Probably all of us, writers and readers alike, set out into exile, or at least a...– Roberto Bolaño, Exiles (via nybooks)
In case you missed it
Here are Cormac McCarthy and Werner Herzog (and a theoretical physicist) having a chat. Spoiler alert: Herzog reads from All the Pretty Horses, and it’s everything you’d hope it could be.
Norm MacDonald v. Jonathan Franzen →
Cormac McCarthy on NPR's "Science Friday" →
literaryflack: Don’t miss Cormac McCarthy on NPR’s “Science Friday” tomorrow (4/8, 3-4pm ET) on Connecting Science and Art. Science and art often seem to develop in separate silos, but many thinkers are inspired by both. Novelist Cormac McCarthy, filmmaker Werner Herzog, and physicist Lawrence Krauss discuss science as inspiration for art and Herzog’s new film on the earliest known cave...
The realization that you have something of value to contribute to the greater...– Inside David Foster Wallace’s Private Self-Help Library | The Awl (via nickdouglas)
Sam Anderson on The Pale King →
I am not reading any reviews of The Pale King until I’m finished, but Sam Anderson—one of the better book critics that exists—wrote the one I’ll read first.
thessaly: “I would go to the bookstore and just keep reminding myself of how many people have written novels. I thought, ‘Well, I’m not dumber than most people. I must be able to do this if I just persevere.’” — David Bezmozgis on writing a novel. He was here at this bookstore last night for The Free World—bunch of signed copies floating (not literally floating) around the...
To disguise nothing, to conceal nothing, to write about those things that are...– John Cheever, from The Journals. Quoted by Geoff Dyer in his essay on The Journals in Otherwise Known as the Human Condition. (Did you hear that he—Geoff, not John—is reading here May 9th, talking with Sam Lipsyte?)
Why is there no Norton Anthology of Paperwork? →
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