One of literature’s most striking descriptions of the creative process can be found in Vladimir Nabokov’s novel “Pale Fire.” An academic, Professor Kinbote, recalls standing on a terrace with the poet John Shade. Shade, he says, is soaking in the view: “perceiving and transforming the world, taking it in and taking it apart, re-combining its elements in the very process of storing them up so as to produce at some unspecified date an organic miracle, a fusion of image and music, a line of verse.” The moment reminds Kinbote of one from his childhood, when he watched “a conjurer . . . quietly consuming a vanilla ice.” Nabokov disliked the idea that others would search his writing for glimpses of his personal life. In a 1944 biography of Nikolai Gogol, he stated his disdain for “the morbid inclination we have to derive satisfaction from the fact (generally false and always irrelevant) that a work of art is … [Read more...] about Who Owns a Story?
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“Picture,” by Lillian Ross Lillian Ross’s “Picture,” originally published in 1952 and now happily reissued by the New York Review Books Classics imprint, is an immensely enjoyable work about the immensely unenjoyable process of making a Hollywood movie. In the book’s five chapters—first published, in this magazine, as a series of long-form articles—Ross writes, with great subtlety and humor, about the production of John Huston’s “The Red Badge of Courage,” based on Stephen Crane’s Civil War novel. Ross reported the story for a year and a half, largely from Los Angeles and its environs, and was given envy-inducing access, the kind a writer would rarely get today, to its central players. The narrative arc she draws is satisfyingly comprehensive. It proceeds from Huston’s efforts to convince M-G-M’s shrewd leader, Louis B. Mayer—described, deliciously, as one whose “large head seems set upon … [Read more...] about What We’re Reading This Summer
I first read “Slaughterhouse-Five” in 1972, three years after it was published and three years before I published my own first novel. I was twenty-five years old. 1972 was the year of inching slowly toward the Paris Peace Accords, which were supposed to end the war in Vietnam, though the final, ignominious American withdrawal—the helicopters airlifting people from the roof of the American Embassy in Saigon—would not take place until three years later, at which point, by way of a small footnote to history, I had become a published writer. I mention Vietnam because, although “Slaughterhouse-Five” is a book about the Second World War, Vietnam is also a presence in its pages, and people’s feelings about Vietnam have a good deal to do with the novel’s huge success. Eight years earlier, in 1961, Joseph Heller had published “Catch-22” and President John F. Kennedy began the escalation of the United States’ involvement in the … [Read more...] about What Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse-Five” Tells Us Now
Harris Teeter, MillerCoors Donate Thanksgiving Meals to 400 Military Families MATTHEWS, N.C. (PRWEB) November 21, 2019 WHAT: This donation at the Washington D.C. National Guard Armory is just one of the ways both Harris Teeter and MillerCoors show their commitment to the military. MillerCoors began its partnership with Operation Homefront in 2009 through its Miller Lite brand. The Operation Homefront Holiday Meals for Military® distribution is just part of the beer company’s overall efforts to help service members throughout the year. Harris Teeter also maintains a strong relationship with service members and their families through its support of USO as well as Believe in Heroes, a Wounded Warrior Project® initiative. WHEN: WHERE: More Information: "Many military families struggle to put food on the table, and the holidays can be extremely stressful,” said Vivian Dietrich, Senior … [Read more...] about Harris Teeter, MillerCoors Support Operation Homefront this Holiday Season
close Video Fox News Flash top headlines for Nov. 22 Fox News Flash top headlines for Nov. 22 are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com A two-day human trafficking and prostitution sting operation in the Kansas City, Mo., area last week led to 21 arrests-- including a suspect police say held a woman and her child hostage in their home for months, according to federal immigration authorities and a local report. Jeffrey Higgins, 48, had allegedly refused to leave the victim's Kansas home since June and forced her into prostitution, Fox 4 in Kansas City reported. Jeffrey Higgins The victim told police Higgins injected her with meth and heroin against her will when she refused. "Many times we hear our clients say, 'I don't do drugs. They drugged me,'" human trafficking advocate Denise Lester told Fox 4. "They obviously have to go through the whole withdrawal and recovery process because it's still in their system. But that's an … [Read more...] about Kansas City-area ICE operation results in 21 arrests