“We have to stop categorizing abortions as justified or unjustified. The best thing you can do if you support reproductive rights is to force people to realize that abortion is common, and the most common abortion is a five-to-15-minute procedure elected early in the first trimester by someone who doesn’t want to be pregnant or have a child. It’s our job to say it’s O.K. if that’s the end of the story. It’s O.K. if it’s boring or not traumatic or if you don’t even know what it was.”
— in The New York Times
3:12 pm • 23 September 2014
"Despite the brutal winter, the failure to find a publisher and the lack of money, John admitted, as we walked by the river, that he had never had a better year. He was touched to hear me say what he already knew, that I too had never been happier. ‘What the hell is happiness?’ he asked with a happy laugh. And, more uneasily, ‘Should a poet seek it?’"
Eileen Simpson in POETS IN THEIR YOUTH.
2:33 pm • 23 September 2014
“From One Story to the Brooklyn Poets, from Lerner to Mengestu, this is the message of the Brooklyn Book Festival. It is a day in New York like no other, a day to celebrate what unites us, rather than what tears us apart. A day, in other words, in which we read books through the filter of community, of our essential humanness.”
— Scenes from the Brooklyn Book Festival - LA Times (via rachelfershleiser)
11:41 am • 23 September 2014 • 8 notes
John Darnielle and Terry Gross discussed quite a lot in this Fresh Air interview but one of them is No Children by Darnielle’s band The Mountain Goats.
7:58 pm • 22 September 2014
don’t wanna be your girl // wet
4:40 pm • 19 September 2014
Negative Form 9 (2014) Craig Yu via
3:53 pm • 19 September 2014
“[Simone] Weil was driven by a panic of altruism, an empathy so absolute she couldn’t separate the suffering that she witnessed from her own. She wanted politics to be a fairy tale, an attempt against all odds to make to make things right. Sometimes when the headaches hit she looked inside. Pain marked the meeting place between her soul and her body, the center of the nervous system. Always, she was terrified that she might waste her life.”
— Chris Kraus in Aliens & Anorexia
8:00 pm • 18 September 2014 • 5 notes
“When you don’t know what to do, you look for signs. Signs are miracles, appearing when we least expect them, at moments when the conscious mind has given up, turned off. Signs appear in many forms: found objects and lost property, a stranger’s words … You are walking along Third Avenue near East 53rd Street in Manhattan after applying for some job. You reach into your pocket, realize you don’t have enough money for the subway. You pass a dumpster filled with trash and see a book. You open it: page 3-5-3, the coordinates on which you’re standing, and that page tells you everything you need to know about your life. Time and circumstance have led you to this moment of exhaustion. The Tao of Dereliction: wanting to attain a state in which you may be porous: mobile, lost and penniless and constantly alert.”
— Chris Kraus in Aliens & Anorexia
7:54 pm • 18 September 2014 • 1 note
"Growing apart doesn’t change the fact that for a long time we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled. I’m glad for that." green cliffs in a #tbt to Montauk earlier this summer.
6:22 pm • 18 September 2014 • 1 note
There is Paul Newman, and then there is everyone else.
7:39 pm • 17 September 2014 • 3 notes
ilperiodoipotetico said: Such a great tumblr. Just need to say it. :)
oh, thank you! glad my little scraps count for something.
6:53 pm • 17 September 2014
John Berryman, The Art of Poetry No. 16, The Paris Review
||You, along with Lowell, Sylvia Plath, and several others, have been called a confessional poet. How do you react to that label?
||With rage and contempt! Next question.
3:45 pm • 17 September 2014 • 1 note
“But what really is the point of a lighthouse?
This is north, it says
Not: I am your safe Harbor.”
— Louise Glück via #fsgpoetry
3:18 pm • 17 September 2014 • 11 notes