About James Hulbert

author of 'A Kiss Before You Leave Me'; translator of 'Dictionary of Symbolism'

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  • James shared from Act One: An Autobiography by Moss Hart
    There is no point whatever in writing or reading a book of theatrical reminiscences if either the writer or the reader is to be hampered by incredulity, an aversion to melodrama, or even the somewhat foolish glow of the incorrigibly stage-struck. Like it or not, the credulous eye and the quixotic heart are part and parcel of the theatre. The theatre is not so much a profession as a disease, and my first look at Broadway was the beginning of a lifelong infection.
    Note: just picked up Moss Hart's intoxicating memoirs
  • James shared from The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer
    In the event that you’ve just picked up this book, and know little or nothing about it, and are unsure whether you should read it, I want to urge you with all my being that you must read The Executioner’s Song. I want to further guarantee that you will finish it. It’s the fastest 1,000 pages you will ever know.
    Note: Dave Eggers on The Executioner's Song
  • James shared from Book by Book: Notes on Reading and Life by Michael Dirda
    The main interest in life and work is to become someone else that you were not in the beginning. If you knew when you began a book what you would say at the end, do you think that you would have the courage to write it? What is true for writing and for a love relationship is true also for life. The game is worthwhile insofar as we don’t know what will be the end. — MICHEL FOUCAULT
  • James shared from The Murders in the Rue Morgue and Other Tales (Penguin English Library) by Edgar Allan Poe
    This is why Poe calls his things ‘tales’. They are a concatenation of cause and effect. His best pieces, however, are not tales. They are more. They are ghastly stories of the human soul in its disruptive throes. Moreover, they are ‘love’ stories.
    Note: Lawrence on Poe
  • James shared from Ten Days' Wonder by Ellery Queen
    The First Day IN THE BEGINNING IT
    Note: EQ classic new on US Kindle