Wednesday morning remainders

  • A stranger’s one-word response — “Distinctly” — to the question “Is it worth finishing?” was all the encouragement Joseph Conrad needed to keep working at his first novel. (Bonus Conrad links: Lennard Davis and Laila Lalami on teaching Heart of Darkness.)
  • Cuba is sending the U.S. Library of Congress copies of more than 20,000 papers relating to Ernest Hemingway. Among them are “letters in which Hemingway outlines his stance on World War Two and the Spanish Civil War.”
  • “Did we learn nothing from James Frey?” asks Jim Hanas. “Or did we learn everything?”

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