"The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.... This is the artist's way of scribbling 'Kilroy was here' on the wall of the final and irrevocable oblivion through which he must someday pass."--William Faulkner, interview with Paris Review, 1956
pinsky's, "poem of disconnected parts"
"i have a small-town mind. like the greeks and trojans. shame.pride.importance of looking bad or good."
jeffery mcnary, a published writer, residing between cambridge, ma.and paris, fr. mr. mcnary has published several articles on american politics, political culture, and reviews of works of the poet robert pinsky, filmaker spike lee, and visual artist suesan stovall. his work can be found in 'transition magazine', 'iconoclast', 'newsweek', and other outlets.
INTERVIEWER Almost without exception writers we’ve interviewed over the years admit they cannot write under the influence of booze or drugs—or at the least what they’ve done has to be rewritten in the cool of the day. What’s your comment about this? THOMPSON They lie. Or maybe you’ve been interviewing a very narrow spectrum of writers. It’s like saying, “Almost without exception women we’ve interviewed over the years swear that they never indulge in sodomy”—without saying that you did all your interviews in a nunnery. Did you interview Coleridge? Did you interview Poe? Or Scott Fitzgerald? Or Mark Twain? Or Fred Exley? Did Faulkner tell you that what he was drinking all the time was really iced tea, not whiskey? Please. Who the fuck do you think wrote the Book of Revelation? A bunch of stone-sober clerics?