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Paris Review - Robert Caro, The Art of Biography No. 5
I can't start writing a book until I've thought it through and can see it whole in my mind. So before I start writing, I boil the book down to three paragraphs, or two or one—that's when it comes into view. That process might take weeks. And then I turn those paragraphs into an outline of the whole book. That's what you see up here on my wall now—twenty-seven typewritten pages. That's the fifth volume. Then, with the whole book in mind, I go chapter by chapter. I sit down at the typewriter and type an outline of that chapter, let's say if it's a long chapter, seven pages—it's really the chapter in brief, without any of the supporting evidence. Then, each chapter gets a notebook, which I fill with all the materials I want to use—quotations and facts pulled from all of the research I’ve done.
research  history  interview  biography  books  writing  journalism  authors 
24 days ago by allaboutgeorge
Richard Hell Interview - Richard Hell Very Clean Tramp Book Autobiography - Esquire
When you're young, you don't especially think of yourself as being young. You're just alive and everything's interesting and you don't think of things in terms of age because you're not conscious of it. But then you hit your 40s and you realize, well, you're still alive but you're not young anymore. And things start taking a different kind of aspect. And you start getting curious about what it all adds up to. What does it mean to outlive your youth? I wanted to hold my life in my hands and turn it around and look at it in different ways to figure out what the hell had happened, to see if I could put it outside of myself and make it into a material object that I could grasp. So that was part of it. And the other part was I like writing books.
aging  punk  music  rock  writing  biography  nonfiction  history  attention 
march 2013 by allaboutgeorge
New author Clemons sees no end for the E Street Band < PopMatters
"It's sad to see these old buildings go because they have so many memories, and it's a real personal kind of thing when you play these places. It's part of our history just gone.
"But we're just creating new history in new places."
obituaries  books  biography  music  rock  philadelphia 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge
CULTURAL STUDIES | Reflections in the Facebook Mirror
“Online there’s a whole different set of clues for evaluating people you come across. If you meet someone in person, you can see if he’s a slob or if he woke up this morning and spent seven hours on himself. But people online are remarkably similar to what they are in real life. If you’re a jerk online, you’re probably a jerk in real life, too.”
facebook  nytimes  social  socialnetworking  biography  identity  community 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Call Me by Your Name - By André Aciman - Books - Review - New York Times
"'Ultimately, the real site of nostalgia is not the place that was lost or the place that was never quite had in the first place; it is the text that must record that loss.'"
memory  history  relationships  love  novels  literature  writing  biography 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
'The Long Embrace' by Judith Freeman - Los Angeles Times
"I kept the long list of Chandler addresses taped to the wall next to my desk where I could see it every day ... The list read like a plainsong of wandering, the liturgy of a long search for a home."
writing  fiction  biography  losangeles  novels  reviews  books 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Dwight Gardner's "The Outsider Insider" review of Martin Duberman's "The Worlds of Lincoln Kirstein"
"[U]ndomesticated adventurous anonymity and risk-taking were central not only to intensified erotic arousal but to profound creativity of any kind."
books  reviews  nyc  dance  gay  sex  writing  biography  creativity  social 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette"
"It would be overstating the case to call it a work of social criticism, but beneath its highly decorated surface is an examination, touched with melancholy as well as delight, of what it means to live in a world governed by rituals of acquisition [...]"
cinema  france  18thcentury  royalty  biography 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Nigel Nicolson, 87, Bloomsbury Group Biographer and Heir, Dies
"If their marriage is seen as a harbor, their love affairs were mere ports of call. It was to the harbor that each returned; it was there that both were based." What lovely parents he had!
biography  gay  marriage  men  obituaries  women 
september 2004 by allaboutgeorge

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