Saturday, November 30, 2013

Podcast: The Austen Project

The Austen Project is the reimagining of all six published novels by Jane Austen; with the recent release of Joanna Trollope's take on Sense and Sensibility and the announcement that Alexander McCall Smith will be reworking Emma my friends over at The Yorker and I had a little debate about whether or not Jane Austen's classic works could be successfully translated into a modern setting.  And I would love it if you would have a little listen and let me know your thoughts! ;)
 
 
Do you think that Jane Austen's work loses some of its magic in a 21st century setting?
What is it about Jane Austen and her writing which continues to capture our hearts and imaginations?
 
Let me know your thoughts in the comments or tweet me!
 
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Cog by Deanna Rodger

 
 
Lighthearted objectification?
...
She's a big cog, in a bigger system

Deanna Rodger shares her emotional and powerful response to Lily Allen's "Hard out Here" - whether you agree with her views on the video or not it's hard to not feel the passion behind her words delivered in such an eloquent and (dare I say powerful again?) awesome way.  Hope you enjoy!

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

The Ocean at the End of The Lane

 
 
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
by Neil Gaiman
A short novel about a boy (based on Neil himself) who discovers that the universe is full of secrets beyond his wildest dreams. The themes of memories, love and loss are brilliantly exposed in a unknown and vast world of magic and chaos. It was tightly written novel packed with elaborate magical realism that I couldn't help but believe. The last couple chapters had me in tears and the afterglow lasted for days. Never has a book touched my heart so deeply.


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Sunday, November 3, 2013

November: Current Reads

 
I am loving Autumn.  The leaves, the crisp air, the leaves again.  The reappearance of wooly jumpers.
 
I am currently reading: The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen
{it's so good! it's a suspense novel with beautiful prose and impossible to put down!}
 
And summoning up the courage to begin The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt 
(have any of you been brave enough to wade through that beast?)
 
As part of my course I have been studying lots of Irish poets - 
Yeats, Louis MacNeice, Seamus Heaney...
{and been taught how to read poetry aloud, a skill which will come in endlessly handy I am sure!}

What have you been reading lately?
 
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