Rage Against the Minivan: what I want you to know:... →
Judy Blume's Love, Writing About Kids Ages 9-12 :... →
Via Jen, who is the best.
Words that came out of my mouth today: we have to respect the earth.
What I say in this column is that monogamy is like vegetarianism. All the...– Is monogamy like vegetarianism? - Sex News, Sex Talk - Salon.com Fascinating comparison.
I can’t follow through. On anything. Once something gets in my way, it’s like a...– Abby Lockhart, ER (via makeitlasts) I like that, in the end, that’s not actually true.
Why does one feel so different at night? Why is it so exciting to be awake when...– Katherine Mansfield, “At the Bay,” in The Garden Party, 1922 (via proustitute)
Remember that time Maura Tierney showed up as Carol Hathaway’s OB nurse on ER?
A genre writer accepts himself - Writers and... →
I was just writing a little yesterday and today about being a non-literary reader; well-timed, Salon.
Wolf Trap at 40: The mission remains. What that... →
One of my favorite places on earth.
Why to Take Notes
lareviewofbooks: This post by Kevin Brockmeier is part of The 75th Project, a series of essays by graduates of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. We are printing it on Saturday, the day on which we often publish letters to the editors, in part because it seems to speak to a piece we ran a while back by Mark McGurl, “The MFA Octopus: Four Questions...
‘Gentrification’ covers black and white... →
Gentrification as a general concept fascinates me. My first year in Pittsburgh, I lived in a neighborhood that was in the gentrification process and have spent the better part of the last year keeping tabs on a town that claims it’s not trying to gentrify, but has clearly planted the seeds. I wonder how race would play in the latter.
And I know I must go on doing this dance on hot bricks till I die– Virginia Woolf, Diary Entry, 1st of March 1937. (via fuckyeahvirginiawoolf)
Fiction is about everything human and we are made out of dust, and if you scorn...– Flannery O’Connor (via wordpainting)
Weeping over finishing Sisterhood Everlasting. So many feelings happened.
Last post rescinded. Page sixty is the worst.
Thirty-one pages in, and Sisterhood Everlasting has nailed about every emotional thing in my life right now. Thanks, Ann Brashares.
Lena cleared her throat before she hit the talk button. It wasn’t a...– Ann Brashares, Sisterhood Everlasting
The Millions : Scared Straight: Writers and The... →
Catcher in the Rye 60th Birthday: Where Are the... →
Amy Winehouse’s troubles inspired songs — and then... →
Rachel Held Evans | When God Chooses Your Logo →
Addictive Personality? You Might be a Leader -... →
These are the kinds of things I think about: there will come a time when someone will watch the series finale of Six Feet Under and all of the death dates will have passed, and that person might be the kind of person who gets taken by the fact that the characters are not just dead in the show, but they’ve died in time as well.
I fall for nothing as hard as I do extended family and friend dinner scenes. (Six Feet Under series finale.)
essay journal prose amy whipple an observation... →
Hey! The new issue of Peripheral Surveys is live, and you might just click that link and find an essay by someone you know!
Sometimes you just need to spend a Sunday afternoon watching Empire Records, you know?
The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.– Dorothy Parker
What do you hear in these sounds?
She doesn’t need anybody to laugh with, she just laughs…and sees beautiful...– Sandra Cisneros (via damselinthewest)
That was some stellar long-term character writing in this week’s episode of Weeds.
She strung the afternoon on the necklace of memorable days, which was not too...– Virginia Woolf, Moments Of Being. (via fuckyeahvirginiawoolf)
She felt herself transfixed by the intensity of her perception; but how did one...– Virginia Woolf,To The Lighthouse. (via fuckyeahvirginiawoolf)
I imagine, in other words, that the notebook is about other people. But of...– Joan Didion, “On Keeping a Notebook” This one, either.
That was the year, my twenty-eighth, when I was discovering that not all...– Joan Didion, “Goodbye to All That” This essay never, ever gets old.
Bad spellers are a breed apart from good ones. A writer with a mind that doesn’t...– What Typos Mean to Book Publishing - NYTimes.com via also The Awl This explains so, so much. And also maybe makes me feel better about being a bad speller.
For reasons unbeknownst to me, there are bros at the Mary Chapin Carpenter concert.
How I linger to admire, admire, admire the things of this world that are...– Mary Oliver, “Heavy,” from Thirst (via the-final-sentence)
karacupcakes: My cupcake blog is weak in followers. Getting the word out again on this one. http://cupcakesbykara.tumblr.com/ Harry Potter cupcake pictures up from last night.
Three Short Essays - The Collagist - Dzanc Books →
I could listen to the construction guys talking outside my open window for the rest of my life.
Rachel Held Evans | Masculinity at the foot of the... →
Since high school, I’ve been taken by a particular strand of contemporary Christian music—and it’s corresponding male audience—that explores masculine vulnerability and the embrace of visible (traditionally feminine) emotions. A topic that’s on the long list of topics I’d like to further explore.