"We are very cruelly trapped between what we would like to be and what we actually are. And we cannot possibly become what we would like to be until we are willing to ask ourselves just why the lives we lead on this continent are mainly so empty, so tame, and so ugly."
A little something anyone can do to help folks survive in the winter.
Nov. 26, 1970: Some things never change. The Bullwinkle balloon floated gracefully above Times Square in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as several hundred thousand New Yorkers lined the route below. Photo: Neal Boenzi/The New York Times
"We have the idea in America that a book should have likeable characters and make us feel good by the end. This is a new and idiotic idea and erases 2,500 years of literary culture. Tragedy is about exposing our badness, laying it bare."
"It’s possible, in a poem or short story, to write about commonplace things and objects using commonplace but precise language, and to endow those things—a chair, a window curtain, a fork, a stone, a woman’s earring—with immense, even startling power."
[For Barbara from Italy. Cheers!]