Thursday, April 30, 2009

Book Quote

One of my favourite quotes:

No one knows how to write a novel until it's been written.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Oooh new layout

I'm supposed to be working on my essay for the past few hours but ended up taking a 'break' and i FINALLY figured how to get this template working Wahoooo!!!

What do you think?

Saturday, April 25, 2009

51 members of FITG Project and Hotmail Angst

Just some titbits of news:

I'm really happy to announce that over that the Fill-in-the-gaps-Project we're at 51 members (who can post their lists etc.) especially considering the blog has only been open since 3rd april. YaY!!

Now in regards to hotmail. can anyone help me? i've a yahoo and gmail account for my other "persona's" so i'd use hotmail for emilycross. BUT the spam is driving me nuts!!! I don't get any spam with other email addresses, while my spam filter is full over at my hotmail.

Anyone know anything i can do? i'm sick of pressing the 'phishing scam' button.

or does anyone know of any email companys like gmail?

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Warning to all former FF writers and now Aspiring Writers

was on aboslute.write when i came across this Fanhistory/wiki which links to a ff.net bot which records each members activity and sets up a wiki for them!!! Including myself.

I know many of us are eventually going to seek publication and well you know take down all our FF stuff so Heads up about this page

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Voted the best ad ever.

I remember this ad - purely for the horses. Brilliant. Guinness always have class ads.

Monday, April 20, 2009

interesting traits/habits . . . Life stranger than fiction

So, i can't recall where i read this but i was reading a blog a few weeks ago and the writer came across a suggestion about character building - give your character habits/traits e.g. bitting their nails.

i was thinking about this - and thought perhaps i could use some of my own traits/habits

somehow i doubt anyone would be interested in a MC who is severely arachnophobic, claustophobic, any-phobic, with food intolerances up the bushes and should buy shares in haggen daaz icecream and is a clumsy coca-cola addict with a dash chocoholicism that bites her tumb when nervous?

hmmmm. . . real life definnnitly doesn't translate well into fiction -

whats the opposite of a Mary-Sue?

Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Lemonade Stand Award

Thank you so much to Jen for nominating me for the Lemonade Stand Award and it is for great gratitude and/or attitude! (hehe, i think this award may be ironic)



Okay, the rules of this one are as follows:

* Post the award on your blog
* Let them know who gave it to you and link
* Nominate ten other blogs and link to them
* Let your nominees know that they've received the award


My nominees:

Amanda, of the ramblings of a hopeful artist

Casey, of Literary Rambles

Clare, of The Life of a Wannabe Writer

Cindy, of Cindy Wilson

The1st Daughter, of the 1st daughter

Andrea, of the book bundle's accomplice

Lady Glamis, of the innocent flower

Tina-Sye of Tina Sue Ducross

Book Quote

A Book is a Mirror;
if an ass peers into it,
you can't expect an apostle to look out.

Geog C Lichtenberg




Saturday, April 18, 2009

Book Quote

All books are divisible into two classes:
The books of the Hour
and
The books of all time

John Ruskin, 1865

Friday, April 17, 2009

30 is the magic number. . . .

Woohooo,

so one of my 'goals' for this blog was to have 30 members by the end of the year!

It is now April and there are official 30 members!!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

A picture is worth. . .


Yeah, a picture is worth a thousand words (alot of which begin with F). *sigh*

Sorry for a moany moan post, but i'm so fed up!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

The Modern Librarys: Reader Choice of 100 non fiction

The Modern Library’s : Reader’s Choice of Non Fiction

  1. THE VIRTUE OF SELFISHNESS by AYN RAND
  2. DIANETICS:THE MODERN SCIENCE OF MENTAL HEALTH by L. RON HUBBARD
  3. OBJECTIVISM: THE PHILOSOPHY OF AYN RAND by LEONARD PEIKOFF
  4. 101 THINGS TO DO TIL THE REVOLUTION by CLAIRE WOLFE
  5. THE GOD OF THE MACHINE by ISABEL PATERSON
  6. AYN RAND: A SENSE OF LIFE by MICHAEL PAXTON
  7. THE ULTIMATE RESOURCE by JULIAN SIMON
  8. ECONOMICS IN ONE LESSON by HENRY HAZLITT
  9. SEND IN THE WACO KILLERS by VIN SUPRYNOWICZ
  10. MORE GUNS, LESS CRIME by JOHN R. LOTT
  11. PSYCHIATRY: THE ULTIMATE BETRAYAL by BRUCE WISEMAN
  12. FINGERPRINTS OF THE GODS by G. HANCOCK
  13. CLASSICAL INDIVIDUALISM: THE SUPREME IMPORTANCE OF EACH HUMAN BEING by TIBOR MACHAN
  14. FREE TO CHOOSE by MILTON AND ROSE FRIEDMAN
  15. AIN'T NOBODY'S BUSINESS IF YOU DO by PETER MCWILLIAMS
  16. THE ROAD TO SERFDOM by F. A. HAYEK
  17. FREEDOM IN CHAINS by JAMES BOVARD
  18. AMERICA'S GREAT DEPRESSION by MURRAY N. ROTHBARD
  19. THE ROOSEVELT MYTH by JOHN T. FLYNN
  20. THE TRUE BELIEVER by ERIC HOFFER
  21. VINDICATING THE FOUNDERS by THOMAS WEST
  22. THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE by CARL L. BECKER
  23. COGNITIVE THERAPY AND THE EMOTIONAL DISORDERS by AARON T. BECK
  24. DEATH by GOVERNMENT by R. J. RUMMEL
  25. A ROOM OF ONE'S OWN by VIRGINIA WOOLF
  26. LONGITUDE by DAVA SOBEL
  27. ORDINARILY SACRED by LYNDA SEXSON
  28. SPEAK, MEMORY by VLADIMIR NABOKOV
  29. THE ART OF MEMORY by FRANCES YATES
  30. DUMBING US DOWN by JOHN TAYLOR GATTO
  31. THE GOLDEN BOUGH by JAMES FRAZER
  32. UNDAUNTED COURAGE: MERIWETHER LEWIS, THOMAS JEFFERSON, AND THE OPENING OF THE AMERICAN WEST by STEPHEN E. AMBROSE
  33. A MODERN PROPHET by HAROLD KLEMP
  34. THE FLUTE OF GOD by PAUL TWITCHELL
  35. REAL PRESENCES by GEORGE STEINER
  36. OUT OF AFRICA by ISAK DINESEN
  37. WAYS OF SEEING by JOHN BERGER
  38. THE SHADOW UNIVERSITY: THE BETRAYAL OF LIBERTY ON AMERICA'S CAMPUSES by ALAN CHARLES KORS
  39. PROPERTY MATTERS: HOW PROPERTY RIGHTS ARE UNDER ASSAULT AND WHY YOU SHOULD CARE by JAMES V. DE LONG
  40. STORMING HEAVEN by JAY STEVENS
  41. THE TEXAN by C. S. BARRIOS
  42. HOMAGE TO CATALONIA by GEORGE ORWELL
  43. THE VARIETIES OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE by WILLIAM JAMES
  44. HOW TO LIE WITH STATISTICS by DARRELL HUFF
  45. BUT IS IT TRUE? by AARON WILDAVSKY
  46. A MATHEMATICIAN READS THE NEWSPAPER by JOHN ALLEN PAULOS
  47. ANATOMY OF CRITICISM by NORTHROP FRYE
  48. THE MAINSPRING OF HUMAN PROGRESS by HENRY GRADY WEAVER
  49. MODERN TIMES by PAUL JOHNSON
  50. MEN TO MATCH MY MOUNTAINS by IRVING STONE
  51. THE EDUCATION OF HENRY ADAMS by HENRY ADAMS
  52. THE GREAT BRIDGE by DAVID MCCULLOUGH
  53. AMERICAN GAY by STEPHEN O. MURRAY
  54. THE DOUBLE HELIX by JAMES D. WATSON
  55. THE SENSE OF AN ENDING by FRANK KERMODE
  56. THE GNOSTIC GOSPELS by ELAINE PAGELS
  57. EROS THE BITTERSWEET by ANNE CARSON
  58. THE WESTERN CANON by HAROLD BLOOM
  59. THE WHITE GODDESS by ROBERT GRAVES
  60. HEALING OUR WORLD by MARY RUWART
  61. SILENT SPRING by RACHEL CARSON
  62. PILGRIM AT TINKER CREEK by ANNIE DILLARD
  63. SEXUAL PERSONAE by CAMILLE PAGLIA
  64. THINK AND GROW RICH by NAPOLEON HILL
  65. A LIFE OF ONE'S OWN by DAVID KELLEY
  66. DOORS OF PERCEPTION by ALDOUS HUXLEY
  67. THE DISCOVERY OF FREEDOM by ROSE WILDER LANE
  68. MORE LIBERTY MEANS LESS GOVERNMENT by WALTER WILLIAMS
  69. LIBERTARIANISM: A PRIMER by DAVID BOAZ
  70. BEYOND LIBERAL AND CONSERVATIVE by WILLIAM MADDOX AND STUART LILIE
  71. A CONFLICT OF VISIONS: IDEOLOGICAL ORIGINS OF POLITICAL STRUGGLES by THOMAS SOWELL
  72. PARLIAMENT OF WHORES by P. J. O'ROURKE
  73. SEPARATING SCHOOL AND STATE: HOW TO LIBERATE AMERICA'S FAMILIES by SHELDON RICHMAN
  74. THE FUTURE AND ITS ENEMIES by VIRGINIA POSTREL
  75. THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE by WILLIAM STRUNK AND E. B. WHITE
  76. ORIENTALISM by EDWARD SAID
  77. ECOTERROR by RON ARNOLD
  78. WHY GOVERNMENT DOESN'T WORK by HARRY BROWNE
  79. OUT OF THE CRISIS by W. EDWARDS DEMING
  80. NOT OUT OF AFRICA by MARY LEFKOWITZ
  81. THE END OF RACISM by DINESH D'SOUZA
  82. BEHIND THE MASK by IAN BURUMA
  83. IN A DARK WOOD by ALSTON CHASE
  84. PRIVATE PARTS by HOWARD STERN
  85. THE TELEPHONE BOOK by AVITAL RONELL
  86. THE MINUTEMAN: RESTORING AN ARMY OF THE PEOPLE by GARY HART
  87. WAKING AND DREAMING by JOSEPH HART
  88. THE GREATEST STORY NEVER TOLD by LANA CANTRELL
  89. RADICAL SON by DAVID HOROWITZ
  90. UNDER THE SIGN OF SATURN by SUSAN SONTAG
  91. THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X by ALEX HALEY AND MALCOLM X
  92. A FEELING FOR BOOKS by JANICE RADWAY
  93. THE HERO OF A THOUSAND FACES by JOSEPH CAMPBELL
  94. THE JOB by WILLIAM BURROUGHS
  95. SILENT INTERVIEWS by SAMUEL R. DELANY
  96. SLATS GROBNIK AND SOME OTHER FRIENDS by MIKE ROYKO
  97. RISE OF THE UNMELTABLE ETHNICS by MICHAEL NOVACK
  98. REVERSE ANGLE by JOHN SIMON
  99. PLACING MOVIES by JONATHON ROSENBAUM
  100. RIGHT FROM THE BEGINNING by PATRICK J BUCHANAN

NR's List of 100 Best Non-Fiction books of 20th century

THE 100 BEST NON-FICTION
BOOKS OF THE CENTURY

THE LIST:

1. The Second World War, Winston S. Churchill

Vol. 1, The Gathering Storm

Vol. 2, Their Finest Hour

Vol. 3, The Grand Alliance

Vol. 4, The Hinge of Fate

Vol. 5, Closing the Ring

Vol. 6, Triumph and Tragedy

2. The Gulag Archipelago, Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
Neuhaus: "Marked the absolute final turning point beyond which nobody could deny the evil of the Evil Empire."

3. Homage to Catalonia, George Orwell
Herman: "Orwell's masterpiece-far superior to Animal Farm and 1984. No education in the meaning of the 20th century is complete without it."

4. The Road to Serfdom, F. A. von Hayek
Helprin: "Shatters the myth that the totalitarianisms 'of the Left' and 'of the Right' stem from differing impulses."

5. Collected Essays, George Orwell
King: "Every conservative's favorite liberal and every liberal's favorite conservative. This book has no enemies."

6. The Open Society and Its Enemies, Karl Popper
Herman: "The best work on political philosophy in the 20th century. Exposes totalitarianism's roots in Plato, Hegel, and Marx."

7. The Abolition of Man, C. S. Lewis
Brookhiser: "How modern philosophies drain meaning and the sacred from our lives."

8. Revolt of the Masses, José Ortega y Gasset
Gilder: "Prophesied the 20th century's debauchery of democracy and science, the barbarism of the specialist, and the inevitable fatuity of public opinion. Explained the genius of capitalist elites."

9. The Constitution of Liberty, F. A. von Hayek
O'Sullivan: "A great re-statement for this century of classical liberalism by its greatest modern exponent."

10. Capitalism and Freedom, Milton Friedman

11. Modern Times, Paul Johnson
Herman: "Huge impact outside the academy, dreaded and ignored inside it."

12. Rationalism in Politics, Michael Oakeshott
Herman: "Oakeshott is the 20th century's Edmund Burke."

13. Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy, Joseph A. Schumpeter
Caldwell: "Locus classicus for the observation that democratic capitalism undermines itself through its very success."

14. Economy and Society, Max Weber
Lind: "Weber made permanent contributions to the understanding of society with his discussions of comparative religion, bureaucracy, charisma, and the distinctions among status, class, and party."

15. The Origins of Totalitarianism, Hannah Arendt
Caldwell: "Through Nazism and Stalinism, looks at almost every pernicious trend in the last century's politics with stunning subtlety."

16. Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, Rebecca West
Kelly: "For its writing, not for its historical accuracy."

17. Sociobiology, Edward O. Wilson
Lind: "Darwin put humanity in its proper place in the animal kingdom. Wilson put human society there, too."

18. Centissimus Annus, Pope John Paul II

19. The Pursuit of the Millennium, Norman Cohn
Neuhaus: "The authoritative refutation of utopianism of the left, right, and points undetermined."

20. The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank
Helprin: "An innocent's account of the greatest evil imaginable. The most powerful book of the century. Others may not agree. No matter, I cast my lot with this child."
Caldwell: "If one didn't know her fate, one might read it as the reflections of any girl. That one does know her fate makes this as close to a holy book as the century produced."

21. The Great Terror, Robert Conquest
Herman: "Documented for the first time the real record of Stalinism in the Soviet Union. A genuine monument of historical research and reconstruction, a true epic of evil."

22. Chronicles of Wasted Time, Malcolm Muggeridge
Gilder: "The best autobiography, Christian confession, and historic meditation of the century."

23. Relativity, Albert Einstein
Lind: "The most important physicist since Newton."

24. Witness, Whittaker Chambers
Caldwell: "Confession, history, potboiler-by a man who writes like the literary giant we would know him as, had not Communism got him first."

25. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Thomas S. Kuhn

26. Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis
Neuhaus: "The most influential book of the most influential Christian apologist of the century."

27. The Quest for Community, Robert Nisbet

28. Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th ed.
Helprin: "The infinite riches of the world, presented with elegance, confidence, and economy."

29. Up in the Old Hotel, Joseph Mitchell

30. The Everlasting Man, G. K. Chesterton
Lukacs: "A great carillonade of Christian verities."

31. Orthodoxy, G. K. Chesterton
O'Sullivan: "How to look at the Christian tradition with fresh eyes."

32. The Liberal Imagination, Lionel Trilling
Hart: "The popular form of liberalism tends to simplify and caricature when it attempts moral aspiration-that is, it tends to 'Stalinism.'"

33. The Double Helix, James D. Watson
Herman: "Deeply hated by feminists because Watson dares to suggest that the male-female distinction originated in nature, in the DNA code itself."

34. The Feynman Lectures on Physics, Richard Phillips Feynman
Gelernter: "Outside of art (or maybe not), physics is mankind's most beautiful achievement; these three volumes are probably the most beautiful ever written about physics."

35. Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers, Tom Wolfe
O'Sullivan: "Wolfe is our Juvenal."

36. The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays, Albert Camus

37. The Unheavenly City, Edward C. Banfield
Neuhaus: "The volume that began the debunking of New Deal socialism and its public-policy consequences."

38. The Interpretation of Dreams, Sigmund Freud

39. The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs

40. The End of History and the Last Man, Francis Fukuyama

41. Joy of Cooking, Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, and Ethan Becker

42. The Age of Reform, Richard Hofstadter
Herman: "The single best book on American history in this century, bar none."

43. The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, John Maynard Keynes
Hart: "Influential in suggesting that the business cycle can be modified by government investment and manipulation of tax rates."

44. God & Man at Yale, William F. Buckley Jr.
Gilder: "Still correct and prophetic. It defines the conservative revolt against socialism and atheism on campus and in the culture, and reconciles the alleged conflict between capitalist and religious conservatives."

45. Selected Essays, T. S. Eliot
Hart: "Shaped the literary taste of the mid-century."

46. Ideas Have Consequences, Richard M. Weaver

47. The Economy of Cities, Jane Jacobs

48. The Closing of the American Mind, Allan Bloom

49. Ethnic America, Thomas Sowell

50. An American Dilemma, Gunnar Myrdal

An American Dilemma, Vol. 1

An American Dilemma, Vol. 2

51. Three Case Histories, Sigmund Freud
Gelernter: "Beyond question Freud is history's most important philosopher of the mind, and he ranks alongside Eliot as the century's greatest literary critic. Modern intellectual life (left, right, and in-between) would be unthinkable without him."

52. The Struggle for Europe, Chester Wilmot

53. Main Currents in American Thought, Vernon Louis Parrington
King: "An immensely readable history of ideas and men. (Skip the fragmentary third volume-he died before finishing it.)"

54. The Waning of the Middle Ages, Johann Huzinga
Lukacs: "Probably the finest historian who lived in this century. "

55. Systematic Theology, Wolfhart Pannenberg
Neuhaus: "The best summary and reflection on Christianity's encounter with the Enlightenment project."

Systematic Theology, Vol. 1

Systematic Theology, Vol. 2

Systematic Theology, Vol. 3

56. The Campaign of the Marne, Sewell Tyng
Keegan: "A forgotten American's masterly account of the First World War in the West."

57. Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, Ludwig Wittgenstein
Hart: "A terse summation of the analytic method of the analytic school in philosophy, and a heroic leap beyond it."

58. Insight: A Study of Human Understanding, Bernard Lonergan
Glendon: "The Thomas Aquinas of the 20th century."

59. Being and Time, Martin Heidegger
Hart: "A seminal thinker, notwithstanding his disgraceful error of equating National Socialism with the experience of 'Being.'"

60. Disraeli, Robert Blake
Keegan: "Political biography as it should be written."

61. Democracy and Leadership, Irving Babbitt
King: "A conservative literary critic describes what happens when humanitarianism over takes humanism."

62. The Elements of Style, William Strunk & E. B. White
A. Thernstrom: "If only every writer would remember just one of Strunk & White's wonderful injunctions: 'Omit needless words.' Omit needless words."

63. The Machiavellians, James Burnham
O'Sullivan: "Burnham is the greatest political analyst of our century and this is his best book."

64. Reflections of a Russian Statesman, Konstantin P. Pobedonostsev
King: "The 'culture war' as seen by the tutor to the last two czars. A Russian Pat Buchanan."

65. The Hedgehog and the Fox, Isaiah Berlin

66. Roll, Jordan, Roll, Eugene D. Genovese
Neuhaus: "The best account of American slavery and the moral and cultural forces that undid it."

67. The ABC of Reading, Ezra Pound
Brookhiser: "An epitome of the aging aesthetic movement that will be forever known as modernism."

68. The Second World War, John Keegan
Hart: "A masterly history in a single volume."

69. The Making of Homeric Verse, Milman Parry
Lind: "Genuine discoveries in literary study are rare. Parry's discovery of the oral formulaic basis of the Homeric epics, the founding texts of Western literature, was one of them."

70. The Strange Ride of Rudyard Kipling, Angus Wilson
Keegan: "A life of a great author told through the transmutation of his experience into fictional form."

71. Scrutiny, F. R. Leavis
Hart: "Enormously important in education, especially in England. Leavis understood what one kind of 'living English' is."

72. The Edge of the Sword, Charles de Gaulle
Brookhiser: "A lesser figure than Churchill, but more philosophical (and hence, more problematic)."

73. R. E. Lee, Douglas Southall Freeman
Conquest: "The finest work on the Civil War."

74. Bureaucracy, Ludwig von Mises

75. The Seven Storey Mountain, Thomas Merton
Neuhaus: "A classic conversion story of a modern urban sophisticate."

76. Balzac, Stefan Zweig
King: "On the joys of working one's self to death. The chapter 'Black Coffee' is a masterpiece of imaginative reconstruction."

77. The Good Society, Walter Lippmann
Gilder: "Written during the Great Depression. A corruscating defense of the morality of capitalism."

78. Silent Spring, Rachel Carson
Lind: "For all the excesses of the environmental movement, the realization that human technology can permanently damage the earth's environment marked a great advance in civilization. Carson's book, more than any other, publicized this message."

79. The Christian Tradition, Jaroslav Pelikan
Neuhaus: "The century's most comprehensive account of Christian teaching from the second century on."

80. Strange Defeat, Marc Bloch
Herman: "A great historian's personal account of the fall of France in 1940."

81. Looking Back, Norman Douglas
Conquest: "Fascinating memoirs of a remarkable writer."

82. Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres, Henry Adams

83. Poetry and the Age, Randall Jarrell
Caldwell: "The book for showing how 20th- century poets think, what their poetry does, and why it matters."

84. Love in the Western World, Denis de Rougemont
Brookhiser: "What has become of eros over the last seven centuries."

85. The Conservative Mind, Russell Kirk

86. Wealth and Poverty, George Gilder

87. Battle Cry of Freedom, James M. McPherson

88. Henry James, Leon Edel
King: "All the James you want without having to read him."

89. Essays of E. B. White, E. B. White
Gelernter: "White is the apotheosis of the American liberal now spurned and detested by the Left (and the cultural mainstream). His mesmerized devotion to the objects of his affection-his family, the female sex, his farm, the English language, Manhattan, the sea, America, Maine, and freedom, in descending order-is movingly absolute."

90. Speak, Memory, Vladimir Nabokov

91. The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test, Tom Wolfe

92. Darwin's Black Box, Michael J. Behe
Gilder: "Overthrows Darwin at the end of the 20th century in the same way that quantum theory overthrew Newton at the beginning."

93. The Civil War, Shelby Foote

94. The Way the World Works, Jude Wanniski
Gilder: "The best book on economics. Shows fatuity of still-dominant demand-side model, with its silly preoccupation with accounting trivia, like the federal budget and trade balance and savings rates, in an economy with $40 trillion or so in assets that rise and fall weekly by trillions."

95. To the Finland Station, Edmund Wilson
Herman: "The best single book on Karl Marx and Marx's place in modern history."

96. Civilisation, Kenneth Clark

97. The Russian Revolution, Richard Pipes

98. The Idea of History, R. G. Collingwood

99. The Last Lion, William Manchester

Last Lion: William Spencer Churchill: Vol. 1 Visions of Glory, 1874-1932

Last Lion: William Spencer Churchill: Vol. 2 Alone, 1932-1940

100. The Starr Report, Kenneth W. Starr
Hart: "A study in human depravity."

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