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Foma Gordeyev by Maxim Gorky, p. 275.
Alice Pike Barney, Firelight, late 19th-early 20th century (source).
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Where do you think is the ideal place to write?
I’ve said this often before: a desert island in the morning and a big city at night. In the morning I need silence, and in the evening a few drinks and some good friends to chat to. I need to be in constant contact with people in the street and know what’s going on in the world. This all fits in with what William Faulkner meant when he said ‘the perfect place for a writer was a brothel, because it’s very quiet in the morning but there’s partying every night.’
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A pearl from November 2011: Jeremy Clarkson revisits Ayrton Senna’s career. Don’t miss the last segment, where Lewis Hamilton ‘ticks off one of his dreams’ while driving Ayrton’s MP4 McLaren.
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Salvador Dalí, Person at the Window (Figura asomada a la ventana), 1925.
This is supposed to be a painting of Dalí’s sister Ana Maria. She is looking at the bay of Cadaqués, where Dalí used to stay in the summer.
My situation as a Mexican writer is like that of writers from Eastern Europe. We have the privilege of speech in societies where it is rare to have that privilege. We speak for others, which is very important in Latin America, as it is in Central Europe. Of course you have to pay for that power: either you serve the community or you fall flat on your face.
Umm Kulthum, Egypt’s songbird, performs “Enta Omri” (You Are My Life) at the Olympia Théâtre in Paris, November 1967. This was the only time in her career that she performed outside of the Arab world.
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