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The Verb's Ian McMillan on his Favourite Short Stories

The Verb is BBC Radio 3’s ‘Cabaret of the Word’, presented by Ian McMillan. Each week the programme brings together award-winning writers; poets, songwriters, novelists, dramatists and performers from around the world. 602 more words


Definition @23 Art

John Cheever: “Fiction is art and art is triumph over chaos. To celebrate a world that bewilders us like a stupendous dream.”

October 23: Writers’ Almanac Podcast… 13 more words


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I have a chip on my shoulder because I didn’t go to college. Always have. I got knocked around quite a bit when I first got to New York. 638 more words

lust, ambition and nostalgia

Hanging plants, Farragut thought, were the beloved of the truly lonely—those men and women who, burning with lust, ambition and nostalgia, watered their hanging plants. They cultivated their hanging plants and he guessed that they talked to them since they talked to everything else—doors, tables and the wind up the chimney.

John Cheever, Falconer


dynamite right in his guts

Long ago when they first invented the atomic bomb people used to worry about its going off and killing everybody, but they didn’t know that mankind has got enough dynamite right in his guts to tear the fucking planet to pieces. 6 more words


sailing catboats and kites

The contrite geometry of grass-cutting pleased him. To cut the grass one followed the contour of the land. To study the contour of the land—to read it as one did on skis—was to study and read the contour of the neighborhood, the county, the state, the continent, the planet, and to study and read the contour of the planet was to study and read the nature of its winds as his old father had done, sailing catboats and kites. 9 more words