Monday, December 12, 2011

The Symbolism Survey

The images above are responses from Ralph Ellison and Ray Bradbury to Bruce McAllister, a high school student and budding writer who mailed 150 well-known authors a questionnaire about symbolism. Bruce received a surprising amount of letters in return, including responses from Jack Kerouac, Saul Bellow, and a hilariously rude Ayn Rand (who nonetheless answered all his questions). You can see more letters at the Paris Review.

1 comment:

  1. This is one of the most interesting things I've read in a long time! I wonder what kind of mood Ayn Rand was in that she not only wrote such a terse "response," but also bought a stamp, and licked an envelope shut to make sure he knew exactly what she thought of his questions.