September 13, 2011KR BlogEthicsReadingWriting

Short Takes: Glossophobia

Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, to Raymond Chandler in 1958: “I don’t know if you do, but I find it extremely difficult to write about villains. Villains are extremely difficult people to put my finger on. You can often find heroes wandering around life. You meet them and come across them as well as plenty of heroines of course. But a really good solid villain is a very difficult person to build up, I think.”

On the integrity of quotations–and the evisceration of poetry–at the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.

Associated Press photographer Richard Drew looks back on his iconic photograph that spurred the novels The Falling Man by Don DeLillo and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer“

“and JSF considers speechlessness in the wake of disaster.

And more about how fear relates to the process of artistic creation.

Sir Arthur C. Clarke in 1964, hypothesizing about the future: “We could be in instant contact with each other, wherever we may be, where we can contact our friends anywhere on earth, even if we don’t know their actual physical location. It will be possible in that age, perhaps only 50 years from now, for a man to conduct his business from Tahiti or Bali just as well as he could from London“. Almost any executive skill, any administrative skill, even any physical skill, could be made independent of distance. I am perfectly serious when I suggest that one day we may have brain surgeons in Edinburgh operating on patients in New Zealand.”

Keeping William S. Burroughs alive vicariously.

Restaurant reviews written as if by Cormac McCarthy? Welcome to surrealist heaven.