The conversation between your fingers and someone else’s skin. — Iain Thomas

The conversation between your fingers and someone else’s skin. This is the most important discussion you can ever have.     — Iain Thomas Advertisements

Thus we sit, loving the world | Lines from Mary Oliver

Thus we sit, myself thinking how grateful I am for the moon’s perfect beauty and also, oh! how rich it is to love the world. From “The Sweetness of Dogs” in Dog Songs: Thirty-Five Dog Songs and One Essay by Mary Oliver Highway to the Moon, by Aaron J. Groen

If you ask me what I came to do in this world-

“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.” ― Émile Zola

It’s clear to me now that I have been moving toward you and you toward me for a long time.

It’s clear to me now that I have been moving toward you and you toward me for a long time. Though neither of us was aware of the other before we met, there was a kind of mindless certainty bumming blithely along beneath our ignorance that ensured we would come together. Like two solitary birds … Continue reading

Petunias, Georgia O’Keeffe, 1925

Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender. — Alice Walker

On Fear by Mary Ruefle

The apple set the world in motion. We fail. And so desire to progress, to become better poets, to eradicate a disease, to become better people, to perfect that which is perpetually imperfect. The biblical “fall” is just such an anti-constraint. The apple was fear. (And remember, fear is knowledge, according to Nietzsche.) The apple … Continue reading

Seth Godin On Books, Business, Choices and Life | Good LifeProject: Build Your Own Good Life

A great interview with Seth Godin on writing and the business of writing, and identifying your strengths and building a  life around it. Seth Godin On Books, Business, Choices and Life | Good LifeProject: Build Your Own Good Life.

The Revenge of Tippi Hedren, Alfred Hitchcock’s Muse – NYTimes.com

The Revenge of Alfred Hitchcock’s Muse By ANDREW GOLDMAN Published: October 5, 2012 1 Comment The new HBO movie “The Girl” depicts your relationship with Alfred Hitchcock, who, after giving you your first movie role in “The Birds,” plants an unwanted kiss on you, tries to blackmail you for sex and stalks you. Why would … Continue reading

F. Scott Fitzgerald Responds to Hate Mail

F. Scott Fitzgerald—literary legend, master of the muse, star of early book ads, and one amazing dad—was born 116 years ago today. In 1920, shortly after the publication of his debut novel, This Side of Paradise, he received a piece of “hate mail” criticizing the book as an affront to the respectable members of society, … Continue reading

The poets are wrong of course.

“The poets are wrong of course […] But then poets are almost always wrong about facts. That’s because they are not really interested in facts: only in truth: which is why the truth they speak is so true that even those who hate poets by simple and natural instinct are exalted and terrified by it.” … Continue reading