“Another editor. That thing behind his ear is his pencil. Whenever he finds a bright thing in your manuscript he strikes it out with that. That does him good, and makes him smile and show his teeth, the way he is doing in the picture. This one has just been striking out a smart thing, and now he is sitting there with his thumbs in his vest-holes, gloating. They are full of envy and malice, editors are.”
—from “How to Make History Dates Stick,” an essay written by Twain in 1899, not published until after his death in Harper’s Monthly Magazine in December 1914. The essay was about using pictures as memory devices.
5. Poets go to bed earliest, followed by short story writers, then novelists. The habits of playwrights are unknown.
[via Book Bench blog]
“If you’ve tried reading Don DeLillo’s fiction in the past and found it the literary equivalent of being whacked in the head with a sack full of quarters, his new short story collection, The Angel Esmeralda, is an ideal way to give him another chance.”
“Tonight at 6:00 writers and readers from across New York City will gather in Liberty Plaza to reoccupy the space and rebuild the People’s Library. Authors will bring their books, readers will bring their favorite books to donate and together we will rebuild to create the revolution this country needs.”
We’ll be there, with a vanload of books to help rebuild the library.
Whether or not these books were actually thrown away, as the Mayor’s office is belatedly revealing, we applaud the resulting efforts by writers and readers to rebuild the library. Right on.
Christopher Hitchens was asked by 8-year old, Mason Crumpacker (!!!) what she should read.
He suggested Greek & Roman myths, particularly those by Robert Graves, Shakespeare, Chaucer, Richard Dawkins’ “The Magic of Reality,” Ayaan Hirsi Ali, PG Wodehouse, David Hume, and Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities.”
We love this list, and Mason Crumpacker sounds like a name straight from a Wodehouse novel.