Friday, September 25, 2020

‘The most fantastic thing you could film is people reading. I don't see why no one's done it... The movie you'd make would be a lot more interesting than most of them.’
                     ― Jean-Luc Godard

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

This volume just came out this week from The Library of America. I got one. 

Here is what Norman Mailer once said about Hemingway:

He’s a trap. If you’re not careful you end up writing like him. It’s very dangerous to write like Hemingway, but on the other hand it’s almost like a rite of passage. I almost wouldn’t trust a young novelist—I won’t speak for the women here, but for a male novelist—who doesn’t imitate Hemingway in his youth.’

Monday, September 21, 2020

said that today in 1964 ‘Herzog’ a novel by Saul Bellow was published. I’ve often said it’s best book I ever read. It’s certainly one of them. First line: ‘If I am out of my mind, it’s all right with me, thought Moses Herzog.’ I’m not the only one who thinks so highly of it. It’s a great American novel on most lists. You’d like it. It’s got everything. Told with an unusually smart voice.