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Laura Sims & Ann Beattie discussed David Markson + Markson & Gaddis

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    Beattie was asked about her falling in love Wittgenstein’s Mistress, and she responded:
    “I think more than just falling in love with it, or whatever, though—and I don’t mean to say this kept me removed from the book—but there was a kind of writerly awe that anybody would dare to be so uncompromising.”

    ( In fact, she was one of the first people to read Wittgenstein’s Mistress before it was published, as it was being rejected left and right.)

    Laura Sims and Ann Beattie discussed David Markson at Strand (youtube)

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    Fare Forward

    In this first-ever book of letters by novelist David Markson—a quintessential “writer’s writer” whose work David Foster Wallace once lauded as “pretty much the high point of experimental fiction in this country”—readers will experience Markson at his wittiest and warmest. Poet Laura Sims shares her correspondence with him

    Letters from David Markson

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    Gaddis & Markson

  • William Gaddis painted 1987 by Julian Schnabel

    On page 107 Vanishing Point by David Markson

    Tardily realizing–qualms after all.
    Author would undeniably be distressed at the loss of
    Schnabel’s portrait of Willim Gaddis.

    Markson also wrote on the same page,

    Georg Trakl was a pharmacist.
    E.T. A Hoffman was a lawyer.
    Kate Smith could not read music.

    On page 106 Vanishing Point..

    E.E.Cummings died after chopping firewood

  • Ann Beattie – author of Chilly Scenes of Winter (youtube)

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