Monday, December 28, 2009

Lin Zhipeng, here's his website (a little too much skin and sex for me, but the fews gems have really awesome energy and humor)

Monday, December 14, 2009

"Wherever and whatever I read, I have to have a pencil, not a pen—preferably a stub of a pencil so I can get close to the words, underline well-turned sentences, brilliant or stupid ideas, interesting words and bits of information, and write short or elaborate comments in the margins, put question marks, check marks and other private notations next to paragraphs that only I—and sometimes not even I—can later decipher. I would love to see an anthology of comments and underlined passages by readers of history books in public libraries, who despite the strict prohibition of such activity could not help themselves and had to register their complaints about the author of the book or the direction in which humanity has been heading for the last few thousand years.

Witold Gombrowicz says somewhere in his diaries that we write not in the name of some higher purpose, but to assert our very existence. This is true not only of poets and novelists, I think, but also of anyone who feels moved to deface pristine pages of books. With that in mind, for someone like me, the attraction some people have for the Kindle and other electronic reading devices is unfathomable. I prefer my Plato dog-eared, my Philip Roth with coffee stains, and can’t wait to get my hands on that new volume of poetry by Sharon Olds I saw in a bookstore window late last night" -- Charles Simic NYR blog

Saturday, December 12, 2009

"If we, citizens, do not support our artists, then we sacrifice our imagination on the alter of crude reality and we end up believing in nothing and having worthless dreams. " -- Yann Martel author's note, "Life of Pi"

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Mike Pisciteli via his blog, you won't fit it here

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Big Surf Sun City Arizona, 1980 -- David Hurn via Today's Pictures

Saturday, December 5, 2009

My friend, Stani here is her :: website

"Is That The Place?"

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