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The Paris Review
“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:
“Intelligence has little to do with poetry. Poetry springs from something deeper; it’s beyond intelligence.” —Borges
Virginia R. Terris, from “Taking Myself in My Teeth.” #Poetry in issue 64.
“If you want to be ultimately realistic you bring artistic space itself in danger.” —Saul Bellow
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Where are Ernest Hemingway and Mark Twain now?
“I would be happy to know that even one of my own lines will have served a poet in the future.” Yevgeny Yevtushenko reading in Paris. Read his Art of Poetry #interview online and in issue 34. | #poetry #portrait #writing #quote
“If the work of art is good enough, it must not be criticized for its theme. I don’t think it can be argued.” —Albee
Conrad Aiken on music and poetry: “They are saying the same thing, but in two voices.”
Philip Larkin killed the hedgehog, against “against,” and other news
“I try to put in my novels things which you can’t explain, to give some message which does not exist practically.”
“Once one starts writing, the histrionic gifts are liable to take control and sweep you away.” —Angus Wilson
“Some works have the magical capacity to resist closure—and read us as much as we read them.”
“There’s only one person a writer should listen to, pay any attention to. It’s not any damn critic. It’s the reader.”
“And who will love whoever rose—from sea or hell or head, full-grown?” —Hugh Seidman #poetry
“If there’s such a thing as a New Yorker style, that would be it—playing it down.” —James Thurber
“There certainly is some reason a story attracted you, and you’re writing it trying to find out that reason.”
Ted Berrigan, from “Things to Do in Providence.” #Poetry in issue 52.