Posts Tagged: NYRB
Poet Charles Simic, in a piece on the NYRB blog, shares his quest for the perfect bedtime reading strategy. Simic turns to books to settle his mind for the night, but must be careful with his choices:
I read only a passage or two, and at the most a page, because if I read more than that, I’m in danger of staying up half a night.
The prospect of publication, the urgent need, as they see it, to publish as soon as possible, colors everything [my students] do….It will be hard for those who have never suffered this obsession to appreciate how all-conditioning and all-consuming it can be.
At the New York Review of Books‘s blog, Tim Parks explores how authors might subconsciously get inspiration for their novels from unresolved personal conflicts.
Specifically, he reflects on the lives of Chekhov and Faulkner, making connections between their real-life hardships and the perils confronted by the protagonists in their work....more
However crude, social media today allows us to cut and paste our world into a space (mostly) under our control.
Whether we’re posting on Pinterest (an action likened to tearing pages out of a magazine to share with friends), retweeting news updates, or liking songs on Facebook, the internet serves as a new scrapbook of sorts....more
Big Picture has some great pictures of the Berlin Reunion, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Not to glamorize crime or anything, but this plane stealing kid is pretty awesome.
on China’s Hakka “apartments.”
Austrian Stelarc is the most terrifying conceptual artist I’ve ever come across....more
“[The] image of the Internet as parasite has some foundation. Without the vital news-gathering performed by established institutions, many Web sites would sputter and die.
“In their sweep and scorn, however, [statements like ‘the parasite is killing the host’] seem as outdated as they are defensive....more