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Shakespeare and Company

Shakespeare and Company. The Lost Generation
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3D...

I wrote a paper on The Lost Generation in Undergrad. Hemingway, Pound, Fitzgerald, Joyce….The group of writers and cultural icons that felt lost in the years between the great wars. It was one of my favorite papers to write. The center of their culture melting pot was this place called Shakespeare and company. It was an English bookstore in Paris. The only reason I have ever wanted to go to Paris is to see that bookstore. Sure, if I make it there I’ll probably go see the Eiffel Tower and The Louvre, but neither will compare.

I think it is great that they had that bookstore as a place to gather. A place to exchange ideas and gather their thoughts. I shudder to think of what would be of literature had that place not existed. If Sylvia Beach hadn’t even given it a try The Sun Also Rises wouldn’t be permanently etched in my memory as one of the most tragic love stories ever. Puts Romeo and Juliet to shame.
http://www.amazon.com/The-Also-Rises-Ernest-Hemingway/dp/074...

The other cool thing that came of Shakespeare and company is how these authors connected and stayed in touch while they wandered and traveled. They sent each other letters and left writing for each other around the world. So much better than logging on to facebook ‘liking’ someone picture or update and calling that a friendship. The bonds that they made aided in some of them becoming cultural icons. While they didn’t always appreciate each other’s styles (Hemingway and Fitzgerald didn’t see eye to eye on some aspects of writing) their acknowledgment of each other as fellow writers helped build their legendary status in the world of literature.

I always thought if I knew someone who owned a bookstore like that I would send postcards and letters from all over. I mean I would send them anyways, but it’d be cool if they were going up on a wall in a place similar to Shakespeare and Company. And maybe the owner of that store would be writing a book that I could hardly wait to read, and maybe I would be writing a book also and maybe at that store there would be other people writing books. And with enough support and encouragement between all these writers and travelers a status similar to that of The Lost Generation would be formed.

Idk…. I’m just thinking off the top of my head now, but wouldn’t that be legendary?

This guy seems to think platforms are important.

http://www.amazon.com/Choose-Yourself-James-Altucher/dp/1490...

I know a girl who recently grabbed up 2 domain names so she can start making a platform. She is a bit tech challenged, so she is going to probably order some complete idiots guides also, but she is pretty certain she can train her brain to do anything. Good thing someone pointed her in the direction of platforms and domain names though.