Read Cirocco Dunlap’s humorous piece on the Sims you left behind: http://nyr.kr/1j78Kdj
“Following your departure, we were physically unable to do anything. Newspaper after newspaper piled up without anyone to click ‘Recycle.’ We had refrigerators and ovens but no one to tell us to use them. After several years of this hell, Mr. Dumb Stupidass—the first Sim you created—discovered a way to leave his house without you.”
Illustration: The Sims.
Parul Sehgal on Muriel Spark’s genius: http://nyr.kr/1n0qlbz
“Spark was fascinated by suffering—and even tried writing a critical study of the Book of Job—but it was an active, robust kind of suffering she liked, whereby hunger whetted one’s wits. Her women are not enamored of their anxiety, their moods and wounds. If they’re poor and powerless, it’s in the way of a junkyard dog, with a restless, scavenging instinct, a loyalty to no one and breathtaking cunning.”
Photograph by Brooke DiDonato.
It’s not hard to see why Pancake has become a sort of secular saint for some writers. Writing is an act of faith. Writers face endless rejection, constant self-doubt. For many writers, practicing their art requires a vow of poverty or, at the very least, a vow of doing without. Pancake suffered through all of this and more, and yet he was delivered to the afterlife of publication and acclaim.
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