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The Elegiac Modernist

" Memories are killing. So you must not think of certain things, or those that are dear to you, or rather you must think of them, for if you don’t there is the danger of finding them, in your mind, little by little. That is to say, you must think of them for a while, a good while, every day several times a day, until they sink for ever in the mud. That’s an order. "

- Samuel Beckett, from The Expelled (via c-ovet)

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Bernard Malamud

Author of novels

Bernard Malamud was an American author of novels and short stories. Along with Saul Bellow and Philip Roth, he was one of the best known American Jewish authors of the 20th century. Wikipedia

Born: April 26, 1914, Brooklyn, NY

Died: March 18, 1986, Manhattan, New York City, NY

Movies: The Natural, The Angel Levine, The Tenants, The Fixer, The Assistant, The Model

Awards: Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, National Book Award for Fiction, More

Education: Columbia University, City College of New York, Erasmus Hall High School


Renata Adler


Joan Didion by Snowdon, 1979


Edna O’Brien


Iggy Pop, David Bowie and friends celebrating Bowie’s birthday in Berlin (1977).

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Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington react to Paul Newman´s trombone playing on the set of Paris Blues

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Literary Birthday - 17 September

Happy Birthday, William Carlos Williams, born 17 September 1883, died 4 March 1963

Nine Quotes

  1. My first poem was a bolt from the blue … it broke a spell of disillusion and suicidal despondence. … it filled me with soul satisfying joy.
  2. In description words adhere to certain objects, and have the effect on the sense of oysters, or barnacles.
  3. If they give you lined paper, write the other way.
  4. One thing I am convinced more and more is true and that is this: the only way to be truly happy is to make others happy. When you realize that and take advantage of the fact, everything is made perfect.
  5. The job of the poet is to use language effectively, his own language, the only language which is to him authentic.
  6. I keep writing largely because I get a satisfaction from it which can’t be duplicated elsewhere. It fills the moments which otherwise are either terrifying or depressed. 
  7. I think all writing is a disease. You can’t stop it.
  8. But all art is sensual and poetry particularly so. It is directly, that is, of the senses, and since the senses do not exist without an object for their employment all art is necessarily objective. It doesn’t declaim or explain, it presents.
  9. Poets are damned but they are not blind, they see with the eyes of angels.

Williams was an American poet closely associated with modernism and imagism. He was also a paediatrician. Williams, ‘worked harder at being a writer than he did at being a physician’, but excelled at both.

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write