October 10, 2013

"We don’t so much read Alice’s stories as live through them: they can be exhausting and enervating; they can leave us fragile, our senses heightened; they can leave us satisfied, thrilled. The saddest part is that they leave us at all."

—Deborah Treisman, on editing Alice Munro for The New Yorker

September 5, 2013
theparisreview:

“If anyone’s watching me and my partner in our apartment with its oversized windows, when we forget to close the curtains, I say let them look, imperfections and all, the fights and fragments, the real tenderness, the laughter, the love, especially that. We have nothing to hide.”
Amy Grace Loyd on the affairs of our neighbors.


Author of the debut novel The Affairs of Others

theparisreview:

“If anyone’s watching me and my partner in our apartment with its oversized windows, when we forget to close the curtains, I say let them look, imperfections and all, the fights and fragments, the real tenderness, the laughter, the love, especially that. We have nothing to hide.

Amy Grace Loyd on the affairs of our neighbors.

Author of the debut novel The Affairs of Others

March 25, 2013

elizabethfama:

The relocated Seminary Co-op Bookstore @uchicago. Inviting light, peekaboo windows in the stacks, space to read. (Plus, a graphic novel section.)

The hobbit in me misses the basement, but it must be nice to roam around the stacks without hitting your head on a steam pipe.

(via uchicagomag)

March 7, 2013
vintageanchor:

Nora Ephron’s Final Act by her son By JACOB BERNSTEIN… “The play “Lucky Guy,” Nora Ephron’s last piece of work, is about a journalist who kept striving to do his best work even as he was dying of cancer. He was her inspiration to do the same.” Read here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/10/magazine/nora-ephrons-final-act.html

"She told me that….whatever happened, she hoped my brother and I would lead the kind of lives where we did stuff big enough to occasionally say, “Wow, I wish Mom was around for this.”

vintageanchor:

Nora Ephron’s Final Act by her son By JACOB BERNSTEIN…

“The play “Lucky Guy,” Nora Ephron’s last piece of work, is about a journalist who kept striving to do his best work even as he was dying of cancer. He was her inspiration to do the same.”

Read here: http://www.nytimes.com/
2013/03/10/magazine/nora-ephrons-final-act.html

"She told me that….whatever happened, she hoped my brother and I would lead the kind of lives where we did stuff big enough to occasionally say, “Wow, I wish Mom was around for this.”

(Source: vintageanchorbooks, via aaknopf)

February 22, 2013
“I really think I write about everyday life. I don’t think I’m quite as odd as others say I am. Life is intrinsically, well, boring and dangerous at the same time. At any given moment the floor may open up. Of course, it almost never does; that’s what makes it so boring.” 
—Edward Gorey

“I really think I write about everyday life. I don’t think I’m quite as odd as others say I am. Life is intrinsically, well, boring and dangerous at the same time. At any given moment the floor may open up. Of course, it almost never does; that’s what makes it so boring.” 

—Edward Gorey

January 30, 2013
Sorry, fans: “For Sale, Baby Shoes, Never Worn”—Not Hemingway

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Check out Quote Investigator’s fascinating post about unearthing the true origins of the famed flash fiction attributed to Hemingway

Looks like it started with several newspaper ads, starting in 1906:

For sale, baby carriage; never been used. Apply at this office.

Creative minds took it from there.

(And credit to Hari Kunzru for publicizing the post!)

January 16, 2013
"In that spellbound moment when we’re suddenly willing to call this the only home we’ll ever want on earth, New York lets us into a bigger secret yet: that it ‘gets’ us, that we needn’t worry about those dark and twisted, spectral thoughts we are far too reluctant to tell others about—it shares the exact same ones itself, always has."

André Aciman, Alibis: Essays on Elsewhere

Looking forward to seeing him tonight, in conversation with Teju Cole at McNally Jackson

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January 14, 2013
millionsmillions:

Only in Ireland — which, not coincidentally, is home to the subject of this quiz.


Didn’t you know? Editors drink from this bottle regularly.

millionsmillions:

Only in Ireland — which, not coincidentally, is home to the subject of this quiz.


Didn’t you know? Editors drink from this bottle regularly.

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Filed under: lit editing writers 
November 26, 2012
Childhood bookshelf, all-time favorites

Childhood bookshelf, all-time favorites

October 22, 2012

"The world is changing, but I am not changing with it. There is no e-reader or Kindle in my future. My philosophy is simple: Certain things are perfect the way they are. The sky, the Pacific Ocean, procreation and the Goldberg Variations all fit this bill, and so do books. Books are sublimely visceral, emotionally evocative objects that constitute a perfect delivery system."

—Joe Queenan, My 6,128 Favorite Books

Joe Queenan, FTW.

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