Some link love first:
Remember how I came up with the brilliant idea of taking E-Ink to color? Well, evidently others have not only thought of it before me, but they’ve already invented the technology. Go figure. And it’s even capable of making a reader one could roll up and bend!
Last night I finished John Irving’s A Widow for One Year. Best ending I’ve ever read, I’m pretty sure. Best last line in recent memory. Last lines drive me nuts. His is not good as a standalone, but as the end of the novel? It kicks ass.
And because it’s about a writer, it’s got some great quotes:
- "...hers were the tears a writer cried whenever a writer heard something better than anything he or she could have written." (Which is how I felt upon reading the ending of A Widow for One Year. I did cry, but I also threw a temper tantrum at myself.)
- "My novels aren’t ideas--I don’t have any ideas," Ruth replied. "I begin with the characters, which leads me to the problems that the characters are prone to have, which yields a story--every time."
- (About brainstorming and daydreaming up a new novel.) "In a way, I like this phase of a novel better than the writing of it. In the beginning, there are so many possibilities. With each detail you choose, with every word you commit yourself to, your options close down."
- "A novel is always more complicated than it seems at the beginning. Indeed, a novel should be more complicated than it seems at the beginning."
- "’No one knows what they [semicolons] are anymore,’ he says. ’If you’re not in the habit of reading nineteenth-century novels, you think that the author has killed fruit fly directly above a comma--semicolons have become nothing but a distraction.’"
- "What did it matter if a detail was real or imagined? What mattered was that the detail seemed real, and that it was absolutely the best detail for the circumstances."
- "What writer wouldn’t want to have his or her own housewife?" (Amen to that!)
Lastly, I’m starting a Dickens novel tomorrow. But which one? I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to squeeze in more than one Dickens, because there are so many new books I haven’t read, beckoning to me. So which Dickens would you vote for? Do you have a favorite?