"The Wonky Donkey: viral video of grandmother makes picture book a bestseller. A Scottish woman’s reading of the 2009 children’s novel to her four-month-old grandson has seen demand for it skyrocket around the world • r/books https://old.reddit.com/r/books/comments/9en1qv/the_wonky_donkey_viral_video_of_grandmother_makes/
"Smith told the Guardian that demand had “gone through the roof” for the picture book since the video of Clark took off: in New Zealand, his publisher is “rushing to print another 50,000 copies, with a view for more”, while The Wonky Donkey is now also being reprinted in the UK. Amazon in the US and the UK has sold out, while used bookseller AbeBooks said that it has sold “hundreds of copies” of The Wonky Donkey in the last week, amid “massive demand” around the world."· bentley
"So bold a stroke might have represented a serious threat to the Crown-if the plan could be carried off with precision and discipline. Luckily for Charles And Catherine, these qualities were not much in evidence among the members of the opposition party. For example, it is helpful when organizing the overthrow of an established government if everybody involved in the cabal pays attention to minor details such as the date on which the various troops comprising the rebel force are supposed to rendezvous and storm the castle. Obviously it is better to show up all at once and surprise and overwhelm your adversaries rather than trickle in piecemeal and hang around waiting to be discovered." - Rival Queens, Nancy Goldstone
"This has often been the way with me: notions too mad for another to take seriously are the very notions I seize upon and enact, often in the most organized and sensible fashion. (I say this not out of pride, for it is a very stupid habit that has nearly gotten me killed more than once, but out of honesty. If you do not understand what my husband has called my deranged practicality, very little of my life will make the slightest bit of sense.)"
Mercy, High Ones. Not justice, please, not justice. We would all be fools to pray for justice.
“When you’re young, you think of your parents with the simplest adjectives. As you get older, you add more adjectives and notice some of them contradict each other. He’s tall. He’s tall and strong. He’s tall and strong and smart. He’s tall and strong and smart but busy. He’s tall and strong and smart but busy and aloof and judgmental. She’s safe. She’s safe and kind. She’s safe and kind and caring. She’s safe and kind and caring but sad. She’s safe and kind and caring but sad and lonely and brittle. Maturity colonizes your adolescent mind, like an ultraviolet photograph of a vast cosmic nebula that turns out, on closer examination, to be a pointillist self-portrait.” –All Our Wrong Todays, by Elan Mastai.
“Fucking glitter. Ruining my life one sparkle at a time.” — Stripped by Zoey Castile
"And…maybe we both needed time to become our new selves, before we could start over. It’s hard to explain. It makes sense to us, anyway."
"Well, I had a thing, and it wasn't a vision. It was a dream." "It was a dream that made you think. A dream that caused you to search for wisdom. A dream that made you consult me, the Prophet. Sounds like a vision to me." "You're unbelievable." "I worked in marketing, before I was a prophet. After, too, but we didn't call it that after that point." --The Collapsing Empire, by John Scalzi.
I am not who I was. I can't go back. I don't quite like who I have become. Yet I still... stand. But I hardly know how to go on from here. No one ever gave me a map for this road.
"Espionage was so prevalent in France that it might well have been considered the national pastime." Nancy Goldstone, The Rival Queens: Catherine de'Medici, Her Daughter Marguerite de Valois, and the Betrayal That Ignited a Kingdom
Only a small amount in, and enjoying this immensely. I think the most in-depth I've read about Catherine de'Medici has been a relative gloss of her life, so this is just fascinating.· Jennifer D. 2
"Antoine de Bourbon might have been vain, weak, and untrustworthy, but he was not a complete fool."· Jennifer D. 2
Medici's sure did get around.· Halil
"Where did you find the whipped cream?" he asked. "You had milk, I had science," said Jack. "It's amazing how much of culinary achievement can be summarized by that sentence." --Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire.
"Cheese making, for example. The perfect intersection of milk, science, and foolish disregard for the laws of nature."· bentley 4
There was a Reader's Digest anecdote when I was a kid about a tourist in Switzerland. Tourist walks into a house or cottage and speaks to the old lady who is sitting there, knitting or something. "What an interesting looking cushion you're sitting on." "Oh, it's not a cushion. It's cheese for the tourist trade."· bentley
“Half asleep in the sun, reassured by the familiar smell of frying fat, I’d make promises to God. If only He’d let me be a singer! I knew I’d probably turn to whiskey and rock ’n’ roll like they all did, but not for years, I promised. Not for years, Lord. Not till I had glorified His name and bought Mama a yellow Cadillac and a house on Old Henderson Road.”
""What?'" said Harriet. "I stay out all the time." "Is your mom afraid something will happen to you?" "I," said Harriet, with absolute confidence, "am something that happens to other people." Wilbur nodded. This was undeniably true." Whiskerella (Hamster Princess, Book 5) by Ursula Vernon
"Trying to predict the future is a mug's game. But increasingly it's a game we all have to play because the world is changing so fast and we need to have some sort of idea of what the future's actually going to be like because we are going to have to live there, probably next week."
Famous First Words: can you decipher these five famous novel openings? https://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2018/02/19/famous-first-words-five-transcriptions-novel-openings/
"Oxford’s dictionaries give pronunciations for all non-obsolete words, but what about whole strings of speech? Could you recognise famous novels by their transcriptions? You should bear in mind that transcriptions will include connected speech processes and weak forms, while stress marks reflect the most strongly stressed syllables in each phrase (‘phrasal stress’) rather than every stressed syllable of a word as we usually show (‘word stress’). And remember that each transcript shows one possible way of reading these passages aloud – you may stress different syllables or pronounce the words slightly differently!"· maitani
"One final clue: asterisks indicate names and other proper nouns, while (.) is a brief pause and (..) is a longer one. There are five British English transcriptions to work out – let us know how you get on!"· maitani
Four out of five. I've never actually read the fifth (though of course I know of it through its gazillion adaptations), so the proper name (especially in RP rather than any flavor of American English) threw me completely.· LibSkrat 2
Some cannot stand to see another succeed in their own art. I am only angry if anyone debases it.
"No, I don't mean love, when I say patriotism. I mean fear. The fear of the other. And its expressions are political, not poetical: hate, rivalry, aggression."
"One story per episode isn't the right rhythm for now. Probably it's because we've got attention deficit disorder or whatever. You need to be engrossed. I absolutely loved "Jewel in the Crown." But in fact, when you're watching it, you could go and make a ham sandwich and a cup of coffee and ring your mother and come back, and you could pick it up within about two seconds, because it was *so* slow. I think that's gone for now." --Julian Fellowes, writer of "Downton Abbey," in the chapter about the show in "Making Masterpiece, by Rebecca Eaton.
"I live well! I may have been swallowed, but I have no intention of being eaten." -- The Wolf, The Duck, and the Mouse by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen
"Iceland is Hot! tells the story of an African-American volcanologist who travels to Iceland to practice his craft, but fails to be taken seriously by the volcanological community there because of his inability to correctly pronounce fjord. Once ostracized, he correctly predicts the eruption of Mount Hekla and becomes a celebrated scientist, only to die of frostbite when he falls into a snowbank after being accidentally shot by his illegitimate son, Halldór, founder of the Reykjavik Crips, in a vicious sleigh-by shooting."
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