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I felt what we always feel when someone dies—the sad awareness, now futile, of how little it would have cost us to have been more loving. One forgets that one is a dead man conversing with dead men.

— Jorge Luis Borges, “There Are More Things

theparisreview:

“I defy any New Yorker with a beating heart not to cry.”
Sadie Stein remembers the 1986 New York Mets’ video yearbook, A Year to Remember.

This is perhaps an opportune moment to mention that former-children’s book editor and filmmaker extraordinare, Heather Quinlan, is working on a documentary about the ‘86 Mets. It’s the Project of the Day at Kickstarter.
She is a testament to the wonders we can achieve if we just get out of publishing. 
In addition to several of the champion Mets, she has Chuck Schumer, Rudy Giuliani, and Charles Grodin signed up to chat on camera. And for the literarily inclined, she has Paul Auster sharing his memories of the series. It’ll be fun for the whole family.
She’s within striking distance of her $50,000 goal with only 3 days left.
If you can, donate, won’t you? 

theparisreview:

“I defy any New Yorker with a beating heart not to cry.”

Sadie Stein remembers the 1986 New York Mets’ video yearbook, A Year to Remember.

This is perhaps an opportune moment to mention that former-children’s book editor and filmmaker extraordinare, Heather Quinlan, is working on a documentary about the ‘86 Mets. It’s the Project of the Day at Kickstarter.

She is a testament to the wonders we can achieve if we just get out of publishing. 

In addition to several of the champion Mets, she has Chuck Schumer, Rudy Giuliani, and Charles Grodin signed up to chat on camera. And for the literarily inclined, she has Paul Auster sharing his memories of the series. It’ll be fun for the whole family.

She’s within striking distance of her $50,000 goal with only 3 days left.

If you can, donate, won’t you

Happy birthday 55th birthday, Jonathan Franzen!

Happy birthday 55th birthday, Jonathan Franzen!

(Source: thechagallposition.blogspot.com, via lenorebeadsman)

Who wore it better: Peter Mendelsund or Spoon?

Who wore it better: Peter Mendelsund or Spoon?

People silently struggle from all kinds of terrible things. They suffer from depression, ambition, substance abuse, and pretension. They suffer from family tragedy, Ivy-League educations, and self-loathing. They suffer from failing marriages, physical pain, and publishing.

— A great part of a great article by Paul Ford, “How to Be Polite

slaughterhouse90210:

"Understanding is but the sum of misunderstandings." — Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart

slaughterhouse90210:

"Understanding is but the sum of misunderstandings."
— Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart

(via jamiatt)

nevver:

Liana Finck
Not really the brand of luggage to inspire travel confidence.

Not really the brand of luggage to inspire travel confidence.

Sounds right to me.

Sounds right to me.

Keats was unimpressed by the food on their trip. He wrote in a letter: “We dined yesterday on dirty bacon dirtier eggs and dirtiest Potatoes with a slice of Salmon.” In Scotland they subsisted almost entirely on oatcakes and whiskey — Keats hated the oatcakes but enjoyed the whiskey.

— A delightful report on the walking tours of John Keats, in today’s Writer’s Alamanac.

Something else to do with your English major.

Something else to do with your English major.

Consider the Dinner

Consider the Dinner

West Sussex recognizes resident David Sedaris for tireless road-side litter removal, names garbage truck after him, publishes "local man" story about him, doesn't realize he is also a best-selling author in his spare time. →

Choice quote:

This is simultaneously the most David Sedaris and most small English town thing to happen ever.

The picture is pretty great as well:

The history of authors and dump trucks is a long and illustrious one. When I worked at Sterling Publishing, I briefly worked on a campaign that included a rented and wrapped garbage truck. Here’s what it looked like:

Unfortunately, I do not believe that Little Brown UK was involved in the maiden voyage of the Pig Pen Sedaris. 

In Memoriam

In the early afternoon my mother
was doing the dishes. I climbed
onto the kitchen table, I suppose
to play, and fell asleep there.
I was drowsy and awake, though,
as she lifted me up, carried me
on her arms into the living room,
and placed me on the davenport,
but I pretended to be asleep
the whole time, enjoying the luxury—
was too big for such a privilege
and just old enough to form
my only memory of her carrying me.
She’s still moving me to a softer place.

Leo Dangel, in today’s Writer’s Almanac

He was too drunk to be interviewed," police told the local Sydsvenskan newspaper . "When he was arrested, he not only had comments about the author’s qualities, but also about the establishment in general, to say the very least.

— Serious literary criticism alive and well, “Man Seized For Setting Fire to Knausgård Book