Ernest Hemingway’s prize winning 1953 novella The Old Man and the Sea opens on Santiago, an ancient fisherman, who is mired in an epic streak of bad luck. He has not caught a fish in many days – so many, in fact, that he is near starvation and has been shunned as cursed by the other fisherman in the small village where he lives and works.
Full disclosure? I’m a Tolkien nerd. Now, before you chuckle and stop reading, visions of LARP-ers in elven robes dancing through your brain, allow me to defend myself. There are three kinds of Tolkien-ites: readers, re-readers, and fanatics. Everyone starts as a reader. Some become re-readers, and some fewer become avid re-readers. I myself read the Lord of the Rings trilogy (henceforth LOTR) way more times than I’d like to admit in writing
If you have never read Jack London's 1908 story "To Build a Fire," you should put it on your winter reading list. This harrowing description of a man's struggle for survival in the sub-zero temperatures of the Yukon Territory will make this season's coldest day seem balmy by comparison.
I think my husband is tired of letting me name things. Our life is becoming a living encyclopedia for the work of William Shakespeare. We have a car named “Hal,” a plant named “Brutus,” and I’m trying to figure out how to convince Ian to let me use “Miranda” as the middle name of a future daughter. (I have a particularly soft spot in my heart for The Tempest.) Needless to say, when it was time to dream up titles for all of our new endeavors at CenterForLit, nothing was safe...