'The Paris Review' Publishes 1963 Symbolism Surveys From Famous Writers
via The Paris Review:
In 1963, Bruce McAllister, a sixteen-year-old high school student from San Diego, sent a four-question survey to 150 well-known authors on the subject of symbolism.
Some of them even responded, and The Paris Review has published a handful of those responses.
Whatever you're doing right now is probably not as cool as clicking over and reading through responses from the likes of Jack Kerouac, Ayn Rand, Ralph Ellison, Ray Bradbury, John Updike, Saul Bellow, and Norman Mailer.
I love Ray Bradbury's entire response. I love that he signs off with "Guy Fawkes Day." I love Ayn Rand's snark. I love Kerouac's lack of ceremony. I love all of this, up to and including that some of these responses are in the actual handwriting of the authors. I'm a nerd for that kind of thing.
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