For The Millions, Daniel O’Malley examines the appearance of monkeys in literature, dividing them into two categories: “the first involves stories that feature monkeys as prominent characters or focal points”; and the second, the one he is “most interested in,” concern “stories that don’t ask so much of their monkeys, stories that could arguably exist without these animals and suffer no serious loss of esteem.”...more
Posts Tagged: Richard Ford
For the Guardian, Robert McCrum visits acclaimed novelist Richard Ford on the Irish coast, where the author travels every year to hunt woodcock. The two discuss the trajectory of Ford’s career and his intimate relationship with the late Raymond Carver.
I loved him (Carver) and still miss him every day.
Blue Collar, White Collar, No Collar: Stories of Work is an anthology of short stories edited by Richard Ford that chronicle the ways in which our jobs–what we “do”–is inextricably intertwined with how we define ourselves–who we “are”.
This collection of stories leads us through a literary realm in which we can consider the “hazy space between what we do and what we think we can do.” How do you reconcile your job with other facets of your life?...more
This week in New York the sixth annual PEN World Voices Festival (PWVF) opens its week-long celebration of international writing with such notable literary figures as Sherman Alexie, Claire Messud, Yiyun Li, Salman Rushdie and Lewis Lapham among others (Full Schedule Here), Agriculture Reader holds a launch party, the Dead or Alive exhibition opens at the Museum of Arts and Design, Gossip perform, Stephen Colbert helps celebrate the 50th anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird and the Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) continues....more
“One time I was reading Haruki Murakami and I thought: if I had the chance, would I ever ask him why his characters always vanish? I’m not sure I’d want to. Maybe he doesn’t know either.”...more