Women Apologize for Everything and I'm Sorry... →
Virginia Woolf would punch them all in the face. (And/or just not invite them...– Me, in a message to my mother.
Against Health - The Chronicle Review - The... →
MFA vs. NYC: America now has two distinct literary... →
Pop quiz, hot shots: I have a four-hour drive ahead of me. How many hours will be spent listening to Judy Garland’s “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas on Repeat”? Hint: I have listened to it twice already on a drive to Starbucks the length of the song.
I don’t want to sleep on the hide-a-bed with Fuller. If he has something...– Home Alone
It is curious that we Americans have a holiday — Thanksgiving — that’s all about...– Sarah Vowell, The Partly Cloudy Patriot (via uprightcitizens)
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If we try to engineer perfect children, will they... →
Whatever Tana French did with Faithful Place should be studied. Jesus Christ, that was a fantastic book. Story, craft — all of it. She has an unreal amount of talent. Spoiler warning of sorts. This doesn’t give away anything, but I need to let it be known that this is probably the most beautiful last paragraph of a book I have ever read. Also, and maybe only other writers will...
Life is going to knock you down more times than you can imagine; don’t...– Adam, Parenthood
“[Martin Luther King, Jr.] concluded the learned discourse that came to be known...– sarah vowell (via lightningvibrations)
Just pretend you have people skills.– Nora Walker, Brothers and Sisters side note: the ending of tonight’s episode? Warm fuzzies times a million.
A tuxedo on a woman: What it says and what it... →
Men’s apparel owns the language of power and authority. The clothes are in service to the man. They are tailored to him — designed to make him look good and feel comfortable. Men’s suits are stitched to be easily altered. Pants are sold unhemmed. The clothes are not finished until the gentleman says they are. Menswear aims to make men feel like they are the masters of their...
Interview with Alex Ross →
One of the coolest interviews I’ve ever gotten to do. This guy is awesome.
Feelings I have about this article about Joan Didion: It’s terribly hard to take someone seriously when he misspells the title of Didion’s Slouching Towards Bethlehem. (Petty? Maybe, but small errors of fact create large craters of doubt.) Why does everyone continue to reach back for forty-year-old pictures of Didion? The first time I saw an updated picture of her on the back flap...
The Frenemy.: An Open Letter To College →
thefrenemy: I wrote this note a month or two after I graduated college. I thought I’d share it with you guys.: Of course, this was how I studied in college, so maybe I deserve what I get. Dear College: Twenty minutes ago, I changed from my track shorts to my ‘goin’ out shorts’ which is, in fact, just long denim jean shorts that I find acceptably cool because they are ripped. You should...
"Driving Home" - Cheryl Wheeler
I was drivin home By the river side Richard Thompson on And the day so fine Pennsylvania towns Sort of slip right by In a soft line south Under purple skies I was driving home Through the Sunday bells Through the trailer towns Through the rolling hills From behind some cloud The sun still shines And the streams run down The mountain sides Slow down what’s the hurry ...
citizenkerry replied to your post: 15 most influential writers I have been meaning to read T. kidder for a year now… thanks for reminding me. Best get on that before he’s in Pittsburgh in February! (Totally worth every sentence.)
15 most influential writers
The Rules: Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen authors (poets included) who have always influenced you and will always stick with you. List the first 15 you can recall in no more than 15 minutes, and they don’t have to be listed in order of relevance to you. 1) Paula Danziger 2) Virginia Woolf 3) Jeanne Marie Laskas 4) Truman Capote 5) Jeanette Winterson 6) Sarah...
This is the worst prom ever, Elizabeth thought as she walked along the shore. ...– Sweet Valley High Senior Year, #46, Prom Night Really, Elizabeth? Worst prom ever? Because this is page 167 of 171, I’m going to assume that no one’s going to bring up how you spent the previous prom killing your twin’s boyfriend while driving drunk. But no big. Nothing like...
Remember, remember, this is now, and now, and now. Live it, feel it, cling to...– Sylvia Plath (via kari-shma)
I just want to say that if anyone is going to take a “which character are you” quiz on Sweet Valley Ten Years Later, it’s going to be Elizabeth types. The Jessicas, Lilas, and Bruces of the world have actual things to do with their time.
I have the choice of being constantly active and happy or introspectively...– Sylvia Plath (via daisyblue)
Lenore Skenazy: 'Stranger Danger' and the... →