Please enjoy these selections

If you haven’t caught up with Dana and the Old Hag lately, peruse their recent archives. Dana’s posts on Bennington, the L train fire, and the precautions taken at the NYU library to prevent more students from leaping to their death, have precipitated an increase in adult diaper purchases, and have been Gawker-approved. At the Old Hag, see especially yesterday’s Publishers Lunch roundup.

TMFTML continues to outdo himself:

In his review of Robert Hughes’ Goya, John Updike quotes the author to the effect that “It was through the accident that I came to know extreme pain, fear, and despair; and it may be that the writer who does not know fear, despair, and pain cannot fully know Goya.” It’s an interesting assertion for a biographer to make, but we look forward to similar tomes written by authors whose experiences better help them to comprehend their subjects:

“It was through the kiddie-fiddling that I came to know the extreme joy of cavorting with underripe pudenda; and it may be that the writer who does not know the extreme joy of cavorting with underripe pudenda cannot fully know Allen.”
Roman Polanski, Woody Allen….


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