Thursday, July 31, 2014

Literature Or Something Else?



"Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become."
--C.S. Lewis

I once read that literary fiction is fiction of ideas. While the story must be good, emphasis on action is not often as important as emphasis on the ideas, themes, and concerns of the book. Literary fiction tackles big issues that are often controversial, difficult, and complex.

Commercial fiction, on the other hand, is . . .

Oh well.

Who cares?


Did You Know . . .?

In 2011 there was a survey and 63% of Americans did not know how many justices were in the supreme court.



On this day in 1975, Teamsters Union president Jimmy Hoffa was reported missing in Detroit, Michigan. He was last seen alive in a parking lot outside the Machus Red Fox restaurant the previous afternoon. By the time of his disappearance, Hoffa had a long and murky career in union politics. In Chicago, Hoffa was tried for fraud in handling Teamster pension funds, convicted, and sentenced to five years in prison. That sentence was commuted by President Richard Nixon in 1971, and despite his criminal record, Hoffa remained a key Teamster figure until his disappearance. To this day, Hoffa's fate remains a mystery, although many believe that he was murdered by organized crime figures.



1. a sudden, unpredictable change, as of one's mind or the weather.
2. a tendency to change one's mind without apparent or adequate motive;



(born July 31, 1962)
Wesley Snipes is an American actor who has starred in numerous films, including action thrillers and dramatic features. Snipes is known for playing the Marvel Comics character Blade in the Blade film trilogy. In 2010, Snipes began serving a three-year prison sentence in McKean County, Pennsylvania for misdemeanor failure to file U.S. federal income tax returns. He was released from prison in 2013.

(born July 31, 1965)
J. K. Rowling is a British novelist best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series.

(born July 31, 1966)
Dean Cain is an American actor. He is most widely known for his role as Superman in the popular American television series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.

(born 31 July 1974)
Emilia Fox is an English actress, known for her role as Dr. Nikki Alexander on BBC crime drama Silent Witness, having joined the cast in 2004 following the departure of Amanda Burton. She also appeared as Morgause in the BBC's Merlin beginning in the program's second series.


"Every man's memory is his private literature."
--Aldous Huxley



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