'You belong to me and all Paris belongs to me and I belong to this notebook and this pencil.' An absolute must-read for anyone with any interest in Paris, literature, the lost generation and any of its members. What a book.
Essayists, take note: There's hope for our kind yet! The Empathy Exams, an essay collection published by Graywolf Press, hits the New York Times print paperback best-sellers list. Woot! (via StarTribune.com)
"When you read a great book, you don’t escape from life, you plunge deeper into it. There may be a superficial escape – into different countries, mores, speech patterns – but what you are essentially doing is furthering your understanding of life’s subtleties, paradoxes, joys, pains and truths. Reading and life are not separate but symbiotic." — Julian Barnes (A Life with Books)