Archive for July, 2014

Fahrenheit 451

I read Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 on vacation.

“Classics . . . cut again to fill a two-minute book column. . . . Politics? One column, two sentences, a headline! Then, in midair, all vanishes!  Whirl man’s mind around so fast under the pumping hands of publishers, exploiters, broadcasters that the centrifuge flings off all unnecessary, time-wasting thought!”

“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies. a child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at the tree or that flower you planted, you’re there.  It doesn’t matter what you do . . . so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching. . . . The lawn cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.”

Sarah Johnson at Mighty Mississippi Book Blast

Sarah Johnson will be one of 11 YA authors at the Mighty Mississippi Book Blast hosted by Left Bank Books at the Ethical Society at 7 pm on July 17th! She will have teaser books of A MURDER OF MAGPIES. More details at the link!

The Death of Ivan Ilych

Just finished Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilych.  I think I should have read this book once every ten years from the age of 18 until today and that I should probably read it every ten years from now on.

As he is dying, Ivan experiences the following:  Suddenly some force struck him in the chest and side, making it still harder to breathe, and he fell through the hole and there at the bottom was a light  What happened to him was like the sensation one sometimes experiences in a  railway carriage when one thinks one is going backwards while one is really going forwards and suddenly becomes aware of the real direction

“Yes, it was all not the right thing,’ he said to himself, “but that’s no matter.  It can be done. But what is the right thing?” he asked himself and suddenly grew quiet.

Quotation of the Day

In the final scene of Diary of a Country Priest by Georges Bernanos, when the country priest’s friend expresses sorrow at not being able to offer the anointing of the sick, the country priest replies: “Does it matter? Grace is everywhere.”

Maryville author: Stacey Lynn Schlegl

Another Maryville Author: John F.D. Taff

John F.D. Taff