The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman

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“The dread had not left my soul. But there was a kitten on my pillow, and it was purring in my face and vibrating gently with every purr.”

Neil Gaiman has a great talent for seeing the sinister and malevolent under the everyday and mundane. But he also has a talent for pointing out the beauty and wonder that simultaneously exist in the same everyday and mundane things. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told mainly through the eyes of a seven-year-old boy, which gives the book a simple, direct style as the boy is without preconceptions. He reports matter-of-factly that his new nanny is an evil monster who rode out of another dimension in a worm hole in his own foot, but this is not the sort of thing that adults believe.

The book starts as a middle-aged man returns to his childhood village to attend a…

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“A força do direito deve superar o direito da força” Frase de Rui Barbosa – Sempre!!!

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31 Days of Halloween: Day 10 “Pre-Lovecraft”


hp_lovecraft~post by Joe T.

H.P. Lovecraft, in his seminal essay on horror fiction, Supernatural Horror In Literature, devoted space to many of his favorite contemporary or near-contemporary writers. These writers, perhaps due to their now association with Mr. Lovecraft, remain in print to this day. Here is a small sampling of some of the authors represented in the essay, ones whom, from the appearance of blasphemous books to hidden races just outside of our ken, have had a more direct influence on the writings of Lovecraft himself.

order hereAncient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories by Algernon Blackwood

Blackwood was a master of atmosphere, and his supernatural stories turn on the awesome power of the natural world and its vast, unknowable mysteries. H.P. Lovecraft was extremely influenced by Blackwood and many of Lovecraft’s short stories are extrapolations of things that Blackwood set-up himself. This particular collection includes his two most famous…

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Crítica: Blue Jasmine

Sempre Um Filme - críticas e comentários sobre a Sétima Arte

Um dos nomes que mais ganhou notoriedade com a crise econômica iniciada nos EUA em 2008 foi o do megainvestidor Bernie Madoff. Empresário bem-sucedido conhecido por suas ações filantrópicas na comunidade judaica, ele acabou preso pelo FBI depois que uma fraude bilionária de sua autoria foi descoberta.

Pode-se ver em Madoff o modelo para o personagem Hal (Alec Baldwin) em Blue Jasmine, novo filme de Woody Allen. A derrocada do golpista, porém, não é o que mais interessa ao diretor americano, que volta seu foco para a difícil adaptação de Jasmine (Cate Blanchett), ex-mulher de Hal, a uma vida sem o luxo e as facilidades trazidas pelo dinheiro, coisas que ela experimentou durante muitos anos.

As sofisticadas roupas, as joias e a mala (“Louis Vuitton!”) utilizadas por Jasmine no começo do filme mostram que a ostentação é algo natural para a personagem. Some isso à compra de uma passagem…

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Night Reading — Jacek Yerka

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Profanity in Books and Writing

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WARNING!  Despite the topic of profanity in writing, there is NO profanity in the following article.  No caution is necessary while reading (but don’t click on the links if you’re offended easily). 


I hardly ever use profanity in my personal life.  The two exceptions are during football games and while I’m stuck in traffic.  And when I write for Dysfunctional Literacy, I rarely use inappropriate language.  Even when I wrote about the etymology of certain vulgar words, I used signs like @, %, *, and # most of the time to take the place of letters.  I really didn’t want to spell them out.

I notice profanity in writing.  I think some authors put way too much foul language in their books, especially in their dialogue.  It won’t stop me from reading a book, but it might keep me from reading another book by that author (if the profanity…

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Os vícios vêm c…

Os vícios vêm como passageiros, visitam-nos como hóspedes e ficam como amos.


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