The center of the self is this secret, obsessive, often silly, nearly continuous voice (William H. Gass)

The center of the self is this secret, obsessive, often silly, nearly continuous voice (William H. Gass)

Yet I should like to suggest (despite the undeniable sappiness of it) that the center of the self is this secret, obsessive, often silly, nearly continuous voice– the voice that is the surest sign that we are alive; and that one fundamental function of language is the communication with this self which makes it feasible; that, in fact, without someone speaking, someone hearing, someone…

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"The Gambler, the Nun, and the Radio" — Ernest Hemingway

“The Gambler, the Nun, and the Radio” — Ernest Hemingway

“The Gambler, the Nun, and the Radio”

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Ernest Hemingway

THEY brought them in around midnight and then, all night long, everyone along the corridor heard the Russian.
‘Where is he shot?’ Mr. Frazer asked the night nurse.

‘In the thigh, I think.’
‘What about the other one?’
‘Oh, he’s going to die, I’m afraid.’
‘Where is he shot?’
‘Twice in the abdomen. They only found one of the bullets.’

They…

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Jorge Figueroa Acosta (Mexico, 1942)

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A Conversation about Ben Lerner’s Novel 10:04 (Part 1)

A Conversation about Ben Lerner’s Novel 10:04 (Part 1)

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[Context/editorial note: Ben Lerner’s new novel 10:04 wasn’t on my radar until Ryan Chang, who has been contributingreviews, riffs, citations, and other good stuff to this blog for the some time now, brought it up. He digs it, I don’t—-but in fairness, I haven’t finished it yet. I was determined to abandon it, but Ryan’s emails kept me interested enough to continue; our conversation is…

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