Latin American writers endured tough times
As a novelist and memoirist, Isabel Allende, the famous contemporary Latin American, narrates the political history of the contemporary world under the cover of fiction. She writes stories of passion and romance. “Her novels and memoirs tells the stories of women and men who live with passionate commitment – to love, to their world, to an ideal,” said the speakers at a seminar held on Tuesday at the National University of Modern Languages (NUML).
…After the overthrow and assassination in 1973 of her uncle, Chilean president Salvador Allende, Isabel, her husband and children left for safety in Venezuela. It was in her exile that she began to write ‘The House of the Spirits’, her first novel, which was based on her own family and the politics of Chile,” she added.
Jonas Kaufmann | The Smoldering Tenor
Whatever their source, good looks can take a musician only so far, Mr. Kaufmann insists. “Even though beauty could help a career, it can never be something a career is based on,” he said. “Beauty goes by faster than you know, so if your qualities in singing and acting aren’t good enough, where do you go once the beauty is gone? Generally, the parts I’m interested in are not the beautiful ones, because perfection is never interesting. That’s why it’s even more difficult if you are beautiful. It’s just on the surface—there’s nothing fundamental underneath, which is where our work really starts.”
Charlotte Bronte fan spends life dressed as Victorian heroine
Well, I love the Brontes, but…
Lyn-Marie Cunliffe, 49, loves 19th century author Charlotte Bronte so much she dresses as the famous author all the time – even while doing her supermarket shopping.
The mum-of-two dresses in the home-made smocks whilst doing the school run – and not bothering to change even when she’s out grabbing a burger with the kids.
But the bookworm’s bizarre look is a hit with locals in her hometown on Keighley, West Yorks – near Bronte homeland Haworth.
Locals regularly stop to compliment her on her unusual style as she struts her stuff doing her food shopping, or while munching on a Big Mac.
Daniel Craig thinks Kardashians behave like ‘idiots’
Yet another reason why I love Daniel Craig.
Daniel Craig thinks the Kardashians behave like “f**king idiots”.
The James Bond actor explained while he doesn’t “judge” the reality TV family – whose most famous member is Kim – and acknowledges that they have made “millions” through their show ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’, he doesn’t agree with selling your soul to make good television.
He explained: “It’s a career, I’m not being cynical. And why wouldn’t you? Look at the Kardashians, they’re worth millions. Millions! I don’t think they were that badly off to begin with, but now look at them.
“You see that and you think, ‘What, you mean all I have to do is behave like a f***ing idiot on television and then you’ll pay me millions?’ I’m not judging it. Well I am obviously.”
The 43-year-old star – who is married to actress Rachel Weisz – thinks there is “a lot to be said” for keeping your private life to yourself, as you can never buy it back.
Daniel added: “There’s a lot to be said for keeping your own counsel. It’s not about being afraid to be public with your emotions or about who you are and what you stand for, but if you sell it off it’s gone. It’s precious.
“You can’t buy your privacy back. Ooh, I want to be alone. ‘F**k you. We’ve been in your living room. We were at your birth. You filmed it for us and then showed us the placenta, and now you want some privacy?!’ “
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
I don’t usually read YA (mainly because I’m an OA), but my daughter ordered this for a presentation she’s doing in library school (well, technically, it’s called “information studies”, and she’s getting a master’s this weekend under the If You Can’t Get a Job, Get Another Degree plan). She knows about things. Book things. So I fully intend to casually walk into her room and distract her (Look! Halley’s Comet!) and subtly lift it.
Love, betrayal and courage: Private letters reveal the story behind the mastermind of The Great Escape Roger Bushell
Anyone who knows me will tell you that possibly my favorite story of all time (in both book and film) is The Great Escape. I first read the book as a child at my grandparents’ home, and I loved it. While I did have rather odd reading taste for an elementary school-aged girl, my choices during that visit were limited to the books on my grandparents’ shelves. My grandfather was a really interesting man, aspects of whom will forever pepper heroes of my own books. I remember discussing the book with him in the living room of the log cabin he and my grandmother built. (Mind you, they did not have it built. They did it themselves. My grandmother helped stripped the bark from the logs.) The Great Escape was my grandfather’s book, and he was, I think, pleasantly surprised by my interest in war stories—an interest which continues to this day. A later viewing of the film version sealed the deal for me. I mark my coming of age by which of the main characters I was in love with at various points of my life.
I am stunned and thrilled to discover that new details have emerged to flesh out the story and, in particular Roger Bushell, who conceived this amazing plan and brought it to fruition under the most impossible of circumstances. His own love life had better plot twists than most romance novels. Romantic! (And tragic.) AND there was a fourth tunnel! If you click the link within the above referenced article, there is yet another bittersweet love story at the end.
Nora Roberts: The woman who rewrote the rules of romantic fiction | Books | The Observer
I like the way she thinks!
Later, at the bookshop in Boonsboro, the small town in rural Maryland where she lives, she’s doing a signing and answering questions and is equally phlegmatic. What does she find helps keep her going when she’s writing? “Alcoholic beverages.” Does she tweet? “I’d rather stab myself in the eye with a flaming stick.” What does she think of the recent news story claiming that romantic fiction gives women unrealistic expectations? “Because women aren’t supposed to have expectations, right? We’re pretty smart. I think we know the difference between reality and fiction. I don’t think that people read Agatha Christie, and then think: I know, I’ll go and murder someone.”