We can personally attest to the truthfulness of this quote. DeLillo actually cares about how the words and sentences look on the page. How great is that?
— Noreen Malone, making a case on Slate against the overuse of the em dash, that rebel of the punctuation pantheon that allows a writer to insert a stray piece of information or jump cut from one thought to another.
Thirded. We try and discourage it as much as possible.
“I have always loved and avidly read the novels of Jack London, Jules Verne and Ernest Hemingway. The characters depicted in their books, who are brave and resourceful people embarking on exciting adventures, definitely shaped my inner self and nourished my love for the outdoors.” —Vladimir Putin
In which Putin grants an interview to a high school teacher for Outdoor Life, then the New Yorker picks it up, and we all realize what we already knew.
—John Cheever (via literaryflack)
Au contraire! Don DeLillo is a life-long Yankees fan, as is Paul Auster.
Proof: Here they are (several years ago) at a Yankees game with fellow fans from the Gotham Book Mart.
DeLillo has written:
”I remember one afternoon, in October, hearing a strange sound, a little like surf, and wondering what it was. And later I realized it was the sound made by the crowd at Yankee Stadium when Tommy Henrich hit a late-inning home run.” (NYT)
“I can’t say that I enjoyed every minute of it, or even that I enjoyed all that much of it at all, but I can say that by the time I got to the end of it I was glad to have read it. Not just glad that I had finally finished it, but that I had started it and seen it through. I felt as though I had been through something major, as though I had not merely experienced something but done something, and that the doing and the experiencing were inseparable in the way that is peculiar to the act of reading. And I’ve had that same feeling, I realize, with almost every very long novel I’ve read before or since.”
—Mark O’Connell, on The Stockholm Syndrome Theory of Long Novels in The Millions
This is Edith Wharton’s housekeeper. With her dogs. I know, we’re going a little crazy over here. However, it’s worth mentioning that these images were all found on the fabulous website of Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Yale has just announced that they are making their entire digital collection available to the public for free and unlimited use.
So everyone go crazy.
It’s almost too easy!
Is there a Tumblr for writers and their dogs? There should be.
Emily St. John Mandel helpfully guides us on unhelpful questions:
“So when’s your next book coming out?”
My NEXT book? I have no idea, but it’ll probably be a while. In the meantime, allow me to introduce you to my current book. It came out a week ago. It took me two and a half years to write.