If you're still looking for excellent David Mitchell (author) quotes, may I suggest the mind-blowing 'Gulls...' passage from "The Thousand Autums of Jacod de Zoet," what I personally believe to be one of the greatest paragraphs ever written?
Hi there! Just wanted to let you know that on your recent post, the apostrophe quote attributed to *author* David Mitchell was actually written by *British actor and writer* David Mitchell of "Peep Show" and "That Mitchell and Webb Look" fame.
I long for the day when Terry interviews this David Mitchell!
“Apostrophes, however, I love with all my heart. I support the correctly used apostrophe with that kind of fierce emotional investment in an irrelevance that most people reserve for football. (Go the team in the forthcoming thing, mind you.) I know punctuation rules well, derive a lamentably high percentage of my self-esteem from that knowledge and feel, again with my heart not my brain, that I’m a higher form of life than people who have either forgotten those rules or never been taught them.”—
Tomorrow: We listen back to interviews with actor Jon Hamm and author David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet.)
Noticed Friday's podcast wasn't available on Monday morning. (Found it on Tuesday morning.) And I don't see Monday's podcast now. What's up?
Just emailed the podcast people at NPR in DC about this. They handle all of our audio stuff. They said their systems aren’t working and they’ll let us know when it’s back up. (So I’ll post when it’s back up….) -Mel
“I can’t help thinking that a reason that nobody talks about intervening in Zimbabwe is that it’s not considered strategic. So it lacks the two trigger exports that would gain an intervention, and those exports are oil and international terrorism. It doesn’t export either of those two things that tend to attract Western intervention.”—Journalist Peter Godwin, on watching NATO and the U.S. intervene in Libya
Do the people on here who use Tumblr for work have a strategy?
The reason I ask is because I don’t think I have a strategy — and I think that’s why Tumblr works so well. And a person just called and asked what my strategy was and I had to admit that there isn’t one and I Tumblr when I need to take a 30-second mental break.
The way I think of Tumblr is that it’s kind of a free-for-all, post-what-have-you kind of site. Some stuff works and some stuff doesn’t. I usually post when I need to take a mental breather from writing stuff for freshair.npr.org. Sometimes I post 3 times a day. Sometimes 10. Sometimes I take a break from writing (the bulk of my day) and go through the Dashboard.
“Politicide is the practice of wiping out an entire political movement. The murders here are accompanied by torture and rape on an industrial scale, committed on a catch-and-release basis. When those who survive, terribly injured, limp home or are carried or pushed in wheelbarrows or on the backs of pickup trucks, they act like human billboards, advertising the appalling consequences of opposition to the tyranny.”—An excerpt from The Fear by Peter Godwin, tomorrow’s guest.