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History of the Scienceers - The First New York City Science Fiction Club, 1929
"Gustave Flaubert. . . said, 'I can imagine nothing in the world preferable to a nice, well-heated room, with the books one loves and the leisure one wants.'"
After much mulling and culling, we've come up with our list of the twenty best books of the decade. The list is weighted towards science fiction, but does have healthy doses of fantasy and horror.
Some Favourite Poetry Collections of 2009:
San Fran Chronicle 2009 Best of Science Fiction Books and Poetry Books
Best of Crime B&N LA TIMES
Best of 2009 from Salon and The Millions
Worst of the Decade list
Margaret Atwood's “Ten Gifts to Give Beginning Novelists”Analyses of works by Herman Melville, Thomas Hardy, and DH Lawrence showed these "unique word" charts are specific to each author.
What is it about poetry that brings out the worst in people?
"It was already clear that his own special study would be the physics of light, and he was naturally drawn to the poem of that name, and learned its last dozen lines by heart."
"The great work of 'saving nations and people'": In his Irish Human Rights Commission lecture, Seamus Heaney pairs human rights workers and poets in bringing "to light violations and injustices done to human beings by others."
Cookie Monster sings with Rammstein
Love Winter Too
Dear Earth take in this fairy breath. Let it
seep into the mischievous crannies, the
rooks and rocks. What is behind the lily,
the foregone conclusion? If we look
at the interstices, the common lines be-
tween sheets of rain. I wanted to write in-
to your heart but the chambers are closed. What
freedom in the rain when memory is for
sale? What response to give a fairy? We
manage, nonetheless, a raucous cheer
with the Daily Show, a tempestuous
cloud of letters. Even with pomegran-
ate molasses to soften the duck: we
cannot change, the most we can do is see.
They dance the serrated edges of the leaves, the milky surface of the pond.
--by Sarah Riggs