Party Gone Bad

Robert Frost’s summer residence was trashed by a party of teenagers. Apparently the destruction began when someone crashed a chair (or table) at a window and then used it to light a fire to warm up the house. Overall,there is $10,600 in damages to the home. Maybe its just me, but why would you plan a wild party at a famous author’s residence? Especially when it is claimed that he wrote some of his most famous works at this place? Have we become so involved with ourselves that we cannot even think or thus behave in any decent manner? Granted, this is a residence and not the residence of Robert Frost, but it is still a landmark in America’s history, especially her literary history. This truly makes me sad.

Awards Round-up

Times in UK posts the 50 best British writers since 1945.  J.K. Rowling and Phillip Pullman made the list which is intriguing.  I would have to disagree with Phillip Pullman whose novels only received acclaim when being made into the movie which was awful (just like the books).

ALA announces several awards, including Orson Scott Card for the Margaret A. Edwards lifetime acheivement, especially for his “Ender’s Game”. 

 And Sean O’Brien wins the 2007 T.S. Eliot prize.  He is the first author to win both prestigious poetry awards, the Forward Prize and T.S. Eliot prize.

Bookstores of the World

Guardian listed the top ten bookstores of the World.  I think I do like #1 the best in Maastrict – Boekhandel Selexyz Dominicanen.  Imagine an 800 yr old church housing books?  It is almost a bookstore made in heaven.  I don’t plan on being able to buy many books traveling, but I do plan on visiting dusty old bookstores and libraries. Perhaps its because I’m an aspiring librarian, but I love to see shelves of books and especially large shelves in vast dusy old rooms.  It may have developed out of my love for the library in downtown Pasadena where I grew up (of which I will have to show pictures at a later time).

The Gum Thief

I don’t know what is more pathetic, reading several Coupland novels or being in one yourself.  Coupland novels I began to think are about all the same, disfunctional people finally realizing there is more to life than mediocrity of that our culture now offers.  In fact, that is why it took longer for me to begin reading Coupland’s latest book Gum Thief because I felt like it was going to be the same thing all over again.  What amazes each time I read a Coupland novel however is his brilliant use of imagery.  His characters do differ and the problems they deal with are always very real.  Here the characters grip with time and how time seizes their lives, what it does to their lives, to them, and to the world around them.  There are still moments in Gum Thief like every other Coupland novels that still manage to hit me.  And like every other Coupland novel, you cannot just quote the scene to someone.  Also, I don’t believe I can look at another Staples (or any other big brand name office supply store) without thinking of this book.  Want a post-it note?