Literary Mixtape | Pride and Prejudice

Do you ever want a modern soundtrack to a classic novel? Yes? Me too. That’s the point of this feature. So read on to find out what songs I assigned to Pride and Prejudice. On a side note: Did you know that December 16th is Jane Austen’s birthday? Jsne Austen’s classic novel is beloved byContinue reading “Literary Mixtape | Pride and Prejudice”

Thankful: A Top Ten List

I debated whether to take this week’s list seriously or not. I debated even participating (it was not a good day, it involved a broken appliance). The prompt? Things I’m thankful for. I can assure you, at this moment, that my washer is not one of them. But otherwise I’m thankful for a lot ofContinue reading “Thankful: A Top Ten List”

Crimes in Southern Indiana by Frank Bill

When you’ve got nothing, you’ve got nothing to lose. (To quote Bob Dylan, as I’m wont to do more often than not. This time with good reason. Bob Dylan makes an appearance – albeit briefly – in the pages of Frank Bill’s masterful short story collection.) This sentiment applies to nearly all of Frank Bill’sContinue reading “Crimes in Southern Indiana by Frank Bill”

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë: Literary Mixtape

Without a doubt, Jane Eyre is my favorite classic novel. It may even be one of my favorite novels period. I relate to Jane on many, many levels. Primarily, I always felt just like her: poor, obscure, plain and little. Beyond that, I respected her for not compromising herself to obtain something she desired. ItContinue reading “Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë: Literary Mixtape”

Mixtape | Autumn

Mixtape: A homemade music compilation that contains all of your favourite tracks. Often you give such a compilation to the guy or gal of your fancy in hopes that it will help you win their heart. (Urban Dictionary). Or it could simply be the generic name given to any compilation of songs recorded onto any audioContinue reading “Mixtape | Autumn”

Nobody’s Fool by Richard Russo

Life is but a joke*. Just ask Bob Dylan. I’ve recently had a string of rather aggravating, melancholy days. The shit has hit the fan more than once, to put it eloquently. Today was the final straw; I’ll set the scene for you. It’s 100+ degrees, not a cloud in sight – so it’s sweltering.Continue reading “Nobody’s Fool by Richard Russo”

Literary Pairings: Books & Music

I’m trying out a new (monthly? weekly?) feature here on FSR. Although I generally pair books with food mentioned within the text, I thought I’d pair favorite quotations with a thematically matching song. Am I the first to do this? Certainly not. I’m not sure there are any original ideas in the world anymore, butContinue reading “Literary Pairings: Books & Music”

Bob Dylan: A Love Story

I can’t say that Bob Dylan is the greatest American singer-songwriter of all time – only because I don’t know that there’s an answer to that perennial question. He is certainly one of the most influential. And he’s the one I hold most dear. If you consider lyrics to be literature, then Bob Dylan isContinue reading “Bob Dylan: A Love Story”