Friday, February 03, 2006

Our 100th Post

Ladies and Gentlemen,

What a big moment! 100th Post. Gee. Who knew we had that much to say about, well, anything.

So, been a few days since I surfed about to see what there was to see on the Internet, so here we go:

1. Everyone is going List Crazy Again. Actually caught this on Newsworld. In the UK, various authors were asked by the Royal Society of Literature which books every student should read before leaving high school. So, for starters, here they are:

Finn Family Moomintroll by Tove Jansson
Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kästner
The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
The Ballad of Sir Patrick Spens (or other good anonymous ballads)
First Book of Samuel, Chapter 17 (the story of David and Goliath)
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
A good collection of myths and legends
A good collection of fairy tales

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Animal Farm by George Orwell
The Tale of Two Bad Mice by Beatrix Potter
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The Once and Future King by T. H. White
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Stiff Upper Lip (or any other Jeeves book) by P.G. Wodehouse
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
Tristan and Iseult by Joseph Bedier
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Hound of the Baskervilles (or another Sherlock Holmes story) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
A Shame to Miss, 1, 2 & 3

The Odyssey by Homer
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Paradise Lost by John Milton
Lyrical Ballads by Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
Ulysses by James Joyce
The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
The Red Queen by Matt Ridley
Small Island by Andrea Levy
Go Tell It On The Mountain James Baldwin
Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times edited by Neil Astley
High Windows Philip Larkin
Cat’s Eye Margaret Atwood

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar or Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare
Far from the Madding Crowd or Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
Some poems by W.B.Yeats , T.S.Eliot and Philip Larkin
A novel by Ernest Hemingway
A novel by Graham Greene
A novel by J.G. Ballard
A novel by Evelyn Waugh
A novel by Martin Amis
A novel by Margaret Atwood

Anyway, following this listmaking, discussion naturally ensued. Read Alert posted on the issue a few times, linking to stories in the UK Guardian, as well as commentary on the rather heavy suggestsions by the Poet Laureate. Big A little a also had comments on that issue. Original Content also weighed in (Jan 31, scroll down).

As for me, I did best on JK Rowling's list and Anne Fine's.

Linking back to previous discussion on this blog about A National Breakfast Program, a couple other Liberal Blogs picked up on the discussion. Vincent Riccio's A View or Two has a post including some research and links to info on experiences in other countries.

Also, regarding my previous post on the coolness of snakes, Read Alert posts on Feb. 1 that Harriet Ziefert’s latest children’s book, A Snake is Totally Tail, will not be sold in bookstores because it is too similar to a previous book on Snakes.

A couple other blogs have also picked up on issues of similar stories - is this plagarism or inadvertant etc... Chicken Spaghetti posts on a similar issue with Suzanne Heller's "Misery Is..." series from the 1960s being similar to a children's series being published today. Chicken Spaghetti also weighed in on A Snake is Totally Tail HERE.

On the quick link front Travelling to Literacy has a good post on 10 Research-Based methods to improve reading. And Read Alert has a quick link to an article in the Boston Herald on Literary Speed Dating (which made me think of our jokes about Speed Scrabble Dating at a past meeting...)

On the New Blog front, I discovered Reading Matters courtesy of A Chair, a fireplace and a tea cosy. Reading Matters is written by a woman in the UK and covers issues about books and writing and ... writing books. She has three rather entertaining posts on The Official Rules for writing Medieval Fiction, Aurthurian Fiction and Historical Fiction.

This was all located through something called Metaxu Cafe which is "devoted to highlighting the best content from the community of bloggers who write about books." They apparently "serve both the writers and readers and intend to drive traffic to member’s sites and create context around and give permanence to their original writing." I will be sure to check back and add another link along the side of the blog.

And Finally, for any Curious George fans out there, the movies a-comin'. Book Moot has a post on it.

And that's it for the moment!

Happy 100th post :)



At 1:15 PM, Blogger Liz B said...

Thanks for mentioning my blog!

At 11:39 PM, Blogger Vincent Riccio said...

Thank you for citing my blog, all the best. Please be sure to view my blog as I have cited you.

Vincent Riccio


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