Author Archives: Robert Birnbaum

“I am the son of my son”: Cuba Photos by Robert Birnbaum

Both Cuba the place and Cuba my boy have given me a taste for evidence of things not seen—as the revered Cuban poet once observed, “I am the son of my son.”

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Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn

“It’s always amazing to me how people live in a city and don’t know the history of that city. I’ve been to Lawrence, Massachusetts, and I would bring up the textile strike of 1912 and nobody would know about it.”

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Alan Furst

Alan Furst

“I am not in the business of making people feel bad. I’m in the business of telling people how it might possibly turn out, that in this situation love conquers all.”

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Julian Barnes, Etc.

Julian Barnes

“When we talk about a novel provoking emotions, we tend to think of the emotions that have to do with our own amatory life. I think that books can be emotionally exciting in many different ways.”

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Adam Gopnik

Adam Gopnik

“In Paris we had — not just we had, but one has — a genuinely beautiful existence. That is to say, all of the little details of life — or nearly all — are pleasing.”

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Manil Suri

Manil Suri

“There’s a big emphasis in this country to look at your roots and have an identity. Which is good but not the way I feel. I just take it for granted.”

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Alan Lightman

Alan Lightman

“So that’s the fine balance of a fiction writer…to be able to give your characters enough freedom to surprise you and yet still maintain some kind of artistic control. You are constantly balancing between those two opposing forces.”

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Featured Author: Robert Birnbaum

I was born in Bamberg, Germany, on February 20th, 1947. My parents, Alfred and Rachel Birnbaum, had been displaced by the war from their homes in Lvov in the Ukraine. My parents are the only two survivors of two large Jewish families. After a brief stint in an American displaced persons camp our family of […]

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Amy Bloom

Amy Bloom

“There is no such thing as a great short story and twenty percent of it falls off. There is no room for that kind of error. I feel it’s an incredibly high standard that you have to hold the short story to because there is no room for that really common, perfectly understandable difficulty.”

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Andre Dubus III

“Every semester I get writers who are much more gifted than I am — and more gifted than others — and you can see they have this natural ability. I’ve seen over the years that doesn’t make a whit of difference. You need something else.”

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Ben Katchor

“If you go to a small press fair, it’s like world of publishing for the visually blind. They don’t really want to look at anything.”

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