Delonte West on Writing

I’m into all kinds of art. I enjoy beautiful things and I like to create.

I guess he had some emotions he wanted to get off his chest. He was just skipping down the Yellow Brick Road in the Wizard of Oz.

If we are going to play with a sock, I’ll play with a sock.

I got out of house arrest this morning.

Bugs Bunny is the smoothest dude I ever met. You know he be chillin’ like it just be a normal day and he- it be cold just like how it is in Boston and he just want to dive in the ground, pop up, he be like oh man this ain’t Albuquerque. That’s got to be the tightest life you just hop underneath the ground and go! No traffic, no Mass pike, no tolls, no taking Yankee hats off- just underneath the ground…BAM…carrots…

I did a study in college, and my study show, in the African American community, the Yankee hat, the navy blue and white, it just, I don’t know, do something for your swagger.

I like to paint murals of the ocean that I see beyond the horizon, because I feel if — in order for us to grow, we gotta know.

You kinda almost have to be the voice of reason out there.

My timing’s a little off. I felt a little foolish.

Soon, maybe this summer, I may get an art gallery going.

Twenty years from now, you’re going to see me riding in a drop top hummer buck naked with some ankle socks on and a headband on.

Well, there is two halves to everything.

One fish, two fish. Red fish, blue fish. Knick knack, paddy whack, give a dog a bone. Ding.

You can’t kill a G. Bugs Bunny is a G.

They took my uniform out of my locker today.

I think it’s kind of freaky.

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June 24th, 2011 / 6:31 pm

Isaac Bashevis Singer in Carbondale, Illinois

Four years before he died, Isaac Bashevis Singer visited Carbondale, Illinois, at the invitation of the Southern Illinois University English Department, and on money mostly from the Honors College.  It must have been some visit. Both times I’ve visited SIUC for their Devil’s Kitchen Literary Festival, there was no after-reading bar talk that was entirely Singerless. In the introduction to the new Best American Short Stories, Richard Russo, who taught there at the time, relates Singer’s formulation of the purpose of literature (First, to entertain; Second, to instruct; and in that order, and that order only.) My favorite account of Singer’s visit is recorded by Rodney Jones, in his estimable poetry collection Elegy for the Southern Drawl:

The Limousine Bringing Isaac Bashevis Singer to Carbondale

Rodney Jones

A town is the size of a language.

In four more years he would be dead, but now, READ MORE >

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October 6th, 2010 / 3:22 pm