Today in literary history we celebrate the birth of Mary Shelley with a quote from her novel Frankenstein.
Shelley is a bit of a literary treasure. If you haven’t heard of her by name, I have no doubt that you’ve heard of Frankenstein or at least seen one of the many movie adaptations. Let’s get to good stuff.
Inkle has released an interactive Frankenstein app in which you get to interact with the characters of the story. I repeat: YOU GET TO INTERACT WITH THE CHARACTERS OF THE STORY. Seriously, this is happening and it’s life changing. I’m all about the free, but this app is worth the money. You can check out the trailer for the app here: “inkle – Frankenstein.”
Remember: Frankenstein is not the monster. “The more you know.”
Today we praise the work of Aphra Behn with her poem “To the Fair Clarinda, Who Made Love to Me, Imagine More Than Woman.” Longest poem title ever, but fantastic.
This poem was actually my introduction to Behn, and I quickly fell in love with her rebellious personality found in her works. I actually ended up focusing my senior thesis paper on her novella Oroonoko. I. Love. Her.
Okay, enough about me. Let’s get knee deep in Behn:
I could not believe there wasn’t a Paris Review interview with Ira Levin, or if there was I couldn’t find it. BUT I did find this cool little spotlight video for Levin: “Profile: Ira Levin (feat. authors Chuck Palahniuk, Chelsea Cain).” I chose it primarily because the epic line that Palahniuk delivers regarding Levin: “Ira Levin makes the fact that we’re going to die okay. That’s one of the things that horror novels in general do.” Amazing.
Today’s literary quote comes From the great poet, and former Poet Laureate of the U.S., Billy Collins *and the crowd roars*.
Collins is an exceptional poet, and he is no stranger to be interviewed or giving talks, so there was no struggle trying to find adequate material to share with you. I chose my favorites and listed them below.
My first pick may now be my all time favorite Ted Talk: “Billy Collins: Everyday moments, caught in time.” When it comes to visual and auditory pieces to accompany daily literary quotes, I try to keep it below five minutes, but this performance is well worth 13 minutes of your life.
This is a link to Billy Collins’ website where you can buy any/all of his work: “Billy Collins.”
Today we celebrate the work of the Irish poet and Noble Prize winner Seamus Heaney. Heaney is one of my favorite poets because I can enjoy him just as much when I’m reading him purely for entertainment/leisure as I do when I’m studying him on an academic level.
Heaney was also a big fan of “Beowulf”, so much so that he actually wrote his own translation of the epic poem. Norton has actually published the forward from Heaney’s translation, also by Heaney, on their website to view for free: “Seamus Heaney on ‘Beowulf’ “.
There are two things that always seem to creep up on the Literary Cobblestone posts: 1. An interview from the Paris Review; and 2. A morbid fact or article.