Monday, February 29, 2016
La Place de Létoile by Patrick Modiano (1968, part one of The Occupation Trilogy, translated by Frank Wynne)
Friday, February 26, 2016
The Reading Life Review February 2016 with a Look Ahead
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Memoirs of an Anti-Semite by Gregor Von Rezzori (1981) second reading
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Groucho Marx The Comedy of Existence by Lee Siegel (2016, 176 pages)
Sunday, February 21, 2016
"Domestic Peace" a short story by Honore de Balzac (1839, a component of The Human Comedy)
Friday, February 19, 2016
Human Acts by Han Kang. (2014, translated from Korean by Deborah Smith, 2015)
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
United States of Japan by Peter Tieryas (2016)
My Post on Bald New World by Peter Tieryas - an amazing debut novel
Peter Tieryas Liu is the author of United States of Japan (Angry Robot Books, 2016), Bald New World (Perfect Edge Books, June 2014), Watering Heaven (Signal 8 Press, 2012), and Dr. 2. His debut novel, Bald New World, was nominated for the prestigious Folio Prize, listed as one of Buzzfeed’s 15 Highly Anticipated Books of 2014, and named one of the Best Books of Summer 2014 from Publisher Weekly in a star review. Watering Heaven was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor Int’l Short Story Award. He has a variety of work published in places like Electric Literature, Evergreen Review, Gargoyle, Hobart, Indiana Review, Kotaku, Kyoto Journal, New Letters, New Orleans Review, Toad Suck Review, Tor.com, and ZYZZYVA. He is also a VFX artist who has worked on films like Men in Black 3, Guardians of the Galaxy, Alice in Wonderland, and Hotel Transylvania and he has worked as a technical writer for LucasArts, the gaming division of LucasFilm.
OK, that was my third person bio. =)
As for information about this blog, The Whimsy of Creation gets its name from one of my favorite stories that I published at the Evergreen Review. I’ve worked in films, games, and writing, so this blog will focus on all three areas. That means you’ll see book reviews, movie reviews, musings on games, quotes from books I’m reading, links to stories, and photographs Angela (my wife) and I take as we travel to various places in the world. I try to post at least once or twice a day and look forward to interacting with everyone out there. If you need to reach out to me about any business related issues, just ping me somewhere =)
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Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Dusty Answer by Rosamond Lehmann (1927)
Saturday, February 13, 2016
The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham by Selina Hastings (2009)
Monday, February 8, 2016
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout (2016)
Sunday, February 7, 2016
Katherine's Wish by Linda Lappin. 2008 A second reading of a wonderful evocation of the last years of Katherine Mansfield
An excellent Q and A session with Linda Lappin, conducted by Shauna Gilligan, Author of Happiness Comes from Nowhere
My Post on The Etruscan by Linda Lappin
My Post on Signatures in Stone by Linda Lappin
My First Post on Katherine's Wish from September 2010
A former Fulbright fellow to Italy, she currently divides her time between the US and Italy, where she has taught English in Italian universities for over twenty years. Her essays , reviews, and short fiction appear regularly in US periodicals. Her short fiction has been broadcast by the BBC World Service Radio.
Her first novel,
The Etruscan originally published by Wynkin DeWorde in Galway, Ireland, was runner up in the fiction category for the 2010 New York Book Festival and short listed for the 2011 Next Generation Indie Award in fiction.
Her second novel, Katherine's Wish ( published by Wordcraft of Oregon , 2008) based on the life of New Zealand writer, Katherine Mansfield received the gold medal in historical fiction from the IPPY awards, and was a finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year in fiction. Her third novel, a mystery, Signatures in Stone set in the sculpture garden of Bomarzo the Monster Park published by Pleasure Boat Studio won the 2014 Daphne Du Maurier Award from Romance Writers of America for mystery and and suspense writing
Active as literary translator, she has translated Carmelo Samona' and Federigo
Tozzi. She has received two NEA grants in translation and the Renato
Poggioli Award in Translation from PEN.
Through the Centro Pokkoli , she has organized writing workshops in Italy for the Kenyon Review, the Converse College Continuing Education Program, and other institutions
She has worked as a radio speaker and interpreter for RAI 1 and is currently associate international editor for Del Sol Journal . Her forthcoming books include Genius Loci: A Writer's Guide to Capturing the Soul of Place and Postcards from a Tuscan Interior
She is a member of the AWP, the EACWP, the Authors Guild, and the Katherine Mansfield Society