Ernest Hemingway wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald “a cutting letter about [Tender is the Night], accusing him of cheating” by fictionalizing Gerald and Sara Murphy. I’m rereading the fascinating 1962 profile of the couple who inspired Fitzgerald’s flawed masterpiece. (Via.)
“Alfred Kazin was eaten alive by his own demons. Some who are being eaten alive withdraw into brooding silence; some cry aloud to the heavens. Kazin was distinctly of the second type.” — Vivian Gornick on Alfred Kazin’s journals and his hungry soul
Sven Birkerts and I don’t agree on much, if anything, about ebooks or the Internet (or cats), but hearing him read his wonderful personal essays — out now from Graywolf — was a highlight of my Pitt trip. See him at McNally Jackson 11/21.
“What kind of a man wants to put the 10,000 most important books online by 2002 and make them available for free?” Late ’90s Wired article on Project Gutenberg founder Michael S. Hart, who died this week at 64.