— Ernest Hemingway, from A Farewell to Arms (Arrow Books, 2004, first published 1929)
Painting: James Abbot McNeill Whistler, Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket,
Oil on canvas,
Phillips Collection, Washington
Picture: Sprawling aerial view of Mexico City, one of the most densely populated places in the world.
Photograph: Pablo Lopez Luz/Barcroft Media
"There are precious few opportunities in life to read and be read to, and there is something utopian to me about the creation of a site like Librivox, which operates solely on people’s inexhaustible appetite for reading and listening." On books on tape.
Elbow - Fly Boy Blue/Lunette
Silence, as all writers know, allows the word to be heard. At a given moment, the silence is so strong that the words express nothing but it alone.
Does this silence, capable of making language tilt over, possess its own language to which one can attribute neither origin nor…
This weekend, take a look at A. J. Liebling’s stories on boxing, available in our archive: http://nyr.kr/1lpEyAT
Photograph by Yale Joel/Time & Life Pictures/Getty.