From today’s Writer’s Almanac on the occasion of James Agee’s birthday– In an article that later became, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men*” Agee wrote: “A human being whose life is nurtured in an advantage which has accrued from the disadvantage of other human beings, and who prefers that this should remain as it is, is a human being by definition only, having much more in common with the bedbug, the tapeworm, the cancer, and the scavengers of the deep sea.”
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Kathryn Bigelow celebrates her 65th today. After studying painting as an undergraduate, she went to film school at Columbia. Her first feature (co-directed with Monty Montgomery) was an indie biker film called… 1,253 more words
A Death in the Family by James Agee
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Published in 1957, two years after its author’s death at the age of forty-five, A Death in the Family remains a near-perfect work of art, an autobiographical novel that contains one of the most evocative depictions of loss and grief ever written. 150 more words
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is one of the cardinal creative forces in the universe…It is true that most artists, though they know their own talent and its gifts as luck, work as well as they can against luck, and that in most good works of art, as in little else in creation, luck is either locked out or locked in and semi-domesticated, or put to wholly constructive work; but it is peculiarly a part of the good photographer’s adventure to know where luck is most likely to lie in the stream, to hook it, and to bring it in without unfair play and without too much subduing it.