1. http://life-isnotaparagraph.tumblr.com/post/96421582842/allthingslinguistic-what-is-yodas-syntax-in


    What is Yoda’s syntax in other languages?

    Sometimes people ask the best questions on Reddit:

    What does Yoda’s syntax look like in non-English versions of Star Wars? For those who aren’t familiar with Star Wars (all two of you), Yoda is an alien who, when…

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  2. Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women for the money. And it made her miserable.

    As a young writer, Alcott concentrated on lurid pulp stories of revenge, murder, and adultery–“blood and thunder” literature, as she called i–and enjoyed writing very much. She was in her mid 30s when an editor suggested she try writing a book for girls. Alcott wasn’t very interested, but her father was a complete moron with money and had left the family in terrible financial trouble. Alcott wrote Little Women in hopes of some decent sales and a little breathing room and got way more than she asked for. The money in sequels was too good to turn down (and her father didn’t get any smarter with a dime), but Alcott hated writing what she called “moral pap for the young” and longed to return to the smut and violence of her early endeavors.

    Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Books and Authors You Had to Read in High School (via bookriot)

    There’s a play about this called “Little Women: The Tragedy”, by the feminist theater group Split Britches.  Having read some of her pulpy gothic horror stuff, I can verify that she had a real gift for it!

    (via dialecticalmaterialistgolddigger)

    I would have given anything for her to bring in that gothic horror out of nowhere in a Little Woman/Good Wives sequel. It would be like Sense, Sensibility and Seamonsters but actually written by Louisa May Alcott. Lets face it - Jo would make an excellent vampire hunter.

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  3. erikkwakkel:

    Medieval rockstar

    The last page of a medieval book is usually a protective flyleaf, which is positioned between the actual text and the bookbinding. It was usually left blank and it therefore often filled up with pen trials, notes, doodles, or drawings. This addition I encountered today and it is not what you’d expect: a full-on drawing of a maiden playing the lute, which she holds just like a guitar. A peaceful smile shines on her face. I love this rockstar lady, so unexpectedly positioned at the end of the book, trying to catch the reader’s attention as he is closing it.

    Pic: London, British Library, Sloane MS 554 (more here).

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  4. allieinarden:


    whenever I feel bad about having a weird name I remind myself that C.S. Lewis’ middle name was Staples 

    When I was a kid, one of my family members quoted the first line of Dawn Treader—"There was a boy named Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it"—and I said, "Brave words from a man whose name was Clive Staples Lewis," and my mom lost it. 

    No wonder he decided to rename himself “Jack” pretty early on!

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  5. Journey to the West -

    In the Tang dynesty, Buddhist monk Xuanzang travels to India to bring sacred texts back to his native land. After his attendants and his horse are killed by fiends along the journey, Heaven provides him with new assistants…

    Not that a womanizing pig monster, a cannibalistic river demon, a dragon turned into a horse and a chaotic monkey king make the best Buddhist monks… but they do make for a brilliant story ;D

    A digital painting, completed SAI and ArtRage. My designs for the characters are mostly based on their descriptions in the novel, although I always loved Sandy/Sha Wujing in this rather fabulous tv series that has him look more like a Japanese kappa, so I went down that route.

    I’ve learned a lot doing this, and its actually got me feeling really positive about my ability to learn and grow as an artist. Hooray!

  6. bookporn:


    I recently got ticked off over a “Read the World” list that was still really centred on Western books.

    Then I started thinking: what if there were a reading list of 100 books that reflected the actual demographics of the world population of 7.152 billion people right now?

    Thus, behold my Listchallenge. Here are:

    19 books from China;
    17 from India;
    4 from the US;
    3 from Indonesia, Brazil and Pakistan;
    2 from Nigeria, Bangladesh, Japan and Mexico, and
    1 each from the Philippines, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Egypt, Germany, Iran, Turkey, DRC, Thailand, France, UK, Italy, Burma, South Africa, South Korea, Colombia, Spain, Ukraine, Tanzania, Kenya, Argentina, Algeria, Poland, Sudan, Uganda, Canada, Iraq, Morocco, Peru, Uzbekistan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Nepal, Afghanistan, Yemen, North Korea, Ghana, Mozambique, Australia and Taiwan.

    50 books are by men. 49 are by women.1 is a work of divine revelation.

    Authors (roughly) reflect the ethnic makeup of their nations – e.g. the South African author is Black, not white; the Malaysian author is Malay, not Chinese; one of the PRC authors is non-Han Chinese; one of the American authors is non-white.

    I’ve tried to represent a range of historical periods and the most acclaimed writers in each section. Writers presented are those widely available in English - this is why Ding Ling, Zhang Yueran and Akka Mahadevi weren’t featured: because it’s really hard to find their work. Also, a writer is only of a nationality if s/he’s got/had citizenship of the area at some point - i.e. Jhumpa Lahiri is American, not Indian.

    Sure, I know this list is problematic – smaller countries, like those of the Caribbean and Oceania, are kind of wiped out. But I’m open to change this. So send in your suggestions for changes if you’ve got them! 

    And remember: if you’re gonna read the world, you might as well do it RIGHT.

    Full list of books:


    The Analects of Confucius

    The Tao Te Ching of Lao Zi

    The Art of War by Sun Zi

    The Poems of Li Qingzhao

    The Journey to the West by Wu Cheng En

    Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin

    The Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Shi Naian

    Selected Stories of Lu Xun

    Rickshaw Boy by Lao She

    The Dyer’s Daughter by Xiao Hong

    Love in a Fallen City by Eileen Chang

    Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian

    The Republic of Wine by Mo Yan

    The Girl Who Played Go by Shan Sa

    Red Azalea by Anchee Min

    The Song of Everlasting Sorrow by Wang Anyi

    Daughter of the River by Hong Ying

    Wild Swans by Jung Chang

    The Good Women of China by Xinran


    The Ramayana of Valmiki

    The Mahabharata by Vyasa

    The Dhammapada of Buddha 

    The Kural of Tiruvalluvar

    The Story of My Experiments With Truth by Mohandas K. Gandhi

    Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

    A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth

    The Great Indian Novel by Shashi Tharoor 

    Five Point Someone: What Not to Do at IIT by Chetan Bhagat

    A River Sutra by Gita Mehta

    The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

    Breast Stories by Mahasweta Devi

    Fasting, Feasting by Anita Desai

    Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

    The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni 

    Spouse: The Truth About Marriage by Shobhaa De 

    Moving On by Shashi Deshpande


    The Poems of Emily Dickinson

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, 

    Beloved by Toni Morrison


    Letters from A Javanese Princess by Raden Adjeng Kartini

    This Earth of Mankind by Pramoedya Ananta Toer 

    Saman by Ayu Utami


    Dom Casmurro by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis

    Dona Flor and her Two Husbands by Jorge Amado

    The Hours of the Star by Clarice Lispector


    Songs of Blood and Sword by Fatima Bhutto

    The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

    A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif


    Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman

    Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamande Ngozi Adichie


    Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore

    The Good Muslim by Tahmima Anam


    War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

    The Poems of Anna Akhmatova


    The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon

    Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami


    The Death of Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes

    Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel


    Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco


    When Heaven and Earth Changed Places by Le Ly Hayslip


    Beneath the Lion’s Gaze by Maaza Mengiste


    Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz


    The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt


    Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi


    My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk


    The Congo: From Leopold to Kabila: A People’s History by Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja


    Letters from Thailand by Botan


    Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert 


    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


    The Aeneid by Virgil


    Letters from Burma by Aung San Suu Kyi


    Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela


    Please Look After Mother by Kyung Sook Shin


    Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez


    The Life of St Teresa of Avila by Herself 


    The White Guard by Mikail Bulgakhov


    Paradise by Abdulrazak Gurnah


    Devil on the Cross by Ngugi wa’Thiongo


    The Topless Tower by Silvina Ocampo 


    Fantasia: An Algerian Calvacade by Assia Djebar


    The Poems of Wislawa Szymborska


    Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih


    Song of Lawino and Song of Ocol by Okot p’Bitek


    The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood


    The Poems of Rabia Basri


    Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits by Laila Lalami


    The Time of the Hero by Mario Vargas Llosa


    The Dancer from Khiva by Bibish


    Kampung Boy by Lat


    The Quran


    Doña Inés vs. Oblivion by Ana Teresa Torres


    The End of the World by Sushma Joshi


    The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini


    I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali


    Eyes of the Tailless Animals by Soon Ok Lee


    Changes by Ama Ata Adoo


    Neighbours: A Story of a Murder by Lília Momplé


    Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay


    Notes of a Desolate Man by Chu Ti’en-Wen

    This is a fantastic idea! And I think the Bookporn community can make this list grow. What do you say?

    I’ll start adding some titles here (trying to stick to novels) and you can send me yours in a message. I’ll gather them and post and updated list!

    Japan: The Sea of Fertility series by Yukio Mishima, Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto.

    México: Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo, Battles in the Desert by José Emilio Pacheco, Les Exilés de la Mémoire (Los Rojos de Ultramar) by Jordi Soler, The Labyrinth of Solitude by Octavio Paz, Confabulario by Juan José Arreola, Popol Vuh, The Underdogs by Mariano Azuela, The Nine Guardians (Balún Canán) by Rosario Castellanos, Tear This Heart Out by Ángeles Mastretta.

    Germany: Perfume by Patrick Süskind, Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse, The Tin Drum by Günter Grass (born in Poland).

    France: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (born in Morocco).

    Italy: Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino (born in Cuba).

    Colombia: Delirium by Laura Restrepo, Recipes for Sad Women by Héctor Abad Faciolince.

    Spain: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Tell Me Who I Am by Julia Navarro, See How Much I Love You by Luis Leante, Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones.

    Argentina: The Aleph and Other Stories by Jorge Luis Borges, Hopscotch by Julio Cortázar, The Tunnel by Ernesto Sabato.

    Canada: Dear Life by Alice Munro, In Praise of Slowness by Carl Honoré (born in Scotland), Beautiful Losers by Leonard Cohen.

    Peru: Red April by Santiago Roncagliolo.


    Czech Republic: Slowness by Milan Kundera, Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke.

    Israel: The Nimrod Flipout by Etgar Keret.

    Nigeria: Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The African Trilogy by Chinua Achebe.

    Palestine: Wild Thorns by Sahar Khalifeh

    Portugal: Blindness by José Saramago, The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa.

    Uruguay: Memory of Fire series by Eduardo Galeano, The Decapitated Chicken and Ohter Stories by Horacio Quiroga, The Truce by Mario Benedetti.

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  7. Eventually my blog will be nothing but this painting in varying stages of completeness. Today I focused on the rocks on the left hand side, and the bridge. 
I still haven’t ruined it yet! It’s a miracle! Especially since I genuinely have no idea what I’m doing…

    Eventually my blog will be nothing but this painting in varying stages of completeness. Today I focused on the rocks on the left hand side, and the bridge.

    I still haven’t ruined it yet! It’s a miracle! Especially since I genuinely have no idea what I’m doing…

  8. Ok, no more of this for tonight…

    Ok, no more of this for tonight…

  9. Trying to do a painting with the characters from the Chinese novel Journey to the West, inspired by Chinese landscape painting. Long way to go yet though…

  10. Just some doodles! Nothing special. I didnt have any references for the poses, or indeed any idea how they’d end up when I started them!

    Just some doodles! Nothing special. I didnt have any references for the poses, or indeed any idea how they’d end up when I started them!


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