Tuesday Photo Challenge: MIST

Love the Tuesday Photo Challenge. Take a look at my guilty pleasures while you’re at it.

“Of course, mist is more than just a fog, as it can also be a gentle, diffuse rain, which can provide very interesting light play.”

All London Blackfriars, November 2018:

 

How ‘The Hobbit’ Began

from Douglas A. Anderson’s Introduction to The Annotated Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien

  • Tolkien often recounted how he began the story. One hot summer day, he was sitting at his desk, correcting students’ examination papers (then called School Certificate papers) on English literature. He told an interviewer, “One of the candidates had mercifully left one of the pages with no writing on it, which is the best thing that can possibly happen to an examiner, and I wrote on it: ‘In a hole in the ground lived a hobbit.’ Names always generate a story in my mind: eventually I thought I’d better find out what hobbits were like.” Elsewhere he added, “Later on, some months later, I thought this was too good to leave just on the back of the examination paper . . . “

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

To Read: Books About Houses

Self is constantly tweaking her reading list. She likes to binge-read by theme. One year, she read nothing but travel books. Another year, she read only books written by women. Last year, she limited her reading to books written about, or on, islands.

Right now, self is interested in houses. Houses exude such a sense of permanence, they are wonderful to read about, especially during the holidays.

Currently reading: The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien

A Very Short List: Novels About Houses

  • AndrĂ© Dubus’s House of Sand and Fog
  • Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca (Manderley!)
  • Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle
  • E. M. Forster’s Howard’s End
  • Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey
  • Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows (Toad Hall!)
  • Stella Gibbons’s Cold Comfort Farm
  • V. S. Naipaul’s A House for Mr. Biswas

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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