The famous poet said write by the light of your wounds...
seems too witchy to be science.
The Cold River purging sheet iron,
jeans, a jewel-eyed
alabaster goat. Is that
why I'm here?
May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself
— Neil Gaiman
It Snowed in the Sahara and the Photos Are Breathtaking Earther
Books As Dinner Party Guests? One Bookstore Finds A New Market
from The Daily Beast
You would expect an uncountable number
Acres and acres of books in rows
Like wheat or gold bullion. Or that the words just
Appear in the mind, like banner headlines.
In fact there is one shelf
Holding a modest number, ten or twelve volumes.
No dust jackets, because—no dust.
Covers made of gold or skin
Or golden skin, or creosote or rain-
Soaked macadam, or some
Mix of salt & glass. You turn a page
& mountains rise, clouds drawn by children
Bubble in the sky, you are twenty
Again, trying to read a map
Dissolving in your hands. I say You & mean
Me, say God & mean Librarian—who after long research
Offers you a glass of water and an apple—
You, grateful to discover your name,
A footnote in that book.
Oberlin College Press
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Lauren Gunderson, an Atlantan living in San Francisco, is America’s most produced playwright
Does the Fairfax slogan, “Independent. Always”, really mean independent of truth, reliability and knowledge? Or should my humble response to the extraordinary headline and story in the Sun-Herald of 31 December have been an admission that, even after an operatic obsession of more than 50 years, there might have been a great Australian singer whom I’d never heard of: “New Joan Sullivan theatre to hit high note”. Worse still, the story that followed then wrongly mentioned that legendary name twice. Talk about rubbing salt into wounds (not to mention the cliché of the headline, even if it were correct).
How Reading Has Shaped Who We Are
from The New York Times
NBC also acquired a full copy, and sprinkled various anecdotes into their posted accounts of Wolff's "wildest claims" and "behind-the-scenes tales." The NYT let it be known by Wednesday night they had a copy, but did not file many distinctive extracts. A second official excerpt from the Hollywood Reporter (where Wolff is a columnist) landed overnight, also on an accelerated timetable. And The Times of London offered one small "exclusive extract" (in which former Prime Minister Tony Blair passed on to Jared Kushner a "juicy rumor: the possibility that the British had had the Trump campaign staff under surveillance, monitoring its telephone calls and other communications and possibly even Trump himself.")
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