1. “You’d be surprised how few people are willing to pay for theatre tickets when they aren’t your friends and family and have no personal connection to you whatsoever.” (Source.)
I am reading this advice as also applying to all forms of one’s art. I don’t see this as a bitter statement, just a matter-of-fact one.
2. “In truth, every great line of a poem contains a poet’s last words,” said Andrei Codrescu in an NPR commentary broadcast today. He was writing about poet Seamus Heaney’s last words and the speculation thereof.
3. “Many, many poems are too long; hardly any are too short.” — A quote from Lemony Snicket’s editing of a portfolio of poems in the new issue of Poetry magazine.
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(By the way, I know most people don’t live with a 32-day January, but I like to super-size my January, thus reducing the preposterity that is the bob-tailed month of February.)
1. An exercise I’ve used with my creative writing students, the 6-word story, is often credited to Hemingway, apparently wrongly.
2. Andrei Codrescu’s comment on NPR’s “All Things Considered” this week:
You probably haven’t heard me in a while because I haven’t heard myself in a while. You’ve heard the sage advice to keep your thoughts to yourself. But I decided to go a step farther and tell my thoughts to keep themselves to themselves, so that not even I – the host of these unknown thoughts – would have an inkling as to what they are. It’s a wonderful discipline. It’s like the silence of a silent monk, times two.
I don’t miss my thoughts. Whatever they are thinking in there, hidden from my awareness, don’t harm me and no one else – far as I can tell.
3. Danny Defoe’s 18th C. media awareness.
4. An AVClub piece critical of intentional mediocrity in mass-market movies.
5. Stanley Fish makes a point about critical distance.
6. On sleep and memory.
7. In defense of the lecture.
8. Memorizing poems has value, this post reminds us.
9. E-book sales not so hot anymore; paper books may survive after all the hype that said they wouldn’t.
10. A Thomas Gray poem, “Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College”
11. On the portrayal of nerds in popular culture.
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