Top of the Stack
Sex and love in the time of Magic.
“There’s the public sexual confrontation of eating someone’s clothes. There’s the absurdity of it. And, of course, I always try to make the food taste good.”
Miss Didion surely deserves a wide audience among those readers who may still be turned on by such qualities as grace, sophistication, nuance, irony and, as Miss Didion observed in another context, “what used to be called character.”
John O’Hara exaggerated the externals of American life because he personally was so smitten by them, and this is surely one reason why his reputation has shrunk to a husk of what it once was.
A chat with a shrink, a bartender, a hairdresser, a priest, and a switchboard operator to find out the things people tell them.
“You can help teach people how to draw,” Franz Kline said, “but you can’t teach them to be painters. All you can do is let them know they better love it or get the hell out.”
“The big problem for comic art is you don’t want to overwork it. If a drawing is overworked it isn’t funny. It’s the spontaneity that keeps a work fresh and funny. It’s the Fred Astaire syndrome—make it look easy.”
Rickey: An Appreciation
What becomes a legend most?
From his Fenway Park debut, on April 17, 1964, until August 18, 1967, when he was beaned by the California Angels’ Jack Hamilton, Tony C was the perfect ballplayer, in the perfect place, at the perfect time.
“I believe that the best nonfiction is not ‘literary journalism,’ a misleading term, but rather journalism that asks the questions that serious literature asks.”
Helen Dudar was one of the premier newspaper and magazine writers of the second half of the 20th Century—the only thing separating her from the more notorious journalists of the day was her want of any talent at or will for self-promotion.
Hitchhiking, thumb up on some dusty road with the diesels honking and the curious kids in the back of the station wagons blinking their eyes, was the only way to go.