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

By Penguin Press, Jonathan Safran Foer

Jonathan Safran Foer has lengthy had a keenness for the paintings of the twentieth-century American assemblage artist Joseph Cornell. encouraged by way of Cornell's avian-themed packing containers, and suspecting that they'd be equally inspiring to others, Foer started to write letters. The responses he obtained from luminaries of yankee writing have been not anything in need of spectacular. Twenty writers generously contributed items of prose and poetry which are as eclectic as they're imaginitive, and the result's a distinct collaborative venture and probably the most major engagements of literature with paintings for a few years.

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Traveling the streets of Los Angeles anxious and yearning as any rejected lover. The Box Artist must seek his happiness out there. The Box Artist understands that happiness is chance, and always unmerited. The Box Artist understands we must create the improbable circumstances of chance that the yet more improbable circumstances of happiness will be revealed to us. Cypress, Alvarado, Santa Clara. Westward, eastward. El Nido to the south, La Mirada to the east. To the west, the Pacific Ocean, which revulses me, for its vastness cannot be fitted into any box.

One time I filled up a dozen or so pages, Turboglide, Turboglide, Turboglide, and so forth, right while my brother and Paris were making out in the back sear. Finally, I got an A minus on my next cursive example, improving up from a C minus. ) In the rearview mirror that warm evening, I saw that my brother and Paris had their shirts off. On the wall next to the piano is Head of a Flamingo, by Mark Catesby. It was drawn circa 1740. ” Catesby combined disparate elements into mesmerizing tableaux.

Until abruptly the children’s “play” is over. In dispirited columns they shuffle back through the slot of a door. Someone must have called them, or a bell has rung. A matron in a dark coverall appears in the doorway, commanding the children to hurry. How strangely obedient they are, trooping back into the warehouse within, a house of unwanted wares; the emptying playground releases them without resistance. Yet, bravely, the Blond Child continues swinging, pretending not to have heard the summons.

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