At the Center for Fiction, Greg Gerke, David Winters and Jason Lucarelli discuss Lish, touching on Gass.
Congrats to Washington University’s Joel Minor and Sarah Schnuriger on the launch of this incredibly valuable project:
Welcome to the digital companion to the “William H. Gass: The Soul Inside the Sentence” exhibition in Olin Library, March - July 2013, examining the life and work of William H. Gass, an esteemed American novelist, short story writer, essayist, critic, photographer and former philosophy professor.
Explore drafts of published and unpublished writings, recordings of his interviews and readings, photographs and scans of important documents and objects that have shaped his life. You will also find an essay, “My Memories of the Service,” which Gass wrote specifically for this digital exhibit.
Click through for the goods, of which there are many (audio of Gass introducing David Foster Wallace, Gaddis in STL…).
Departure Delayed quotes an exquisite passage from The Tunnel.
A post from the modestly named Talented Reader blog. (Subtitle: “An Appreciation of William Gass, and Some Remarks on Moral Fiction.”)
From writer Eric Lundgren’s eight-stage blog post about attending the recent Fair:
4. Spotting William Gass.
In retrospect, this is the turning point of the whole 2013 fair experience. There he is, the author of Middle C, On Being Blue, In the Heart of the Heart of the Country, etc., turning over a book in his hands. He examines it, fingers the copyright page, caresses the spine, then finally adds it to his small pile. That, you want to say to headphones guy, is how you behave with a book. You briefly consider trying to take a picture of Gass but decide to leave him alone.
(N.B. – The next morning, Gass spots himself in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch fair photo….)
This week, the eminent novelist and critic Cynthia Ozick reviews “Middle C,” by the eminent novelist and critic William H. Gass. Both are octogenarians — Ozick is 84, Gass 88 — but does it matter?
A post from the Washington University in St. Louis Newsroom.
A post from Joan Shaffer, who met Gass at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in 2005.
Fun intro to Scott Simon’s Weekend Edition story on The New York Review of Books’ personals column:
There are a lot of places these days to look for all kinds of love, especially online. But what’s an aging intellectual who loves William Gass, Philip Glass and a good merlot to do?
Rikki Ducornet: “A Cup and a River”
The writer Rikki Ducornet reached out to me to share “A Cup and a River,” which she wrote as an introduction to a talk William Gass gave a few years ago at the AWP conference. I share it with her permission, embedding a PDF (rather than pasting raw text) because of her use of notes. If the embed doesn’t work that well for the screen you’re on, here’s the permanent URL.