To Hide its Foundations

“Sebald understands that a life is an edifice, which we build partly to hide its foundations.”
James Meek, “W.G. Sebald, Humorist,” The New Yorker June 5 & 12 2017



“The test of a book is how much good stuff you can throw away.”
Ernest Hemingway


“The best way I can articulate it [what makes a piece of fiction work] is to say that a piece of fiction — or really any work of art — has to have at its core some kind of irretrievable loss. There are an infinite number of irretrievable losses — we experience new ones every day.”
David Bezmozgis, The New Yorker 14 June 2010