, 2020 Readings “At midnight, in the month of June, I stand beneath the mystic moon.” (Edgar Allan Poe)23 no leídos / 23CliffBurns, junio 2020
May, 2020 Readings: “May, more than any other month of the year, wants us to feel alive.” (F. Hudson)24 no leídos / 24CliffBurns, mayo 2020
April, 2020--Readings "April... hath put a spirit of youth in everything." - William Shakespeare34 no leídos / 34CliffBurns, mayo 2020
March, 2020 Readings: "It was one of those March days...when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade."22 no leídos / 22CliffBurns, abril 2020
Great visuals--art and graphic design for smart people265 no leídos / 265CliffBurns, marzo 2020
February, 2020: "Surely as cometh the Winter, I know/There are Spring violets under the snow." R. H. Newell26 no leídos / 26Cecrow, marzo 2020
January, 2020 Readings: “Nourish beginnings, let us nourish beginnings" (Muriel Rukeyser)31 no leídos / 31Limelite, Febrero 2020
2019: Obits and Memorials202 no leídos / 202cindydavid4, enero 2020
Judging Books by Their Covers141 no leídos / 141CliffBurns, enero 2020
What does 'literary' mean and what makes something literary?12 no leídos / 12bookstopshere, enero 2020
Best (and worst) books of 201912 no leídos / 12Limelite, enero 2020
Things that make us go "Hmmm...." (2019 edition)162 no leídos / 162DugsBooks, enero 2020
2019: Personal news and announcements from our members49 no leídos / 49CliffBurns, enero 2020
December, 2019 Readings: "December drops no weak, relenting tear..." C. Cranch28 no leídos / 28CliffBurns, diciembre 2019
Cinema, 2019--The Future Has Arrived201 no leídos / 201CliffBurns, diciembre 2019
2019: Articles about books, authors and publishing110 no leídos / 110CliffBurns, diciembre 2019
November, 2019 Readings ("And it's hard to hold a candle/In the cold November rain." Guns 'n Roses24 no leídos / 24CliffBurns, noviembre 2019
October, 2019 (Readings) "October country...that country whose people are autumn people, thinking only autumn thoughts."26 no leídos / 26Maura49, noviembre 2019
How/where do you buy books?331 no leídos / 331CliffBurns, octubre 2019
Drama on Radio 370 no leídos / 70CliffBurns, octubre 2019
September, 2019: "September: the most beautiful of words...evoking orange-flowers, swallows, and regret."36 no leídos / 36CliffBurns, septiembre 2019
August, 2019: What we're reading and why we're reading it23 no leídos / 23Limelite, septiembre 2019
The History Channel--examining and re-imagining the past16 no leídos / 16CliffBurns, septiembre 2019
July, 2019 Books: "We thread our way through a moving forest of ice-cream cones & crimson thighs." Jean-Dominique Bauby26 no leídos / 26BookConcierge, agosto 2019
E-readers: Yes or No303 no leídos / 303Maura49, julio 2019
June, 2019 Readings: "Here's a hymn to welcome in the day/Heralding a summer's early sway." (The Decembrists)23 no leídos / 23BookConcierge, junio 2019
May, 2019: Readings..."What potent blood hath modest May" (Emerson)21 no leídos / 21KatrinkaV, junio 2019
2018: Articles about books, writers & publishing117 no leídos / 117CliffBurns, mayo 2019
April, 2019: “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” (Orwell)17 no leídos / 17anna_in_pdx, mayo 2019
Another poetry thread / I thought the last one was dead / along with my aching head / from Nantucket297 no leídos / 297CliffBurns, abril 2019
March, 2019--"March is the month of expectation /The things we do not know" (E. Dickinson)24 no leídos / 24CliffBurns, marzo 2019
February, 2019: "Whateva da weatha", keep reading38 no leídos / 38CliffBurns, Febrero 2019
January, 2019--Books we're reading to greet the New Year45 no leídos / 45RobertDay, Febrero 2019
Looking back on 2018--"Best of..." Lists and Reflections13 no leídos / 13CliffBurns, enero 2019
2018 Cinema--Leave comic book movies to childish minds137 no leídos / 137CliffBurns, diciembre 2018
December, 2018: "Chill December brings the sleet, blazing fire, and Christmas treat."26 no leídos / 26KatrinkaV, diciembre 2018
2018: Personal news and messages from our members33 no leídos / 33KatrinkaV, diciembre 2018
Things that make you go "Hmmmm..." (2018 Installment)59 no leídos / 59civitas, diciembre 2018
On reading unreadable books.131 no leídos / 131iansales, diciembre 2018
November, 2018 (Reading) "I'll wait until November/And sing a song of gray" (G. Brooks)23 no leídos / 23iansales, noviembre 2018
2018 Obits--Gone, but not forgotten108 no leídos / 108mejix, noviembre 2018
October Surprises (2018)--Readings and meditations on good books25 no leídos / 25CliffBurns, noviembre 2018
September 2018--Reading while awaiting Elizabeth Bishop's "September rain..."30 no leídos / 30anna_in_pdx, septiembre 2018
August, 2018: Reading while the rest of the world burns18 no leídos / 18BookConcierge, agosto 2018
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