January 30th, 2012

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Bad People and Good Writing

Via bookslut, on this day in 1933, Ezra Pound met Benito Mussolini, and became a groupie of a thug.

I'm not really qualified to judge myself, but generally Pound's poetry is respected and read often. Arthur Koestler was a terrible person, but people still read Darkness at Noon.

Who else meets the "bad person, good writer" criteria? (My apologies to his fans, but I don't think Orson Scott Card meets the second part of the requirements). And does your knowledge of a writer's personal behavior affect your ability to read him or her? Or do you deliberately not read author introductions or afterwards when you read a novel or collection of stories?
Golden Hair

The Blue Castle

The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery

Valancy, living with her mother and her cousin, is a confirmed old maid at the age of twenty-nine, miserable at how she is squelched and belittled by all her family -- including all the extended relatives.  But on her birthday, she gets up her gumption and goes to visit the local doctor about the heart pains she feels.

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Book #8: An Abundance of Katherines, John Green

An Abundance of KatherinesAn Abundance of Katherines by John Green

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This is my very first John Green read, and I can see what the hype is all about! I love his writing style and in this case, I really loved the subject matter. Any books dealing with nerds wins me over pretty easily. I also enjoyed reading the footnotes that Colin leaves for us readers. This book has converted me and I am now an official John Green fan. I cannot wait to read more of his works!



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