TODAY: In 1928, Sylvia Beach hosts a dinner party so that F. Scott Fitzgerald can meet James Joyce.
“Historically, there is no quotidian without the enslaved, chained or dead black body to gaze upon or to hear about or to position a self against.” Claudia Rankine reflects on the murders in Charleston. | The New York Times Magazine
A new contender rises in the life experience vs. MFA debate: Twitter. | Pacific Standard
Brian Castner, writer, bomb technician in Iraq, on being one of the few people in the world to have his life turned into an opera. | Literary Hub
Mia Alvar, Sara Nović, and Boris Fishman on physical, emotional, and literary diasporas. | Literary Hub
Haruki Murakami on the exact moment he knew he’d be a novelist and the birth of his kitchen table fiction. | Literary Hub
Josh Cook on the highs and lows of being both a bookseller and a writer, including “the psychotic mix of euphoria and anxiety when someone picks up a copy of my book and walks around the store with it.” | Literary Hub