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July 4, 2014

Mission Flats in Greece


Mission Flats at the beach in Greece. Thank you, Sia Kouma.

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Published on July 04, 2014 07:00 • 12 views

July 2, 2014

I don’t believe that poems are written to be heard, or as Mill said, to be overheard; nor are poems addressed to their reader. I believe that poems are a score for performance by the reader, and that you become the speaking voice. You don’t read or overhear the voice in the poem, you are the voice in the poem. You stand behind the words and speak them as your own — so that it is a very different form of reading from what you might do in a novel where a character is telling the story, where the speaking voice is usurped by a fictional person to whom you listen as the novel unfolds.


Helen Vendler

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Published on July 02, 2014 12:00 • 13 views

June 29, 2014

Billy Budd manuscript, 1888-89


Melville’s original handwritten manuscript of Billy Budd (via). (Click image to view full size.)

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Published on June 29, 2014 07:11 • 4 views

June 25, 2014

George Orwell colorized


Date and photographer both unknown. Colorized by Reddit user Edvos. (Via Colorized History.) More here.

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Published on June 25, 2014 10:28 • 5 views

June 5, 2014

Back Bay 1870's


The Back Bay in progress. Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, looking west toward the intersection of Dartmouth Street, ca. 1872. From the wonderful Flickr stream of the Boston Public Library.

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Published on June 05, 2014 17:48 • 21 views

June 2, 2014

Boston Rapid Transit map 1954


Click image to view full size. Via Cartographia.

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Published on June 02, 2014 11:22 • 7 views

June 1, 2014


Brené Brown on dealing with critics real and imagined. Helpful advice for creatives of all kinds, writers included. Of course, the Teddy Roosevelt quote that was so meaningful to Brown, about “the man in the arena,” is one that every writer should keep close by, for those low moments.


It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

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Published on June 01, 2014 05:00 • 7 views

May 28, 2014


Jad Abumrad, co-creator of Radiolab, puts a name to a familiar feeling, gut churn: “that radical uncertainty that you feel when you’re trying to work without a template, which is not something I think we as a creative community talk enough about: how crummy it feels to make something that’s new” (4:54). The suggestion that gut churn might actually be a good thing, a sign that what you are creating is truly new and original, is helpful if counterintuitive advice.

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Published on May 28, 2014 10:06 • 20 views

May 27, 2014

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Amen. You can buy this poster here.

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Published on May 27, 2014 07:30 • 15 views