Tuesday, March 14, 2006

"nobody wrote stories like those. they went beyond common sense. i learned something from [him] about writing short stories. he always chose a simple vocabulary. he wrote straightforward stories, with a sense of humor, a crispness, and an unpredictable story line and very bleak endings. his stories are about everyday life. what he was saying by writing short stories is that you have to be intellectual when you write, but the subject matter doesn't have to be intellectual."
- haruki murakami on raymond carver

...from the very first issue of a public space, a new literary magazine created by brigid hughes (the former editor of the paris review).

this is just genius. i'm so excited.