Literary Jottings

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This happened a month ago but I only found out about it this week. Neil Gaiman recites Lewis Carroll’s The Jabberwocky in a wintry forest.

Also, in response to the Charlie Hebdo terror attacks, Gaiman and artist Chris Riddell release their credo on the freedom of ideas. Also, click here for Salman Rushdie’s response on religion and the Charlie Hebdo attacks.

In the wake of these attacks, though, it’s easy once again to blame Islam for everything villainous in the world. Saladdin Ahmed offers a refreshing take on Muslim and Western views in his wonderful short story Without Faith, Without Law, Without Joywhich is based loosely on Edmund Spenser’s allegorical poem The Faerie Queene. 

The Perth Writer’s Festival is back! I’ve already booked myself in for two workshops and look forward to seeing authors like Elizabeth Gilbert, Hilary Mantel, Kate Forsyth and Joe Abercrombie.

Is the newspaper comic strip dying? Lindsay Foyle ponders the slow death of the beloved comic strip in newspapers in the New Matilda.

Remember being scared stiff by Tim Curry’s Pennywise the Clown in the TV miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s It? Well, prepare yourself for goosebumps once more as True Detective director Cary Fukunaga signs on to film the movie adaptation of ItBathrooms are going to be a dangerous place again.

Now that I’ve hit 30, it’s quite comforting to see this infographic poster charting the age of famous authors when they first published their breakthrough books. If you’re no Zadie Smith or Bret Easton Ellis and like me, you’re despairing at the thought of ever catching up, you might breath a sigh of relief at this. Authors, there’s still time!

And finally, loving this article on Refinery29 on how Asian actors are finally breaking through the Hollywood sidekick stereotype. I’ve never heard of Selfie before, but I’m definitely planning to get my hands on this series.


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