Your Italo Calvino Audio For The Day

If you’d like to hear an author of metafiction prompt a crowded room to erupt in laughter, you might want to listen to Italo Calvino reading from a selection of his works (including Invisible Cities) at the 92nd Street Y in 1983. His tone moves from the somber to the witty, and the audience responds in kind.

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#tobyreads: Recommended Reading Leads to Work from Kavan, Calvino, and Lynch

This week, we’re looking at books that have come highly recommended — which isn’t to say that this trio doesn’t turn out to have much in common. In fact, they do, despite being in disparate forms (one collection, one novel, one memoir-slash-essay collection.) All of these books got me thinking about big issues — life, death, how we connect to those around us —  you know, the kinds of topics that make for deeply upbeat conversations, and don’t at all […]

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