Writer and photographer
Tonight I was walking by Diesel Books in Oakland, peered in the window, and recognized the writer William T. Vollmann standing at the back of the store giving a reading to a good-sized crowd. Of course I went inside, handed my bag to the girl behind the counter, and eventually found a seat. Vollmann's epic book "Rising Up and Rising Down" about the history of violence is now out in paperback, so he was there to help promote it. McSweeney's published the hardback version, and I actually worked on that in a small capacity by helping to research images for various chapters as requested by Vollmann himself. He had written lists of desired images for each chapter. I was given several of his chapters along with the lists and sent over to the UC-Berkeley library to find appropriate images, things like, "Death of Julius Caesar" or "Hitler, Portrait."
All I can think of is the title to that Saul Bellow novel, "More Die of Heartbreak." Here's a quote from a story in the New York Times about the way foreign governments were viewing the election that may sum things up (headline of the article was, strangely enough, "World Heads React Cautiously to U.S. Vote"):
I titled this "The Paris Review" because I just heard they have archived all of their past author interviews online. Perusing their website, I didn't find this to be true, although they have excerpts of many great interviews, including this incident from Paul Auster's childhood that I hadn't heard before: