Lauren Groff’s 40 Books That Make up Her Brain

Lauren Groff’s 40 Books That Make up Her Brain

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Lauren Groff, the famed novelist and short story author widely known for her works The Monsters of Templeton, Delicate Edible Birds, Arcadia, Fates and Furies, and Florida, is celebrating her fortieth birthday today and, in honor of the reunion of her birth, she took to the Twittersphere to release into the winds a list of forty books that makeup her incredibly vast, brilliant, and talented brain.   I’m 40 today, which is fine!, just a number!, except that I have a problem with thresholds. So I’m going to make myself feel less bummed out by listing 40 of the books that make up my brain, in no particular …

Lauren Groff's 40 Books That Make up Her Brain

Lauren Groff's 40 Books That Make up Her Brain

Book Culture

Lauren Groff, the famed novelist and short story author widely known for her works The Monsters of Templeton, Delicate Edible Birds, Arcadia, Fates and Furies, and Florida, is celebrating her fortieth birthday today and, in honor of the reunion of her birth, she took to the Twittersphere to release into the winds a list of forty books that makeup her incredibly vast, brilliant, and talented brain.   I’m 40 today, which is fine!, just a number!, except that I have a problem with thresholds. So I’m going to make myself feel less bummed out by listing 40 of the books that make up my brain, in no particular …

15 Quotes About Writing from Famous Authors

15 Quotes About Writing from Famous Authors

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Whether you’re an aspiring writer, an avid reader, or none of the above you can’t help but admit the power and influence the written word has on us all. Writing can be cathartic, informative, distracting, devastating, connecting, and everything in-between.   I love writing and words and all the ways in which they can effect our lives so much (seriously) that I’m at a complete and total loss for them right now.    So, I’m just going to let these fifteen quotes from famous authors do the rest of the talking.     “If I waited for perfection…I would never write a …

17 of the Best Opening Lines in Literature

17 of the Best Opening Lines in Literature

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The opening sentence of a book can determine a lot of things (including whether or not you decide to keep going with said book). It’s the author’s first invitation into a world of their own creation. They can be long, descriptive, run-on sentences that prepare you for everything you’re about to see; laying it all out on the table. Or, they can be short, concise, small, quiet yet poetic sentences; not revealing much, but urging you to read more. Opening sentences stick with you in a way unlike any other quotes because they are forever the first words you associate …

Famous Alcoholic Authors and the Delicious Drinks That Destroyed Them

Famous Alcoholic Authors and the Delicious Drinks That Destroyed Them

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You’re in a rut. You’ve lost your edge. You want a cocktail, but you’re bored with your typical gin and tonic, vodka cranberry, whiskey coke, etc. etc. etc. Have no fear, your favorite alcoholic authors are here for inspiration!   You know what’s not inspiring, though? Drinking yourself to death. Please drink responsibly, know your limits, and absolutely do not drink and drive.    1. Ernest Hemingway loved… a mojito!   Image via Felipe Parucci.   Make your own mojito! (Via Epicurious)   2 tablespoons (1 ounce) fresh lime juice 2 heaping teaspoons superfine sugar 1 cup crushed ice 12 fresh mint leaves, …