The Best is Yet to Come
"To begin with, you need to write. This seems axiomatic because it is. The only way to amass a pile of words into a book is to shovel some every single day. No days off. You have to form this habit; without it you are screwed. I’m going to assume everyone who keeps reading already has this down. If you don’t — you won’t make it. My best advice on how to form this habit is twofold: Get comfortable staring at a blank screen and not writing. This is a skill. If you can not write and avoid filling that time with distractions, you’ll get to the point where you start writing. Open your manuscript and just be with it."
~ Note to self, and to @anotherbrilliantzinger explore-blog)
"Much of Hamlet is about the precise kind of slippage the mourner experiences: the difference between being and seeming, the uncertainty about how the inner translates into the outer, the sense that one is expected to perform grief palatably. (If you don’t seem sad, people worry; but if you are grief-stricken, people flinch away from your pain.)"
~ Yet another reason to experience Hamlet.
Meghan O’Rourke on how Hamlet can helps us through grief and despair. O’Rourke’s moving memoir of losing her mother is a must-read for anyone who has ever lost a loved one or ever will – which is just about all of us capable of love.
Meghan O’Rourke on how Hamlet can helps us through grief and despair.
O’Rourke’s moving memoir of losing her mother is a must-read for anyone who has ever lost a loved one or ever will – which is just about all of us capable of love.(via explore-blog)
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For Raymond Chandler's birthday today, his collected wisdom on writing from a lifetime of letters
As I was blathering on about the latest book I read, a doctoral student colleague of mine (still dissertating) remarked, “You mean you’re reading for fun?!”
A smile broke across my face. “Why, yes I am. A lot.”
"How much ‘a lot’?"
"Oh, probably six books since I graduated in May …" I let my voice trail off, lest I interrupt her further. She had been taking notes when I arrived for our Sunday morning study time. I had promised to follow through with our study dates, because "Friends don’t let friends stay ABD."*
While she continued, I opened Pinterest on my iPad. A review of my “Books I’d Recommend” board revealed the luscious truth: in the 11 weeks since commencement, I had read 9 books. Some audio books had been my faithful companions as I made the 7-hour round trip to my mother’s. Still others had been secret nighttime reads — downloaded to Overdrive from my local library and read on my iPad. Two had been rich, hardbound autographed editions, gifts from my bookstore employee son.
Once a paper edition purist, I realized I had become a reading omnivore. Any format, any time. While current technology allows me to satisfy my book addition 24/7, I continue to crave the tactile pleasure of opening a new book, caressing deckle edged pages, inhaling its new-book smell.
Ah, reading for pleasure! How I’ve missed you!
* all but dissertation, the point in the doctoral degree process where the only requirement left to earn the PhD is completion and defense of the dissertation.
I love, love, love these mashups! They make me wish I were still teaching high school and could use them to draw students in to the beauty of poetry.
Pain—has an Element of Blank—
It cannot recollect
When it began—or if there were
A time when it was not—
It has no Future—but itself—
Its Infinite contain
Its Past—enlightened to perceive
New Periods&mndash;of Pain
Emily Dickinson in The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Song: “Everybody Hurts” by Patti Smith
“[She’s] a broad, in the best sense of the word. She’s funny, fabulous, fearless, fragile…”
Photograph by Brigitte Lacombe.
"She was the kind of hard-drinking, salty-talking dame that they don’t make anymore…"
The great Nelson Mandela would’ve been 96 today – celebrate with some timeless wisdom from his inauguration address and autobiography.
Ever finished a book? I mean, truly finished one? Cover to cover. Closed the spine with that slow awakening that comes with reentering consciousness?
You take a breath, deep from the bottom of your lungs and sit there. Book in both hands, your head staring down at the cover, back page or wall in front of you.
You’re grateful, thoughtful, pensive. You feel like a piece of you was just gained and lost. You’ve just experienced something deep, something intimate… Full from the experience, the connection, the richness that comes after digesting another soul.
It’s no surprise that readers are better people. Having experienced someone else’s life through abstract eyes, they’ve learned what it’s like to leave their bodies and see the world through other frames of reference. They have access to hundreds of souls, and the collected wisdom of all them."
~ Beautiful read on why readers are, “scientifically,” the best people to date. Perhaps Kafka’s timeless contention that books are "the axe for the frozen sea inside us" applies equally to the frozen sea between us.
Beautiful read on why readers are, “scientifically,” the best people to date.
Perhaps Kafka’s timeless contention that books are "the axe for the frozen sea inside us" applies equally to the frozen sea between us.(via explore-blog)
Sometimes there are just too many dishes in the sink to get that line of dialogue right. The TV is too loud to make that first sentence sing, you know? Real life. It gets in the way of Fictionland all too often. But what if you want to get away from real life and crank […]
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July 16, 1951: The Catcher in the Rye is Published
On this day in 1951, J.D. Salinger’s novel, The Catcher in the Rye, was published. The novel tells the story of 16-year-old Holden Caulfield, a troubled character who challenged 1950s conformity, much like Salinger himself.
Due to its somewhat rebellious tone, Salinger’s work has been linked to issues of controversy and censorship. Even so, over 60 years later, The Catcher in the Rye has sold over 65 million copies and continues to sell an additional 500,000 each year.
Photo: A 1951 copy of J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye (Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress).
Chemistry (MChem), University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
“Exploring electron donors for the coupling of haloarnes to arenes”.
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