Molly Gamble

And didn’t it a…

And didn’t it always go like that — body parts not quite lining up the way you wanted them to, all of it a little bit off, as if the world itself were an animated sequence of longing and envy and self-hatred and grandiosity and failure and success, a strange and endless cartoon loop that you couldn’t stop watching, because, despite all you knew by now, it was still so interesting.

— The Interestings. First summer ’14 read, and a good one. 


Oh, I could spend days.

Gay Talese’s outline for “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold,” 1966, written on a shirt board.

“How much time would you spend on such a sentence?”
“Oh, I could spend days.”

Gay Talese annotated his irreplaceable and timeless “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold” for Nieman Storyboard. His thought processes and the story behind the story are fascinating.

(Oh, and the sentence he’s talking about above is this one: “The two blondes, who seemed to be in their middle thirties, were preened and polished, their matured bodies softly molded within tight dark suits.”)