José Saramago (1922-2010): Very sad news this morning of the passing of Nobel laureate José Saramago, the Portuguese author whose surrealistic novels (including Blindness and All the Names, among others) earned him international acclaim--and the 1998 Novel Prize in Literature. His next novel, The Elephant's Journey, is scheduled for release in the U.S. on September 8 [New York Times].
Authors on Summer Reading: New York Magazine asked some of our own favorite writers to recommend books within their own genres. It makes for an exceptional reading list: Simon Rich picks his favorite humorous books, Rebecca Skloot takes on science writing, Peter Carey discusses outstanding historical fiction... and the list goes on.
"Our successes will always be restricted by the limits of knowledge and human capability, by the inevitability of suffering and death. Meaning comes from each of us finding ways to help people and communities make the most of what is known and cope with what is not.
This will take science. It will take art. It will take innovation. It will take ambition. And it will take humility. But the fantastic thing is: This is what you get to do."