This interview was conducted in the two places dearest to James Baldwin’s struggle as a writer. We met first in Paris, where he spent the first nine years of a burgeoning career and wrote his first two novels, Go Tell It on the Mountain and Giovanni’s Room, along with his best-known collection of essays, Notes […]
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When I was young, I thought Life: A User’s Manual would teach me how to live and Suicide: A User’s Manual how to die. I don’t really listen to what people tell me. I forget things I don’t like. I look down dead-end streets. The end of a trip leaves me with a sad aftertaste […]
I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to get my hands on some fucking gourds and arrange them in a horn-shaped basket on my dining room table. That shit is going to look so seasonal. I’m about to head up to the attic right now to find that wicker fucker, dust it off, […]
Life changes fast. Life changes in the instant. You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends. The question of self-pity. Those were the first words I wrote after it happened. The computer dating on the Microsoft Word file (“Notes on change.doc”) reads “May 20, 2004, 11:11 p.m.,” but that would have […]
I have now seen sucrose beaches and water a very bright blue. I have seen an all-red leisure suit with flared lapels. I have smelled suntan lotion spread over 2,100 pounds of hot flesh. I have been addressed as “Mon” in three different nations. I have seen 500 upscale Americans dance the Electric Slide. I […]
It might be useful to distinguish between pleasure and joy. But maybe everybody does this very easily, all the time, and only I am confused. A lot of people seem to feel that joy is only the most intense version of pleasure, arrived at by the same road—you simply have to go a little further […]
It is very seldom that mere ordinary people like John and myself secure ancestral halls for the summer. A colonial mansion, a hereditary estate, I would say a haunted house, and reach the height of romantic felicity—but that would be asking too much of fate…!
Create two new Pokemon Go characters based on the democratic and republican presidential nominee candidates for Election 2016. Put them in a scenario where they must debate their stances on Black Lives Matter at the podium or on a campaign trail. Consider what their evolutionary versions will be. What are their “superpowers”?
Write. Hard. Do not pause. Using Valley Queen’s Tiny Desk Concert with NPR, write for five minutes straight without stopping. Let whatever comes to mind flow onto the paper. Forget about spelling, punctuation and sentence structure. Focus strictly on imaginative context even when it doesn’t seem to make logical sense.
Daily Writing Prompt | Write. Hard. Do not pause. Using Wasser’s Duchamp Playing Chess with a Nude (Eve Babitz), write for five minutes straight without stopping. Let whatever comes to mind flow onto the paper. Forget about spelling, punctuation and sentence structure. Focus strictly on imaginative context even when it doesn’t seem to make logical […]