Hemingway’s cafes

WSJ: Hemingway’s Favorite Parisian Cafes, A tour of the literary Parisian cafes Hemingway’s generation made famous. For some reason they don’t mention Les Deux Magots! See also With Pascin at the Dôme: I always wondered who Hemingway had in mind as the dark sister when he wrote the short story With Pascin at the Dôme, which …

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James Salter, 1925-2015

“Forgive him anything, he writes like an angel.” Remember that the life of this world is but a sport and a pastime.  NYTimes obituary. From a 2011 post: I’ve been a fan of the writer James Salter (see also here) since discovering his masterpiece A Sport and a Pastime. Salter evokes Americans in France as …

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Short stories

Yesterday I listened to this interview with the fiction editor of the New Yorker: Deborah Treisman, fiction editor at The New Yorker, discusses the magazine’s 90th anniversary and the canon of fiction it published. She didn’t mention Irwin Shaw‘s 1939 classic The Girls in Their Summer Dresses. According to James Salter, Shaw wrote it in …

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Waiting

On Wednesday I asked the students in my class to describe what they’d been doing earlier in the day, before our afternoon session began. While they scribbled I wrote alongside them, producing a dull summary of actions and toil—until I came to waiting … There is always waiting. It begins in the still-dark morning when …

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