Day Jobs of the Poets
Day Jobs of the Poets
I SAID I READ IT, NOT THAT I CAN SPELL IT.
…also, since when was there a cap on how many genius female writers we’re allowed to appreciate at any given time? Blume is a one-woman-revo-fucking-lution amongst writers; and if Austen could, she could reach down from her heavenly seat and give Judy a goddamn high-five because FEMINISM, MOTHERFUCKERS.
Pride and Prejudice was published two hundred years ago. But what were the popular novels of the time? Who was Jane Austen reading, and who influenced her writing?
Ernest Hemingway: Salt water, rum, coconut and lime, cigar smoke, Spanish wine
F. Scott Fitzgerald: Gin, citrus, oak (prep school, amirite), in a champagne-flute shaped bottle with gold flecks in it
Jane Austen: Darjeeling tea, snowdrops and pansies (flowers from her garden), meadow grass
More Perfumes Inspired by Dead Writers
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My friends at Idiot’s Books posted this, very cool! Click for the article.
A set of Jane Austen stamps has gone on sale to mark the 200th anniversary of her novel Pride And Prejudice.
A book of my cartoons will be out in late April.
Happy 131st birthday to Virginia Woolf! Her life and works have inspired many artists of all forms. Here are ten songs she played muse for:
1. “Virginia Woolf” by the Indigo Girls
This song from the Indigo Girls’ 1992 album Rites of Passage was inspired by Emily Saliers’ reading of Woolf’s diary.
2. “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” by Jimmy Smith
Released in 1964 on an album of the same title, this classic jazz track showcases some inspired improvisations by the legendary Smith.
3. “Paris” by Regina Spektor
In this pretty song Woolf surely would have identified with, Spektor struggles to reconcile her love for her man and her feminine independence.
4. “To the Lighthouse” by Patrick Wolf
Inspired by Woolf’s novel To the Lighthouse, this song is poetic and eerie. It also has an anti-war message Woolf (who wrote about the aftermath of war in Mrs. Dalloway) would appreciate.
5. “Rapture” by Laura Veirs
This heartbreaking, simple and gorgeous song is haunting and difficult in all the right ways, just like Woolf’s writing.
6. “Virginia” by Marissa Nadler
A song about Woolf’s suicide that is so sad but also sweet.
7. “Shakespeare’s Sister” by The Smiths
The track refers to a passage in Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, and the idea that if Shakespeare had had a sister, she wouldn’t have had the same opportunities as her brother because she was a woman.
8. “It’s Magnetic” by Assembly Now
This song from the unsigned British band Assembly Now mentions Woolf and got considerable airplay on BBC radio in England.
9. “Waves” by Princeton
In some of the sweetest twee pop imaginable, this song from the band’s EP Bloomsbury supposes the last thoughts running through Woolf’s head as she drowned.
10. “The Waydown” by Modest Mouse
Slightly discordant and melancholy, this track from the band that got its name from Woolf’s story “The Mark on the Wall” has a distinct Monday feeling to it.
Edgar Allan Poe, “The Raven” (read by Christopher Walken)
Happy 204th birthday, Mr. Poe!
In honor of the Golden Globe Awards, see Jane Austen’s acceptance speech from 1995 for Sense and Sensibility(delivered by Emma Thompson).
Jane Austen’s handwritten manuscript of Persuasion
Happy 148th birthday to W.B. Yeats!
Happy 97th birthday to Charlotte Brontë!
Today is the midpoint between Samual Beckett’s 107th birthday (April 13) and Hergé’s 106th (May 22)! Happy belated/early (respectively) birthdays to them!