Interesting books, myths of mars and venus, poetry

I was just looking at Neil Gaiman’s blog where he linked to a recording of a radio show he appeared on last week (The Verb, on the BBC’s Radio 3). I had a listen and it was quite interesting. Apart from hearing Neil Gaiman talk about writing, and reading from a children’s novel he is currently writing, I also heard from a couple of interesting writers.

One is Deborah Cameron, Rupert Murdoch Professor of Language and Communication at the University of Oxford, who has a new book called The Myth of Mars and Venus. I tried to read John Gray’s Men are from Mars, Women are From Venus and I thought it was the biggest load of rubbish I’d ever read and can not understand why it is so popular. So I’m very glad to hear about this book that looks at scientific research that shows men and women’s styles of communication are actually not that different and all those books that say otherwise, don’t use scientific evidence to back up their claims. Deborah Cameron was quite interesting and funny to listen to and I really want to read this book (I’ve already added it to my Amazon wishlist!). And I just found an article about the book with an interview with Cameron at the Times Online (Talking tosh on mars and venus).

The other writer was a poet called Kei Miller who was talking about his new poetry collection, There is an Anger That Moves. He read a couple of poems from it which I quite liked and I think I would like to check out this book.

Since I’ve been reading poetry again over the last few months I like hearing about contemporary poets. I have bought a few anthologies of poetry (Catching Life By the Throat: How to Read Poetry and Why (which came with a CD of poetry readings), Break, Blow, Burn: Camille Paglia reads forty-three of the world’s best poems (with really informative analyses of the poems), The Nation’s Favourite Twentieth Century Poems (I like a lot of the poems in this book), The Nation’s Favourite Poems of Journeys (I haven’t found much in this book that I like), and a few books by single poets (The Beautiful: Collected Poems by Michelle Tea (I love, love, love this books), Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes (most of these poems he wrote for or about Sylvia Plath). I’m waiting on a couple of books of sci-fi and speculative poetry from Amazon too: Strange Wisdoms of the Dead by Mike Allen, and The Alchemy of Stars edited by Roger Dutcher and Mike Allen.
The Alchemy of Stars is an anthology. The following about it is from Amazon:

Since 1978, the Science Fiction Poetry Association has selected the best long and short poems in science fiction, fantasy, and horror for its annual Rhysling Awards, named in honor of the blind poet of the spaceways from Robert Heinlein’s “The Green Hills of Earth”. Often considered the equivalent for poetry of the Nebula Awards for fiction, the winning poems appear each year in the Nebula Awards anthologies. Now for the first time the Rhysling Winners have been gathered under one cover. This collection presents more than twenty-five years of the best poetry in the field of speculative literature.

These two books got lost in the mail and I’m now waiting for a second package (I’ve had a bit of trouble with Amazon packages). I can’t wait till they arrive.

2 Responses to Interesting books, myths of mars and venus, poetry

  1. janettee says:

    have you seen stardust yet? i couldn’t wait til it was released in australia as i had read so much about it, but it has been for weeks now i still haven’t gone. i heard from my housemate that his female characters were a little gender stereotypic, which is very un-neil-gamain-like

  2. zinegeek says:

    I haven’t seen Stardust yet but I’d really like to. I must say that the female characters do seem rather stereotypical, and un-Gaiman-like (from what I’ve seen in the trailers), but then Stardust isn’t one of my favourite stories of his. He has written better stories with much better female characters.

    Carmen

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