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  • How Do You Shelve Your Books
    library down one Dewey organised the knowledge of the world into ten classes with potentially infinite subdivisions meaning his system could accommodate all the books ever written and any book that could possibly be written in future And adding a new book wouldn t mess up the whole system Brilliant Certainly Obsessive Yup Then there was Dr Eliot s Five Foot Shelf the affectionate nickname for the Harvard Classics series a collection of titles selected by Harvard president Charles Eliot in 1910 The idea was if you owned this one shelf of books you had all that was required for literary self improvement See books if shelved right can change the world Or maybe just represent it as Jorge Luis Borges s infinite library does in his story The Library of Babe l The fundamental law of his library is that its endless books contain all possible combinations of the alphabet and so therefore the library houses every book ever written Everything that could be written is already shelved there Even this blog The trouble is there s no discernible shelving system The librarians search the endless shelves for the catalogue of the library which must exist because everything exists in the library although thousands of false catalogues must exist too because they can The catalogue could lead them to the total book which is a compendium of all the rest analogous to god In this library most of the books are nonsensical combinations of letters Order is rare chaos is the rule Which brings me back to moving house We still haven t come to an agreement about what our shelving system will be All I know is that Melvil Dewey would be turning in his grave at the mention of colour coded spines About Emily Cleaver Emily Cleaver is Litro s Online Editor She is passionate about short stories and writes reads and reviews them Her own stories have been published in the London Lies anthology from Arachne Press Paraxis Cent The Mechanics Institute Review One Eye Grey and Smoke magazines performed to audiences at Liars League Stand Up Tragedy WritLOUD Tales of the Decongested and Spark London and broadcasted on Resonance FM and Pagan Radio As a former manager of one of London s oldest second hand bookshops she also blogs about old and obscure books You can read her tiny true dramas about working in a secondhand bookshop at smallplays com and see more of her writing at emilycleaver net Mail Web More Posts 49 Comments comments Prev Novel Shark by Wes Brown Next Nightmares by the Sea Brighton Rock and its adaptations http 101fiction blogspot com John Xero Well written I could never move entirely to an eLibrary I would miss a house cluttered with books I recently read a very valid discussion that electronic readers will also end or seriously curtail the sport of book watching No longer will you be able to judge that stranger on the train by the book they are

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  • Putting Words in a Goat’s Mouth
    of the night solutions to that emerge in the light of day as the thoughts of a madman And get this my new novel The Wake which was published in July features a rampaging stallion running amok a violent storm in the middle of the North Sea and a roving cinematic landscape across the Southern States of America from Florida to Texas I clearly don t learn In fact I remember thinking how impossible a film script of this novel might be as I sat writing it in my shed Given my film background this tendency of mine to write unfilmable novels is a surprise even to me When your morale slips it helps to remember just how awful the process of novel writing can be with all that prose scene setting the moving of characters from one place to another and all the he said and she saids that navigate the reader through an essentially unseen landscape All those pulled teeth spent worrying Surely a film script with its eloquent use of directions and cuts offers an amazing liberation Cut to Lonnie Lemon eating his sausage is a sheer joy to write a saving not just of wordage but of the agony too The beauty of the film script is that most of it doesn t exist It s a series of suggestions for others to interpret And writing a novel is often a solitary and exhausting business The buck stops with you on every word it s continually demanding But with a film script the knowledge that you are one part of an ever expanding team can be a huge relief The writer is just one of the many talents working hard to bring it to life The director producer editor actors and every last member of crew and support from make up to gaffer are all there to bring their own expertise and imagination to the project Your creativity can double then triple as others become inspired and areas of sound and vision you d never considered bring a vital new life to your work Personally I love this feeling of creative get together and the script really has to acknowledge it too You need to know your place But you also have to be prepared for a possible downside to this team approach One of those talents coming to your adaptation might be a cuckoo a new writer brought on board to bring new dimensions to your script I ve seen it happen many times before and seen it work well too Which reminds me it s often said authors don t make the best adapters of their own work It s worth forgetting that because you have to believe in the script with the same commitment you had when you wrote the book But with one difference you no longer own it You have to adapt as an author before you begin to adapt your book My only real tip is to know the material

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  • In Their Footsteps: Thomas Hardy's "Wessex"
    of his most famous novels namely Tess of the D Urbervilles Jude the Obscure and T he Mayor of Casterbridge whilst living here Venture further into rural Dorset and you can follow in the footsteps of Hardy s most famous character The Thomas Hardy Society take regular walks around Dorset following in Tess of the D Urbervilles fictional footsteps Starting in the tiny village of Marnhull where the cottage that inspired Tess s Marlott home resides you can traipse around the lush and undulating countryside that Hardy describes in much of his work Dorset s green valleys and wooded hills quickly turn into a dramatic coastline dotted with geographical marvels a trip to Durdle Door and Chesil Beach though unrelated to Hardy is well worth doing A leisurely walk along the top of Dorset s cliffs perhaps even prance about in a white dress Tess style if you are feeling frivolous is bound to inspire you a little Whilst there take a moment to pause and look out over the sea that was sure to have inspired Hardy whilst he was writing A tour of Hardy country wouldn t be complete without a visit to Dorchester itself and the Dorset County Museum The museum boasts a fine collection of Hardy artefacts including the desk where he penned his most famous works The museum acts as a celebration of Hardy s life and literary achievements and often holds Hardy themed events that will inspire any budding writer to get scribbling About Ellie Walker Arnott Mail Web More Posts 9 Comments comments Prev British Books to Hollywood Screens Next If The Skin Were Parchment Related Posts Mad Scientists and Literary Experiments In Their Footsteps Jane Austen s England Jung Chang on Wild Swans and What s Next Litro TV Recent Posts Bringing Up Baby In the Night Time Before the Sun Rises at the Gate Theatre True Love in Los Angeles A R BY ANY OTHER NAME The Echo Travelling in Fiji The Litro Blog View Archive 11th February 2016 Litro 149 The Love issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto Love we spend our lives craving it in one form or another searching for it and talking about it Its meaning is felt more than it is clearly expressed Some call it the greatest virtue Continue reading 9th December 2015 Litro 148 The Going Home issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto This month in Litro 148 we explore the notion of what Going Home means to us Is it a familiar physical space A refuge A feeling A state of mind Or is home actually to be found in another human being maybe your partner your parents How do you know when you have found it Continue reading Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/2011/07/footsteps-thomas-hardy/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Ireland Archives - Litro Magazine
    country s eminent short story writers if you re looking for reading material Read more Anthology Death and Nightingales by Eugene McCabe By Jordan Phillips Read more Ireland This tag is associated with 4 posts Litro TV Recent Posts Bringing Up Baby In the Night Time Before the Sun Rises at the Gate Theatre True Love in Los Angeles A R BY ANY OTHER NAME The Echo Travelling in Fiji The Litro Blog View Archive 11th February 2016 Litro 149 The Love issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto Love we spend our lives craving it in one form or another searching for it and talking about it Its meaning is felt more than it is clearly expressed Some call it the greatest virtue Continue reading 9th December 2015 Litro 148 The Going Home issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto This month in Litro 148 we explore the notion of what Going Home means to us Is it a familiar physical space A refuge A feeling A state of mind Or is home actually to be found in another human being maybe your partner your parents How do you know when you have found it Continue reading Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk Film Arts Editorial arts litro co uk Litro Lab Podcast litrolab litro co uk LitroTV litrotv litro co uk Litro Listings listings litro co uk Subscribe Stockists Submissions Advertising Our Team About Litro Litro Magazine is a free short stories and creative arts magazine in print and online Providing a place for readers writers and the broader

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  • Sotted Wordsmithery: Does Liquor Make Good Literature? - litro.co.uk
    lungs to ABBA remixes making aggressive attempts at everyone within arm s reach and swinging various items of clothing over my head like a whirligig So that theory on the drink is just as dodgy as well I am F Scott Fitzgerald in a more sober pose He thought that being teetotal would kill his writing career I wonder if the causality doesn t run the other way whether to some degree the hooch made the literary heavies Not in the sense that the booze acted as a vessel for divine inspiration as our friend F Scott would suggest In case you hadn t noticed a fetishisation of fags barbiturates booty and booze runs through contemporary popular culture Notice that hacks aren t reporting on Troubled Pop Tart X s tour or a knock out new album but rather her reported mammary mishaps and belligerent behaviour due to drink And notice that despite the fact that Washed Up Child Star Y s largest audience of late has been a municipal courtroom for various misdemeanors he s still a media darling It s not the successful recoveries that make the headlines it s the crotch shots Could it be that by making drunken spectacles of themselves our alchie authors had a part in the making or at least the maintenance of their own infamy Either way you ve got to admit that irresponsible consumption worked for these guys in a way that it won t for you or I They abandon their families for months at a time get cuffed for vagrancy or blow the family fortune to drink themselves to death and they land themselves a spot in the society pages You or I pull the same thing and we ve just got a serious problem with alcohol That might be why any of these literary lushes would have greeted going dry with the same kind of consternation as an anorexic would a stuffed crust pizza To tale spinners like the abovementioned the trappings of recovered life the early nights support groups the unashamed use of the kind of clichés the writer has spent his life avoiding are simply unpalatable And feeling very little if any of the shame and stigma that comes with alcoholism for us normal folk much of this drunk and disorderly bunch of belletrists did the bunny hop right into an early grave It would seem then that being a lush is not a one way street to the literary canon I m just as fourth rate a writer as I was last night What s standing between the grumbling Baraka chugging blob you re currently reading and the spectacularly boozy bestselling author An analysis of the human condition in a few pages of graceful prose perhaps a poignant account of the death of the American dream Trust me I m working on it But for now I m taking my headache and hot water bottle and going back to bed Sandra Smiley Follow Sandra on

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  • World Book Night: Are We Still Reading?
    Hence quitting Facebook and being anti text are two of those things things my desperately disestablishment friends bless em are doing along with learning obscure musical instruments and growing their own tomatoes But most of us I think you d agree spend a shocking proportion of our time reading and writing whether perusing conspiratorial politics blogs or exploiting our right to free speech with the Guardian s Comment function Hardly Homer but still Equally amusing is the very Hollywood idea that a love of this lost art can be inspired in people with a gesture of kindness a la Mr Holland s Opus I wonder if most of the 48 friends on the receiving end of things will do much more than toss their book bequest or compost in my friends case there is that whole issue of personal taste to bungle things up And in this an era of scambaiting pyramid schemes and scientology most people will have enough sense so as to be deeply sceptical of getting something for nothing even if it is 300 pages of indisputable genius If it didn s smell so strongly of spin I d say that World Book Night is premised on the idea wrongheaded if not a little bit patronising that people don t read Book bequests are still welcome though I ve got a wobbly table that needs propping up Sandra Smiley You can find out more about World Book Night and join the debate at www worldbooknight org Do you agree with Sandra and think that we are still a nation of readers albeit it with different habits whether it be online blogs pocket sized publications like Litro for example social networking sites or newspaper comments pages and that World Book Night was founded on an unstable premise Or in a time when bookshops are struggling and libraries are threatened with closure do you disagree entirely and believe that World Book Night was a success or at least a good attempt at encouraging the adult population to read more Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below About Sandra Smiley Sandra spends her days working in PR and moonlights as a feature writer and blogger You can follow her on sandraqsmiley Mail More Posts 5 Comments comments Prev Anthology Death and Nightingales by Eugene McCabe Next The Ghost in the Machine 2 Novelty Value Related Posts Latitude Who to Watch for Lit Lovers Book Review Ballistics by D W Wilson Shakespearean Sonnet Competition Sonnet 666 Litro TV Recent Posts Bringing Up Baby In the Night Time Before the Sun Rises at the Gate Theatre True Love in Los Angeles A R BY ANY OTHER NAME The Echo Travelling in Fiji The Litro Blog View Archive 11th February 2016 Litro 149 The Love issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto Love we spend our lives craving it in one form or another searching for it and talking about it Its meaning is felt more than it is

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/2011/03/world-book-night-are-we-still-reading/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Litro's Film Adaptation Issue, Guest Edited by Anthony Fabian.
    to you to discover By Anthony Fabian Director of Skin starring Sophie Okonedo Sam Neill and Alice Krige released in the UK through ICA Films on 24 July 2009 About Litro Online Mail Web More Posts 713 Comments comments Prev A Dickens a Day 1 Next The Perilous Road to Adaptation From the Man Who Produced Birdsong Related Posts Strange Meetings The Poetics of the Motorway Reading the Fifty Shades Phenomenon Litro TV Recent Posts Bringing Up Baby In the Night Time Before the Sun Rises at the Gate Theatre True Love in Los Angeles A R BY ANY OTHER NAME The Echo Travelling in Fiji The Litro Blog View Archive 11th February 2016 Litro 149 The Love issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto Love we spend our lives craving it in one form or another searching for it and talking about it Its meaning is felt more than it is clearly expressed Some call it the greatest virtue Continue reading 9th December 2015 Litro 148 The Going Home issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto This month in Litro 148 we explore the notion of what Going Home means to us Is it a familiar physical space A refuge A feeling A state of mind Or is home actually to be found in another human being maybe your partner your parents How do you know when you have found it Continue reading Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk Film Arts Editorial arts litro co uk Litro Lab Podcast litrolab litro co uk LitroTV litrotv litro co uk Litro Listings

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/2009/08/film-and-literature-issue-editor-letter/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Chino
    What d that guy outside mean Jessica watched Kirby run around the family room with his arms stretched and laughing Then he gleefully hopped around on top of a fluffy white shag rug that covered the floor After a few uncomfortable seconds Deborah replied There s nothing wrong with the place physically Stan rolled his eyes in a show of two Ivy League degree condescension that enraged Jessica when directed at her Come on Deborah You re not telling me something We both know I can find out what it is soon enough Deborah looked at Jessica for sympathy but she simply looked down at her son who was now attempting the pull the rug over his head and waited Deborah spoke some lines she seemed to have rehearsed in the mirror for a moment like this The former owner of the house was arrested a few years ago for child molestation and is currently serving a long prison sentence The mother moved away with her daughters after he was convicted They tried to sell the house before but when the news was fresh and the market was down during the recession no one would buy Since the market is now going crazy they decided to try again Deborah paused her eyes nervously moving back and forth between the couple to gauge their reaction Stan pulled his iPhone out of his pocket and fiddled a few moments Jessica could feel a cold seed take hold inside of her as Deborah s words sunk in She looked over Stan s shoulder and saw a headline Sunnyview Man Charged with Child Molestation Is this it Stan asked as he showed Deborah his phone s screen She nodded Jessica looked around for Kirby who was now rolling head first into the rug getting little white threads stuck into his black hair As she went to pick him up the house no longer felt fresh or impressive but like a neatly coordinated deception While Jessica held Kirby close to keep him from flailing his way back onto the rug Stan summarized the rest of the article out loud They had three girls who were between seven and twelve years old He had his daughters hold sleepovers During the sleepovers he d touch them and their friends Happened for months until one of the friends told her mother Deborah said suddenly sounding as aggressive as Stan This is a terrible tragedy that s making buyers pause a little If you look beyond this incident this is probably one of the most undervalued houses in the Bay Area right now However in this market even this house will get snatched up within days if we don t move quickly With the air seeming to get colder Jessica imagined a broken woman probably not much older than her who fixed and modernized every last bit of a poisoned house hoping as the housing market boomed she would have the chance to unload it Jessica shook her head I don t like this she said as her hands started to feel numb Deborah replied I know this leaves a bad feeling in your gut but this happened to people you will never know As the neighborhood changes everyone will forget what happened Stan took Kirby out of Jessica s arms and motioned for her to follow him to one of the bedrooms at the end of the hallway He said over his shoulder to Deborah We need a moment The room contained a twin bed in the shape of a race car and dinosaur pictograms covering baby blue walls To Jessica it was another lie perfectly staged for a little boy though the house had been full of girls Stan plopped Kirby on the ground and the boy immediately threw himself on top of a green foam play mat with multi colored balloon shapes No way Jessica said to Stan coldness taking over her body She couldn t do it The old man next door or even neighbor children who knew the house s secret might feed Kirby s nightmares with horror stories about what that monster had done to those girls When she was a child as she d clutched her blanket in the dim moonlight coming into her bedroom at night she saw shadowy ghosts of immoral girls from cautionary Korean fairy tales her father had told her before bedtime Kirby s fears would be far more incarnate an evil man sitting in prison fantasizing about what he d done in that house Stan said Let s think about this rationally I don t want to start out in this house You think we re ever going to find another house like this We keep getting outbid We ve got a shot at this one because everyone else is a little scared Well I m not Stan declared Though she wanted to stand firm she felt herself allowing him to overbear her Before Jessica could respond Kirby ran out of the room running out of sight as he turned the corner into a family room at the far end of the hallway Jessica and Stan chased him catching up as he looked outside a sliding glass door which led to a spacious backyard with a playground set Stan scooped the boy up as he was on his tip toes pointing at something in the distance Hut Kirby said Jessica looked out the window and saw a dilapidated windowless storage shed by the fence at the end of the grass Made of dull grey wood and nearly covered by hedges it was the only part of the property that didn t shine with pristine newness In the Queens apartment she grew up in there was a little coat closet by the front entrance that her father threw her inside as punishment whenever she talked back or refused to study She would struggle and scream to be let out but the door was usually blocked by a chair

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