“I think you have to find reasons for [writing fiction] that are not external, that have to do with you and your life and your relationship to the world and other people. Part of my relationship to the world is through language and my evolving relationship with language. If I make the right kind of contact with language then I make meaningful contact with the world.”
Tomasi di Lampedusa’s language is relatively spare and direct but still formal and correct, and sprinkled with archaic terms. It is carnal and sophisticated, slyly humorous but still possessed of a kind of gravity and grace.
by Robin Black
This, for him, is moving in, as for me painting walls and hanging pictures is. He is all about acquiring knowledge. I am all about recasting a place into what I want it to be.
“The recognition has been amazing. Writers, poets… we work a long time, we work hard, and until I won the PEN New England, I hadn’t quite realized how my confidence had been chipped away. ”
by Nicole Wolverton
Twenty-five years after his death, someone else found value in Ellis Ruley’s work.
“I was the spirit’s wastrel and fool,
and I have taken fifty years to cool.”
“The most important thing I discovered a few days after turning 65 is that I can’t waste any more time doing things I don’t want to do.” -Jep Gambardella, THE GREAT BEAUTY