Says Marion Meade (The Last Days of Dorothy Parker): “Normally, newspaper columnist Franklin Pierce Adams was no slouch when it came to reporting what’s what and why. But even he seemed at a loss to analyze the special appeal of [Dorothy] Parker, with whom he had a long history. (He’d published her verse before World War I.) F.P.A. could only call her an original, a ‘limited edition.’ ‘More lasting than brass is the monument she has built,’ he wrote almost seventy-five years ago. Nothing has changed since then.”
“I might have shied away from the phrase ‘Joseph Smith made it up as he went along’ but that is certainly my sense. And I have used that phrase in discussions with Mormons. And the ones that really know his life well don’t disagree at all.” Here‘s Alex Beam (American Crucifixion The Murder of Joseph Smith and the Fate of the Mormon Church).
“The kids are all wrong—especially the superachievers at the nation’s top universities—according to this stinging indictment of American higher education.” Here‘s a review of William Deresiewicz ‘s Excellent Sheep.
Here‘s Charles Bukowski: “You can do without a woman but not a typewriter.”
“An astonishing story, one that journalist Hampton Sides tells comprehensively and skillfully in his wrenching new work, In The Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeanette.” Here.
Says Steve Almond (Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto): “On any given Sunday, football functions more like a national religion than a sport. Millions of fans gather every weekend in autumn to take in the grace, drama, and pageantry of the game. In fact, we love football so much we’ve become blind to its dangers. . .Simply put: the game isn’t good for us.” Here.
Says Yelena Akhtiorskaya (Panic in a Suitcase): “There are a lot of characters that need to be institutionalized. We don’t have a doorman, but we have a Georgian man who smokes nonstop and mutters to himself, sometimes screams obscenities at the top of his lungs, and stands outside of the building at all hours of the day and night and lets you in if he likes you, which is good for our family because he likes us and we always forget our keys.” Here.
“Dystopian fiction is passé now,” says Lois Lowry (The Giver). Here.
“Who knew, for example, that between 80,000 and 200,000 Franco-German babies were born in France during the Occupation, or that 80 percent of the resistance in France was the work of men under age 30?” Here‘s a review of Ronald C. Rosbottom’s When Paris Went Dark: The City of Light Under German Occupation 1940-1944.