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“Ideas blew away from living breath ... / And our hands laughed applauding / And our feet grinned and danced”
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:
A look back at jazz pianist Sonny Clark, born on this day in 1931:
An interview with translator Ottilie Mulzet on László Krasznahorkai’s “Seiobo There Below”:
William Carlos Williams on Charles Tomlinson: “He didn’t ignore the rules enough to make it really satisfactory.”
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
Read Zadie Smith’s new story “Big Week,” available, for free, through the summer:
Ernest Hemingway was born on this day in 1899. Read his Art of Fiction interview:
“If a writer has something to tell, he should perhaps type it almost as fast as he could talk it.” —John Updike
Today is the birthday of jazz pianist Sonny Clark. Here my two pieces on him for @parisreview daily. One day a book.…
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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
“In writing, your audience is one single reader.” —John Steinbeck
Daniel Fuchs on William Faulkner: “There was a silent, secret tumult going on in that man.”
“The curtain comes down when the rhythm seems right—when the action calls for a finish.” —Harold Pinter
“You live in the world even though you only vote once in a while.” —Arthur Miller
“Fortunately, he said, writers were easy to read.” The poet’s poker game:
“It is very bad when the writer is a critic. He writes essays about his heroes instead of telling a story.” —Singer
“Poetry will absorb and transmute, as it always has done, and glorify, all that we can know.” —Conrad Aiken
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
My Paris Review piece on photographs about "local business" #hudsonvalley
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