Jazz artist David Benoit rising above his
Jazz artist David Benoit rising above his musical horizonEasy ReaderAs Saul Bellow once told Herbert Gold, “Don't count any writer out while he's still alive.” Sometimes one's greatest adversary isn't old age so much as it's the unwillingness to risk failure. At the moment, Benoit's legacy is in his jazz compositions ...
Posted on 30 October 2017 | 11:18 am
The Visceral Charm Of Nelson Algren -
The Visceral Charm Of Nelson AlgrenForwardAlgren started working for a base salary of $87 per month in the WPA's Chicago project in the summer of 1936 along with the likes of Saul Bellow and Louis “Studs” Terkel. Terkel became one of Algren's lifelong friends but with Bellow, “It was the start ...
Posted on 30 October 2017 | 9:33 am
Review: "The Shadow in the Garden"
The Missourian (blog)Review: "The Shadow in the Garden"The Missourian (blog)James Atlas, author of award-winning biographies about Saul Bellow and Delmore Schwartz, delves into his inner self to explore the source of his attraction to the profession of biographer. He stresses that biographers have a hallowed responsibility to ...
Posted on 27 October 2017 | 6:34 am
Nobody listened to Luther at first. That's
Washington Post (satire)Nobody listened to Luther at first. That's why he succeeded.Washington Post (satire)Saul Bellow, in his introduction to Allan Bloom's “The Closing of the American Mind,” makes the memorable point that great and important writing is possible only when one is able to shut out “the noise of history.” This is what Luther managed to do ...and more »
Posted on 27 October 2017 | 3:10 am
The Outmoded Views and Unexpected Emotions
The New YorkerThe Outmoded Views and Unexpected Emotions of “Other Men's Daughters”The New Yorker... fixture at the University of Chicago for decades, indeed earned the admiration of his era's most eminent writers—as his book jackets attest, with comments from Bernard Malamud, Flannery O'Connor, Joan Didion, John Cheever, Norman Mailer, Saul Bellow.
Posted on 19 October 2017 | 12:31 pm
A Tour of Lake Michigan, My Inland Sea
(“I stuck around the amusement park at Silver Beach, where the cars of the Ferris wheel were covered, getting blackened, and I got soaked through my rain coat,” Saul Bellow writes in “The Adventures of Augie March.”) The park closed nearly 50 years ...
Posted on 27 August 2015 | 1:04 pm
Pera Wirszup, former U. of C. lecturer and
The lectures drew hundreds and featured such notable figures as authors Eudora Welty and Saul Bellow, historian John Hope Franklin, astronomer Carl Sagan and physicist Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar. That program continues with the Izaak Wirszup Lecture Series ...
Posted on 27 August 2015 | 6:37 am
Saul Bellow Was 30 Years Ahead of Me
Here's a fascinating little August tidbit, via Jeet Heer on Twitter. It's an excerpt from The Dean's December, by Saul Bellow, published in 1981. Albert Corde, an academic, is talking to a scientist (obviously modeled on the seminal lead researcher Clair ...
Posted on 27 August 2015 | 4:41 am
Ta-Nehisi Coates and the History Our Kids
Referring to the famous insult by Saul Bellow, he wants "'Tolstoy is the Tolstoy of the Zulus' to immediately be obvious to you." Coates tells his son that there is strength in the hood and wisdom in those streets, and that he must respect the common struggle.
Posted on 24 August 2015 | 5:22 am
New Saul Bellow Documents Unearthed by
HYDE PARK — The author of a new biography of Saul Bellow will be in Hyde Park Tuesday to talk about a trove of documents previously unavailable. Zachary Leader was lucky to have 150 boxes of notes, letters and early drafts while writing “The Life of ...
Posted on 24 August 2015 | 4:13 am