Category: Authors & Writers

Saul Bellow (Novel Prize Winner in Literature 1976)

Canadian American Writer

Saul Bellow (Novel Prize Winner in Literature 1976)

 

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BioData

  • First Name: Solomon
  • Surname: Bellows
  • Aka: Saul Bellow
  • DoB: 10 June 1915
  • PoB: Lachine, Quebec, Canada
  • Death: 5 April 2005
  • Nationality: Canadian/American
  • Civil Status: Married 6 Times
  • Education: University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin, Northwestern University
  • Occupation: Writer
  • Legacy: Multi-awarded and Multi-honoured

Saul Bellow Quotes:

 

Everybody needs his memories.  They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door.
– S Bellow

The unexamined life can make you want to kill yourself.
– S Bellow

You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.
– S Bellow

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Celebrated Contretemps

Pen is not only mightier than a sword, it can oftentimes be bitchier.

Some quotes follows below of how authors, novelists and poets think of each other. It makes fascinating reading.

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Celebrated Contretemps

Any library is a good library that does not contain a volume by Jane Austen.
– Mark Twain

“If Mr. Clemens (Mark Twain) cannot think of something better to tell our pure-minded lads and lasses,he had best stop writing for them.” (concerning Twain’s Huckleberry Finn)
– Louisa May Alcott

People will accept your ideas much more readily if you tell them Benjamin Franklin said it first.
– David H Comins

Legend has it that Gioachino Rossinoi (of The Barber of Seville) was passionate about food.  He had a recipe for macaroni that was so divine that it rivaled his glorious music.  Alexander Dumas, who spent the later days of his life compiling the ultimate recipe book, heard of Rossini’s macaroni.  He asked Rossini if he could include the recipe for the macaroni in his book.  Rossini invited Dumas to his house.  Rossini made a great effort to make the macaroni even better than perfect.  But when Dumas arrived he said he never ate macaroni and was only after the recipe.  Rossini was not impressed and refused to give Dumas the macaroni recipe.  Sadly the recipe is lost for posterity.

The Golden Apple – A Greek Legend

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The Golden Apple – A Greek Legend

The story of the golden apple is my favourite in the Greek mythology.

It caused the bloody Trojan war.

It all started on the wedding of Thetis and Peleus. Everyone who was anyone and all the gods and goddesses were invited to the wedding except for Erin, the goddess of wrath and discord. Apparently she was deemed to be a party pooper so her invite got lost in the post.

Anyway, during the party, everyone was having a good time, lots of merriment, lots of chatting, lots of networking as one does.

It was a very vibrant, noisy affair that Erin got to hear of it. She was mighty upset that she was not invited, knowing that everyone was in the party. Quick as a flash she thought of a ploy to create discord and strife.

So she went to the party to plot her revenge. As soon as she appeared, there was a lull in the celebration.

The music stopped, the chattering ceased, it was very still you could almost hear a pin drop.

Without saying anything Erin, threw a golden apple which landed where Hera, Athena and Aphrodite were gathered together. Peleus, the groom was in their vicinity and picked up the golden apple which was inscribed ‘For the Fairest’.

Hera, the wife of Zeus, said immediately it was obviously meant for her. Athena won’t be outdone and said of course it was for her afterall it landed very near her feet. Aphrodite almost snatched the apple off Peleus, claiming that it was for her, ‘hello!”

The three goddesses started to brawl, each one claiming the apple for herself. Hera spied Zeus and called him to be the judge.

“No way, Jose” said Zeus. The man to tell who the apple belongs to is Paris, the shepherd, who lived at the foot of Mt Olympus.

50 Shades of Red

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 50 Shades of Red

We may be familiar with Chicago’s St Valentine’s Day massacre, well  some new Valentine violence occurred at a cinema in Glasgow, Scotland this 14 February I suppose 50 Shades of Red!

To us Brits, Glasgow is known as Scotland’s most violent places and is legendary for introducing the so called ‘Glasgow Kiss’, which is a headbutt to the face!

Many years ago, a Scottish colleague/friend said that when there was a tense situation in a Glasgow pub, one of the protagonist’s would say to the other ” Pick a window you’re leavin’.”

The Glasgow cinema was showing the eagerly and hotly anticipated movie version of the British best seller ’50 Shades of Grey’ on St Valentine’s Day.

Three women were arrested for attacking a  man who apparently asked them to make less noise, as they were part of a group of ladies who were screaming during the screening!

The cinema theatre also sells alcohol, which appears to have fuelled the females flames of passion.

I guess this should not be too unexpected getting a group of Glasgow Gals together to check out and ogle the well ripped & fit Jamie Dornan 😉

We wonder if the man, the poor victim, did not produce 50 shades of sh*t (could also perhaps describe what many viewers & critics think of the movie),  when surrounded by a rampant hormonal horde 🙂

Brilliance of John Steinbeck

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John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. (February 26, 1902 – December 20, 1968) was an American author of twenty-seven books, including sixteen novels, six non-fiction books, and five collections of short stories. He is widely known for the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath (1939), East of Eden (1952) and the novella Of Mice and Men (1937). Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962 “for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception”. (Wikipedia)

Brilliance of John Steinbeck

He quoted:

A journey is like a marriage.  The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.
– Steinbeck

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No one wants advice – only corroboration.
– Steinbeck
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Time is the only critic without ambition.
– Steinbeck
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Those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, ae the traits of success.
– Steinbeck

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Helen Keller Quotes

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Helen Keller

Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deafblind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree. (Wikipedia)

Helen was not born deaf and blind.  She contracted an illness when she was only 18 months old which left her unable to see and hear.   She devoted her life campaigning and raising funds for the deaf and blind.

Helen Keller Quotes:

All the world is full of suffering.  It is also full of overcoming.

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Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.

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It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.
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No pessimist ever discover the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.

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Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
– Helen Keller
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Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all – the apathy of human beings.

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Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world.
– Helen Keller
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The highest result of education is tolerance.

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The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched.  They must be felt with the heart.
– Helen Keller

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There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, a slave who has not had a king among his.

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Tolerance is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle.

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Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other’s welfare, social justice can never be attained.

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While they were saying among themselves it cannot be done, it was done.

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Helen Keller