“You read something which you thought only happened to you, and you discover that it happened 100 years ago to Dostoyevsky. This is a very great liberation for the suffering, struggling person, who always thinks that he is alone. This is why art is important. Art would not be important if life were not important, and life is important.”
James Baldwin, Conversations with James Baldwin (via bookshavepores)

(via bookporn)

bobbyfinger:

I was just thinking about how I’d like to reread The Border Trilogy and, through some related Googling, found this! Aren’t they lovely? They’re lovely. Which reminds me - wouldn’t it be great to see Billy Bob’s original ~4-hour cut of All the Pretty Horses complete with its original score?
bobbyfinger:

I was just thinking about how I’d like to reread The Border Trilogy and, through some related Googling, found this! Aren’t they lovely? They’re lovely. Which reminds me - wouldn’t it be great to see Billy Bob’s original ~4-hour cut of All the Pretty Horses complete with its original score?
bobbyfinger:

I was just thinking about how I’d like to reread The Border Trilogy and, through some related Googling, found this! Aren’t they lovely? They’re lovely. Which reminds me - wouldn’t it be great to see Billy Bob’s original ~4-hour cut of All the Pretty Horses complete with its original score?
bobbyfinger:

I was just thinking about how I’d like to reread The Border Trilogy and, through some related Googling, found this! Aren’t they lovely? They’re lovely. Which reminds me - wouldn’t it be great to see Billy Bob’s original ~4-hour cut of All the Pretty Horses complete with its original score?

bobbyfinger:

I was just thinking about how I’d like to reread The Border Trilogy and, through some related Googling, found this! Aren’t they lovely? They’re lovely. Which reminds me - wouldn’t it be great to see Billy Bob’s original ~4-hour cut of All the Pretty Horses complete with its original score?

(via vintageanchorbooks)

laineydiamond:

notxam:

someone played an lcd soundsystem song over a miles davis trumpet solo and i think i feel alive for the first time in my life

*mouth hangs open for eternity*

(via lectitties)

sociablesociopath:

i don’t even need context thank you weather channel

(via dutchster)

“Writing is a lonely [task]. Having someone who believes in you makes a lot of difference. They don’t have to make speeches. Just believing is usually enough.”
Stephen King  (via unrestrained-inkslinger)

(via unrestrained-inkslinger)

“I am an American fad — of a slightly higher order than the hula hoop.”
— Kurt Vonnegut, Letters (1970)
theparisreview:

“If you say that there are elephants flying in the sky, people are not going to believe you. But if you say that there are four hundred and twenty-five elephants flying in the sky, people will probably believe you.”
Happy birthday, Gabriel García Márquez, who is eighty-six today.

theparisreview:

“If you say that there are elephants flying in the sky, people are not going to believe you. But if you say that there are four hundred and twenty-five elephants flying in the sky, people will probably believe you.”

Happy birthday, Gabriel García Márquez, who is eighty-six today.

theparisreview:

“Surely the fact that writers really don’t mean a goddamn thing to nine-tenths of the population doesn’t hurt. It’s inebriating.” An expansive new interview with Philip Roth.

For more of this morning’s roundup, click here.

(via whorevidal)

Here, in its gorgeous entirety, a thoughtful and comprehensive biographical documentary on Philip Roth, complete with tons of interviews with Roth himself, as well as Jonathan Franzen and Mia Farrow and others. Well worth your while.

paradoxicalsentiments:

a friend of mine, alex, has started a blog where he writes about his observations and experiences and conversations at the bar. he’s a hugely talented writer and supportive critic (who has generously helped me edit and revise my own work) and this blog is really the first time he is putting his writing out there for the public to read

if you have a moment and are so inclined to spend your free time perusing some quality writing, I recommend checking out alex’s work. you’ll be lending some attention to a truly talented guy who deserves it and getting in on some interactions with interesting folks — all of which I wholeheartedly support :)

So this is the kindest thing ever writ about yours truly, and by a most worldly, precocious, ambitious, compassionate, artful and kindhearted person at that. I’m warmed to the gills and glassy-eyed. Thank you, Jesse, for the emotional support as well as the steroidal injection of traffic you just shot into my humble little blog project.

I’m really immeasurably grateful. Thank you so much :)