Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Arts Journal - Words
“Waxing nostalgic about card catalogs or being an advocate for the importance of libraries is a mug’s game. You can practically feel people glancing up from their iPhones to smile tolerantly at your eccentricity. My response to this, after an initial burst of profanity, is to explain (again) why libraries are essential to narrowing the inequality gap, and why the Internet is not an adequate substitute for books or libraries.”
Denis Johnson, author of the story collection Jesus’ Son and the National Book Award-winning novel Tree of Smoke, did live long enough to learn that he won the prize: he was notified in March and passed away in May at age 67.
“Lynn Caponera, president of the Maurice Sendak Foundation, was going through the late artist’s files last year … when she found a typewritten manuscript titled Presto and Zesto in Limboland, co-authored by Sendak and his frequent collaborator, Arthur Yorinks. … Not only is the manuscript complete, so, too, are the illustrations.”