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Reads tagged with “Italo Calvino”

The 13 Best Biographies, Memoirs, and History Books of 2013
The 13 Best Biographies, Memoirs, and History Books of 2013

From Alan Turing to Susan Sontag, by way of a lost cat, a fierce Victorian lady-journalist, and some very odd creative habits.

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Famous Writers on New York: Timeless Private Reflections from Diaries, Letters and Personal Essays
Famous Writers on New York: Timeless Private Reflections from Diaries, Letters and Personal Essays

Mark Twain, Susan Sontag, Simone de Beauvoir, E. B. White, Washington Irving, Anaïs Nin, Italo Calvino, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Joyce Carol Oates, and more.

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Italo Calvino’s Poetic Résumé
Italo Calvino’s Poetic Résumé

“Prepared for the Worst, and becoming more and more dissatisfied with the Best, I am already anticipating the incomparable joys of growing old.”

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Italo Calvino on Abortion and the Meaning of Life
Italo Calvino on Abortion and the Meaning of Life

“A human being becomes human not through the casual convergence of certain biological conditions, but through an act of will and love on the part of other people.”

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The Distance of the Moon: Beautiful Israeli Animated Film Based on the Italo Calvino Classic
The Distance of the Moon: Beautiful Israeli Animated Film Based on the Italo Calvino Classic

“Ahh… we went to collect the Moon milk.”

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Europe, America, Utopia: Calvino on Hemingway
Europe, America, Utopia: Calvino on Hemingway

“In Hemingway one finds almost all of what was meant by America.”

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Italo Calvino on America
Italo Calvino on America

“America … is the land of the richness of life, of the fullness of every hour in the day, the country which gives you the sense of carrying out a huge amount of activity, even though in fact you achieve very little, the country where solitude is impossible.”

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Italo Calvino on Writing: Selected Wisdom from a Lifetime of Letters
Italo Calvino on Writing: Selected Wisdom from a Lifetime of Letters

“One writes most of all in order to take part in a collective enterprise.”

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Yan Nascimbene’s Stunning Illustrations of Italo Calvino Classics
Yan Nascimbene’s Stunning Illustrations of Italo Calvino Classics

Meditations on life in philosophical watercolors.

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How to Be an Explorer of the World
How to Be an Explorer of the World

“Every morning when we wake up, we have twenty-four brand-new hours to live. What a precious gift!”

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