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“I never forget that work is a curse—which is why I’ve never made it a habit.” —Blaise Cendrars tpr.ly/U3X3t4
“Most authors are looking for tragedy without finding it.” —Louis-Ferdinand Céline tpr.ly/134PoBL
“The culture needed some lightening up. Mail art was an art form everyone had access to.” tpr.ly/1vMdmi4
“The underworld, the old-time thieves. They’re a dying race; very few of those old-timers left.”—William S. Burroughs tpr.ly/oG6jC7
C. Lay, Robert Moses, and the dashed ambitions of Marine Park, or why there's no stadium on Fillmore Ave @parisreview theparisreview.org/blog/2014/08/2…
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“With novels, like cakes, you never know.” —Robertson Davies, who was born on this day in 1913: tpr.ly/9BDGIE
“He was wearing a rumpled linen jacket and tie. Of course he was.” @SadieStein on her encounter with Robert Lowell: tpr.ly/1wJO8F5
“I hope you will live to see the day when this park is completed.” The dashed ambitions of Brooklyn’s Marine Park: tpr.ly/1lunpI4
“Intelligence has little to do with poetry. Poetry springs from something deeper; it’s beyond intelligence.” —Borges tpr.ly/cENVXJ
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 tpr.ly/fm7ERh
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Where are Ernest Hemingway and Mark Twain now? tpr.ly/1rxXTE3 pic.twitter.com/uWgQawZvJe
“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 tpr.ly/eHOTAv
Conrad Aiken on music and poetry: “They are saying the same thing, but in two voices.” tpr.ly/evWIoK
Philip Larkin killed the hedgehog, against “against,” and other news tpr.ly/1qLCYHo
“I try to put in my novels things which you can’t explain, to give some message which does not exist practically.” tpr.ly/oDu11H
“Once one starts writing, the histrionic gifts are liable to take control and sweep you away.” —Angus Wilson tpr.ly/172lp0W
“Some works have the magical capacity to resist closure—and read us as much as we read them.” tpr.ly/1qeuBXi
“There’s only one person a writer should listen to, pay any attention to. It’s not any damn critic. It’s the reader.” tpr.ly/pPMzYo
“And who will love whoever rose—from sea or hell or head, full-grown?” —Hugh Seidman tpr.ly/1sDJy53 #poetry
“If there’s such a thing as a New Yorker style, that would be it—playing it down.” —James Thurber tpr.ly/hvRyrv
“There certainly is some reason a story attracted you, and you’re writing it trying to find out that reason.” tpr.ly/WTv3MZ
Ted Berrigan, from “Things to Do in Providence.” #Poetry in issue 52.