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“You are selling your soul to the devil all day and trying to buy it back at night.” —James Dickey, on his ad career
“I memorized [poems] when I worked in factories and recited them to myself.” —Philip Levine
“Is it really so difficult to believe that Spence was in control?” Skip Spence’s “music from the other side”:
“Perhaps you can write better if you leave the mistakes.” —Jorge Luis Borges
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, teaching one of his courses at his "school without walls" - the Foundation for New Ibero-American Journalism. From Silvana Paternostro's essay "Three Days with Gabo" in issue 141.
“If we continue down this part of my library, it could last for hours, because every book here has a story.” —Calasso
On @svbscription, read our staff’s recommendations for travel reads:
“For us lesser pens, humor is essential, especially when it comes to sex scenes.” —Bill Cotter
“In prose you make the paragraph. Every paragraph is a poem.” —Jack Kerouac
“That’s what drives the desire for art, the desire for a materially transcendent technology.” —Richard Powers
This week’s staff picks: Good Friday riffs, finishing “Jane Eyre” after twenty-five years, and your new white hair
“You should listen for the music, not for the crazy.” @DanPiepenbring on Skip Spence’s only solo album “Oar”:
Anna Akhmatova, from "Secrets of the Trade." #Poetry in issue 141, Winter 1996.
“People everywhere take things much too seriously ... I’m all for sticking pins into episcopal behinds.” —Huxley
“All my writing is nothing more than the compensatory work of a frustrated painter.” —J. G. Ballard
“It’s not that the word has disappeared, but it has shed one of its meanings.” @SadieStein on her favorite adjective:
“Taking risks is one thing. Overcoming the risks is another.” —Paul Muldoon
Andy Friedman, from "At the Fish Market" in issue 175, Fall/Winter 2005. The portfolio details the final morning of New York's Fulton Fish Market, before moving indoors, under a roof in Hunts Point in the Bronx. | #art #sketch #illustration #history #newyork #andyfriedman
“It’s among bones not quite picked clean ... that I think the true truths are found.” An interview with Bill Cotter:
“You don’t just fool the audience—make them love you.” —Jack Gilbert
“I saw the moon / in my bucket and was tempted / by those Chinese poets / and their immaculate pain” —Jack Gilbert
“I want the characters to be engaging but not necessarily likeable.” —Alan Hollinghurst
John Burnside, from "Nothing." #Poetry in issue 175, Fall/Winter 2005.
Marianne Moore’s strange, sad childhood, the allure of the roller rink, and other news
One of the best and most penetrating interviews with Gabriel Garcia Marquez on his life and writing @parisreview…
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