Frustrated with his teacher’s insistence to seek out symbolism in literature, 16-year-old Bruce McAllister mailed 150 surveys in 1963 to find out what the authors themselves thought about this critical approach.
Ray Bradbury’s response (above) and many others (Isaac Asimov, Joseph Heller, and John Updike to name a few) via Mental Floss.
Naturally, McAllister went on to become an English professor.
Underlined passage, Mad Love by André Breton, page 41.
This and other readings and discussions (including James Earl Jones reading Walt Whitman) via 92Y. The audience laughter in the recording is fantastic.
Listen to Kurt Vonnegut’s first public reading of Breakfast of Champions, three years before it was published, here.
Note found in a book.
Underlined passage, The Sufferings of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, page 71.
P.S. The spot-gloss tears on this edition’s cover are a fantastic touch.
The Strand is closed today, but don’t worry! We’ll re-open at 9:30 tomorrow morning.
I hope you all have a lovely Thanksgiving.
Too much together time? Once the tryptophan (or wine) kicks in, curl up with a good book and stream the Chances with Wolves marathon.
What book are you most thankful for?
“ Making a list of the city’s bookstores without naming the Strand would be sacrilege. ”
Gothamist article on the ten best independent bookstores of New York. We’re in good company here.