Peace In Room Nineteen

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Sep 12

nprfreshair:

Author Jonathan Lethem explains to Terry Gross what drew him to the story he tells in Dissident Gardens, a novel inspired by 3 generations of his radical leftist family and the legacies they left behind:

You don’t end up where you began with a giant book, especially one that’s just so loaded up with so many different things that interest and perplex me. I knew that I had a kind of legacy. I grew up in a family of protestors. I never really had gone there. I wanted to touch it, I wanted to think about it … I was ready to think about my grandmother’s weird lonely imperial existence in Sunnyside Queens, and so those urges and those interests led me into the thicket…

photo of Sunnyside Queens via New York City Hum

nprfreshair:

Author Jonathan Lethem explains to Terry Gross what drew him to the story he tells in Dissident Gardens, a novel inspired by 3 generations of his radical leftist family and the legacies they left behind:

You don’t end up where you began with a giant book, especially one that’s just so loaded up with so many different things that interest and perplex me. I knew that I had a kind of legacy. I grew up in a family of protestors. I never really had gone there. I wanted to touch it, I wanted to think about it … I was ready to think about my grandmother’s weird lonely imperial existence in Sunnyside Queens, and so those urges and those interests led me into the thicket

photo of Sunnyside Queens via New York City Hum

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“This is where – if you are the kind of person that thinks that books should be read with their authors in mind – it becomes relevant that JD Salinger saw more combat during World War II than almost any other American. The ‘Great American War Novels’ of that generation (Catch 22, Slaughterhouse-Five, The Naked and The Dead) were all written by men who saw far less of war’s horror than JD Salinger did. He was on Utah Beach on D-Day, at the Battle of the Bulge and he was one of the first Americans to enter a liberated concentration camp. And yet, Salinger returned home and wrote, not about war but, about Holden Caulfield bumming around New York City. So, you can say that the stakes aren’t high in this novel, but as Salinger well knew, the cruel and phony world of adults doesn’t just treat people like Holden Caulfield poorly, it kills them.” —

John Green, Crash Course (Literature)

(Relevant given the widening release of the documentary SALINGER)

(Source: timestreaming, via fishingboatproceeds)

teamcoco:

#SimonPegg on last night’s episode of #CONAN. (at Warner Bros Stage 15)

teamcoco:

#SimonPegg on last night’s episode of #CONAN. (at Warner Bros Stage 15)

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shitroughdrafts:

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J.K. Rowling. 2005.

shitroughdrafts:

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J.K. Rowling. 2005.