Armchair BEA ~ Introduction

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This is my first Armchair BEA (or any BEA) and I’m looking forward to a week of book-ish goodness. Without further ado: An Introduction!

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The Writerly Reader is my thoughts on how writers write and stories are told with a dash of other things that interest me, like the history of stage magic and ultimate frisbee.

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Carter Beats the DevilWhat was your favorite book read last year? What’s your favorite book so far this year?

I read a lot of great books in 2013! All of Jim Steinmeyer’s books are excellent. And then there was The Seance by John Harwood! But my favorite was Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold. It hit all the right notes for me. Magicians, mystery, technology, and a dash of romance. Good stuff. So far this year, my favorite has been (coming as a shock to no one, I imagine) Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age by W. Bernard Carlson. It’s a very non-tabloid look at Tesla’s early years and the philosophy behind inventing.

Share your favorite book or reading related quote.

“…Reading is the drinking of strange wine. … Drinking strange wine pours strength into the imagination.” ~Harlan Ellison

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 3 books would you bring? Why? What 3 non-book items would you bring? Why?

Only three? Fine, but I’m totally cheating by taking some thick collections.

    • My written-in Selected Works of John Milton from college. Puzzling through Milton and my notes on Milton from 15 years ago would keep me busy for a while.
    • The Essential Ellison. It includes most of my favorite Harlan Ellison stories, plus a good amount of new (to me) material. What’s that? No, no, that isn’t a photocopy of “The Paladin of the Lost Hour” stuffed in the back. This was a special lost proof copy of The Essential Ellison that includes the story Ellison’s editors carelessly forgot. *cough*

The Last Unicorn: Deluxe Edition

  • It was a tough call at #2 between Ray Bradbury and Harlan Ellison, but I chose Ellison because #3 is The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle. I’m going to need the lilac woods and some Schmendrick on that damn island. And the deluxe edition, please, with “Two Hearts.” And I’m going to be sad that I can’t take the other Schmendrick stories Beagle has written.

Non-book items. In the spirit of keeping it low-tech:

  1. Pen
  2. Notebooks
  3. More pens and notebooks

What good is reading if you can’t write about it?

What book would you love to see as a movie?

In the land of fiction, Carter Beats the Devil, but I’d take any well-made late 19th/early 20th century magician movie.  😉 I also think Jim Steinmeyer’s Who Was Dracula? would make a great TV series. It’s a non-fiction book about Bram Stoker in relation to his writing Dracula and includes lots of theater history and literary personalities of the day. I know I’d watch a TV series about Stoker, Henry Irving, Oscar Wilde, and Walt Whitman. Wouldn’t you?