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Oct
17th
Fri
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Don’t be seduced into thinking that that which does not make a profit is without value.
— Arthur Miller, playwright and essayist (1915-2005)
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Oct
14th
Tue
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newyorker:

Today is E. E. Cummings’s birthday. Revisit Paul Muldoon’s story on the poet’s life and work.
Photograph by Edward Weston.

newyorker:

Today is E. E. Cummings’s birthday. Revisit Paul Muldoon’s story on the poet’s life and work.

Photograph by Edward Weston.

(Source: newyorker.com)

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Oct
8th
Wed
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George B. Kearey, Mitchell´s Book Shop, Manchester, 1923, gouache

George B. Kearey, Mitchell´s Book ShopManchester, 1923, gouache

(Source: hajandrade, via powells)

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In a poet defamiliarization is a neurological pathology of perception that happens to be very useful only for making art—for helping the reader, for whom this burden is not the ordinary state of affairs, recover the vivacity and beauty of seeing the world as a child and approaching routine experiences as if they are unfamiliar.
— Daniel Nadler in conversation with our Poetry editor Timothy Donnelly (via bostonreview)
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theparisreview:

Zadie Smith on a certain famous populous island: “Manhattan is for the hard-bodied, the hard-minded, the multitasker, the alpha mamas and papas. A perfect place for self-empowerment—as long as you’re pretty empowered to begin with. As long as you’re one of these people who simply do not allow anything—not even reality—to impinge upon that clear field of blue. There is a kind of individualism so stark that it seems to dovetail with an existentialist creed: Manhattan is right at that crossroads. You are pure potential in Manhattan, limitless, you are making yourself every day.”
For more of this morning’s roundup, click here.

theparisreview:

Zadie Smith on a certain famous populous island: “Manhattan is for the hard-bodied, the hard-minded, the multitasker, the alpha mamas and papas. A perfect place for self-empowerment—as long as you’re pretty empowered to begin with. As long as you’re one of these people who simply do not allow anything—not even reality—to impinge upon that clear field of blue. There is a kind of individualism so stark that it seems to dovetail with an existentialist creed: Manhattan is right at that crossroads. You are pure potential in Manhattan, limitless, you are making yourself every day.”

For more of this morning’s roundup, click here.

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When the last tree is cut, the last fish is caught, and the last river is polluted; when to breathe the air is sickening, you will realize, too late, that wealth is not in bank accounts and that you can’t eat money.
— Alanis Obomsawin, filmmaker
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Oct
4th
Sat
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penamerican:

"As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.” 

—Gore Vidal, born on October 3, 1925.

penamerican:

"As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.”

—Gore Vidal, born on October 3, 1925.

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Oct
3rd
Fri
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For every complex problem, there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong.
H.L. Mencken
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Sep
25th
Thu
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No battle is ever won, he said. They are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools.
—  -William Faulkner, novelist (1897-1962)
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