August 17, 2013 |
I was talking with one of my old correspondents the other day about a writer's “voice.” Daily journalism may subdue that voice a bit, but in the Great Reads, I feel very Auntie Mame exclamation-pointish on the matter: Give me more! He sent me Saul Bellow's thoughts on the subject: “It seems to issue from the bosom, from a place beneath the breastbone. It is more musical than verbal, and it is the characteristic signature of a person, of a soul.” Beyond being beautiful, the quote moved me because it echoed a (slightly loopy)
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December 15, 2011 |
Christopher Hitchens, the engaging and enraging British-American author and essayist whose polemical writings on religion, politics, war and other provocations established him as one of his generation's most robust public intellectuals, has died. He was 62. Hitchens died Thursday night at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, said his literary agent, Steve Wasserman. Hitchens was diagnosed with advanced esophageal cancer in June 2010, when his memoir, "Hitch-22," hit the bestseller lists.
December 26, 2010 |
Letters Saul Bellow, edited by Benjamin Taylor Viking: 608 pp, $35 Saul Bellow, being Saul Bellow, coined literary profit from emotional tumult. From personal pain came self-exploration and impish bons mots, poured into the heightened confessional of his fiction and also into the letters he fired off throughout his life. These bulletins from the biographical front, as it were, are now collected in a hefty, handsome volume and show that Bellow, while grappling constantly with moods that swung between euphoria and mad suffering, was never not reaching for rapture and grace.
August 14, 2009 |
Actress Parker Posey and authors Gay Talese and Naomi Wolf will be among those participating in a new line of audiobooks dedicated to famous 20th century books. Audible Inc. says the Audible Modern Vanguard will feature unabridged texts from Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, Kurt Vonnegut and other celebrated authors. Audible Inc. is a leading audiobook provider that Amazon.com purchased in 2008.
April 4, 2007 |
Literary awards are old news for Philip Roth, but his latest honor is truly special: the first PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction, a $40,000 prize named for the late Nobel laureate and one of Roth's closest friends and literary heroes.
February 25, 2007 |
I encountered Saul Bellow in the flesh only once. It was at a small afternoon gathering in a town house on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Wide planes of wintry light slammed down from floor-to-ceiling windows, catching sycophants, dust motes and laureate in the slant. At one point I sat on a sofa, conversing with a young child (mine), whom I had been urged by my hostess to bring. I looked up and caught the novelist's steady stare taking in the small tableau of us: Madonna and kvetch.