Speedy links

  • Writers’ appetites for drama and conflict tend to poison their romantic liaisons.
  • The vast number of mourners at Luther Vandross’ funeral was reminiscent of the crowd at James Baldwin’s — and a testament to the “theme of thwarted love, familial and romantic, [that] forms a strong line in the African-American narrative tradition.”
  • Giles Coren, satisfied that it doesn’t “clash with … any of the opportunities one has in a British summer to take drugs and lie in a field,” attends a literary festival to promote his forthcoming novel.
  • Pascagoula, Mississippi claims a significant influence on William Faulkner.


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