Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Summer Reading: Pores and Flies

School's out, for me anyway, and I'm into my self-directed summer reading program. Just finished Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. My edition has a great author interview at the end--he's cranky, but in a good way.

One of my favorite sections in the novel is about writing:

"The more pores, the more truthfully recorded details of life per square inch you can get on a sheet of paper, the more 'literary' you are. That's my definition anyway. Telling detail. Fresh detail. The good writers touch life often. The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her. The bad ones rape her and leave her for the flies."

Here's to touching life and making pores.

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11 Comments:

Blogger Travis Erwin said...

She lives!

Hope all is well and we get to read more about you world now that school is out for summer.

5:27 PM  
Blogger Britta Coleman said...

Thanks, Travis. I've been woefully lax with my blog and my friends. Hopefully I'll do a better job this summer. Thanks for checking in! (You always inspire me to do a better job. :)

7:56 AM  
Blogger Alyssa said...

I remember that book as being very dark, but maybe that's because I made poor grades on the quizzes we had to take on that book.

Can't wait to see what else you have on your reading list now that you are free of school!

3:56 PM  
Blogger Lana Gramlich said...

That's a great quote. Bradbury ROCKED!

7:48 AM  
Blogger Ryan Gibbs said...

I just read F451 for the first time a few months ago. Never had to read it in high school, and I wanted to find out what all the fuss was about. Great book, and a lot quicker read than I thought it'd be -- I have an English teacher friend who always groans about having to revisit it every year.

Was this your first time to read it?

Also, and forgive me for going a little off topic here, I just finished Then We Came to the End, by Joshua Ferris. One of the most entertaining books I've read in a good while -- I think you'd dig it.

Ryan

p.s. Have you seen Jody lately?

8:10 PM  
Blogger Mathilda said...

I've been enjoying Kurt V., lately. Also reading Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel, The Body Artist by Don DeLillo, and some Grace Paley poetry. =)

Although, I feel like I should read something sea worthy (Moby Dick? The Odyssey?) as I am currently working on a cruise ship in Alaska for the summer.

12:01 PM  
Blogger Britta Coleman said...

Alyssa, I don't know how I made it out of high school without reading this, but I did. Strange how the books they pick for high school curriculum actually turn out to be pretty good. Who knew?

I agree, Lana.

Ryan, I'll have to check out that read. Jodi came through on a signing tour, but I missed her. Hopefully I'll see her next time.

Mathilda, I just ordered Slaughterhouse and look forward to jumping into Vonnegut. Love that you're working on a cruise ship for the summer. What excellent material for writing! The buffets alone are short-story worthy.

5:43 AM  
Blogger Bookfraud said...

wow, a blogger who i like who actually is blogging less than i am. well, not that little...

why is it so many great sci fi writers (bradbury, harlan ellison)are cranks or cranky? was it the same thing in their childhoods that made them want to write science fiction?

i second the recommendation for "and then we came to the end." and also, "the fly swatter," a biography of alexander gerscherkron, one of the most incredible academics of the 20th century, written by (of all people) his grandson. it may sound dull, but grescherkon had an amazing life.

7:05 AM  
Blogger dee said...

glad to know you still breathe....would love to know how your writing is coming....

5:55 AM  
Blogger Leigh Russell said...

Great writer, great extract, and great blog!

Just called by to let you know that Cut Short is now available on amazon.com (finally!)

http://www.amazon.com/Cut-Short-DI-Geraldine-Steel/dp/1842432710

It's had some fantastic reviews on amazon.co.uk where it launched last month (all reviews 5* !!)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cut-Short-DI-Geraldine-Steel/dp/1842432710

and some great reviews in the press and other sites. Just this week - 'Leigh Russell is a considerable find... definitely a writer to watch' (Bookbag)

Please visit my again blog soon and see how it's all going. Haven't heard from you for a while, Britta.

1:47 AM  
Blogger Britta Coleman said...

Bookfraud, thanks for the recommendations. I like your blog, too, and I'm thankful I'm not the only sporadic blogger amongst us...

Congrats, Leigh!!! I've been off the blogosphere for months now...will pop by your blog soon.

12:11 PM  

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