Remembering jazz musician Ornette Coleman.
London Review of Books
On being kicked out of Doris Lessing’s house.
“The White House still maintains that the mission was an all-American affair, and that the senior generals of Pakistan’s army and Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) were not told of the raid in advance. This is false, as are many other elements of the Obama administration’s account.”
Being friends with Susan Sontag was thrilling, but also “shot through in the end with mutual irritation.”
“What I had going for me was teen rage, contempt impervious to offers of compromise; the power of the mask capable of turning ice to marshmallow, and all the time in the world, all the ability to sustain it without surrendering.”
“When constant revisionism and re-invention is under way, what does it profit a biographer to drag the weary ‘facts’ before us?”
Perhaps you didn’t know that in addition to being a very funny writer, Kafka’s life yields a lot of comedy too.
"What’s it like to be giving birth at home, and see blood pooling between your legs, and look up at the ashen faces of a birth attendant, a midwife, a spouse? What’s it like to feel the earth tremble and see the roof and walls of your home or school fall towards you? More to the point, in terms of survival: what happens next? It depends. Not just on the severity of the injury, but on who and where you are."