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Don't Save Anything : Uncollected Essays, Articles, and Profiles

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"The collection offers something for every taste, along with a fascinating mosaic-like view of Salter's unfailingly interesting life." --Harper's Bazaar, 1 of 8 New Books You Need to Read in November One of the greatest writers of American sentences in our literary history, James Salter's acute and glimmering portrayals of characters are built with a restrained and poetic style. The author of several memorable works of fiction--including Dusk and Other Stories, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award--he is also celebrated for his memoir Burning the Days and many nonfiction essays. In her preface, Kay Eldredge Salter writes, "Don't Save Anything is a volume of the best of Jim's nonfiction--articles published but never collected in one place until now. Though those many boxes were overflowing with papers, in the end it's not really a matter of quantity. These pieces reveal some of the breadth and depth of Jim's endless interest in the world and the people in it . . . One of the great pleasures in writing nonfiction is the writer's feeling of exploration, of learning about things he doesn't know, of finding out by reading and observing and asking questions, and then writing it down. That's what you'll find here." This collection gathers Salter's thoughts on writing and profiles of important writers, observations of the changing American military life, evocations of Aspen winters, musings on mountain climbing and skiing, and tales of travels to Europe that first appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, People, Conde Nast Traveler, the Aspen Times, among other publications.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 303 pages
  • 160 x 231 x 38mm | 590g
  • Counterpoint LLC
  • English
  • 1619029367
  • 9781619029361
  • 15,105

About James Salter

JAMES SALTER was a novelist, short story writer, screenwriter, and essayist. Born in 1925, Salter grew up in New York City and was a career officer and Air Force pilot until his mid-thirties, when the success of his first novel The Hunters led to a fulltime writing career. Salter's potent, lyrical prose has earned him acclaim from critics, readers, and fellow novelists. He was the recipient of a PEN/Faulkner Award and the PEN/Malamud Award, among others. His novel A Sport and a Pastime was hailed by the New York Times as "nearly perfect as any American fiction." His other books include Cassada and Light Years. He died on June 19, 2015, at ninety years old.show more

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Praise for Don't Save Anything "The collection offers something for every taste, along with a fascinating mosaic-like view of Salter's unfailingly interesting life." --Harper's Bazaar, 1 of 8 New Books You Need to Read in November "Enlightening . . . These essays offer a fascinating window into the experiences of Salter's generation, and the wars, presidents, and writers who helped to shape his worldview. Not only for Salter's fans, Don't Save Anything is for anyone interested in the varied topics he discusses and American literature." --Booklist "The late Salter was commonly regarded as a writer's writer, and this superb collection shows why . . . Crisp and razor sharp, Salter's work peels away illusions to reveal the matter-of-fact nuances of his and our lives." --Publishers Weekly "These magazine pieces reflect the author's wide range of experience and interests as well as his prose mastery . . . Taken together, these pieces attest to a true life, a life well-lived and well-written." --Kirkus Reviews "I remember hearing Salter read his heartbreaking story 'Last Night' to a captivated audience in Newark, N.J., at Rutgers University--it was a moment of shared intimacy that I've rarely experienced at a reading. Salter had a presence both on and off the page. Don't Save Anything collects Salter's previously uncollected nonfiction; essays that appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, People, and elsewhere. The book's title comes from a line from one of Salter's final interviews: 'You try to put everything you have in a book. That is, don't save anything for the next one.'" --The Millions "No writer in the last half-century wrote a tighter sentence than James Salter." --Head Butler Praise for A Sport and a Pastime "Salter inhabits the same rarefied heights as Flannery O'Connor, Paul Bowles, Tennessee Williams, and John Cheever." --Ned Rorem, The Washington Post Book World "A feverishly compressed, exquisitely controlled story." --Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times "A tour de force of erotic realism, a romantic cliff-hanger; an opaline vision of Americans in France . . . A Sport and a Pastime succeeds as art must. It tells us about ourselves." --The New York Times Book Review "Salter particularly rewards those for whom reading is an intense pleasure." --Susan Sontag Praise for Light Years "Extraordinary . . . at once tender, exultant, unabashedly sexual, sensual, and profoundly sad. Light Years is a masterpiece." --Elizabeth Benedict, Philadelphia Inquirer "Remarkable. . . . Salter celebrates the silver-and-golden bitterness of life. Light Years . . . becomes an unexpectedly moving ode to beautiful lives frayed by time." --James Wolcott, Esquire "[A] twentieth-century masterpiece. At once iridescent, lyrical, mystical and magnetic." --Bloomsbury Review "An absolutely beautiful, monstrous, important book." --Joy Williams Praise for The Hunters "The contemporary writer most admired and envied by other writers... [He can] your heart with a sentence." --Washington Post Book World "Darkly romantic. . .beautifully composed. . .a brilliant war novel." --Chicago Tribune "Anyone under forty may not appreciate how profoundly Salter influenced my generation. [He] created the finest work ever to appear in print--ever--about men who fly and fight." --Robert F. Dorr, author of F-86 Sabre "There is scarcely a writer alive who could not learn from his passion and precision of language." --Peter Matthiessen, author of The Snow Leopard and co-founder of The Paris Review "Salter's prose is rare and stunning." --John Irving, author of The Cider House Rules Praise for Cassada: A Novel "A small gem, a lean, sinewy book that evokes a full and complex world of bitterness, striving and recklessness." --New York Times "It isn't often that a writer of superlative skills knows enough about flying to write well about it; Saint-Exupery was one; Salter is another." --New York Times Book Review "Salter is the contemporary writer most admired and envied by other writers... He can, when he wants, break you heart with a sentence." --Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World "Cassada is a masterpiece, a book in which men wage an elemental battle for survival against invisible forces." --Mark Levine, Men's Journal "The grace and brutality of his writing make him one of our best and most central novelists." --Los Angeles Times "Brilliant. Sentence for sentence Salter is the master." --Richard Ford, author of Let Me Be Frank With You "Salter is a writer who particularly rewards those for whom reading is an intense pleasure." --Susan Sontag, author of Illness as Metaphor "Salter's prose is rare and stunning." --John Irving, author of The Cider House Rules Praise for There and Then: The Travel Writing of James Salter "Short essays by novelist, short story author and prose stylist Salter (Last Night) explore his lifelong romance with Europe and Japan... these essays showcase Salter's writerly touch." --Publishers Weekly Praise for Gods of Tin: The Flying Years "Above all, the book collocates some of the finest aviation writing of the twentieth century, otherwise hard to find if not altogether out of print." --Booklist "[A] slim volume that nonetheless packs a forceful punch. It's slimness is due in part to the author's voice, marked by brevity, and his uncanny ability to freeze a scene. . . . and to capture a character with a mere trickle of words." --The Rocky Mountain News "By placing all the entries, from Salter's fiction and nonfiction, as near as possible in chronological order, the reader can see how the pilot turned his diary into literature." --The Columbus Dispatch "A splendid thing in a small package is this flying book. . . . All the voices have a superb command of the English language and vividly depict the sensations and human interactions involved in flying." --Publishers Weeklyshow more

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