“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”–Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
Tag Archives: Dead Writers
Franz Kafka on the Frozen Sea Within Us
[Alternative Muses] Writerly Style: Ngaio Marsh
“Elegance is elimination.”–Balenciaga
This 85-year-old photograph of New Zealand writer Ngaio Marsh proves that elegance, coziness, and individuality can be as stylish as anything out of the pages of a 21st-century fashion magazine.
Embellishments are minimal: an eccentric shoulder, a few buttons, an indifferently tilted hat, a bit of pattern and texture here or there.
Clean lines. Confidence.
She is, more than anything, mysterious.
Goodbye, Katherine Mansfield!
Katherine Mansfield died on 9 January 1923.
“When we begin to take our failures non-seriously, it means we are ceasing to be afraid of them.”–Katherine Mansfield
Nella Larsen on Imagination
“Authors do not supply imaginations, they expect their readers to have their own, and to use it.”–Nella Larsen
Happy Belated Birthday, James Thurber!
I was so busy over the weekend, that I didn’t get around to wishing my favorite hometown boy a happy birthday. He was born on 8 December 1894, right here in Columbus.
Here’s a link to my article about the Thurber House (which I now live very close to, incidentally).
John Steinbeck on the Magic in Story Writing
“If there is a magic in story writing, and I am convinced there is, no one has ever been able to reduce it to a recipe that can be passed from one person to another.”–John Steinbeck
Edgar Allan Poe on a Single Mood
“A short story must have a single mood and every sentence must build towards it.”–Edgar Allan Poe
Sylvia Plath Google Doodle
Yesterday’s Google Doodle was in honor of Sylvia Plath’s 87th birthday. The gorgeous art is by Sophie Diao.
Happy Birthday, Nina Hamnett!
She was born on this day in 1890: