A lost journal of W. H. Auden, one of three that... →
This is an excellent opportunity to remind y’all that if you haven’t read the author of “In Praise of Limestone,” who once said “To some degree every American poet feels that whole responsibility for contemporary poetry has fallen upon his shoulders, that he is a literary aristocracy of one,” you need to get on it stat.
Burn Your House Down: A Guide on Freedom from...
briennewalsh: The solution to consumerism, I’ve come to realize, lies not in art, or in personal decisions, or a lack of money. It has to do with burning your house down. Read More Wikipedia says that a Kicker is “a closing paragraph of the story which summarizes the key point and may contain a call-to-action.” Ladies and gentlemen, you have your call-to-action of the day.
Carnie moved back to her shoulder and buried his head into her thin hair, almost...– From “Housewifely Arts” by Megan Mayhew Bergman in Birds of a Lesser Paradise. Do you like sentences? This book has many of them and they are all excellent.
chrismohney: What is this [notices wife has loaded dishwasher in a new way] well I’m going to keep doing it the old way [stares off across imaginary misty moonlit moors] The old ways are best This is pretty much how you do chores with roommates.
“I will tell you, Androgyne, what I learned today about the sublime. It’s that moment when a compound changes from one state to another. It’s chemistry. All lovers know it’s chemistry, not physics, that makes the world go round.” I have three beers in the fridge and an incredible book of Stephen Dunn poetry on my ereader so happy Sunday y’all.
For What Binds Us
There are names for what binds us: strong forces, weak forces. Look around, you can see them: the skin that forms in a half-empty cup, nails rusting into the places they join, joints dovetailed on their own weight. The way things stay so solidly wherever they’ve been set down— and gravity, scientists say, is weak. And see how the flesh grows back across a wound, with a great vehemence, more...
The shortest reading I ever gave in my life, even though I was specifically told...– Never change, Charles Simic.
My roommate is watching “Paris Is Burning” and “How to Survive a Plague” back to back right now and I’m super disappointed that I have a flight to catch and I’m going to miss a good Friday night crying jag.
Defendants acknowledge and believe it is unfortunate that, during the course of...– City Settles Lawsuit Over The Destruction of the Occupy Wall Street Library
A train was only one of many analogies used to describe ReDigi’s service. At...– from the United States District Court Southern District of New York Ruling in Capitol Records versus ReDigi, which found in favor of Capitol Records.
Now Sandra was lost in that backyard. Tom searched everywhere. He flagged down...– Last week, Sandra Danenberg McCormack, former senior editor at St. Martin’s Press, passed away from Alzheimer’s. In the Publishers Lunch notice, they linked to this New York Times story from 2006 on McCormack. It’s a heartbreaking, but incredibly endearing story of people finding each other by way...
I don’t think people read poetry because they’re interested in the poet. I think...– Billy Collins
So I thought to myself, you know what, you had a big birthday, why not get...– Balk aptly demonstrating the art of the Shaggy Parenthetical (via chrismohney) The answer is always buy the shoes.
I once had a breakfast meeting at one of the new breakfast places in my...– In case you really needed something hate read, here’s this thing from Michael Wolff.
In the Tournament of Books' first upset, The Fault... →
Recipe for the upbringing of a poet: As much neurosis as the child can bear.– W.H. Auden, the writer of In Praise of Limestone, which I had the particular pleasure to hear read at Housing Works last week. It’s a poem worth revisiting on Auden’s birthday.
But her health and marriage were deteriorating. She had had various health...– If you’ve ever read The Heart is a Lonely Hunter and wondered whether you’d ever read anything sadder than that, try the actual life of Carson McCullers.
He lived fifty-eight years, recorded sixty albums, played ten thousand gigs for...– from “A Life in the Arts” in Air Guitar, by Dave Hickey, a title I have dog-eared to hell since I started it two weeks ago.
He [Merwin] knew at a young age he wanted to write, and at 18, he visited the...– Ezra Pound: right but mean.
Washington, D.C., tops 'most literate city' study... →
D.C.’s secret? Rarely reading anything in USA Today.