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Glory in Blood: Read LitHub’s Compilation of Virginia Woolf’s Sickest Burns

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We’ve got our eyes on everything from Virginia Woolf’s smackdowns, Anne Rice’s writing lessons, and more – all here in our Daily Blunt.

In honor of the fifty-fifth anniversary of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?‘s premiere, LitHub has compiled a dossier proving that Edward Albee was correct in his appraisal of the authoress, whose diary reveals her special knack for particularly savage insults. Here’s a preview from 1917, when Virginia Woolf had Katherine Mansfield in her crosshairs: “We could both wish that one’s first impression of her was not that she stinks like a — well civet cat that had taken to street walking. In truth I’m a little shocked by her commonness at first sight; lines so hard & cheap.” No one is spared, not Sigmund Freud nor Aldous Huxley. May this serve as your inspiration to begin journaling again!

It’s always worthwhile to hear how various authors have honed their craft, and with more than thirty novels under her belt Anne Rice is just the kind of person we ought to be taking notes from. Via a Facebook post, the author just offered fans a mini master class on writing, sharing twenty tips for beating a manuscript into shape. To her credit, she also recognizes the validity of not following conventional advice, concluding: “If these ‘rules’ or suggestions don’t work for you, by all means disregard them completely! You’re the boss when it comes to your writing.”

What will our world’s religions look like a hundred years for now, or even further beyond then? The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown has some opinions on this based on research he’s done over the years, and speaking before Frankfurt Book Fair attendees, he speculated that over time, the similarities between various religions would completely outnumber the differences. “We will start to find our spiritual experiences through our interconnections with each other,” he predicted, anticipating the embrace of “some form of global consciousness that we perceive and that becomes our divine.” Brown was appearing to promote his new book Origin, which he claims was inspired by the question: Will God survive science?

While we’re at it, will entertainment survive science? The cinematographer of “Blade Runner: 2049” has advised that sci-fi fans avoid paying for the full 3D experience, explaining that these elements were added after the fact, at the expense (in his professional opinion) of picture quality. “This may not be so apparent for someone sitting in the optimum viewing seat but it is a compromise in terms of image quality wherever you are seated,” he observes, adding, “It may be a compromise worth accepting if you are a fan of 3D.” Consider yourself armed with an ironclad excuse for insisting on the cheaper option.