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The Paris Review
“The sort of glorious girl whose kiss tastes of liquor when she’s had no liquor to drink.” —David Foster Wallace
“Once you have in your bones the fundamental feasibilities of a place, you can imagine there freely.” —John Updike
“One must withdraw for a time from life in order to set down that picture.” —John Steinbeck
“Who could blame them? The Midwest is a fine place to leave.” Illinois Jesus and the strange novel he inspired:
“There is no machine and no kind of reporting and no kind of film that can do what a Tolstoy or Dostoyevsky did.”
“The whole fight is for the conservation of the individual soul.” —Ezra Pound
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“More often than not the speech only seems to be funny—the man in question is actually fighting for his life.”
“It is not improbable that had there been no revolution, I would have devoted myself entirely to lepidopterology.”
“That’s the most important part of the job. Knowing when to come down hard and when to go easy.”—Zadie Smith #fiction
“If you are charmed by an author, I think it’s a very strange and invalid imagination that doesn’t long to share it.”
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“A playwright who isn’t influenced is never of any use. He’s the litmus paper of the arts.” —Arthur Miller
“Men who can afford to work under better conditions often choose to work under miserable conditions.” —Henry Miller
“I think Simone de Beauvoir is odious. A mind totally bourgeois turned inside out.” —Mary McCarthy
“I devote my time to steel, / to the most shadowy tools: / hoes bring me to my knees, / horseshoes enslave me.”
“I would never be able to write in the third person until I developed a coherent view of life.” —Norman Mailer
“The whole problem of writing poetry is to bring it back to what you really feel.” —Robert Lowell
“There are few things as narcissistic as an apocalypse fantasy.” Michael Thomsen on “The Last of Us”:
Jack Kerouac on writing: “You have to be born with tragic fathers.”
“I don’t believe there is an ideal occupation for the writer. He could write under almost any circumstance.” —Huxley
One more day to take advantage of our joint subscription deal with the @LRB: #ReadEverywhere
“I don’t have to tell you that speech on the stage is not the speech of life, not even the written speech.” —Hellman
“The finished poem is present before it is written and one corrects it.” —Robert Graves
“It’s easier to understand the idea of death than the reality of life, and so we make an industry of waiting.”
“God knows how many people made the moon. Or what spirits labored ... to set fire to the sun.” —Allen Ginsberg
“Poetry has always been a beggar.” —Robert Frost
This week’s staff picks: the most prolific Simpsons writer, Blek le Rat, and pop songs as Shakespearean sonnets
A preview of our Fall issue cover, designed by Chris Ware, including interviews with Ware, Aharon Appelfeld, and Herta Müller; new fiction by Atticus Lish, David Gates, and Alejandro Zambra; poetry by Karen Solie and Maureen N. McLane; and an essay by David Searcy.
The Paris Review staff is at @SheridanGroup finishing our Fall issue. Here is a preview of the issue’s cover.
“We’d sooner have death, if it means our egos can be spared.” @mike_thomsen on the vanity of the zombie apocalypse:
“Sex can be indicated with asterisks. I’ve always felt that was as good a way as any.” —John Dos Passos
“You do not know what you do. It is not possible to do what one intends.” —Jean Cocteau
“Imagination is a matter of attaining a certain degree of generality ... about what one actually lives.” —de Beauvoir
The Paris Review staff is at Sheridan Press finishing our Fall issue. More previews to come throughout the day. | #parisreview #hyperlapse
Today in trepidatious grammatical hairsplitting, telling it like it is in Times Square, and other news
“I’m only interested in what I can articulate with the things given me as confrontation.” —Robert Creeley
“Silence in the forest comes from books.” —Susan Stewart #poetry
“I never forget that work is a curse—which is why I’ve never made it a habit.” —Blaise Cendrars
“Most authors are looking for tragedy without finding it.” —Louis-Ferdinand Céline
“The culture needed some lightening up. Mail art was an art form everyone had access to.”
“The underworld, the old-time thieves. They’re a dying race; very few of those old-timers left.”—William S. Burroughs
C. Lay, Robert Moses, and the dashed ambitions of Marine Park, or why there's no stadium on Fillmore Ave @parisreview…
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“With novels, like cakes, you never know.” —Robertson Davies, who was born on this day in 1913:
“He was wearing a rumpled linen jacket and tie. Of course he was.” @SadieStein on her encounter with Robert Lowell:
“I hope you will live to see the day when this park is completed.” The dashed ambitions of Brooklyn’s Marine Park: