Saturday, February 27, 2021
Sunday, February 21, 2021
The best RHYTHM in dialogue since J.D. Salinger, IMO. Everybody talks good.
I could copy the entire novel because choice bits are everywhere. So I’ll just quote a few.
In a classroom:
“…another girl who looked no older than fourteen with a railroad on her teeth.”
Out in public (from when people congregated in public):
“…they looked very happy—but what did that mean? Wellington couples had a talent for looking happy.”
“Each couple is its own vaudeville act.”
“They were smooth and bright, and their timing was wonderful, and they were young and hilarious. It was really something to see, they thought, and this was why they spoke loudly and gestured, inviting onlookers to admire.”
“…she made you feel that just being in this moment, doing this thing, was the most important and marvelous possibility for you.”
And here’s a discussion between Zadie Smith and another awfully good writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi, who I’ve cited in a previous Choice Bits. (Skip past the intro.)
Saturday, February 20, 2021
Friday, February 19, 2021
These are two recent posts from Write Up The Road's blog, Head Light.
They consist of links to music and musicians I've been listening to recently. Plus a few remarks.
Saturday, February 13, 2021
How many sources of oppression have you been disadvantaged by?
© 2021 Randy Stark
Friday, February 12, 2021
Sammy Davis, Jr. on Late Night: "I Can't Get Started" - YouTube
I was perusing tables of contents and noticed in the Library of America’s anthology of twentieth-century poetry, lyricists are included, and Ira Gershwin’s lyrics to the song “I Can’t Get Started” is one of the entries. (Vernon Duke wrote the music.) Coincidently, my friend Neil Novello and I had been sharing some video clips and comments featuring Sammy Davis, Jr., and one of the clips is Sammy singing “I Can’t Get Started,” from David Letterman’s show in 1989. Click here. Wow.
Saturday, February 6, 2021
my dreams, my works, must wait till after hell