I’m one of these children who grew up at the knee of my grandmother and her elder sister, listening to very old people talk about their memories. And as I say, in their conversation, everything was as if it happened yesterday. And the dead were discussed along with the living, and the difference didn’t really seem to matter. And I suppose this seeped into my viewpoint. Instead of thinking there was a wall between the living and the dead, I thought there was a very thin veil. It was almost as if they’d just gone into the next room.
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Darin just watched the Oscar-nominated documentary How to Survive a Plague and has advised us to look out for Michael Cunningham circa 1993 in one of the penultimate scenes.
During a time when private and corporate funds are funneled into programs with the sole purpose to push or derail political agendas, Kolt commends Yuri Milner and his friends Sergey Brin, Anne Wojcicki and Mark Zuckerberg for establishing the Breakthrough Prize in Life Science, awarding 11 scientists $3 million each for their advances in medical research. Finally, money well spent. Bravo.
Gabrielle is really into the latest round of podcasts from Late Night Library, which interviews authors and publishing industry professionals. Past guests have included: Hans Weyandt, co-owner at Micawber’s Books; Fiona McCrae, publisher of Graywolf Press; Bronwen Hruska, publisher of Soho Press; and Oren Teicher, CEO of the American Booksellers. A must-listen for anyone interested in books and publishing.
In an utterly comforting way, it’s been a Patsy Cline kind of week for Elianna.
Henry is reading up on why we love beautiful things: “We think of great design as art, not science, a mysterious gift from the gods, not something that results just from diligent and informed study.”
And lastly, Peter is pleased to be reading a judicious defense of Hilary Mantel which has emerged from all the pearl-clutching rabble.