"Nothing exists until or unless it is observed. An artist is making something exist by observing it. And his hope for other people is that they will also make it exist by observing it."
-William S. Burroughs, Ports of Entry: William S. Burroughs and the Arts

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I’m itching to do some writing, but it seems irresponsible when I know I should be studying for finals.

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Necessity has the face of a dog."


Gabriel García Márquez, 1927-2014. From Oxford Essential Quotations.

Today we’re remembering Gabriel García Márquez, who passed away yesterday. The Colombian novelist, short-story writer, and journalist was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1982. His literary works have influenced writers all over the world. In particular, his novel Cien años de soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude, 1967) was a landmark in literary theory and history, and gave rise to the term “magic realism,” leading many writers to imitate its style. García Márquez has always felt suspicious of pure realism which, in his view, is unable to capture the essence of Latin America.

(via oupacademic)

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Why Can’t I Be You: Alison Bechdel

The cartoonist of Dykes to Watch Out ForFun Home, and Are You My Mother? tells us how she got started. Interview by Brodie. Collage by Ruby A.

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fishes scratched
the solid firmament
with their fins

it was the last day
of the Flood

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Sci Fi Poetry


The Quiet World - Jeffrey McDaniel

In an effort to get people to look

into each other’s eyes more,

and also to appease the mutes,

the government has decided

to allot each person exactly one hundred

and sixty-seven words, per day.

When the phone rings, I put it to my ear

(Source: poemhunter.com)

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The Legends of Romanian Music: Classical Sounds and Jazz Rhythms

Read about the most famous Romanian musicians and composers, from opera divas to Balkan jazz bands and the ‘Romanian Edith Piaf’. »

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This past week, George Saunders won both the Story Prize and the inaugural Folio Prize for his latest collection, “Tenth of December.” Read his short story, “Jon,” a satire about advertising and consumerism: http://nyr.kr/NejRc9

Photograph by David Levenson/Getty.

(Source: newyorker.com)

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Victorian occultists believed in a kind of synesthesia: the theory that ideas, emotions, and even events, can manifest as visible auras.” Fortunately for all of us, they made many terrific illustrations to support this theory, too.

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

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Tony Hoagland, "There is No Word"


There isn’t a word for walking out of the grocery store
with a gallon jug of milk in a plastic sack
that should have been bagged in double layers

—so that before you are even out the door
you feel the weight of the jug dragging
the bag down, stretching the thin

plastic handles longer and longer
and you know it’s only a matter of time until

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Today would have been the ninety-ninth birthday of the jazz singer and songwriter Billie Holiday. Take a look at portraits of the artist: http://nyr.kr/1iqpjCw

Billie Holiday in 1958. Photograph courtesy Dennis Stock/Magnum.

(Source: newyorker.com)

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