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If Homer Ordered a Coffee | Literary Starbucks

Ever wondered what would happen if Homer went to Starbucks? There may not be an app for that, but there is a Tumblr account–Literary Starbucks. It’s worth a look. Or, if you would prefer the Tumblr in a nutshell, try this article: “If Authors Ordered at Starbucks.”

Homer’s sample, from the Literary Starbucks site:

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Homer goes up to the counter and asks if they have any wine dark teas. The barista goes in back to check. He doesn’t return for 20 years.

Even more remarkably, Tolkien’s is accurate and does not involve jokes about exaagerrated good vs. evil plots or short people:

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Tolkien goes up to the counter and orders a Teavana Shaken Iced Blackberry Mojito Tea Lemonade. All of the hipsters inside the shop overhear and immediately go up and order the same thing. Tolkien is enraged and storms out, screaming that everyone misunderstood what he was trying to order.

(Suffice it to say that Tolkien was not a fan of many of his fans–though his critics often seem unaware of the fact.)

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Posted by on November 6, 2014 in Guest, Humor

 

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From a Person Who Writes in Books

A friend of mine who blogs (intermittently) at Laughter of Lowly Things offered a rebuttal to the grumpy book in my bedroom. An excerpt:

Dear Books Who Think Yourselves Ill-used Because People Write In Your Margins and Cover Pages,

Buck up. Think of all the graffiti that gets slapped on beautiful public buildings and natural wonders every day—now there’s a real offense.

Think about it: what is the true test of a book’s worth? Surely it is not clean, unmarked pages that make it sell for a little more on Amazon.com or Ebay. Isn’t it rather that the book should have become woven into the soul of a living human being?

Read the rest here.

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2014 in Guest, Humor

 

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The World of Ray Bradbury | The Imaginative Conservative

485px-Ray_Bradbury_1959Aside from a sadly short excerpt from his Martian Chronicles in one of my high school literature textbooks, the only work of Ray Bradbury’s that I’ve read is Fahrenheit 451. I loved that book in many ways, not least because of the love for good literature that pours through its pages. And by “good literature,” I do not mean literature that is merely technically good. Bradbury’s novel reveals a desire to share literature that matters. Not the emotional scrawlings of some disturbed person who wants to “express himself.” Not the “high literature” that alienates normal people. Dissenting literature, yes–but literature that dissents because it is makes people think about truth, goodness, and beauty. Montag gives up everything for literature that points to realities beyond the thoughtless existence that so many people around him live. Perhaps one of the biggest themes of the book is that what you read matters. It isn’t enough to read anything, so long as you are reading something. There is a vast difference between a mind formed by books and one formed by magazines.

“The World of Ray Bradbury” offers a longer and better discussion of that aspect of Bradbury’s writing than I can (yet). But it definitely makes me want to read more of his work.

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2013 in Guest, Science Fiction

 

Lee’s Miserables?

Les Miserables was a book before it became a musical (and then a movie). And, as a book, it’s had an interesting history. The New York Times posted this article about the book’s relationship to the American Civil War (or whatever name you prefer to call it).

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2013 in Guest

 

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Straight Blows with Crooked Sticks | The Hipster Conservative

Perhaps the best description of Flannery O’Connor’s worldview can be found in Matthew 11:12: “And from the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent bear it away” (Douay-Rheims, 1899). From that verse she extracted the title of her second novel–The Violent Bear It Away–and it described her attitude toward life very well. Salvation is free, but it isn’t cheap. The article “Straight Blows with Crooked Sticks,” courtesy of the Hipster Conservative blog, offers a look at this side of O’Connor’s stories.

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2013 in Classic Literature, Guest

 

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Frodo versus Robespierre | The Imaginative Conservative

If Tolkien meant Sauron to represent modernism (and he did), Sauron certainly has a connection with the villains of the French Revolution. Chesterton, too, makes it into this article from The Imaginative Conservative web journal.

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2013 in Guest

 

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Reading Christianly | Dogfuranddandelions.com

You heard lectures on what you should be reading from your parents, in school, and from your pastor…but what do you believe? The guest post I wrote for the Dogfuranddandelions blog, “Reading Christianly,” is my partial answer to that question. And no, the solution is not “Stick to the Left Behind series.” 😉

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2012 in Classic Literature, Guest

 

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