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The Curiosity Index: Books edition (again)

This is full of booky goodness. Like this whole film about booksellers! (HT: Kottke) If you’re in the States and you’re looking for some good independent bookstores then Outside has some suggestions, as does Jared Wilson… A new standard Or if you don’t like that you could try figuring out the BMI of a book. But of course a book isn’t just about the words but the pictures too and guess what there is a database of old book illustrations. Who knew? Maybe instead of reading books you want to…

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The Curiosity Index: Books Edition

We have a little bit of everything in this literary edition of The Curiosity Index. From a Book So Big it Needed Its Own Furniture to a Tiny Bookstore On Wheels and even tinier book nooks. And if you have enough glorious books then you should have a glorious library, like this one in Helsinki. But with libraries come readers and so for every library system, you’re going to need a Crack Squad of Librarians Who Track Down Half-Forgotten Books. Of course, you could always open a bookshop (although I…

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The Curiosity Index: Week 51

The Week’s Postings For some reason posting kind of fell of a bit this week, I had several ideas but didn’t quite get them down son only three posts including this one. We’ll move on to next week. Tuesday: My 2020 reading list from everyone else’s 2019 recommendationsWednesday: Consumerism remains a deadly enemy to faithThursday: Living in a godless culture in a God-filled worldFriday: Busy, exhausted, burnt out From the archives When it comes to gender everyone is confused Judgement received. Bad news (for now) Stonewall law won this round.…

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Cormac McCarthy’s tips on how to write

Sometimes you fall in love with a book because of the story and sometimes because of the writing. When you get both you’ve found a classic. It was the writing I loved when I read McCarthy for the first time earlier this year. The Road is sparse, evocative and compelling writing at its finest. So I’d argue that even if he’s talking about a scientific research paper (which he is), when Cormac tells me how to write then I’m going to listen. And you should too. His advice applies to…

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Writing is hard

This by Jen Oshman explains so much of how I’ve felt about writing the last few years and annoyingly said better than I ever could. There are so many good reasons not to write. I mean, do people even read anymore? Everyone has something to say and the internet is a virtual cacophony. Why add to the noise? Especially when writing is hard. And lonely. Is it even worth it? The Christian writer wrestles with these questions, as all writers do. Indeed, all writers ask themselves these questions at least…

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An Editor’s Top Tips for (non-fiction) Writers

It’s summer and I’m not posting at whatever my usual schedule is, but instead have a post a day to pique your interest. I’m going to attempt a blogging revival from September. This is from the always excellent Jennie Pollock and I say a huge Amen to every single thing. I love my job. I really enjoy helping writers take their ideas and make the communication of them the best it can be. It’s educational (I learn about all kinds of topics) and stimulating (I’m often having to think quite deeply…

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Links for writers & readers

Writing and reading, what would life be like without either of those? Not very good, is what I say. But perhaps I could have phrased that better and perhaps if I’d read some of the following I might have done. Then again… Links for Writers Meet the Guardian of Grammar Who Wants to Help You Be a Better Writer Some Awesome Books on Writing – One of the books on the list was by Steven Pinker. So here are his 13 rules for writing better And here’s a review by Lex…

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The art of translation

This article in The Economist doesn’t have the Bible in view at all but it does shed some interesting light on the process of translation. Mr Hahn agrees that the idea of total fidelity to the original text is impossible. “I don’t think there’s any question that we want to be faithful,” he says, but “the question is what we are choosing to be faithful to. Sometimes you’re being faithful to the spirit of the book in ways that are quite profound and subtle and have very little to do…

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