Announcing the Recipients of the 2012 PEN Literary... →
rachelfershleiser: 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… Need something good to read…?
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift is my favorite song...– An awesome friend’s Facebook status. (via literatebitch)
Interviewer: Does something bother you? How can you write poetry if you are not bothered by something?
Leonard Cohen: When I get up in the morning... my real concern is to discover whether I'm in a state of grace. And if I make that investigation, and I discover that I am not in a state of grace, I try to go [back] to bed.
Interviewer: What do you mean by a state of grace?
Leonard Cohen: A state of grace is that kind of balance with which you ride the chaos that you find around you. It's not a matter of resolving the chaos--because there's something arrogant and warlike about putting the world in order--but having a kind of escape ski down over a hill, just going through the contours of the hill.
Interviewer: Oh, you have lost me!
chelseyesque: How to Write the Great American... →
All of the Indians must have tragic features: tragic noses, eyes, and arms. Their hands and fingers must be tragic when they reach for tragic food. The hero must be a half-breed, half white and half Indian, preferably from a horse culture. He should often weep alone. That is mandatory. If…
Maybe our favorite quotations say more about us than about the stories and...– John Green (via lyriquediscorde)
3. I don’t read books about selfish parents. This isn’t to say that I’m on...– How Having Kids Changed My Reading Life (via bookriot)
Studying Tips: How to Improve Your Memory
psych-facts: The processes of memory include encoding, storing and retrieving. Without going into too much details what these processes are, to improve memory, we must work on enhancing all stages of memory. To improve encoding, we need to work on making information easier to process. In this case, generally how we visualize or hear the information. You could enhance the ways you see the...
We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers,– I don’t care what side you’re on: CITATIONS OR GTFO. (seriously guys, Sarah puts footnotes in blog posts just for me. this shit is important.) Neil Newhouse, Romney pollster (via murteza) CITATIONS OR IT DIDN’T HAPPEN
The most productive ones get started early in the morning, when the world is...– — The Creative Habit (Twyla Tharp) (via subvee)
Kayumanggi ang Kulay Ko: Beauty Whitewashed: How... →
claudiagray: What they have done to Beyonce here BLOWS MY MIND. internal-acceptance-movement: While we talk a lot about harmful media beauty ideals like extreme thinness, appearance-focused “fitness,” sex appeal, and photoshopping phoniness, one of the most oppressive ideals excludes anyone who isn’t … white. We call it the whitewashing of beauty.
What was the best book you read in August?
For this week’s Road Trip Wednesday, we’d love to know what your favorite read was this month? Answer this post, or write up an answer on your own blog and link to it at our site. While you’re thinking about it, jam out to our Road Trip song for this week by the gravelly-voiced chanteur Ray LaMontagne:
HarperCollins: How I Got My Job in Book Publishing →
harpercollins: Once I figured out that a book didn’t automatically appear in the world after an author wrote it, and that things like “editors” and “imprints” and “The Big Six” existed, I wanted to work in publishing. And when I was 15 and read my first romance novel (Honor’s Splendor by Julie Garwood, in case…
NPR Fresh Air: For roughly a century and a half,... →
nprfreshair: For roughly a century and a half, the Brontes have been the subject of biographies that, much like poor Branwell’s painting, cover up more than they reveal. When Barker’s monumental family biography of the Brontes was published in 1994, it was as though a skilled restorer had come along to…
One of the paradoxes of writing is that when you write non-fiction everyone...– Scarlett Thomas (via amandaonwriting)
npr: Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech, given at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on Aug. 28, 1963. ~~~~~~~~~~ I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the...