Jul 31, 2009

                              "I can just hear him,

if he were still here and this were somebody

else's book, saying, "Jesus," saying, "This

is the saddest son of a bitch of a book I've

read in a long time," saying, "A real long time."

And the thing is, he knew we'd be saying this

about his book, he could just hear us saying it,

and in some part of him he was glad! He

really was. What crazies we writers are

our heads full of language like buckets of minnows

standing in the moonlight on a dock."

-- Hayden Carruth, writing about the death of Raymond Carver

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"Jesus tells me he owns a trailer park with his brother-in-law, his dead wife’s brother."
Writing in questions: Powell's novel follows form of Ron Silliman's Sunset Debris
Ignazio Silone, communism, and a reconsideration of youthful ideals
Benjamin Franklin, inventions and the history of American ingenuity
Jon Stewart should be Jon Lebowitz again
Obama's Leo McGarry is Valerie Jarrett
Claude Levi-Strauss in his own words
Allen Ginsberg and Lionel Trilling
Faces from left-over cardboard TP rolls
Allen Ginsberg sings of Father death and buddhism
Tim O'Brien on the power of imagination, and tails
The faking of the Russian avant-garde painting
"I have a farm on a dead-end street in the ghetto"
Malcolm Gladwell on Kindle, the Internet and the idea of free
Fear for money: the market of "non-profit" conservatism
Religious education, doubt and the howling emptiness
Literary tattoo anthology seeking submissions
McGovern and Cronkite as VP potential in '72
Young Walter Crokite talks to Gertrude Stein
Images and illusions of Abraham Lincoln
Wikipedia posts inkblot cheat sheet
Advertising Mad Men's new season
Poet mourns daughter's murder
Tour America by poet's graves
Posthumous Donald Westlake
Dylan: "play it fucking loud"
A memoir of faith interrupted
Science and sublime terror
The real Raymond Carver
Raymond Carver's America
Life stories on postcards
When novelists get sober
The death of Dash Snow
53 question to immigrate
Oldest Bible now online
Pynchon does noir