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An Absolute Truth: On Writing a Life of Coltrane
Posthumously, the mythology and exaltation of Coltrane, as well as his musical influence, only grew. But by that point, Simpkins had already researched and written Coltrane’s story, expressing an uncompromising, unapologetic black voice rarely found in the annals of jazz before or since.
johncoltrane  music  jazz  books  musicwriting  musicbiography  biography  selfpublished  theparisreview  theparisreviewblog 
july 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Paris Review - Robert Creeley, The Art of Poetry No. 10
This is a composite interview. It combines two separate discussions with Robert Creeley—held at different times, and conducted by two different interviewers: Linda Wagner and Lewis MacAdams, Jr. The questions specifically devoted to the poet’s craft were put to Robert Creeley by Linda Wagner. She refers to the exchange as a “colloquy”—a term that Creeley insisted on because (as he put it) her questions were “active in their own assumptions … We are talking together.” She began the exchange at the 1963 Vancouver poetry sessions, continued it at Creeley’s 1964 Bowling Green, Ohio, reading, and finished it in August 1965, at the poet’s home in New Mexico.
robertcreeley  poetry  theparisreview  artofpoetry  writing  literature  interviews 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Art of Screenwriting No. 4, Matthew Weiner
Born in 1965, Matthew Weiner is barely old enough to remember the period with which his television series Mad Men has now become almost synonymous. His office is exactly what one might hope for the creator of Don Draper: a stylish mixture of midcentury modern furniture, with a cabinet full of top-shelf liquor. But it turns out that the furniture came with the building, which was designed in 1955, and the liquor, mostly gifts, is wasted on Weiner, who hardly drinks at all.
madmen  screenwriting  writing  matthewweiner  theparisreview  interview  television 
april 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Finishing Carpenter
Jonathan Lethem on Editing Don Carpenter’s Final Manuscript
jonathanlethem  doncarpenter  theparisreview  writing  writers  literature  fridayatenricos 
august 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Art of Fiction No. 77, Nadine Gordimer
“I come to America, I go to England, I go to France…nobody’s at risk. They’re afraid of getting cancer, losing a lover, losing their jobs, being insecure. … It’s only in my own country that I find people who voluntarily choose to put everything at risk—in their personal life.”
nadinegordimer  theparisreview  interview  writing  writers  literature 
july 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Quit Thinking, You’re Hurting the Club
JIm Brosnan broke into the major leagues with the Chicago Cubs in the mid-fifties and labored on four different teams during his undistinguished career, retiring in 1963 with an overall record of fifty-five wins and forty-seven losses. He sported thick, round glasses on the mound and stocked his locker with books by the likes of John Cheever and James Thurber. His teammates took to calling him “professor.”
baseball  sports  theparisreview  thelongseason  literature  writing  jimbrosnan 
july 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Book Shopping with the Best-Read Man in America
Browsing the stacks with The Washington Post‘s Michael Dirda.
theparisreview  reading  books 
november 2012 by brendanmcfadden
Joan Didion, The Art of Nonfiction No. 1
I can’t ask anything. Once in a while if I’m forced into it I will conduct an interview, but it’s usually pro forma, just to establish my credentials as somebody who’s allowed to hang around for a while. It doesn’t matter to me what people say to me in the interview because I don’t trust
writers  literature  theparisreview  nonfiction  interview  writing  joandidion 
october 2012 by brendanmcfadden

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