“Poetry— the sound and look of language—definitely played a role in my writing of this novel. Novelists are failed poets, as they say. A good turn of phrase, a beautiful description, and lyricism, I feel, are central to any good writing. Form and content aren’t separate.”
“I became a journalist to come as close as possible to the heart of the world,” so said Henry R. Luce, the founder of Life and Time magazines who was born on this date in 1898.
Artist and writer Anita Willets-Burnham took two trips circumventing the globe, first in 1921 and again in 1928, and both times she brought her four children. She wanted to show them the world outside the classroom.
In 1930, she wrote about these travels – and how to afford them – in a memoir-meets-budget travelogue called Round the World on a Penny. Above is an image of the 1940 reedition of the best-seller, which boasts probably the best book cover in history, esp. the little monkey in the bottom right.
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….Don’t forget WW Norton/Countryman Press recently published my first endeavor, The Log Cabin: An Illustrated History, in which I use humor and cultural analysis to show how this seemingly simple structure shaped the complex American identity, for better and for worse.
Taking a few days to finish some pages. Will be back real soon.
Carson McCullers, author of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter and The Member of the Wedding, would be 101 today.
In honor of her unparalleled work and life, here’s McCuller’s theory on immortality:
“If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are gone, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.”