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“If I knew that today would be the last time I’d see you, I would hug you tight and pray the Lord be the keeper of your soul. If I knew that this would be the last time you pass through this door, I’d embrace you, kiss you, and call you back for one more. If I knew that this would be the last time I would hear your voice, I’d take hold of each word to be able to hear it over and over again. If I knew this is the last time I see you, I’d tell you I love you, and would not just assume foolishly you know it already.”—Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
Rest In Peace (March 6, 1927—April 17, 2014)

“If I knew that today would be the last time I’d see you, I would hug you tight and pray the Lord be the keeper of your soul. If I knew that this would be the last time you pass through this door, I’d embrace you, kiss you, and call you back for one more. If I knew that this would be the last time I would hear your voice, I’d take hold of each word to be able to hear it over and over again. If I knew this is the last time I see you, I’d tell you I love you, and would not just assume foolishly you know it already.”—Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

Rest In Peace (March 6, 1927—April 17, 2014)

I’m so odd, and I’m so limited, and I’m so different from the ordinary human being—so you say. I have a strong suspicion that I’m the simplest of you all, and that its my extreme transparency that baffles you. I don’t think I ever feel anything but the most ordinary emotions.
Virginia Woolf, from a letter to Ethel Smyth (via violentwavesofemotion)
“Life is serious but art is fun!”—John Irving

“Life is serious but art is fun!”—John Irving

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Zadie Smith, British author of White Teeth and On Beauty

I was expected to be some expert on multicultural affairs, as if multiculturalism is a genre of fiction or something, whereas it’s just a fact of life…A white male writer is never asked to be a spokesman for anything; he has complete artistic freedom.” (More here)

millionsmillions:

Does a writer need a devoted spouse to be prolific? At The Atlantic, Koa Beck examines the concept of having a do-it-all partner like Vera Nabokov and if this traditional gender role only harms female writers. Koa interviews various writers, from Emma Straub to Ayelet Waldman, on how their literary partnerships work. “I’d fantasized that being his Vera was a way for me to deal with being stuck as a stay-at-home mom—I’d subsume my own ambitions into something ‘greater!’ But that lasted about 48 hours,” Waldman said.

millionsmillions:

Does a writer need a devoted spouse to be prolific? At The Atlantic, Koa Beck examines the concept of having a do-it-all partner like Vera Nabokov and if this traditional gender role only harms female writers. Koa interviews various writers, from Emma Straub to Ayelet Waldman, on how their literary partnerships work. “I’d fantasized that being his Vera was a way for me to deal with being stuck as a stay-at-home mom—I’d subsume my own ambitions into something ‘greater!’ But that lasted about 48 hours,” Waldman said.


Gabriel García Márquez by Atoniatiuh Bracho.
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Gabriel García Márquez by Atoniatiuh Bracho.

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”The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.”

— J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

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amandaonwriting:

Happy Birthday, Samuel R. Delany, born 1 April 1942
Seven Quotes On Writing
It’s frightening for one artist to see another one, any other one, turn away from art.
The pulp hero, though he may be a renegade, is a guy who doesn’t feel. Anything. Ever. And for the adolescent male — pummeled by emotions left and right, whether arising from sexuality or resulting from his necessary encounters with authority — this hero is a blessing, a relief and a release. The world he lives in, where feelings are totally under control, looks to the adolescent boy like heaven! 
The story process is like taking up such a piece of gossip, hunting down the people actually involved, questioning them, finding out what really occurred, and visiting pertinent locations. As with gossip, you can’t be too surprised if important things turn up that were left out of the first-heard version entirely; or if points initially made much of turn out to have been distorted, or simply not to have happened at all.
The factors controlling a writer’s popularity are as mysterious and ultimately as unknowable as the number of stars in the sky
Words mean things. When you put them together they speak. Yes, sometimes they flatten out and nothing they say is real, and that is one kind of magic. But sometimes a vision will rip up from them and shriek and clank wings clear as the sweat smudge on the paper under your thumb. And that is another kind.
Good writing is clear. Talented writing is energetic. Good writing avoids errors. Talented writing makes things happen in the reader’s mind—-vividly, forcefully.
As a prose writer, I work with language; and those who work with language turn to poetry for renewal.
Delany is an American author, professor and literary critic. His latest novel, Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders was published in 2012.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

His greatest novel IOHO is Dhalgren.

Perhaps one of the greatest science fiction writers of the 20th century. Here is a list of his more popular works in case you are interested in reading him but have not:1. Babel-17
2. The Einstein Intersection
3. Nova
4. Dhalgren
5. Triton
6. Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand
7. About Writing: 7 Essays, 4 Letters & 5 Interviews

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amandaonwriting:

Happy Birthday, Samuel R. Delany, born 1 April 1942

Seven Quotes On Writing

  1. It’s frightening for one artist to see another one, any other one, turn away from art.
  2. The pulp hero, though he may be a renegade, is a guy who doesn’t feel. Anything. Ever. And for the adolescent male — pummeled by emotions left and right, whether arising from sexuality or resulting from his necessary encounters with authority — this hero is a blessing, a relief and a release. The world he lives in, where feelings are totally under control, looks to the adolescent boy like heaven! 
  3. The story process is like taking up such a piece of gossip, hunting down the people actually involved, questioning them, finding out what really occurred, and visiting pertinent locations. As with gossip, you can’t be too surprised if important things turn up that were left out of the first-heard version entirely; or if points initially made much of turn out to have been distorted, or simply not to have happened at all.
  4. The factors controlling a writer’s popularity are as mysterious and ultimately as unknowable as the number of stars in the sky
  5. Words mean things. When you put them together they speak. Yes, sometimes they flatten out and nothing they say is real, and that is one kind of magic. But sometimes a vision will rip up from them and shriek and clank wings clear as the sweat smudge on the paper under your thumb. And that is another kind.
  6. Good writing is clear. Talented writing is energetic. Good writing avoids errors. Talented writing makes things happen in the reader’s mind—-vividly, forcefully.
  7. As a prose writer, I work with language; and those who work with language turn to poetry for renewal.

Delany is an American author, professor and literary critic. His latest novel, Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders was published in 2012.

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

His greatest novel IOHO is Dhalgren.

Perhaps one of the greatest science fiction writers of the 20th century. Here is a list of his more popular works in case you are interested in reading him but have not:

1. Babel-17

2. The Einstein Intersection

3. Nova

4. Dhalgren

5. Triton

6. Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand

7. About Writing: 7 Essays, 4 Letters & 5 Interviews

theparisreview:

“Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the universities stifle writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them.” —Flannery O’Connor, as quoted by Reynolds Price

theparisreview:

“Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the universities stifle writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them.” —Flannery O’Connor, as quoted by Reynolds Price

I have never listened to anyone who criticized my taste in space travel, sideshows or gorillas. When this occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs and leave the room.
Ray Bradbury; Zen in the Art of Writing
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writer’s brainstorm

booklikes:

writer’s brainstorm

Brief thought on Authorial Intent and Criticism

danwilbur:

When the dust settles, and we realize that books survived and people still read them, someone (maybe even a “scholarly type”) will try to tell you that authorial intent doesn’t matter. This someone will tell you that literature is whatever you make of it and whatever your interpretation is in…

Literary Birthday - 19 March - Philip Roth

amandaonwriting:

Happy Birthday, Philip Roth, born 19 March 1933

Philip Roth: 10 Quotes

  1. Sheer Playfulness and Deadly Seriousness are my closest friends.
  2. Literature isn’t a moral beauty contest. Its power arises from the authority and audacity with which the impersonation is pulled off; the belief it inspires is what counts.
  3.  A writer has to be driven crazy to help him to see. A writer needs his poisons.
  4. I cannot and do not live in the world of discretion, not as a writer, anyway. I would prefer to, I assure you - it would make life easier. But discretion is, unfortunately, not for novelists.
  5. Life is just a short period of time in which you are alive.
  6. When you publish a book, it’s the world’s book. The world edits it.
  7. Everybody else is working to change, persuade, tempt and control them. The best readers come to fiction to be free of all that noise.
  8. Stop worrying about growing old. And think about growing up.
  9. Literature takes a habit of mind that has disappeared. It requires silence, some form of isolation, and sustained concentration in the presence of an enigmatic thing.
  10. I turn sentences around. That’s my life. I write a sentence and then I turn it around. Then I look at it and turn it around again…

Roth is one of the most awarded U.S. writers of his generation: his books have twice received the National Book Award, twice the National Book Critics Circle award, and three times the PEN/Faulkner Award. He received a Pulitzer Prize for his 1997 novel, American Pastoral.

by Amanda Patterson

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