I have a couple links today. The first on is to an article you may have heard about. Alexander Nazaryan believes that "The purpose of literature is to elevate. Not to entertain" I'm a big fan of trying to improve myself. Why else would I be putting this much time and effort into blogging and writing. But what in the world is wrong with trying to do both? The author talks a lot of his experience teaching and how the classics were much better suited to the inner city child because why would they want books they could identify with? He also reminisces about reading "Martial's epigrams". I graduated in Comparative Literature and have never heard of them. Pardon my ignorance. But in the article he said he was reading about, "fellatio and anal sex" from Martial and that the kids were rolling around laughing and talking about it. How in the world is that enlightening them as opposed to entertaining them? Snort. I'm a huge fan of classics but not everyone can identify with classics. And, come on, weren't most classics written the same way we write our books? Someone who wanted to tell a story. Homer just wrote down the stories that were told by traveling storytellers to entertain.
Anyway. That's all I want to say about that. On a happier note, here is a fun post about beginnings complete with examples. I got an idea for a story just by reading them. Enjoy!
Have you found any great links lately?