Up to Snuff #63: Summer Reading List 2018

 

Up to Snuff #63: Summer Reading List 2018

By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

 

China in Ten Words By, Yu Hua

Chekhov Plays, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard, The Wood Demon

The Tale of Genji  By, Murasaki Shikibu

Resurrection Blues (Play), By Arthur Miller

Chaucer

Right Hand Man to The Champ, by Tasha Robinson-White

El Elephante, Saramago  (known for “precisos palabras”)

The Ask

The Big Book of Fairy Tales by Walter Jerrold

The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories by, Jay Rubin

Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaids Tales

Up to Snuff #62: Vehicles to Genius

Up to Snuff #62: Vehicles to Genius

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

 

Newspaper worker/Journalists

Book Reviewer

Researcher

Librarian

Author

Writer

Manufacturer

Artist

Student

Teacher

Mastership

PHD’S

Music

Computer

Database

Education career

Scientist

Field Work

Analysis

Schizophrenia

Collecting

Collecting books/building library

Planning Knowledge

Building ladders

Health

Doctors/Medicine

Work at a college

Wealth

 

 

 

Up to Snuff #61: Personal Library Sections List

Up to Snuff #61:  Personal Library Sections List

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Presidential or Leadership & CEO

Health, Medical, Fitness, Beauty

Page Turners, fiction, creative non-fiction, Mystery, crime fiction, novel, and genre

Classics

Ancient and Early Man

Writing Reference Library

Poetry

Shakespearean Book List

Tragedies Book List

Techniques eg. Alexander Technique

Musical Pedagogy

Children’s

Career

Cook Books, Culinary and Culinary School Series

Foreign Language and International, Poetry of the World

Art, Creative, Coffee Table, Craft, Sewing, Quilting, Tailoring, Fashion

How to’s

Technology

Binders of Research

Spirituality, Religion, Witchcraft, Esoteric

Guide Books, Maps, Almanacs

Math Book Collection

Nature, Naturalist, Gardening, Local Tree’s,

Science

Epistemology, Knowledge

Law

Research, Sociology

Dictionaries of the World

Latin

Correspondence

Pets, Puppy manuals

Public Speaking

Grants, Grant Writing & Non-Profit, fundraising

Music

Web Design

Phone books

Supplies

Calligraphy, writing & penmanship

Great books

Comedic Writing

Tragedies, Mythology

Foreign Affairs

Plays, Theater, Acting, Musical Theater

Sheet Music, song books

Compendiums

Canning and food notes and preservation

Estate planning wills writing, Self Help, Soul Development

Yoga, Falun Gong, Spiritual Exercise

Anthropological

Business

Cultural eg:  Arts, Culture & Civilization

College Text book

Values

Travel, vacation get away, landmarks, sites

Philosophy, Existentialism

Marketing

Education, teaching, learning, knowledge

Technical Writing

Memoir and family history

Family, friends and colleagues books

Auto, fix it

Cleaning

Etiquette

Architecture

History

Pedagogy

Design

Boating

Recreation, leisure, sports

Engineering

Dissertations

Nobel Laureates

Art How to

Boxes of Magazines

Boxes of personal historical notes

Photo Albums

Documentary photo essay

Circus

Performance art, mime

Languages

Boxes of note cards

Feminist, manhood, sex

Rhetoric

National books

Photo

Nudes, Anatomy

Universe Studies, space, nuclear energy, Crux Class Books

Build around a class, field or degree

Up to Snuff #60: Trochee

 

Up To Snuff #60:  Trochee

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

 

Trochee

“A metrical foot of two syllables of which the first is long, the second short.”

 

The Consolidated Webster Multi-Pictured Encyclopedia Dictionary

 

Trochee

Trochaios  running, run

Akin greek wheel

A metrical foot consisting of one long syllable followed by one short syllable  (as in apple)

 

Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary

Up to Snuff #59: Rhetoric

Up to Snuff  #59:  Rhetoric

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

 

Rhetoric

The art of speaking with elegance and force, declamation: oratory; the art of skillful use of language in prose writing.

The Consolidated Webster Multi-Pictured Encyclopedia Dictionary

 

Rhetorical as in rhetorical problem solving

“Effectively communicating the results of that work.” “Communicating effectively the technical problems that they solved.”

“Rhetoric, however has more general, less negative meaning than its popular connotation suggests, defined most simply it means “effective communication.””

“Effectively communicating the essentials of technical problem solving.”

“Communication refers to activities ranging from writing formal technical reports to running a meeting”

“Effective is something that an audience can understand and deal with significantly.”

“To upper management, peer experts, subordination or the public outside all need to have the results of the technical problem solving explained to them clearly so that they can act upon what they learn in ways appropriate to their positions.”

Technical and Professional Writing by George E. Kennedy and Tracy T. Montgomery

 

“Art of Oratory, to say, to speak, orator, more at word, the art of speaking or writing effectively, the study of principles and rules of composition formulated by critics of ancient times, the study of writing or speaking as a means of communication or persuasion, skill in the effective use of speech, a type or mode of language or speech”

“Rhetorical question, given to speech, grandiloquent, asked merely for rhetorical effect with no answer expected.”

Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary

 

Books:

Rhetoric Aristotle

Rhetoric A Very Short Introduction

Rhetorical Devices a Handbook and Activities for Student Writers

Rhetorical Devices

Rhetoric Alive Principles of Persuasion

Rhetoric for Writing Program Administrators

Rhetorical Theory Second Edition Borchers

 

Up to Snuff #58: Notes on How to Write a Good Book

Up to Snuff #58:  Notes on How to Write a Good Book

By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Master grammar

How to build exciting sentences

Richness-utilize art, design, manufacturing, antiques-insertion points

Insertion points and developmental areas: research, creativity eg. Equestrian language or antiques or jewelry or areas of special research or knowledge

KB or knowledge based

Stylistic

Period

Historical

Quintessential

Language

Things to learn-list

How to

Singles

Genres

Seasonal, holidays

Biographies

Technical and introspective

Research and evidence based

Epic

Series

Development

Branded, poetic, era, culture

Scientific

Niche areas

Good taste

Rich language

Book lover’s books

Compendiums

Uplifting

Page turner

Beginning, middle, ending

Programming

Threading

Cadence, rhythm, serenity, nature

Naturalist

Spiritual

Suspenseful or engaging

Eliciting of key attributes or emotions or values or colors

Descriptive or observational

Musical

Scenic

Talk about or observations about poverty, middle and richness and what we are

Our response to early historical writings that framed and defined eras like Marx

Problem Solving

Analytical

Developmental programming and research programs

Surveys and unique ways of gathering research to develop books

Inferential Statistics

School text books, elementary use, middle school use, college use, leisure

PHD studies

Promoting something or positive advertising or healing

Skills areas

Good and informational

Connecting to and developing of college classes or courses or educational areas

Training someone to do something

Language books or reference books, eg. books in Spanish, or books with specific word use that develop one’s vocabulary or books that one will use as a reference in doing something specific like writing in Spanish or song writing in Spanish, or books in English that can be used in a similar way that are unavailable in Spanish

Ideas for a generation

Health, culture, education

Sweeten

Inspirational

Write for a particular library section or library location or bookstore

Specific placement and use

Plays and theater

A writer may write plays, own a theater, write screenplays, be a filmmaker

Interesting and useful culinary books, cook book writer with culinary degree or mastership

Development of your city or towns book availability that becomes your town’s knowledge base

Developing illustration or art work or accompaniment

Publication of alternatives like fire side song books or children’s camp song books

Craft or special enriching skill book

Finance for different age groups

Generational offerings, career, and life choice or life changing books

Building something in society, fostering things like beauty or cultivating maturity or kindness or joy

Develop your own software to assist you in writing is key

Classic essays and utilizing boilerplates

Vignettes

Classic styles like fables or utilizing animals

Triplets, triple and linked concepts, eg:  Art, Writing and Civilization

APA Papers (use Purdue Owl online boilerplate or template) and research proposal variables

Underlying variables make good chapters, paragraphs or connected books with blown up dots

Film modulation software for use in writing books or thumbnails, CAD, drawings, art work or mood board

Write poetry, develop into plays or films

Live in a writer’s house, a writer’s lifestyle, a good set for autobiographies

Narrative

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up to Snuff #56: Word List from Flaubert and Madame Bovary and Notes On Well Researched Language

Up to Snuff #56:  Word List from Flaubert and Madame Bovary and Notes On Well Researched Language

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

 

A word list one may compile by reading a book is a way to study language but may also be characteristic of a good book in general.  Inserting and threading in books good language develops books and people.  It’s a nice ladder to use a dictionary to learn new things or just write down interesting expressions that please you.  It’s a development point for writers to research language.  Part of the reason people read at all is to learn language. A good book may be one that has well researched language and a good writer may be in tune with this phenomenon.  How does one advance, not just at writing, but with language, writings component pieces? It becomes paramount to read the dictionary thoroughly, study foreign languages and Latin, read and write down unfamiliar words or appealing words.

 

Exigent

Dipsomaniac

Monomaniac

Tacitus

Apperception

Rancor

Calamity

Gangrene

Puerperal

Tonic

A thunderclap

Turgid

Spurious

Obscenity

Ingres

Candor

Acquiesce

Chaste

Blasphemy

Extolled

Rebuke

Reprisal

Saint Anthony

Saint-Beuve

Saint Julian the Hospitaller

Saint-Malo

Saint Matthew

Saint Saba

Saint Theresa

Saint Vincent de Paul

 

 

 

 

Up to Snuff #55: Book List Primarily French Writers Extracted from “Flaubert and Madame Bovary” By Francis Steegmuller

Up to Snuff #55:  Book List Primarily French Writers Extracted from “Flaubert and Madame Bovary” By

Francis Steegmuller

Assembled by, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

 

History of Genoa

Breughal “The Temptation of Saint Anthony” (Painting)

Voltaire

Victor Hugo

Study of Greek

Herodotus

Shakespeare

Stendahl (Pseudonym of Marie Henri Beyle)

Edgar Allan Poe

Saint Theresa

Hoffman

Don Quixote, Cervantes

Uncle Parain From Nogent

Carneille

Last Hours of Marguerite of Burgundy

Two Hands on One Crown

Secrets of Phillip the Wise

Matteo Faleme

Two Coffins for One Outlaw

The Plague in Florence

The Iron Hand

A Dream of Hell

Rosseau

Bernadin de Saint Pierre

Chateaubriand

Byron Translations

Henri III, Et sa Coeur

Victor Hugo, Hernani

Theophile Gautier, (Romanticist)

Alexandre Dumas

Lamartine

Gautier

Vigny

Musset

George Sand

Plays of Racine Cornielle

Comedie Francaise

Louis Phillippe of Orleans

Jacques, George Sands

Chatterton, Vigny

De Comps, The Suicide

Old Rules of Rhetoric

History of Dukes of Burgundy

Marie de Medicis

Montague

Rabellais

Corneille and Racine

Horace Odes

Apuleius

Kant

Hegel

Spinoza

Goethe

Hugo, Les Orientales

Notre Dame de Paris

Cleopatra

Semiramis

Queen of Sheba

Idees Recues

Chateaubriand, Rene and Atala (Style Schools)

Agonies

Thoughts of Sceptic

La Danse des Morts

Mortuary Themes

Smarch

Byron’s, Caine

Memoires d’un Fou

Novembre

L’education Sentimentale

Dolts and Debaucheres

Odions

Aesthetics of Hegel

Vincents, History of Genoa

Merimee, Prosper

Merimee, Notes of a Journey in the South of France

The Last of the Mohicans

Cooper

Hugo, Feuilles d’Automne

Lucrece Borgia

Le Roi S’amuse

Dumas’s “Antony”

Medieval and Oriental Subjets

Guy Maupassant

Froissant Chronicles

Capeluche le Bourreau

On L’homme Rouge

Les Orientales, Hugo

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

The Cousins of Isis

Plutarch

Montaigne

Alfred de Musset

Les Transmigrations du Latin

Arisphanes

Comedy of Plautus

La Martine

A Ma Belle Lectrice, Bouilhet

Pasha Abbas

Abu Simbel

Acropole d’Athenes, L’ Colet

Amor nel Cor, Colet

Aristotle

Armenia

Arpentigny,  Captain d’

Art et l’Amour, Colet

L’Artiste

Aux Poetes, Du Camps

Eleanor Marx, Aveling

Aventures de Mademoiselle Mariette, Les Champfleury

Aziza

Baalbek

Honore de Balzac

Charles Baudelaire

Caligula

Le Candidat, Flaubert

Candide, Voltaire

Capeluche le Bourreau, Du Camps

Ce Qu’On Reve en Aimant, Colet

Ce Qui Est dans le Coeur de Femmes, Colet

Miguel de Cervantes

Champfleury

Les Chants de Vaincus, Colet

Chants Modernes, Du Camp

Charlotte Corday et Mdame Roland, Colet

Francois Rene Chateaubriand

Le Chateau de Versailles, Colet

Les Chatiments, Hugo

Un Coeur Simple, Flaubert

Confessions, Musset

La Dame aux Camelias, Dumas

La Danse des Morts, Flaubert

De Gladiatoribus, Lipsius

Dictionnaire des Idees Recues

Du Vrai, du Beau et du Bien, Cousin

Fantomes, Colet

Feuilles d’Automne, Hugo

Figaro

Les Fleurs du Mal, Baudelaire

Fleurs du Midi, Colet

Fossiles, Bouilhet

The Golden Ass, Apuleius

The Golden Legend

The Governess, Colet

Graziella, Lamartine

Herodias, Flaubert

History of Poetical Feelings in France, Flaubert

Illaid Homer

Jericho

Journal de Rouen

Immanuel Kant

The Last of the Mohicans, Cooper

Life of Jesus, Strauss

Le Livre Posthume, Du Camp

Louis Lambert, Balzac

Love Letters. Colet

Lysistrata, Aristophanes

Macbeth, Shakespeare

Madame d’Aigrizelles, Champfleury

Madamede Montarcy, Bouilhet

Madeleine, Colet

Mademoiselle de Maupin, Gautier

La Maison de Poete Exile, Colet

Manon Lescaut, Prevost

Matteo Falcone, Flaubert

Le Medicin de Campagne, Balzac

Melaenis, Bouilhet

Memoires d’Outretombe, Chateaubraind

Moise, Chateaubriand

Moliere (Pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin)

Moniteur Universal

Monsier le Prefet (Flaubert)

Le Monument de Moliere, Colet

Le Musee Secret de Naples

Napolean le Petit, Hugo

Nazareth

Nil Le Egype et Nubie, Du Camp

Novembre, Flaubert

Odssey, Homer

Par les Champs et par les Greves, Flaubert

Paysage et Amour, Colet

Les Pays Lumineux, Colet

Penserosa, Colet

Pericles, Shakespeare

The Plague de Florence, Flaubert

Politics, Aristotle

Preceptes du Style, Buffon

Prevost D’Exiles, Antoine Francois (Abbe Prevost)

Religions of Antiquity, Kreuzer

Rene, Chateaubriand

Ressouvenir Paien, Colet

Revue de Paris

Rhodes

Le Roi S’Amuse, Hugo

Le Rouge et le Noir, Stendahl

Jean Jacques Rousseau

Salammbo, Flaubert

Satyricon (Petronius)

The Secret of Phillip the Wise, Flaubert

La Servante, Colet

William Shakespeare

Smarh, Flaubert

Sophocles

Souvenirs et Paysages d’Orient, Du Camp

Souvenirs Litteraires, Du Camp

The Suicide, Decamps

Tagahor, Du Camp

Trois Contes, Flaubert

Virgil

Une Nuit de Don Juan, Flaubert

Vie de Boheme, Murger

Comte Alfred Victor, Vigny

Sapho

A Midsummer Nights Dream

The Tempest

La Martine

King John

Child of the Sun, Soul of Fire

Miltronic

Charlotte Cordoy et Madame Roland (Feminism)

Le Chateau de Versailles

Plato

James Henry, Notes on Novelists

Levin, Harry, The Gates of Horn

Brombert, Victor, The Novels of Flaubert

Colum, Mary, From These Roots

Degoumois, Leon, Flaubert a L’ecole de Goethe

Mestral Combremont, La Belle Madame Colet

Praz, Mario, The Romantic Agony

Starkie, Enid, Flaubert:  The Making of the Master

Up to Snuff #54: Indian Writers Book List

Up to Snuff #54:  Indian Writers Book List

Osho DVD’s and Books

Rumi

Bhagavadgita Home Study Course by Swami Dayananda Saraswati, a 2 year course, Published by Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Institute of Vedanta & Sanskrit, Saylorsburg, PA, volume 1

Mahabarata, By William Buck

Autobiography of Gandhi

Gandhi on Personal Leadership, By, Anand Kumarasamy

Mohandas Gandhi Essential Writings, John Dear

Messages From Amma, In the Language of the Heart

Fareed Zakaria (Some earlier articles in Foreign Affairs were masterful)

Passage to India, E.M. Forster

Iyengar

Shakti Gowain, Creative Visualization

Dr. Mishra

R.K. Narayan 1906-2001 The Guide

Amitav Ghosh-The Glass Palace, Sea of Gypsies

Mulk Raj Anand 1905-2004

Chetan Bhajat-A Night in a Call Center

Raja Rao-1908-2006

Nayantara Sahgel, 1927-2017

Nirad C. Chaudhuri, 1897-1993

Bharati Mukherjee, 1940-2017

Amita Nair

V.S. Naipaul

Kiran Desai-The Inheritance

Jhumpa Lahiri, The Interpreter of Maladies

Kovid Gupta

Argha Shadid Ali

Rohinton Mistry, A Fine Balance

Salman Rushdie, Midnights Children

Vikram Seth, A Suitable Boy

Arundhati Ray, God of Small Things

Triveni Acharya

Judge Ahluwalia

Teresa Albuquerque

Afshan  Anjum

Umarj i Anuradha

Rana Ayyub

Nadira Babbar

Tista Bagchi

Rupa Bajwa

Bama

Rashmi Bausal

Dayamjani Barla

Jahnavi Barwa

Kiran Bedi

Pankaj Bhadoumia

Shereen Bhan

Bela Bhartia

Bindu Bhatt

Suchititra Bhattacharya

Margaret Bhalty

Shomali Bose

Dimane Bunshe

Uma Chakravarti

Anuparma Chandrasekhar

AAngana P. Chatterji

Swati Chaturvedi

Supriya Chaudhuri

Shaili Chopra

Monica Das

Sadu Dehlvi

Kishwar Desai

Nabaneeta Dev Sen

Hahar Dutt

Shahira EK

Sama Faliero

Leela Ganhi

Saganika Ghose

Ruchira Gupta

Daisy Hasan

Lakshimi Holmstrom

Roopa Pai

Jameel Nishat

Sumita Narain

 

Some Indian Poets

Meena Alexander

Ashita

Syed Waheed A Shraf

Bhavesh Bhatt

Sri Chimmay

Ritam Chaudhury

Keki N. Daruwalla

Leema Bhar

Tishami Doshi

Joy Goswami

Jyotish Jami

Laxmi Agarwah

Amita Nair

 

Up to Snuff #53: Referencing and Introductions Which May Often Create a Signature Style

Up to Snuff #53:  Referencing and Introductions Which May Sometimes Create a Signature Style

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Sitting down to formulate a list of key books and media to complement one’s writing with use of references can be challenging.  Very often, for example in the New York Times  Op-Ed,  it’s possible to read about “Dickens” or the epic film “Gone with the Wind,” referenced in an opinion article. Some writers reference classical literature while others introduce compelling language.

Referencing other media that one has poured over, films, Latin or popular culture is very common and can become a part of a writers signature style.  It is incumbent upon the scholar to figure out how to “infer” from Latin and pull things not exactly, but masterfully.  When referencing Latin one may build from roots and associations.  It can season writing to use poetry or observations or descriptions from fine art.

Referencing can be when the scholar starts to utilize his or her reading knowledge.  What can shape a good writer is to research good things to reference in ones writing  and develop a personal book list and media list of cultural items as well as look deeply at art.  It’s possible to also look back in history for good language and research historical words in books and media in a time period.

One may for example, generate a list of interesting words from onomatopoeia or that were used during medieval times or that relate to a specific industry or foreign language.  Researching words to reference can distinguish a novice from a master. It can be wonderful for a writer to research the language they will utilize in their writings.

One may even start a library or a referencing  file of articles or collect DVD’s or photos or images of art works or music.