Wodehouse -novelist William Zinsser - writer, editor, literary critic, teacher While Horizon remained bi-monthly up to Julyvolume IV, there was an anomalous volume V that had eight issues. After Novemberthere were only four issues a year, and the magazine changed its issue dates to the current season rather than a month.
James Agee, a reporter and essayist who is very dear to the hearts and brains of The Baffler. In the summer ofwhen Agee was a year-old writer at Fortune magazine, he went on assignment for that magazine to Alabama, to the homes of three families of cotton tenant farmers.
But for reasons unknown, Fortune rejected it. There are some theories. But the original version that had been meant for Fortune remained dormant in a Greenwich Village basement until fifty years after his death. And a human being whose life is nurtured in an advantage which has accrued from the disadvantage of other human beings, and who prefers that this should remain as it is, is a human being by definition only, having much more in common with the bedbug, the tapeworm, the cancer, and the scavengers of the deep sea.
Reviewing it for BookforumJohn Jeremiah Sullivan wrote: Cotton Tenants knows its form: Late in August the fields begin to whiten more rarely with late blooms and more frequently with cotton and then still thicker with cotton, like a sparkling ground starlight; and the wide tremendous light holds the earth beneath a glass vacuum and a burning glass.
The bolls are rusty green, are bronze, are split and burst and splayed open in a loose vomit of cotton. The split bolls are now burrs, hard and edged as chiseled wood, pointed as thorns, three, four, and five-celled.
There is a great deal of beauty about a single burr and the cotton slobbering from it and about a whole field opening. The children and once in a while a very young or a very old man are excited and eager to start picking.
It is a joy that scarcely touches most men and any women, though, and it wears off in half a morning and is gone for a year. Picking is simple and terrible work. Skill will help you; endurance will come in handy; but neither makes it a bit easier. Over your right shoulder you have slung a long sack that trails the ground.
You work with both hands as fast and steadily as you can.
The trick is to get the cotton between your fingertips at its very roots on the burr in all three or four or five gores at once so that it brings out clean at one pluck: The other trick is against this thoroughness and obligation of maximum speed, not to hurt your fingers on the burrs any worse than you can help.
You would have to try hard not to break your flesh on any burr: A week, and you are favoring your fingers.
The later of the three to five times over the field, the last long weeks of the season, you might be happy to swap them for boils. Meantime, too, you are working in sunlight that stands on you with the serene weight of deep seawater, and in heat that makes your jointed and muscled and finestructured body flow like one indiscriminate oil, and the brilliant weight of heat is piled upon you heavier and heavier all the time and the eyes are masked in stinging sweat and the head perhaps is gently tossing like a private blowtorch, and less gently pulsing with ache.She has also received recognition as a novelist, essayist, journalist, editor, and screenwriter, as well as a social activist and community leader.
Her stories depict the daily lives of ordinary people who live in the black neighborhoods of Brooklyn, Harlem, and sections of New York City and the rural South.
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In the s and s, he was one of the most influential film critics in the U.S. His autobiographical novel, A Death In the Family (), won the Pulitzer Prize.
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