: Announcing the Recipients of the 2012 PEN... →
penamerican: We are pleased to announce the winners and runners-up of the 2012 PEN Awards, the most comprehensive literary awards program in the country. This year marks PEN’s 90th anniversary. For more than 50 of those years PEN’s Literary Awards program has honored many of the most outstanding voices… You guys! Toi Derricotte totally nailed the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry.
That part of writing where my desk gets cleaned, papers get organized, and my microwave no longer harbors designs of pasta sauce past. (Hi, Internet! What’s going on? How are you today?)
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I do not know myself sometimes, or how to measure or name or count out the...– Virginia Woolf, The Waves (via 4mbivalent)
Effing Dykes: All in the Femme-ily →
When God speaks to you by making your heart hurt for another, by giving you...– The Talk - Momastery » Momastery I’ll go on record and say that there is no worse feeling than seeing an opportunity to help someone and not taking it.
I wish that I could take everybody I ever lived with and everybody I ever loved...– Dylan, quarterlife
In really serious situations, I always feel like I’m pretending to be an...– Dylan, quarterlife
After three years of book research, I have checked off the final item on my to watch/read list.* In six months, I turn thirty. I like where this is headed. *for now (clearly)
It felt like the first day of school, but I was going to the moon instead.– Dar Williams
Community is the place where our limitations, our fears and our egotism are...– Experimental Theology: Community Is the Place Where Our Limitations Are Revealed To Us
He Didn't Mean to Hurt You →
Last season, Ndamukong Suh became the most vilified man in football, the poster boy for gratuitous violence and dirty play. But Suh’s not just a 300-pound destruction machine. He knows what you think of him. He understands the game and his role in it. And he’s happy to explain things, really, just give him a minute—but try not to mention The Stomping BY JEANNE MARIE LASKAS
Chris Cantwell: Hey, I Have an Idea →
Let’s attack smart people. Let’s attack any person of moderate to high intelligence who isn’t pursuing a solely financial “job-creating” venture. Let’s chase our intellectuals into the woods with torches and pitchforks. Let’s browbeat teachers who educate the younger so we can fail multiple generations at once. Let’s seek to crush anything whose goal is to enrich our culture, our lives, our...
But what I mean is that I think chaps who set out like us will look as silly...– The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, C. S. Lewis
[Now who will tell the children fairytales?] The ones where simple crumbs...– Jorie Graham, from “History”
Girl-child: Do you have any pixie dust?
Girl-child: [taps on Tiffany's ad] That looks like pixie dust!
Crumbs from the Communion Table: Worldliness in... →
gcnjustin: When I was a teenager, I wore a lot of Christian t-shirts. My favorite one had a Christian ichthus fish swimming against the current in the midst of various other fish swimming in the opposite direction. “Go against the flow,” it proclaimed. Here’s a picture of it I found on flickr. The…
“Teenage Dreams” by Emily Landau | The Walrus |... →
After twenty-five years, Degrassi remains popular culture’s most honest depiction of teen life.
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W. W. Norton: Do you ever return to Virginia... →
wwnorton: EUDORA WELTY: Yes. She was the one who opened the door. When I read To the Lighthouse, I felt, Heavens, what is this? I was so excited by the experience I couldn’t sleep or eat. I’ve read it many times since, though more often these days I go back to her diary. Any day you open it to will be tragic, and yet all the marvelous things she says about her work, about working, leave you...
And strange new problems are being reported in the growing generations of ...– Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique, 1963
I will NOT let my heart shrivel like the Grinch in the face of others’ beauty...– One Bad Word, Appearing Twice. Sorry - Momastery » Momastery
This whole idea that authors who write about teenagers have some kind of...– Looking for Alaska Questions Answered Fascinating. This makes me think of my good friend whose academic study is children’s literature—he gets a lot of weird looks while perusing books in the children’s section of bookstores as a single male.
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Turning things around, I asked him what his feelings were about our ending...– David Rakoff, “All the Time We Have”
And hanging out can be marvelous. But hanging out does not make one an artist. A...– David Rakoff, “Isn’t It Romantic?” (One of my favorite essays of all time.) (DR dying blows. And I feel really weird about it.)
From 1950 to 1960 the interest of men in the details of intercourse paled before...– Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique (Or, as I call it, 2012 if you pretend we don’t have the Internet.)
I love my bike, but it's not safe on most roads -... →
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