A CONVERGENCE OF BIRDS Original Fiction and Poetry Inspired by Penguin Press, Jonathan Safran Foer

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Jonathan Safran Foer has lengthy had a fondness for the paintings of the twentieth-century American assemblage artist Joseph Cornell. encouraged through Cornell's avian-themed bins, and suspecting that they might be equally inspiring to others, Foer started to write letters. The responses he obtained from luminaries of yank writing have been not anything wanting wonderful. Twenty writers generously contributed items of prose and poetry which are as eclectic as they're creative, and the result's a distinct collaborative undertaking and probably the most major engagements of literature with paintings for a few years.

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I often see Catesby’s entire Natural History oeuvre as being underlit by a kind of melancholy, in that even bird art can be autobiographical in tone. Catesby, painter of birds, fish and flowers, never left a self-portrait. Testimony as to his demeanor is scarce. ” Catesby was also severely nearsighted. Thomas Pynchon’s novel, Mason & Dixon, deals head-on with the haunting levels of loneliness born of long years in the early American wilderness. One of the powerful aspects of this inimitable work, is that Pynchon engenders an empathetic loneliness of uncanny dimensions in readers—in me, at least.

Her eyes are intense, staring; her dazed soul shines through her waxy-pale skin. A beautiful child, though wounded somehow, damaged. The sorrow in being born, without love. She is one of them, now. The orphans of the world. Waiting to be loved. ” I think—I will adopt her. I will claim her! I will make her hurt, mangled mouth smile. But of course, being the Box Artist, I can only take the Blond Child’s photograph. And that only in stealth, hoping I won’t be detected. My heavy black box camera is gritty with dust.

Sometimes I am angry at people everywhere for their stupidity, for their buying into the American way, going after so many products, selfish goals, and made-up desires. Whatever it was, I stayed behind in my cell and watched the others go. The only obligation I really felt was to the Indian, Emory Bear Hands. Wishako Taahne Tliskocho, that was his name, but everyone called him Emory, and he didn’t mind. When I asked him once, he said that when he was born his fists came out looking like bears. He was in for theft, stealing salmon.

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