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Episode 102: The Literary Life of Atlee Northmore

On The Literary Life podcast this week, Angelina Stanford, Cindy Rollins and Thomas Banks are chatting with their indispensable assistant, Atlee Northmore, about his literary life. Atlee shares what it was like for him growing up in a family that supported reading and kept books around at all time. He talks about his school years and both his positive and negative memories of reading for school. Talking about college, Atlee tells about wanting to be a film maker and his experience studying writing screen plays. He shares how college and life circumstances temporarily dampened his love for story, but taking classes with Angelina and listening to the podcast has brought it all back.

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Commonplace Quotes:

One’s life is more formed, I sometimes think, by books than by human beings: it is out of books one learns about love and pain at second hand. Even if we have the happy chance to fall in love, it is because we have been conditioned by what we have read, and if I had never known love at all, perhaps it was because my father’s library had not contained the right books.

Graham Greene

…there is also a sort of wild fairy interest in them, which makes me think them fully better adapted to awaken the imagination and soften the heart of childhood than the good-boy stories which have been in later years composed for them.

Sir Walter Scott, from German Popular Stories

Information can thrill, but only once.

Wendell Berry

All suffices reckoned rightly:

Spring shall bloom where now the ice is,

Roses make the bramble sightly,

And the quickening sun shine brightly,

And the latter wind blow lightly,

And my garden teem with spices.

Christina Rossetti, “Amen”


by Dorothy Parker

Four be the things I am wiser to know:
Idleness, sorrow, a friend, and a foe.

Four be the things I’d been better without:
Love, curiosity, freckles, and doubt.

Three be the things I shall never attain:
Envy, content, and sufficient champagne.

Three be the things I shall have till I die:
Laughter and hope and a sock in the eye.

Book List:

Travels with My Aunt by Graham Greene

The Way of Ignorance by Wendell Berry

Stephen King

The Harry Potter Collection

The Spiderwick Chronicles

A Series of Unfortunate Events

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson

Notting Hill by Richard Curtis

How to Read the Bible at Literature by Leland Ryken

Dune by Frank Herbert

Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon

To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome

The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael by Ellis Peters

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