By Penguin Press, Jonathan Safran Foer
Jonathan Safran Foer has lengthy had a keenness for the paintings of the twentieth-century American assemblage artist Joseph Cornell. encouraged by means of Cornell's avian-themed bins, and suspecting that they'd be equally inspiring to others, Foer started to write letters. The responses he obtained from luminaries of yankee writing have been not anything in need of spectacular. Twenty writers generously contributed items of prose and poetry which are as eclectic as they're imaginitive, and the result's a distinct collaborative undertaking and essentially the most major engagements of literature with paintings for a few years.
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It was from an ex-lover she hadn’t thought about since college. Just above Cornell’s signature he had written: I love this. You will love this. When the young woman died in a car accident the following summer, the poster was rolled up and forgotten about. 1992: The young woman’s brother asked a friend (who would, years later, become a friend of mine) if he would help him sift through a roomful of boxes in an Upstate storage facility. It was time to save what was worth saving and part with the rest.
The male skunk had brought two mice with him. I asked Emory about this, describing the traveling and everything. Yes, he said, that’s what they did, and that’s what the country he grew up in looked like. After people started dreaming like this, about the animals that had chosen each of us (as we understood it now), our routine changed. All the maneuvering to hold positions of authority or safety on the cell block, the constant testing to see who was in control, who was the most dangerous, who had done the worst things, for many of us this was no longer important.
One must only seek them without ceasing—as Saint Theresa spoke of prayer without ceasing until prayer becomes the very soul, and the very soul, prayer. It is as if the automobile makes this turn unbidden by me onto an unpaved service road beyond the orphanage. Scrub palm trees, broom sage, and hardy purple-flowering thistles coated in dust like exotic works of art. A flock of sparrows scatters at my approach. How many weeks it has been since I discovered the Los Angeles Orphans Home. How many weeks observing the orphan children from my automobile, hunched down beside the window in the passenger’s seat.
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