Listen to William S. Burroughs read his novel Naked Lunch.
“Make it plain. Make it plain all the way through. Starting from ‘Once upon a time.’ The emotions are indeed there, but you need not express them with neon lights.”
Now available in full text online, read our Art of Fiction interview with Edward P. Jones.
“How do presumably ordinary people acquire that mixture of ambition, stamina, and pure shamelessness that makes a true candidate?”
Read more of this week’s staff picks, including great writers making fun of great writers drinking a lot, street art before street art, and Bob Dole.
It’s a delectable morning
the sun lights up the countryside
bees are gathering honey
a butterfly delicately alights by a mimosa
sheep are bleating
in the distance bells are ringing
everything is calm and peaceful
Read a poem by Georges Perec, who was born on this day in 1936.
“Pork … is both confederate bane and savior in the work of Miss Lee.”
Pork products in the work of Harper Lee, including her recipe for cracklin’ cornbread.
“The stories we tell about ourselves—and the ways we tell them—inform our sense of who we are, where we belong in an enormous and intricate world.”
A page from Adam Phillips’s forthcoming book on Freud. “I just want to see whether it’s possible to entertain Freud’s fantasy of a realistic biography. It may not be a possible thing to do.”