Thursday, November 7th
From Buenos Aires to Helsinki.
Caterina Barbieri (modular synthesizer), live, Helsinki, 2018
yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.
Reading is rapture (or if it isn’t, I put the book down meaning to go on with it later, and escape out the side door). A felicitously turned sentence can induce it. Or a description. Or unexpected behavior. Or ordinary behavior raised to the nth degree. Or intolerable suspense, as with the second half of Conrad’s Victory. Or the forward movement of prose that is bent only on saying what the writer has to say. Or dialogue that carries with it the unconscious flowering of character. Or, sometimes, a fact.
—William Maxwell (1908-2000), The Outermost Dream