July 29th, 2014
I don’t see any evidence of wisdom accelerating as you get older. Old people will say it does, but they’re generally speaking full of shit.
July 29th, 2014
What [political correctness] really does is make people a nation full of liars. It enforces a lack of introspection, or wonder. You don’t think about alternatives. You don’t wonder about ‘this’ or about ‘that’. Because there’s only one correct way to do it, you stay with that correct way. I don’t think it’s terribly healthy to put a padlock on people’s mouths.
July 29th, 2014

102-year-old Literary Scholar Honored at The White House | Carolyn Kellogg

At 102 years old, literary scholar M.H. Abrams was awarded the National Humanities Medal on Monday at the White House by President Obama. Abrams is an emeritus professor at Cornell; in the 1950s, his students included Harold Bloom and Thomas Pynchon.

Abrams created the Norton Anthology of English Literature, a staple of college English classes that helped form the canon of English literary works in America and around the world. First published in 1962, the Norton Anthology was designed to be portable — although anyone who lugged one of its 1,000-plus page volumes around knows, “portable” doesn’t mean “easy to carry.” 

"We tried to represent the greatest of English literary works in two volumes. And over the years, the bigger it’s gotten, the better it’s sold,” Abrams said in 1999.

Abrams was a scholar of Romantic poetry who grew up speaking Yiddish in New Jersey. He put aside his poetry studies during World War II, when he worked in a secret language lab at Harvard. After the war, he studied at Cambridge University in England and returned to Harvard for his PhD.

He began teaching at Cornell, where he remained for almost 70 years.

Abrams, who traveled to Washington, published works of literary criticism that included “The Mirror and Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition” (1953) and “Natural Supernaturalism: Tradition and Revolution in Romantic Literature” (1973). His most recent book is “The Fourth Dimension of a Poem and Other Essays,” published when he was 100.

The other recipients of the 2013 National Medals of the Humanities were historians David Brion Davis, Darlene Clark Hine, and Anne Firor Scott; East Asian studies scholar William Theodore De Bary; radio hosts Diane Rehm and Krista Tippett; filmmaker Stanley Nelson; architect Johnpaul Jones; and the American Antiquarian Society.

July 29th, 2014

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July 29th, 2014
Comedian and best selling author Jim Norton sits down with boxing legend Mike Tyson and UFC President Dana White for a discussion that could never happen on a traditional talk show.
July 29th, 2014

Poetry: “أمير الحرب / The Warlord” | Joel Amat Güell


أمير الحرب / The Warlord” by Joel Amat Güell

In the beach four kids are playing,
not aware the end is nigh,
in the beach four kids are running
as the first bomb drops nearby.

Four innocent lives are taken,
in the name of a sacred land,
four families are now broken,
no one lends a helping hand.

Stones against the bullets,
stones against the tanks,
innocent corpses filling caskets,
innocent corpses in the riverbanks.

Aladdin became Jaffar,
Snow White became the witch,
the hare now eats the jaguar,
a logger is killed by the beech.

You escaped the gas chamber,
only to sit on the other side,
you’re now the executioner,
perpetrator of this genocide.

Once you’ve destroyed all the beauty,
of the land you want to own,
you’ll be the landlord of a cemetery,
full of graves without tombstone.

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July 29th, 2014

Fiction: ‘Amongst the Stars’ | Hannah McSorely

No one ever really mentioned it. Most of the villagers just thought the boy must’ve been troublesome from a very young age, but nonetheless, found years of punishment a bit extreme… It wasn’t just the length of his sentence; it was the sentence itself that deterred the village from the boy and his family. “Putting a boy in a cage,” they would say, “A baby boy! It’s outrageous.”

            The boy’s parents had heard the gossip and tried their best to make things right, but it was hard to explain the boy being born into a golden cage of his own DNA. It was hard to believe; even as they had witnessed it. They were determined to not let the cage or the other villagers affect the boy they would name, Galileo, but still very small, their worries were cast away as the boy was able to steal the hearts of the village as every other new child had.

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July 29th, 2014

Poetry: ‘The Fish Trap’ | Rose Pineau


The tea cup sits quietly and cools on the stairway,
but that is only a fleeting thought within my skull.
In my skull where larger things are  moving.
Like fish who swim through the broad neck of a net
that narrows,
and never swim back out,
my thoughts thrash silver behind my eyes.

So choked is the passage of articulation,
that rarely can a fish escape unscathed,
and swim freely as ink on paper,
words in the air,
or music in the ears of others.
July 29th, 2014
Pretty sure that during our greatest moments, most of us will be too preoccupied and/or busy to appreciate what’s happening.
July 29th, 2014
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