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Author of True Grit Dies at 86

Sadly, Charles Portis, the author of the famous western novel True Grit, has passed away due to Alzheimers. The author passed away in a hospice in Little Rock Arkansas this past Monday.

 

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Portis was born in 1933 and as a kid spent a lot of his time reading comics and watching movies. While he was in the Marines he found opportunities to read and write in his own time. He then pursued a formal education and graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1958. He majored in journalism and later worked for the Memphis Commercial Appeal and the New York Herald Tribune as the London Bureau chief. While he worked for the newspaper he interviewed Malcolm X and author J.D. Salinger.

 

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Other than Norwoodwhich was made into a TV movie starring Glen Campbell and Joe Namath in the 70s, True Grit was his most famous work. It was first published in the Saturday Evening Post in 1968. Then it was adapted into a movie in 1969 starring John Wayne. After that adaptation, another film was made in 2010 starring Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, Matt Damon, and Josh Brolin in lead roles. The film grossed $171 million in North America and received ten Oscar nominations.

 

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Charles Portis led a quiet life considering his fame. He did win an award called the Oxford American’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in Southern Literature. The last novel Portis published was Gringos in 1991. It was his fifth novel. Although that was his last long work of literature, Portis did go on to write short stories for The Atlantic in the 90s.

 


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5 Quotes About Love For Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s day is definitely a holiday that elicits mixed feelings from individuals–which makes sense. I tackle this holiday from a literary standpoint. For me, I view this holiday as the opportunity to share beautiful poems and quotes with other people. If those things happen to be about love, then that’s all the more thematically effective!

Here are five quotes about love from five famous authors.

 

1. “Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.”―Ursula K. Le Guin

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2. “I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart”― Alice Walker

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3. “Who, being loved, is poor?”―Oscar Wilde

 

4. “Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.”―NEIL Gaiman

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5. “Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.”―Zelda Fitzgerald

 

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Pedro Almodovar Adapts Lucia Berlin Short Story

Pedro Almodovar, the Spanish filmmaker who directed Pain and Glory, is now working on a short film adapted from Lucia Berlin’s “A Manual for Cleaning Women.”  Almodovar had previously spoken about Berlin’s work to Vulture and how much he admires the author for it.

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Lucia Berlin tells 43 short stories of situations that occur in everyday life. The collection of her stories involves laundromats, halfway houses of the American Southwest, houses in the Bay Area of the upper class, as well as struggling mothers, hitchhikers, bad Christians and more.

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Almodovar will only be adapting five out of the 43 stories in Berlin’s novel. These five stories will take place in Texas, Oakland, and Mexico. There will also be a mixture of English and Spanish as well.

There does not seem to be a set date for the film to be released as of now, or when production will start. In the meantime, you can enjoy all 43 of Lucia Berlin’s short stories in A Manual for Cleaning Women.

 

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Alice Walker Quotes To Inspire Your Wednesday

Alice Walker, the critically acclaimed author of The Color Purple, is certainly an inspiring presence in the literary world. Her moving stories speak to the fragility of the human experience and her colorful writing encourages us to find the beauty in every moment.

This Black History Month, we celebrate the men and women who have greatly shaped history by providing indispensable contributions to countless dimensions of society; Alice Walker’s literary talents and accomplishments are nothing less than extraordinary. Here are seven of her poignant quotes that will inspire you this Wednesday.

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  1. “No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.”

2. “I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart.” – Revolutionary Petunias

 

 

3. “I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it. People think pleasing God is all God care about. But any fool living in the world can see it always trying to please us back.”    – The Color Purple 

4. “The more I wonder, the more I love.” – The Color Purple 

5. “Part of what existence means to me is knowing the difference between what I am now and what I was then.” – In Search of Our Mothers Gardens 

 

 

6. “Keep in mind always the present you are constructing. It should be the future you want.” – The Temple of My Familiar 

7. “Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself.”

8. “I believe in movements, collective action to influence the future.” – You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down 

9. “Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise.” – Revolutionary Petunias 

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Galentine’s Book Picks To Share With Your BFF

Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to spoil your significant other, but its also the perfect day to spoil your BFF! Everyone has their favorite things to do for Galentine’s Day, so why not add some awesome books into the mix? Here are five recommendations to share with your bestie!

 

Little Women- Louisa May Alcott

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An undisputed classic, Little Women tells a story with incredibly strong women and timeless themes. A perfect addition to this Galentine’s Day!

Since You’ve been gone- Morgan matson

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Since You’ve Been Gone tells the story of best friends Emily and Sloane as they make their way through an unconventional summer. If you have a best friend that constantly encourages you to be the best you can be, you’ll connect with this one.

 

The unexpected Everything- morgan matson

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Clearly, we’re loving Morgan Matson this Galentine’s Day! The Unexpected Everything has it all: friendship, romance, ice cream, and dogs. Tons of dogs. What could be better? You’ll definitely enjoy reading about this quirky group of friends as they navigate their summer with some unexpected twists.

 

A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS- khaled hosseini

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This heartwarming book tells the story of two young women, Mariam and Laila, as they share life experiences while living in Afghanistan. A Thousand Splendid Suns beautifully explores the precious nature of life and will definitely inspire you.

 

 

sisterhood of the traveling pants- ann Brashares

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Another classic here! The friendship between Lena, Carmen, Bridget, and Tibby is surely something extraordinary, and you’ll definitely want to share these special girls with your own group of besties. This book makes us wish we had a magical pair of jeans!

 

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