Book 1.5 If on a winter’s night… Who’s the author?

On page 117 there is a passage in If on a winter’s night a traveler about authorship. The premise of the passage is a great bit of imagination: Suppose there was this wheezing, shroom-popping old man, and suppose he was the author of all of the world’s stories? Or, as Calvino describes him, the “primordial … Continue reading

Book 1.1 If on a winter’s night a traveler

You are about to begin reading Italo Calvino’s new novel, If on a winter’s night a traveler. Relax. Concentrate.     This is a blog about books, about reading them and understanding the writers who write them. I remember a line that Stephen King (who makes it into this blog’s canon by a whisker) wrote … Continue reading