Northbound and Notable – Northbound Notebooks

Master of the Month - C. S. Lewis

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C S Lewis

Clive Staples Lewis / C. S. Lewis November 1898 - November 1963

"You can't get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me". C. S. Lewis

Clive Staples Lewis or better known as C. S. Lewis is many things including an academic, a lay theologian, a medievalist, an essayist but most famous as a writer. Lewis wrote more than thirty books in differing genres making his works touch and inspire all across the world. Lewis was a committed Christian and even broadcasted discussions with his beliefs including 'Mere Christianity', 1941. Lewis had lost his faith during adolescence but his friend J. R. R. Tolkien encouraged him to join the church once more. They later created a literary group together at Oxford University called the Inklings. The Inklings wanted to appreciate and share their enthusiasm for narrative fiction and fantasy which then lead Lewis to begin his famous trilogy The Chronicles of Narnia, his bestselling works to date.  

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Poetry by R L Raymond

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Sometimes there is no ricochet

it was just
a .22
a toy really
used to shoot
dragonflies
on the lilypads

sometimes the
shot would skip
over its target
hitting the bank
across the pond
with a muddy thwap
or spray the leaf
and water and bug
untouched
into the air

those rare times
he hit the mark
he flinched
at the sound of
concussion
surprised at
a tiny hole
in the lilypad
the absence of
dragonfly
and very few
ripples

 

bio:

Raymond tells stories through poetry, fiction, photography, and painting. He has been published in journals and collections across Canada, the United States, Australia, and Europe. He earned his Master of Arts in English Literature from the University of Western Ontario. Visit www.RLRaymond.com for more information.

Quote: "A good story is like a well-placed punch: quick, effective, and impossible to ignore."

Selected Publications: Existere, Carousel, Descant, Envoi, Grain, Soliloquies…

 

R L Raymond is among the artists to be featured in our first edition of Northbound and Notable, scheduled for publication this winter. Proceeds from each refillable leather notebook, craft paper, and accessories sale fund the Northbound and Notable payout pool. Learn how to get involved through our website navigation above.

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Master of the Month - Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde October 1854 - November 1900

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars". Wilde, 1892

Oscar Wilde, probably one of the most flamboyant and witty poets to grace our pages did live quite a fulfilling life full of art lecturing, marriage and many notable awards for his works. This was until he had an affair with a younger man and was then arrested for 'gross indecency', this unfortunate  event lead to imprisonment, poverty then a lonely death.

Wilde's most famous works consist of The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890), his most questionable work at the time, it was shunned and deemed immoral by the Victorian public, but is now embraced and categorised as one of his best works. However, as a dramatist his satirical work was well received with such plays as Ideal Husband (1895), Lady Windermere's Fan (1892) and of course The Importance of Being Earnest (1895).

The Picture of Dorian Gray 

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Master of The Month - Roald Dahl

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Roald Dahl September 1916 - November 1990

"if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely". Dahl, 1980

Roald Dahl was a spy, an air force pilot, a chocolate tester and very successful children's author. Roald Dahl, named after the first Norwegian to make it to the South Pole, had a very bright future ahead of him, however that was shortly extinguished with the death of his sister and father. Wanting a good life for Dahl, his mother sent him to various boarding schools in hopes he would gain a good education. What Dahl didn't know at the time was that these experiences would inspire him later in life to write 'Charlie and the Chocolate Fcatory' (1964) and the autobiography-like book of 'Boy' (1984). Dahl's books are always charming with flair for the bizarre all wrapped up in dry British humour from the grotesque prank-loving husband and wife 'The Twits' (1980) to the spell-binding mystery of 'The Witches' (1983) Dahl created literature to suit and amuse all appetites.

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The BFG, 1982, pictured above

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Artist of the Week - Jason Shulman

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Jason Shulman is a sculptor and photographer who has a keen eye for cinema but not in the way most may think. By having an extreme long exposure and letting the block busters play out, has resulted in the creation of intertwining colors evoking the films motif and atmosphere.

The Wizard Of Oz

It is clear that Shulman is very interested in movement, including his sculptures The White Horse, where the horse seems to be unraveling itself or The Balancing Chairs that could fall at any moment. The same passion for motion has appeared in his photography; from 'The Wizard of Oz' (1939) to Kubricks '2001: A Space Odyssey' the photographic results are always unpredictable and different from one another, making the unexpected treasures more intriguing than their counterparts.

From an interview with CNN Shulman explains how you can see the differences between the directors process of storytelling, he shares; 

 

'...with most of Hitchcock's films, the resulting print showed figurative forms. I think this is because Hitchcock tells his stories by focusing on the actors. Kubrick, on the other hand, uses wider shots that are often framed in a symmetrical way. So in the gestalt, his films leave compositional rather than human stains on the finished print...'

 2001: A Space Odyssey

To see more of Shulmans work head over to his website here or read his interview with CNN here.

 

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