“‘I gotta stay in the West Village, or I gotta stay in the Lower East Side. I want someplace real.’ And then after a month in the Lower East Side, during the New York heat wave, I was like, ‘Okay, you know what? I’m 42 years old. I think I’m done. I’ve had enough of the “real.” This would’ve been great when I was 19, this is friggin’ horrible now.’ I would open the doors to the hotel in the lobby, and even the two doormen would look back, like, ‘All right, dude, here it comes,’ and just this wave of garbage air would pummel you. It was like a shockwave of stink. I was almost excited to do it in the morning to see what new, horrible smell would come down there.”
—Patton Oswalt, in an interview with the A.V. Club
August in NY is never pretty, Patton.
It did not, as a matter of fact, start from happy for either of them. Imogene Gilfeather had just had a cruel haircut and for this reason, or maybe another, expressed little interest that night when the fellow sitting next to her on the bus down Broadway said he knew the perfect guy for her.
“Perfect,” said Imogene Gilfeather, “is not my type.”
Really nice piece here on social media and book publishing. Norton’s Tumblr is indeed great, as Scribner, and the I Heart Classics Tumblr that was the brainchild of the excellent Emily Meithner. The point here is applicable to any business—everyone is ultimately in the business of storytelling, and those that do is well can prosper.
Thanks, Mark. And nice shout-out to our brethren, Norton.
She could happily buy groceries and weed the garden because everyone she cared about was well.
But if someone were to try to threaten that? Was there a length to which a mother wouldn’t go?
—Jennifer Vanderbes, Strangers at the Feast
Jorge Luis Borges, Argentine writer, essayist, poet and translator (and now Google doodle subject!), born today in 1899 (via overlookpress)
Read him. That is all.
…for 11 years!
“Barnes & Noble is now closed. I’m the last resource for books. I’m here from 7 to 7 every day.”