"Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia."
- Kurt Vonnegut: http://bit.ly/1h09WhY

Vance Joy performs ‘Riptide.’ 

I love you when you’re singing that song and
I got a lump in my throat because 
You’re gonna sing the words wrong

": Where do stories begin? Let me try:
once I pretended I could lightning. I broke
my mother’s heart. She would never tell me this.
I spent years practicing unshattering for her, silent."
- Heather Knox, “Effort at Speech between Two Lovers,” published in PANK (via bostonpoetryslam)

London Grammar performs ‘Hey Now.’  What is on your writing playlist? 

nicetype:

THE GAP by Ira Glass

This is a great video about plugging along in your creative work & working through the gaps. 

'Coffee me.' 

'Coffee me.' 

"Dear Portia, you can love anyone
given enough hours, but our hearts
always beat like this: I have / to leave,
I have / to leave, I have / to leave.
"
- Jenny Boychuk, “Dear Portia,” published in Birdfeast (via bostonpoetryslam)

(via birdfeast)

Quitting the Paint Factory

tetw:

by Mark Slouka

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I distrust the perpetually busy; always have. The frenetic ones spinning in tight little circles like poisoned rats. The slower ones, grinding away their fourscore and ten in righteousness and pain. They are the soul-eaters…

One of the best essays, ever: http://bit.ly/1mGHm8R

"What I work to dispel in my students is the prevailing myth that inspiration comes like a light bulb over the head, a lightning stroke to the spleen, and all we have to do as artists is wait for the lightning and then transcribe it. I think instead work comes from hundreds or thousands of hours of working through things, from pouring lots and lots of observation and thought into every paragraph, every dead-end, every false start. And I believe the magic of a good short story, in particular, comes from the compression of so many days of thought into a space that can be experienced by a reader in an hour or so. So for me it comes from spending a lot of time in the language of whatever subject I’m interested in at the moment, shells or snow or radio or violin making or whatever, and working slowly, backtracking out of lots of dead-ends, toward a concerted and unified vision."
- Anthony Doerr (via mttbll)
Banango Street Issue 6: Now Live!

banangolit:

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Banango Street Issue 6, prose guest-edited by Ben Tanzer, is now live! Go forth & read excellent poetry & prose by: Raena Shirali, William Fargason, Jill Talbot, Christopher Kempf, Joseph G. Peterson, Emily Kendal Frey, Sarah Jean Grimm, Justin Brouckaert, Lorenzo Conte, Zoe Dzunko, Anne…

Poetry

'Poetry is about time running out, to some extent. You can think of that purely formally — the line ends, the stanza ends and the poem itself ends.’ 

—Dean Young at Gwarlingo

This is cool… 
longliveunderground:

"Bookman or Bookman Old Style is a serif typeface derived from Old Style Antique and designed by Alexander Phemister in 1858 for Miller and Richard foundry.[1] Several American foundries copied the design, including the Bruce Type Foundry, and issued it under various names. In 1901, Bruce refitted their design, made a few other improvements, and rechristened it Bartlett Oldstyle. When Bruce was taken over by American Type Founders shortly thereafter, they changed the name to Bookman Oldstyle.
Bookman was designed as an alternative to Caslon, with straighter serifs, making it more suitable for book and display applications. It maintains its legibility at small sizes, and can be used successfully for headlines and in advertising. In 1936, Chauncey H. Griffith of the American Linotype foundry developed a revival.” - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bookman_(typeface)

This is cool… 

longliveunderground:

"Bookman or Bookman Old Style is a serif typeface derived from Old Style Antique and designed by Alexander Phemister in 1858 for Miller and Richard foundry.[1] Several American foundries copied the design, including the Bruce Type Foundry, and issued it under various names. In 1901, Bruce refitted their design, made a few other improvements, and rechristened it Bartlett Oldstyle. When Bruce was taken over by American Type Founders shortly thereafter, they changed the name to Bookman Oldstyle.

Bookman was designed as an alternative to Caslon, with straighter serifs, making it more suitable for book and display applications. It maintains its legibility at small sizes, and can be used successfully for headlines and in advertising. In 1936, Chauncey H. Griffith of the American Linotype foundry developed a revival.” - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bookman_(typeface)

'Just Friends' by Deer Tick.

Listening to any good jams lately?

Understudies Reading Group Guide

ravimangla:

1) Did anyone read this month’s pick?

2) Why do we have a book club if no one ever reads the book?

3) Do you think we would have liked the book had we read it?

4) What would you guess the book is about?

5) How would we have felt about the characters?

6) Would we have found the ending to be a satisfying conclusion to the story?

7) Should we just read The Help again?

Friends, pick this book up! 

For the Anniversary of My Death

As today writing after three days of rain
Hearing the wren sing and the falling cease
And bowing not knowing to what W. S. Merwin, ‘For the Anniversary of My Death
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