“Here is a character imposing itself on another person. Here is Mrs. Brown making someone begin almost automatically to write a novel about her.” Virginia Woolf makes the point that sometimes you don’t even need to seek out interesting people to observe — sometimes your characters find you. There’s no telling who will captivate you or any explanation of the serendipity of crossing paths, but when you do, write it all down. Let yourself be that crazed person.
Mary recommends “If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler” by Italo Calvino
You read the first chapter of the most interesting book n the world – and the next page is blank! What’s a reader to do? You go on a quest to find the rest, of course! This is a brilliant, fun, and mind-bending read.
The latest issue of The Quarterly Conversation has just been published. The main event this time around is a symposium on the work of Lydia Davis: 7 essays, plus one long interview that I think is going to be one of the more insightful interview/profiles of her that gets published this year. There are also several other essays (Sebald, J. M. Ledgard), an interview with Ben Marcus, reviews, and a couple more items on Mavis Gallant and Blood Meridian. I’m also going to toss up a donation box this week. The website is of course free, as it … continue reading, and add your comments
So why are we hurrying? Why is the end goal more about how easy and efficient it was to get there than what you get out of the act itself? What happened to Sunday mornings with the newspaper? What happened to browsing in a bookstore, or curling up with a book? What happened to sending letters, not texts or emails?
A response to the already-controversial speed-reading app Spritz from thebolditalicsf.