Man Is Not a Rock – The Baffler

art, etc. / writing

In any art, but especially in writing, you have to be totally possessed by it if you are to keep going in spite of any circumstances. Joseph Brodsky, via Man Is Not a Rock – The Baffler. Related articles Man is Not a Rock, by Joseph Brodsky VIDEO: Inside Brodsky’s ‘Room and a Half’ Shorties (An Interview with Nikki Giovanni, Stream the New Vaccines Album, and more) Are these the 10 best city novels? Brodsky […]

qotd May 3, 2015


Really, he thought, “if you couldn’t trust a poet to offer sensible advice, who could you trust?” — Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book Related articles The Graveyard Book, Volume 1 by Neil Gaiman

#qotd: global vs. local


We may freak out globally, but we suffer locally. Jonathan Franzen Related articles Jonathan Franzen Asks Us To Imagine a World Without Birds Is Jonathan Franzen really asking us to shrug off the destruction of our world?

qotd April 2, 2015 — Naomi Shihab Nye


When you live in a rapidly moving swirl, you can only view your surroundings with a glance. Poetry requires us to slow down, to take time to pause. — Naomi Shihab Nye, Academy of American Poets Chancellor Related articles Poet Sjohnna McCray receives Walt Whitman Award Library of Congress Announces Date, Location, Theme, and a Few Participants for 2015 National Book Festival

Last words: Paul Kalanithi


When you come to one of the many moments in life when you must give an account of yourself, provide a ledger of what you have been, and done, and meant to the world, do not, I pray, discount that you filled a dying man’s days with a sated joy, a joy unknown to me in all my prior years, a joy that does not hunger for more and more, but rests, satisfied. In this […]

qotd: Ray Bradbury #RayBradbury


Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things, you’re doomed. — Ray Bradbury Related articles Zen in the Art of Writing – according to Ray Bradbury Writing Quote: Ray Bradbury Called Himself A Fantasy Writer Three Things Are Missing