Literary Snobs

There's a time and a place for badly-written populist mind-candy. This is neither. It is, however, the place to appreciate good writing - both past and present, genre or non-genre. No deathless prose, no cardboard characters, no idiot plots. The good stuff. Such as Lawrence Durrell, John Fowles, Anthony Burgess, DH Lawrence, Joseph Conrad, Thomas Pynchon, Doris Lessing, Kathy Acker, Hanan Al-Shaykh, Georgette Heyer, Thomas Mann, Milorad Pavić, Kazuo Ishiguro, Michel Houellebecq, Roberto Bolaño, Harry Mulisch...

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2023: Articles related to writers, writing & publishing33 non-lus / 33estragon73, Hier 2:54pm
Cinema, 2023: Picks & Pans27 non-lus / 27mejix, Mardi 7:22pm
March, 2023 Readings: “You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.” (Pablo Neruda)11 non-lus / 11CliffBurns, Lundi 12:23pm
2023 Obits: Going, going...gone19 non-lus / 19Cecrow, Mars 23
Book Hauls 6: A thread about buying books ...204 non-lus / 204bluepiano, Mars 21
2023: Personal Message Board4 non-lus / 4CliffBurns, Mars 17
Slow Reading14 non-lus / 14estragon73, Mars 11
Sade Vs Sotos2 non-lus / 2PaigeBardon, Mars 6
In 2023, these are the things that make us go "Hmmm..."2 non-lus / 2CliffBurns, Mars 5
Ian McEwan4 non-lus / 4Crypto-Willobie, Février 28
February, 2023 Readings: "February makes a bridge and March breaks it." (Proverb)12 non-lus / 12CliffBurns, Février 28
Jan. 2023/Reading: "Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account." Oscar Wilde17 non-lus / 17CliffBurns, Janvier 29
2022: Articles on writing, authors and publishing68 non-lus / 68CliffBurns, Janvier 7
2022 Obits: Gone, but not forgotten60 non-lus / 60absurdeist, Janvier 6
Sci Fi that doesn't suck213 non-lus / 213CliffBurns, Janvier 4
December, 2022: Reading “Cold in the earth and fifteen wild Decembers, From those brown hills, have melted into spring.”23 non-lus / 23CliffBurns, Janvier 3
How/Where do you buy your books? (Thread #2)38 non-lus / 38Cecrow, Décembre 2022
2022: Personal Message Board33 non-lus / 33CliffBurns, Décembre 2022
2022: The Movies We Love (...and not so much)69 non-lus / 69CliffBurns, Décembre 2022
November, 2022 Reading: “November at its best—with a sort of delightful menace in the air.” Anne Bosworth Greene15 non-lus / 15CliffBurns, Novembre 2022
2018: Television shows/series worth watching103 non-lus / 103CliffBurns, Novembre 2022
October, 2022 Readings: " October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets and carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins."29 non-lus / 29CliffBurns, Octobre 2022
Great quotes, memorable bits of wisdom (Thread #2)119 non-lus / 119CliffBurns, Octobre 2022
September, 2022 Readings: “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” (Camus)24 non-lus / 24Cecrow, Septembre 2022
2022: Things that make us go "Hmmm..."23 non-lus / 23CliffBurns, Septembre 2022
August, 2022 Books: "August arrives in the dark/we are not even asleep & it is here..."25 non-lus / 25CliffBurns, Septembre 2022
July, 2022 Readings “Summer has filled her veins with light and her heart is washed with noon.” (C. Day Lewis)21 non-lus / 21BookConcierge, Juillet 2022
Now That's What I Call More Modern Music, Part IV175 non-lus / 175Cecrow, Juillet 2022
June, 2022 Readings: "The month of June trembled like a butterfly..." (Pablo Neruda)25 non-lus / 25CliffBurns, Juin 2022
May, 2022 Readings: "What potent blood hath modest May." Ralph W. Emerson19 non-lus / 19CliffBurns, Mai 2022
They Whisper in my Blood1 non-lu / 1BAPS, Mai 2022
April, 2022 Readings: “April. Month of dust and lies.” (Naguib Mahfouz)28 non-lus / 28bluepiano, Avril 2022
March, 2022 Readings: “March bustles in on windy feet, and sweeps my doorstep and my street.” (Susan Reiner)9 non-lus / 9BookConcierge, Mars 2022
February, 2022 Readings: “February is the border between winter and spring.” (Terri Guillemets)22 non-lus / 22BookConcierge, Février 2022
January, 2022 (Reading): “Hope Smiles from the threshold of the year to come, Whispering 'it will be happier'...”29 non-lus / 29BookConcierge, Janvier 2022
2021: Fond farewells and obits82 non-lus / 82CliffBurns, Janvier 2022
Poetry III: A Poet Can Survive Everything But A Misprint33 non-lus / 33mejix, Janvier 2022
2021: Personal Message Board43 non-lus / 43CliffBurns, Janvier 2022
Dec. 2021: Readings " was in the bleak December/And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor."22 non-lus / 22mejix, Décembre 2021
2021: Articles on authors and publishing53 non-lus / 53mejix, Décembre 2021
2021: The Movies We're Watching83 non-lus / 83CliffBurns, Décembre 2021
September, 2011--Early autumn reading189 non-lus / 189RODNEYP, Décembre 2021
November, 2021 Readings "November always seemed to me the Norway of the year." (Emily Dickinson)23 non-lus / 23CliffBurns, Décembre 2021
October, 2021: Readings "I wish that every day was Saturday and every month was October.” Charmaine Ford20 non-lus / 20CliffBurns, Octobre 2021
Things that make you go "Hmmm..." (2020 Edition)64 non-lus / 64DugsBooks, Octobre 2021
Sept. 2021 Readings: "Late September holds onto the summer / like that promise you made / you can never forget."16 non-lus / 16KatrinkaV, Octobre 2021
August, 2021 Readings: "I do not think I have said enough about the splintered disorder of June, July and August."30 non-lus / 30Limelite, Septembre 2021
July, 2021 Readings: “The Summer looks out from her brazen tower/Through the flashing bars of July.” (Francis Thompson)19 non-lus / 19BookConcierge, Août 2021
June, 2021 Readings: "Green was the silence, wet was the light, the month of June trembled like a butterfly.” (Neruda)16 non-lus / 16BookConcierge, Juillet 2021
May, 2021 Readings: "The month of May was come, when every lusty heart beginneth to blossom, and to bring forth fruit."8 non-lus / 8Maura49, Mai 2021
March, 2021 Readings: "March is the month of expectation, the things we do not know..." (Emily Dickenson)29 non-lus / 29CliffBurns, Mai 2021
April, 2021 Readings: "April hath put a spirit of youth in everything." (Shakespeare)16 non-lus / 16CliffBurns, Avril 2021
What Light Prose/Comedy Meets Snobby Standards?13 non-lus / 13SandraArdnas, Avril 2021
Films we're watching in 2020139 non-lus / 139berthirsch, Mars 2021
February, 2021 Reading: “February is the border between winter and spring." (T. Guillemets)19 non-lus / 19RobertDay, Mars 2021
January, 2021--"And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.” (R.M. Rilke)19 non-lus / 19mykl-s, Janvier 2021
December, 2020 Readings: "On cold December fragrant chaplets blow/And heavy harvests nod beneath the snow." (A. Pope)7 non-lus / 7CliffBurns, Janvier 2021
2020: Obits and Memorials152 non-lus / 152CliffBurns, Décembre 2020
2020: Articles about writers, writing and publishing82 non-lus / 82CliffBurns, Décembre 2020
2020: Personal news and announcements from our members32 non-lus / 32RobertDay, Décembre 2020
November, 2020 Readings: "Since golden October declined into sombre November..." T.S. Eliot25 non-lus / 25BookConcierge, Novembre 2020
October, 2020 Readings: "I have been younger in October than in all the months of spring.” (W.S. Merwin)18 non-lus / 18KatrinkaV, Novembre 2020
On Nobel Prize Winners (Literature) Your Thoughts?33 non-lus / 33Cecrow, Octobre 2020
September, 2020 Readings: "Like steps of passing ghosts/The leaves, frost-crisp’d, break from the trees/And fall…"17 non-lus / 17CliffBurns, Octobre 2020
August, 2020, Reading: "That August time it was delight / To watch the red moons wane to white." A. Charles Swinburne14 non-lus / 14cindydavid4, Septembre 2020
July, 2020 Readings "July is a blind date with summer." (Hal Borland)28 non-lus / 28BookConcierge, Juillet 2020
June, 2020 Readings “At midnight, in the month of June, I stand beneath the mystic moon.” (Edgar Allan Poe)23 non-lus / 23CliffBurns, Juin 2020
May, 2020 Readings: “May, more than any other month of the year, wants us to feel alive.” (F. Hudson)24 non-lus / 24CliffBurns, Mai 2020
April, 2020--Readings "April... hath put a spirit of youth in everything." - William Shakespeare34 non-lus / 34CliffBurns, Mai 2020
March, 2020 Readings: "It was one of those March days...when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade."22 non-lus / 22CliffBurns, Avril 2020
Great visuals--art and graphic design for smart people265 non-lus / 265CliffBurns, Mars 2020
February, 2020: "Surely as cometh the Winter, I know/There are Spring violets under the snow." R. H. Newell26 non-lus / 26Cecrow, Mars 2020
January, 2020 Readings: “Nourish beginnings, let us nourish beginnings" (Muriel Rukeyser)31 non-lus / 31Limelite, Février 2020
2019: Obits and Memorials202 non-lus / 202cindydavid4, Janvier 2020
Judging Books by Their Covers141 non-lus / 141CliffBurns, Janvier 2020
What does 'literary' mean and what makes something literary?12 non-lus / 12bookstopshere, Janvier 2020
Best (and worst) books of 201912 non-lus / 12Limelite, Janvier 2020
Things that make us go "Hmmm...." (2019 edition)162 non-lus / 162DugsBooks, Janvier 2020
2019: Personal news and announcements from our members49 non-lus / 49CliffBurns, Janvier 2020
December, 2019 Readings: "December drops no weak, relenting tear..." C. Cranch28 non-lus / 28CliffBurns, Décembre 2019
Cinema, 2019--The Future Has Arrived201 non-lus / 201CliffBurns, Décembre 2019
2019: Articles about books, authors and publishing110 non-lus / 110CliffBurns, Décembre 2019
November, 2019 Readings ("And it's hard to hold a candle/In the cold November rain." Guns 'n Roses24 non-lus / 24CliffBurns, Novembre 2019
October, 2019 (Readings) "October country...that country whose people are autumn people, thinking only autumn thoughts."26 non-lus / 26Maura49, Novembre 2019
How/where do you buy books?331 non-lus / 331CliffBurns, Octobre 2019
Drama on Radio 370 non-lus / 70CliffBurns, Octobre 2019
September, 2019: "September: the most beautiful of words...evoking orange-flowers, swallows, and regret."36 non-lus / 36CliffBurns, Septembre 2019
August, 2019: What we're reading and why we're reading it23 non-lus / 23Limelite, Septembre 2019
The History Channel--examining and re-imagining the past16 non-lus / 16CliffBurns, Septembre 2019
July, 2019 Books: "We thread our way through a moving forest of ice-cream cones & crimson thighs." Jean-Dominique Bauby26 non-lus / 26BookConcierge, Août 2019
E-readers: Yes or No303 non-lus / 303Maura49, Juillet 2019
June, 2019 Readings: "Here's a hymn to welcome in the day/Heralding a summer's early sway." (The Decembrists)23 non-lus / 23BookConcierge, Juin 2019
May, 2019: Readings..."What potent blood hath modest May" (Emerson)21 non-lus / 21KatrinkaV, Juin 2019
2018: Articles about books, writers & publishing117 non-lus / 117CliffBurns, Mai 2019
April, 2019: “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” (Orwell)17 non-lus / 17anna_in_pdx, Mai 2019
Another poetry thread / I thought the last one was dead / along with my aching head / from Nantucket297 non-lus / 297CliffBurns, Avril 2019
March, 2019--"March is the month of expectation /The things we do not know" (E. Dickinson)24 non-lus / 24CliffBurns, Mars 2019
February, 2019: "Whateva da weatha", keep reading38 non-lus / 38CliffBurns, Février 2019
January, 2019--Books we're reading to greet the New Year45 non-lus / 45RobertDay, Février 2019
Looking back on 2018--"Best of..." Lists and Reflections13 non-lus / 13CliffBurns, Janvier 2019
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