Thursday, November 18, 2004

The (Good) News from Paraguay

Congratulations to Lily Tuck, WINNER of the NATIONAL BOOK AWARD for fiction
  • Read the 11/18/04 New York Times report on the Awards
  • Review the spirited debate enjoyed on this site on the "controversy" surrounding this year's Fiction finalists.
  • Revisit Laura Miller's thoughts in the NYTBR, who said that THE NEWS FROM PARAGUAY seemed to be the only nominee that "could be reasonably expected to please more than a small audience"
  • Relive Caryn James's memorable rant on the "tyranny of white space", where she said "the Tuck may be the most accomplished" of the nominees
  • Enjoy's interview with Lily Tuck and Joan Silber. I especially like Jimmy Beck's after-post commentary, calling this "the hottest-looking crop of NBA nominees [ever], and by a wide margin"


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A VOCATION OF UNHAPPINESS [Courtesy Georges Simenon (1903-1985)]

"Writing is considered a profession, and I don't think it is a profession. I think that everyone who does not need to be a writer, who thinks he can do something else, ought to do something else. Writing is not a profession but a vocation of unhappiness. I don't think an artist can ever be happy."

PRACTICAL MARKETING [Courtesy Zornhau, 2005]

"They should put the 1st couple of pages up in subway adverts. Having read them several times, you'd feel compelled to try the book - if it was any good."

PLATE OF SHRIMP [Courtesy Alex Cox’s REPO MAN, circa 1984]

"A lot of people don't realize what's really going on. They view life as a bunch of unconnected incidences and things. They don't realize that there's this like lattice of coincidence that lays on top of everything. I'll give you an example, show you what I mean. Suppose you're thinking about a plate of shrimp. Suddenly somebody will say like "plate" or "shrimp" or "plate of shrimp" out of the blue, no explanation. No point in looking for one either. It's all part of a cosmic unconsciousness."