Not so often do I find a book I really love. Almost never do I find a book that turns me into a better person, somehow. This is the author of one of them, Ruth Ozeki — The book is A Tale for the Time Being, and was shortlisted for last year’s Man Booker Prize. Related articles Ruth Ozeki: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 87 A tale for the time being, by Ruth Ozeki A Tale […]
Literature should not disappear up its own asshole, so to speak. Kurt Vonnegut via 15 Things Kurt Vonnegut Said Better Than Anyone Else Ever Has Or Will · The A.V. Club. Related articles Tips from Kurt Vonnegut (swiss-miss.com)
Alan Hollinghurst’s “The Stranger’s Child” Review : The New Yorker. That which I am reading now. Yes, I have a definite Booker bent to my reading tastes. No, this book didn’t win the Booker, but another of the author’s books did — The Line of Beauty. And I wouldn’t have found this here book — The Stranger’s Child — without having been curious about its author’s other books, on account of the prize win. Related articles The Line […]
The most damning revelation you can make about yourself is that you do not know what is interesting and what is not. — Kurt Vonnegut via How to Write with Style: Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Keys to the Power of the Written Word | Brain Pickings. Related articles How to Write with Style: Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Keys to the Power of the Written Word (brainpickings.org)
Read, learn, work it up, go to the literature. Information is control. — Joan Didion via “Read, learn, work it up, go to the literature…. | The Penguin Press.
Yes, I am reading it again: Infinite Jest. There are so many people and things in it that the sheer density of stuff has enough mass to affect my intellectual gravity field. There are also so many favorite quotes that I’m planning on wearing out one whole yellow pencil by the time that I reach the end of the book. Related articles Infinite Jest tour of Boston (kottke.org)
BBC News – Mexican author Carlos Fuentes dead at 83.