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LindaLappin

LindaLappin

Joined November 2021

writer, reader, traveler in worlds real & imagined, literary translator, book reviewer https://www.lindalappin.net
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I am always intrigued by books about slimming down clutter and simplifying -- because our outer environment reflects our inner one, so I started this one (French edition) to refresh my language skills. But I eventually came to a part where it was suggested that I would need to toss out all my wardrobe, beauty products, handbag, etc and buy new trendy stuff. I didn't proceed.
#simplicity is a process rather than a destination! @darklunarose

Darklunarose Simplicity is what makes your life easier, throwing away lots of stuff is not going to do that for many of us. Also a lot of people can not afford (literally can not afford) to throw things away Willy Nilly 2mo
LindaLappin @Darklunarose it's also a process in which you observe yourself, habits, and attachment to things, people, attitudes, to see what you really can let go of and what you truly need. different parts of yourself have different needs--and those can change over time. in a way it's like weeding a garden I suppose. 2mo
LindaLappin Loreau's point was that if you have good quality multifunctional basics in everything from clothes, house furnishings, personal care items, kitchen gear --the paraphernalia of the quotidian --your life will be easier, you'll save money--you'll be more satisfied. & have a healthier impact on the planet. not bad advice --but I can't afford many of the products she recommends either. 2mo
Darklunarose That is very spot on! 2mo
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“I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.” --Joan Didion

#WeRemember @Eggs @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Great quote! 3mo
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I had so much fun with this, as setting is so important to me as a reader, writer, and teacher of writing – which is how I came to write this book. Landscape is character claimed Henry James, a concept echoed by L. Durrell. Settings & places may have personality. #savvysettings

in ancient classical culture of the Mediterranean, the soul of place was a spiritual entity – residing in a place and energizing it @eggs @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs This is so lovely 🥰… so happy you enjoyed this challenge 3mo
LindaLappin @Eggs 💙 💛 🤓 🙏 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing!! ❤️🌉 3mo
LindaLappin @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @eggs. it's been a challenge & fun & a great way to understand how litsy works, to meet people, and discover new books. 3mo
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This novel set in #Paris includes #savvysettings : #courtroom #graveyard #attic #river #hospital #hauntedhouse #cafe #train #bookstore #church #prison #gardens #palace #bridge Also art studio, catacomb, gallery, gondola, island, beach Kirkus writes: “the book‘s afterlife is as vividly portrayed as the Paris streets…brilliantly researched, imaginative cross genre historical fiction“
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Gorgeous! 3mo
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Villette | Charlotte Bront
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Charlotte's final masterpiece --for me her greatest work. Lucy Snowe flees England to seek her fortune as an English teacher in a #boardingschool in the fictional country of Lasbassecour modeled on Belgium. Maybe it resonates for me as I also moved abroad at a young age to seek my fortune as English teacher...#SavvySettings day 27. @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

batsy It's my favourite by Charlotte 💜 3mo
Eggs Great choice! 3mo
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Poems | Elizabeth Bishop
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In this poem, a long nighttime bus ride through the forlorn villages of Nova Scotia is interrupted by the majestic appearance of a moose.

“a bus journeys west,
the windshield flashing pink,
pink glancing off of metal,
brushing the dented flank
of blue, beat-up enamel...“

#savvysettings day 29 #bus @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
#poetrymatters

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TheSpineView Great poem! 💜 3mo
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Signatures in Stone | Linda Lappin
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Imagine a garden like a picture book, in which you are reader, character, writer, all in one....
“Entering a garden like Bomarzo was like succumbing to a dream. Every detail was intended to produce a specific effect on the mind and body, to excite and soothe the senses like a drug. To awaken the unconscious self.”
#SavvySettings Day 28 #Gardens
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Stacked !! 3mo
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Signatures in Stone | Linda Lappin
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“In the 16th century, parks and gardens were models of the cosmos and also tools for altering one's consciousness, possibly for changing one's destiny.“--
2014 Daphne Du Maurier winner for Mystery & Suspense
#SavvySettings Day 28 #Gardens @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

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Of all his delightful, surreal creations -- this enigmatic parable about the loss of an old way of life is my favorite #SavvySettings Day 26, #Circus
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs 🖤🙌🏻🤍 3mo
WJCintron 👍 👍 3mo
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Giovanni's Room | James Baldwin
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Sorry to break the rules. I neglected day9 #Pub of #SavvySettings because I couldn't think of anything -- then it hit me- Giovanni's Room - the book that established Baldwin's reputation as a great American writer overnight! While his classic Go Tell It On the Mountain. is another tough reckoning with #Church, Day21 Brilliant stylist. Powerful emotions. @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Agreed! Perfect 👍🏼 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks There are no rules! ❤️📚 3mo
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The Bell Jar | Sylvia Plath
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'It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they executed the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York.“ This was the cover of my 1st copy of The Bell Jar. It hadn't been published in the USA at that time, and I ordered it from #Blackwells! I had read her stories in the Atlantic. I have never forgotten the first line or the last, and I was about 16 when I first read the book. #amreading
#FirstLineFridays @shybookowl

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Sea and Sardinia | D.H. Lawrence
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“scarlet peppers like trumpets: magnificent fennels, so white & big & succulent; baskets of new potatoes; scaly kohlrabi; big, clean-fleshed carrots; feathery salads with white hearts; pyramids of big oranges...The green and vivid colored world of fruit-gleams I have never seen in such splendor as under the market roof at Cagliari: so raw & gorgeous“ #SavvySettings Day 25 #Fair
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

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The Enchanted April | Elizabeth Von Arnim
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in the aftermath of the First World War, 4 unhappy women, strangers to each other, rent a castle in Italy for a month - answering an ad in a London newspaper.
there they will experience the transformative and civilizing power of Italy's landscape & culture. the author was the elder cousin of #KatherineMansfield
One of many Italianate novels with this theme --
#SavvySettings Day 24 #RemoteInn @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

LindaLappin so many wonderful novels & creative nonfiction with this theme -- from the popular Eat Pray Love & Under the Tuscan Sun -- or the literary masterpieces DHLawrence's Etruscan Places or E.M. Forster, a Room with a View, Shirley Hazzard, The Bay of Noon... 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sounds good! 3mo
jlhammar Such a lovely read. I was actually thinking of picking this one today! Great minds. I'll have to pick another. 3mo
Eggs Lovely choice and photo👍🏼📚👏🏻 3mo
LindaLappin @jlhammar yes it is a lovely book
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Bartleby: The Scrivener | Herman Melville
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An eerie tale of passive resistance, nonconformism, civil disobedience. Bartelby
efficient employee, forlorn outsider, one day just refuses to carry on at his mindless task, offering his boss this explanation: I would prefer not to. And ends up going to jail.
#SavvySettings Day 23, #Prison. @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

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Eggs Sounds intriguing-some days that‘s me…but a job can be a prison too….. 3mo
LindaLappin @Eggs so true 3mo
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In the Night Kitchen | Maurice Sendak
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“the bakers who bake in the night so we can have bread in the morn.“ Surreal fantasy picture book of a boy who almost gets baked into the dough!
#SavvySettings #Bakery Day 22. @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

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Eggs Perfection 🍞🥖 3mo
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A touch reckoning with church. #SavvySettings, Day 21 #Church
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

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“Our metropolitan civilization is not a success.“ Lewis Mumford
A fascinating take on the history of urbanization.
#SavvySettings Day 20 #Skyscraper #history #nonfiction
@Eggs @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

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The Secret History | Donna Tartt
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Inspired by their charismatic classics professor, 5 college students majoring in Ancient Greek re-enact an authentic Dionysian ritual with murderous consequences. Chilling, thrilling, dazzling, debut novel by the author while still a college student. (Photo in the post is of the Dancing Satyr, a bronze sculpture pulled out of the sea in Sicily in 1998)#SavvySettings Day 19, #campus @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 🖤📚🏫 4mo
Eggs Awesome choice 🙌🏻 4mo
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Wind, Sand und Sterne | Antoine de Saint-Exupry
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“The airplane has shown us the face of the world“
“I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things.“ --Antoine de Saint-Exupéry“
#SavvySettings Day 18 #Airplane @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

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Eggs Lovely choice 💕✈️💗 4mo
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What better place for a romantic reunion 9 years later than your favorite bookstore? Life imitated Art here at #Shakespeare&Co when Ethan Hawke presented his new book of poems to his Paris fans. Didn't notice Julie Delpy in the audience tho....#SavvySettings Day 17, #Bookstore @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome ❤️📚 4mo
Eggs Love this 💕 4mo
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Katherine's Wish | Linda Lappin
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“The train pulled on through the blizzard. Katherine pressed the small of her back against the seat and took small, tremulous breaths to keep herself from coughing...“ #SavvySettings Day 16, #Train @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Sounds amazing 4mo
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Kerrigan, a writer on the rebound after a life-numbing betrayal, is writing a guide to the eateries & pubs of #Copenhagen, which number over 1000. Assisted in his research by a lovely green-eyed woman, he discovers life anew. The book combines travel guide, historical essay, and fiction as we romp through a magnificent city, Highly praised by the NYTs. #SavvySettings Day 14, #cafe
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Perfect 4mo
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Farenhajt 451 | Ray Bradbury
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The ultimate book about libraries & their value. Even when you burn them, you can't make them go away. #SavvySettings Day 15 #Library
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Indeed📚 4mo
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“It was the hour between dog and wolf, as they say.“ --Jean Rhys, After Leaving Mr. MacKenzie. Chilling, fierce, beautiful, an impeccable style.

#SavvySettings, Day 14. #cafe @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Perfect 4mo
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A Wrinkle in Time | Madeleine L'Engle
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I'll never forget the thrill of this book --or my fascination for the tesseract!
#SavvySettings Day 13 #OuterSpace @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Agree 💯 4mo
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The Tenant | Roland Topor, Francis K. Price
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An unsettling book about the worst kinds of ghosts -- those who take up residence in your mind through outside suggestion. A magnificent film also by Roman Polanski.
#SavvySettings #hauntedhouse @eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Well done 😳 4mo
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I love haunted houses, ones in which the ghosts are “real,“ or only imagined presences, or simply ruses...this light read is riveting. Even better was the film starring Ethan Hawke and Kristin Scott Thomas. #SavvySettings #HauntedHouse @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs 🖤💀😱 4mo
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I recently read one Hummer's poems in the New Yorker -- My Mother in the Bardo -- and was blown away. I don't know how I never took note of his name or his work before! The complete text of My Wife in Chemo appears on this website https://voxpopulisphere.com/2022/02/22/t-r-hummer-my-wife-in-chemo/?fbclid=IwAR3...
#SavvySettings #Hospital #poetrymatters @eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Takes me back to the years of 2 different types of chemo, the blue infusion chair, the chest port, and the ensuing ‘chemo-nesia‘ followed by months of radiation ☢️ Great writing ✍🏻 4mo
LindaLappin @Eggs so sorry you had to go through that. glad it's over and past! 💙 4mo
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I'd like to announce that #LovingModigliani is a 2022 finalist for the Montaigne Medal in the #HofferBookAwards. The medal is given to “thought-provoking books of distinction.“ Winners will be notified on April 14. The complete list is given at http://www.hofferaward.com/Montaigne-Medal-finalists.html#.Yi... I'd like to give a shout out to #smallpresses and #independentpresses many of whom are represented in the list.

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“Let Rome in Tiber melt and the wide arch / Of the ranged empire fall. Here is my space. / Kingdoms are clay; our dungy earth alike / Feeds beast as man. “

a more romantic declaration has never been uttered. #SavvySettings Day 10. #River, @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverof books

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Lyric essays on Italian Art & Culture, interwoven with memoir snippets of her long life in Italy by poet Wallis Wilde Menozzi. In some ways a sequel to her first memoir of life in Parma, Mother Tongue. #SavvySettings #River @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

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soulful journey along the grand river of romance. Companion to her previous The Only Street in Paris --enticing reads for would-be flaneurs #SavvySettings #River

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Unknown Book 7535597 | Unknown Unknown
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1. Bookstore: Shakespeare & Company, Paris -- a total experience
2. Library. the Kingsport Public Library the first library I frequented - I still remember the smell of the book stacks on a hot summer day...
3. Grateful for my home.
#wondrouswednesday. @eggs

Eggs Lovely post 👏🏻📚❤️ 4mo
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War and Peace (Revised) | Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy
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No comment
photo credit Lev Shevchenko, Ukraine

Ruthiella 💔 4mo
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#savvysettings #Day8 #dungeons

Piranesi's wild fantasies continue to inspire gothic writers....

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🖤🖤🖤 4mo
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The Castle of Otranto | Horace Walpole
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In gothic writing, I love the way setting is a manifestation of the characters' mental states --and can even function as a character. It also fascinates me how dungeons often open out in the end toward the sea...#SavvySettings, #DAy8 #Dungeon @Eggs @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Agreed, me too! A unique magic! 4mo
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Katherine's Wish | Linda Lappin
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Aug. 1920, #VirginiaWoolf paid weekly visits to #KatherineMansfield in Hampstead before KM's return to France to seek a cure for her TB. In Katherine's studio, they talked shop. After that summer, they would not meet again. Mansfield died in France, near Paris at the Prieurè of Fontainebleau in January 1923. Radioplay adaptation at this link https://yorickradio.buzzsprout.com/1084415/10203906-radio-revelry-a-public-of-tw...

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“None but those who have experienced them can conceive of the enticements of science.

#SavvySettings #Laboratory #Frankenstein and #AMonster'sNotes DAY 7
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I know it's late for #Day4 #SavvySettings #ATTIC but I wanted to pay homage to a marvelous work of #literarycriticism that influenced at least 2 generations of writers & critics -- and these 3 works of fiction all develop the theme: #JaneEyre,# TheYellowWallpaper, & #WideSargassoSea
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

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Mount Analogue | Ren Daumal
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“To return to the source, one must travel in the opposite direction.“
“Shoes, unlike feet, are not something you're born with. So you can choose what you want.“
“Keep your eyes fixed on the way to the top, but don't forget to look right in front of you. The last step depends on the first.“ #SavvySettings 6 #Mountain @Eggs @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

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Walden | Henry David Thoreau
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“earth's eye“... #SavvySettings #Lake 5
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To the Lighthouse | Virginia Woolf
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The beginning is a classic family drama. The middle is a symphony in prose. The ending is a metaphysical triumph

Leftcoastzen Lovely review! 4mo
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sorry I'm late, just saw this on Friday morning, 6.30 CET!
1. as a reader & writer I enjoy both, but am particularly partial to multiple --one of my absolute favorite reads of all times is the Alexandria Quartet by Durrell --
2. I am a literary translator from Italian and live in italy, so I read books in Italian, also in French, and struggle hard to read children's books in modern Greek
3. a mood reader, definitely
#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

Eggs #2 great languages! Thanks for playing 🤩📚👏🏻 4mo
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Katherine's Wish | Linda Lappin
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Delighted to announce the upcoming radio play A Public of Two, adapted from my novel Katherine's Wish about the life of #KatherineMansfield. This chapter deals with the #friendship of Mansfield and #VirginiaWoolf
The play will be performed by a troupe of brilliant young actors in UK, under the direction of Yorick Radio Productions. It will be available on all podcast platforms, & I will share the links when ready! Please stop by for a listen!

Michael_Gee I look forward to this! Added to my calendar. Their friendship had a fascinating dynamic. I loved reading about it in Woolf‘s diaries. Her entry a week after KM‘s death sticks with me, it is such an honest recording of grief and the confusion of emotions. 4mo
LindaLappin @Michael_Gee yes, it was a very conflicted relationship- of attraction, identification, and rivalry...they were very wary of each other, while admiring each other's work deeply. KM, whose economic situation was complex due to her father's stinginess thought VW lived in the lap of luxury. She had no idea of VW's physical & mental suffering. VW, on her part, saw KM as underbred, with the wrong perfume and too much make up...and yet could she write! 4mo
LindaLappin @Michael_Gee thank you for your interest - the play is 15 mins long, and I haven't been present at the later rehearsals, so it will be a surprise for me too. It will be available indefinitely on Yorick's podcasts after release. thank you so much for your interest. As soon as the link is ready I will post it here. thanks again 4mo
LindaLappin @Michael_Gee the play is up now. on apple, Spotify, buzz sprout & other major platforms https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/yorick-radio-productions/id1515932612?uo=4 4mo
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Jean Rhys' novels & short stories have many scenes set in Paris #cafes -- though 100 years later from when she frequented them-- this is a pic of one of my favorite cafes.
#SavvySettings @thespineview @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @eggs

TheSpineView Great pic! I love the dog, of course! 4mo
Eggs 🐶☕️🧡 4mo
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The Collected Letters of Katherine Mansfield: Volume 5: 1922 | Katherine Mansfield, Vincent O'Sullivan, Margaret Scott
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Mansfield's grave near Fontainebleau. This volume of her letters contains the last ones she wrote from #Gurdjieff's institute at the Prieurè of Fontainebleau where she died.
#SavvySettings 2 #graveyard.
@TheSpineView

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The Paris Bookseller | Kerri Maher
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This tells once again the story of how Sylvia Beach founded Shakespeare & Company and of her friendship with Adrienne Monnier.

This is a picture upstairs at Sh& Co, ages ago, at a reading.
#SavvySettings 17 #Bookstore @TheSpineView @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

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Swann's Way (Centenary) | Marcel Proust
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“And half an hour later the thought that it was time to go to sleep would awaken me; I would try to put away the book which, I imagined, was still in my hands, and to blow out the light; I had been thinking all the time, while I was asleep, of what I had just been reading“

truthinfiction Such a mesmerising quote and a beautiful picture. ❤️ 4mo
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“I promise myself that I will enjoy every minute of the day that is given me to live.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh. #inspiration #spiritual #Zen

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💛 4mo
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