1. smithsonianlibraries:

     

    Want to dress up for Shakespeare’s Birthday but need inspiration? Well, help has arrived for a mere two shillings (or fifty cents) in this 1892 publication with so very many costume suggestions (some entirely inappropriate for any occasion.)

    illustrations from Masquerade and carnival: their customs and costumes by Mrs. Jennie Taylor Wandle

     
  2. plasmatics:

Golden Crown of Water Crests Over an Aqua Wave by Arlo West

    plasmatics:

    Golden Crown of Water Crests Over an Aqua Wave by Arlo West

     
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    openingsofbooks:

Stop by openingsofbooks to share your favorite book’s opening line!
     
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    bofransson:

Woman Trying on a Hat
Edgar Degas - circa 1884

    bofransson:

    Woman Trying on a Hat

    Edgar Degas - circa 1884

     
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    vintageanchorbooks:

"I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains." — from Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

    vintageanchorbooks:

    "I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains."
    — from Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

     
  8. The Fable of the Mermaid and the Drunks, Pablo Neruda

    wordsandbirdcages:

    poetry365:

    All these men were there inside
    when she entered, utterly naked.
    They had been drinking, and began to spit at her.
    Recently come from the river, she understood nothing.
    She was a mermaid who had lost her way.
    The taunts flowed over her glistening flesh.
    Obscenities drenched her golden breasts.
    A stranger to tears, she did not weep.
    A stranger to clothes, she did not dress.
    They pocked her with cigarette ends and with burnt corks,
    and rolled on the tavern floor in raucous laughter.
    She did not speak, since speech was unknown to her.
    Her eyes were the color of faraway love,
    her arms were matching topazes.
    Her lips moved soundlessly in the coral light,
    and ultimately, she left by that door.
    Hardly had she entered the river than she was cleansed,
    gleaming once more like a white stone in the rain;
    and without a backward look, she swam once more,
    swam toward nothingness, swam to her dying.

     
  9. amandaonwriting:

Happy Birthday, Louise Glück, born 22 April 1943
Seven Quotes
It seems to me that the desire to make art produces an ongoing experience of longing… Always there seems something ahead, the next poem or story, visible, at least, apprehensible, but unreachable… It’s like a lighthouse, except that, as one swims towards it, it backs away.
Usually the person who is going to develop into a writer is a sensitive reader and a good critic. When people are good critics, anything can happen. That means there is a deep alertness to syntax, to language.
I think the question of who’s going to be a writer has more to do with intelligence and hunger than anything you would say was talent. There’s a ton of talent, first of all, and it takes you only so far. People with toughness and willingness to start over, combined with really remarkable minds and intense need, those are the people who can become anything.
I feel quite passionately that the degree to which I have, if I have, stayed alive as a writer and changed as a writer, owes much to the intensity with which I’ve immersed myself in the work, sometimes very alien work, of people younger than I, people making sounds I haven’t heard. 
I took my first teaching job, and the minute I started to teach I started to write. I’ve always connected teaching and writing.
Of two sisters one is always the watcher, one the dancer.
We look at the world once, in childhood. The rest is memory.
Glück is an American poet. She was appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 2003.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

    amandaonwriting:

    Happy Birthday, Louise Glück, born 22 April 1943

    Seven Quotes

    1. It seems to me that the desire to make art produces an ongoing experience of longing… Always there seems something ahead, the next poem or story, visible, at least, apprehensible, but unreachable… It’s like a lighthouse, except that, as one swims towards it, it backs away.
    2. Usually the person who is going to develop into a writer is a sensitive reader and a good critic. When people are good critics, anything can happen. That means there is a deep alertness to syntax, to language.
    3. I think the question of who’s going to be a writer has more to do with intelligence and hunger than anything you would say was talent. There’s a ton of talent, first of all, and it takes you only so far. People with toughness and willingness to start over, combined with really remarkable minds and intense need, those are the people who can become anything.
    4. I feel quite passionately that the degree to which I have, if I have, stayed alive as a writer and changed as a writer, owes much to the intensity with which I’ve immersed myself in the work, sometimes very alien work, of people younger than I, people making sounds I haven’t heard. 
    5. I took my first teaching job, and the minute I started to teach I started to write. I’ve always connected teaching and writing.
    6. Of two sisters one is always the watcher, one the dancer.
    7. We look at the world once, in childhood. The rest is memory.

    Glück is an American poet. She was appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 2003.

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    by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

     
  10. They should listen to the unsaid words that resonate around the edge of the poem.
     
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    nervousxrex:

I love the angle of this photo. Usually you only see photos of what’s on stage or of an empty proscenium. Here is where you come in contact with both worlds. The brink between stage and life. It’s magical. 

    nervousxrex:

    I love the angle of this photo. Usually you only see photos of what’s on stage or of an empty proscenium. Here is where you come in contact with both worlds. The brink between stage and life. It’s magical. 

    (Source: leaving-without-you)

     
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    theparisreview:

Cynthia Ozick’s stirring defense of Kafka, the man: “Whoever utters ‘Kafkaesque’ has neither fathomed nor intuited nor felt the impress of Kafka’s devisings. If there is one imperative that ought to accompany any biographical or critical approach, it is that Kafka is not to be mistaken for the Kafkaesque.”
For more of this morning’s roundup, click here.

    theparisreview:

    Cynthia Ozick’s stirring defense of Kafka, the man: “Whoever utters ‘Kafkaesque’ has neither fathomed nor intuited nor felt the impress of Kafka’s devisings. If there is one imperative that ought to accompany any biographical or critical approach, it is that Kafka is not to be mistaken for the Kafkaesque.”

    For more of this morning’s roundup, click here.

     
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    amandaonwriting:

Happy Birthday, Alistair MacLean, born 21 April 1922, died 2 February 1987
Five Quotes
We are all brave men and we are all afraid, and what the world calls a brave man, he too is brave and afraid like all the rest of us. Only he is brave for five minutes longer.
The point I make is simply that cruelty and hate and intolerance are the monopoly of no particular race or creed or time. They have been with us since the world began and are still with us, in every country in the world.
I am not a novelist, I’m a storyteller. 
I’m not a born writer, and I don’t enjoy writing.
I wrote each book in thirty-five days flat - just to get the darned thing finished.
MacLean was a Scottish novelist who wrote popular thrillers and adventure stories,including The Guns of Navarone, Force 10 from Navone, and Where Eagles Dare.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

    amandaonwriting:

    Happy Birthday, Alistair MacLean, born 21 April 1922, died 2 February 1987

    Five Quotes

    1. We are all brave men and we are all afraid, and what the world calls a brave man, he too is brave and afraid like all the rest of us. Only he is brave for five minutes longer.
    2. The point I make is simply that cruelty and hate and intolerance are the monopoly of no particular race or creed or time. They have been with us since the world began and are still with us, in every country in the world.
    3. I am not a novelist, I’m a storyteller. 
    4. I’m not a born writer, and I don’t enjoy writing.
    5. I wrote each book in thirty-five days flat - just to get the darned thing finished.

    MacLean was a Scottish novelist who wrote popular thrillers and adventure stories,including The Guns of Navarone, Force 10 from Navone, and Where Eagles Dare.

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    by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

     
  15. neptunesbounty:

The Milky Way and the Sun by Sean Foster on Flickr.