Monday, July 31, 2017

Ars Journal - Words

Poet Ocean Vuong On Translation, Success, And Optimism In This Moment

Vuong says that it’s far more common to be from a poor background than a middle-class one, but the literary world doesn’t seem to know it. “The fact of the matter is that displacement, immigration and war are some of the most common factors of human history, so I always insist with a little mischievousness that I’m writing something very normal, very common. In fact, perhaps the middle class story is the exotic.”

The Woman Bringing A Bookstore Back To The Bronx

Noelle Santos, who’s been crowdfunding for the store-to-be: “We need a physical space like a bookstore, whether it be independent or a chain store. It serves this physiological purpose that Amazon cannot reproduce. Amazon is not a bookstore. They are an algorithm, and that’s all.”

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