He referenced a line from Turgenev a few times, from the suicide note of a character named Nejdanov: ‘I could not simplify myself.’ ‘That really struck home,’ Matthiessen said. I knew exactly what he means.’ He paused and then whispered it again. ‘I could not simplify myself,’ and then added, ‘That’s always been my goal.’ — Jeff Himmelman interviews Peter Matthiessen and recounts his rich and fascinating life. Himmelman’s article was published April 3rd, two days before Matthiessen’s death at 86.
A good writer needs to know what it’s like, and “it” can be just about anything. We have far too many writers today who have never ridden a horse, or fired a gun, or sharpened a knife, or fought with their fists, or been shot at. And so on and so on. —
The science fiction and fantasy writer Gene Wolf, in an interview in the Barnes and Noble Review.
I have only done two of these, but I will keep this in mind.
There’s this unbelievable bias and prejudice against quote-unquote good-looking people, that they can’t be in pain or they can’t have rough lives or be deep or interesting. They can’t be any of the things that you long to play as an actor. I’m getting to play those parts now and loving it. When I was a teen idol, I was so goddamn pretty I wouldn’t have taken myself seriously. —
Rob Lowe, keepin’ it classy.
-NYT Mag interview by Taffy Brodesser-Anker
I like your SASS. —
Clever new tumblr. Would be even better if it were based on real conversations overheard between designers dating.
Today, we’re in one of those “sweet” modes. And this song is “sweet.” Like, summer-days-sitting-on-porches-and-eating-cherries sweet. Or babies-dressed-as-animals sweet. Or old-people-in-love sweet. (We could spit up analogies all day.)
at midnight thirty when it’s past my bedtime and i stumble upon an all too sweet lullaby that is best played on repeat, lights down low, and then, not at all.
.gif remix “edward hopper” painting
Love this :)
as a former art historian turned techie… i really love this.
goodness 2014 is fun.
This headline is the best. Student graduates and gets job!
Job outlook for Millennials….better?