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Thomas Wolfe - neglected author.

Here’s a piece on Thomas Wolfe I wrote a little while ago.

Shine a little light on me:

the forgotten life and legacy of Thomas Wolfe… 3,183 more words


They do that to confuse people

“—Look! said the Town Carpenter, waving a book from the floor. —Balloons! … Then he added, —Damn them, the French. Someone’s written it in the French language. 18 more words


People believe that

“—Money gives significance to anything.
—Yes. People believe that, don’t they. People believe that.”

— William Gaddis, The Recognitions


you have to know

“In the middle of all this how can I feel that … damn it, when you paint you don’t just paint, you don’t just put lines down where you want to, you have to know, you have to know that every line you put down couldn’t go any other place, couldn’t be any different … But in the midst of all this … rootlessness, how can you … damn it, do you talk to people? 9 more words


A Smuggler's Bible - Joseph McElroy


I came to McElroy’s first novel having read most of his oeuvre, only Plus and The Letter Left to Me remain. I can’t help but compare, and I approached this début apprehensively, maybe expecting a lesser work, something more restrained, nervous even. 1,311 more words

Are literary writers given enough time?

Hoffman’s point about literary writers not being given enough time to develop themselves and find an audience feels about right, it seems like if you haven’t “made it” and conjured a decent audience within 1 or 2 books you quickly fall down the ranks so to speak – there are examples of literary writers whose first books were on big name publishers, who for whatever reason didn’t develop a audience, and who are now publishing with smaller presses, (obviously there could be a number of reasons why their apparent “failure” occurred it might not simply be that they weren’t “given enough time” but it’s an interesting aspect to consider in a culture increasingly obsessed with instantaneous “results”). 304 more words

the perfect Odette

“I’ll do it just like Proust did, write it about simply everyone I know and then just go through and change boys’ names to girls, I know the perfect Odette …”

— William Gaddis, The Recognitions