“Drawing is a sensual act, which you cannot say about the act of writing. In fact, I often turn to drawing to recover from the writing.”
Happy birthday to Günter Grass! Here is a collection of the author’s illustrations.
Today is E. E. Cummings’s birthday. Revisit Paul Muldoon’s story on the poet’s life and work.
Photograph by Edward Weston.
Same old problems
Congratulations to Patrick Modiano, winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature!
“Within an hour, during this, the cruelest night of his recent reckoning, he was on his way to become the drunkest man in Rome. And why? Why? Why on this night, under these particular circumstances, with this foolish and irksome stranger? Why, after so long a struggle to keep his balance, should he go off now, on a dull drab night in Rome which demanded the stuff neither for celebration or mourning? Why, he kept asking himself, as in despair and in rapid succession he downed three half-tumblers full, straight, was he such a weak-kneed slob, unless he had simply been set down in a situation over which he had utterly no control?”
—William Styron, from “The McCabes.” Illustration by George Thompson.
Strolling at Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City, Philippines
Happy National Poetry Day!
A nice pick-me-up for the middle of the week
“Drinking’s funny. When I look back on it, all of our important decisions have been figured out when we were drinking. Even when we talked about having to cut back on drinking, we’d be sitting at the kitchen table or out at the picnic table with a six-pack or whiskey.”
― Raymond Carver, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
Happy Banned Books Week!
Art by Grant Snider - http://bit.ly/1sUPjtL