Wittgenstein’s retreat

Wittgenstein placed his remote home where everyone could see it. He was an oddly ostentatious recluse — Several factors conspired to make that first visit to Wittgenstein’s retreat magical. One was an element of serendipity. We hadn’t gone to Norway to visit Skjolden. But then neither had Wittgenstein. In October 1913, when he arrived at… Continue reading Wittgenstein’s retreat

The Brilliance of Johnny Greene by @jimbillson

Editors saw him as youthful but dependable. Lewis Lapham, the longtime editor-in-chief of Harper’s, assigned him as a contributing editor of the magazine, a distinction he held for five years. “I trusted Johnny; I liked his sensibility,” Lapham told me. “Very early on, you hear a writer’s voice and you understand the first-person singular. . . . It was because… Continue reading The Brilliance of Johnny Greene by @jimbillson

Brilliant interview with Rebecca Curtis

Eric Rosenblum had a sit-down with Rebecca Curtis, a writer whose stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, n+1, and elsewhere. This was for their “Dan & Eric Read The New Yorker So You Don’t Have To” podcast. The Rebecca Curtis episode Random notes: Curtis unapologetically rips off other stories authors. Need a plot?… Continue reading Brilliant interview with Rebecca Curtis

Remembering Hazel Scott

READ: This Black Woman Was Once the Biggest Star in Jazz. Here’s Why You’ve Never Heard of Her She was prominent as a jazz singer throughout the 1930s and 1940s. In 1950, she became the first black person to have a TV show, The Hazel Scott Show This story by Lorissa Rinehart originally appeared on Narratively… Continue reading Remembering Hazel Scott