I believe there’s a right way to live and to die. The people who can do that are interesting to me. I haven’t dismissed heroes or heroism. I presume we’re talking of this in the broadest sense and not merely in the sense of goal-line stands or Silver Stars. There is everyday heroism. I think of Eudora Welty’s “A Worn Path,” about a black woman walking miles to town on the railroad track to get some medicine for her grandchild. I think real devotion is heroic.
- James Salter on Heroism, Paris Review
Photo: Laurent Pujol
Maddie matches Baja! 🙈
I always knew coon hounds could walk on water.
Great work by some artist rock climbers.
He threw in his lot with small objects; poems, he wrote, provided nothing more than a “momentary stay against confusion.”
Speaking of Robert Frost in his New Yorker piece
- Dan Chiasson
I’ll re-read I Stand Here Ironing and Tell Me a Riddle today. There are no better short stories by an American writer. Her writing hit me like a thunderbolt. I cried when I read I Stand Here Ironing. It is the best piece on being a parent that exists. Tell Me a Riddle may be the best piece on marriage, and what it means not to be rich in America that has ever been written. Read ‘em and weep.