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“Ideas blew away from living breath ... / And our hands laughed applauding / And our feet grinned and danced” tpr.ly/QJp3og
Brigitte Coudrain, from issue 22. The engraving shows “the distinctive quality of an imagination which has not been blurred by the gratuitous elaboration of a well-learned craft,” writes Nelson W. Aldrich, Jr. “These bizarre little figures transfixed at the moment of love or decision or some quixoti
The cult of the bearded female saint, Wilgefortis: tpr.ly/1yRZDIk
A look back at jazz pianist Sonny Clark, born on this day in 1931: tpr.ly/hikt4v pic.twitter.com/GhNRpTOrdq
An interview with translator Ottilie Mulzet on László Krasznahorkai’s “Seiobo There Below”: tpr.ly/1nc4JL2
William Carlos Williams on Charles Tomlinson: “He didn’t ignore the rules enough to make it really satisfactory.” tpr.ly/hNl9uN
David Ferry, from “Learning from History.” #Poetry in issue 22.
“An artist must be a reactionary ... Even the great Victorian artists were all anti-Victorian.” —Evelyn Waugh tpr.ly/eGWwm4
Read Zadie Smith’s new story “Big Week,” available, for free, through the summer: tpr.ly/1q2jEHn
Ernest Hemingway was born on this day in 1899. Read his Art of Fiction interview: tpr.ly/ahT0kn
“If a writer has something to tell, he should perhaps type it almost as fast as he could talk it.” —John Updike tpr.ly/gCEFwk
Today is the birthday of jazz pianist Sonny Clark. Here my two pieces on him for @parisreview daily. One day a book. theparisreview.org/blog/2011/01/1…
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John Steinbeck’s house on the upper East Side of New York was sparsely decorated—Josef Breitenbach remembers only a painting of the writer’s wife and child—when the photographer visited him there in the early forties. He remembers being welcomed cordially, but with an apology from Steinbeck that he
Fact-checking the Knausgaard craze, clichés and their complications, and other news tpr.ly/WyuDzC
“In writing, your audience is one single reader.” —John Steinbeck tpr.ly/fCkrU6
Daniel Fuchs on William Faulkner: “There was a silent, secret tumult going on in that man.” tpr.ly/1nxHQ0p
“The curtain comes down when the rhythm seems right—when the action calls for a finish.” —Harold Pinter tpr.ly/qjWkVR
“You live in the world even though you only vote once in a while.” —Arthur Miller tpr.ly/9h0A3V
“Fortunately, he said, writers were easy to read.” The poet’s poker game: tpr.ly/uSEHTc
“It is very bad when the writer is a critic. He writes essays about his heroes instead of telling a story.” —Singer tpr.ly/aqy2Ht
“Poetry will absorb and transmute, as it always has done, and glorify, all that we can know.” —Conrad Aiken tpr.ly/evWIoK
John Hollander, from “Eclogue I.” #Poetry in issue 21, Spring-Summer 1959.
“One hopes that one is developing, and writing interestingly, and that’s where it should end, I think.” —Edward Albee tpr.ly/eHOTAv
My Paris Review piece on photographs about "local business" bit.ly/Uj5zLf #hudsonvalley
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Bring your hemispheres together with The Paris Review and @LRB, anywhere in the world: tpr.ly/1rbZ4HV #ReadEverywhere