September 19, 2014
"I think Don DeLillo’s avant-garde. No one’s caught up with what he’s doing yet. […] A writer of tremendous integrity and presence. Mao II is an American classic. So, too, is White Noise, though it’s been taught to splinters. His later works are fierce, demanding. His work can be a little cold perhaps. And what’s wrong with that? The cold can teach us many things."

— Joy Williams on Don DeLillo

September 19, 2014
"[R]eal avant-garde writing today would frame and reflect our misuse of the world, our destruction of its beauties and wonders. Nobody seems to be taking this on in the literary covens. We are all just messing with ourselves, cherishing ourselves. Andrew Solomon wrote a mega-successful nonfiction book titled Far from the Tree in which he ticks off every emotional, physical, mental, social disability you could possibly imagine and yokes them to true tales of actual practitioners or victims—though Solomon would never employ such a word—which he then bathes in a golden humanist light. We are all so special, particularly the very special, whose needs must be met. We are all so different and some of us are even more different, and this difference must be cherished and celebrated. The critics were ecstatic. What a hymn to diversity! No one spoke of how claustrophobic Far from the Tree was, the tree being utterly metaphorical, how narrowly and pridefully focused, how dismissive of a world outside the human. Cultural diversity can never replace biodiversity, though we’re being prompted to think it can. We live and spawn and want—always there is this ghastly wanting—and we have done irredeemable harm to so much. Perhaps the novel will die and even the short story because we’ll become so damn sick of talking about ourselves."

— Joy Williams, The Paris Review interview

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July 21, 2014
Photo by Stanley Kubrick

Photo by Stanley Kubrick

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July 21, 2014

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July 21, 2014

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July 21, 2014
La rupture

La rupture

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Ginsberg vs. the computer

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Tom Stoppard, Arcadia

Tom Stoppard, Arcadia

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January 13, 2014
Everything takes work. You gotta work hard to be comfortable.

Everything takes work. You gotta work hard to be comfortable.

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