August 18, 2023

“The Puppet” by Johnny Welch

The Puppet If for a moment God would forget that I am a rag doll and give me a scrap of life, possibly I would not say everything that I think, but I would definitely… Continue Reading

July 7, 2023

“Stepping into the Sea” by Maria Lisella

Stepping into the Sea You let me, your stepmother, Take your hand to walk into the surf, let slippery seaweed wrap around your ankles like emerald ribbons. We step on the edge of lacey waves… Continue Reading

June 30, 2023

“Naima” for John Coltrane – by Kamau Brathwaite

"Naima" for John Coltrane Propped against the crowded barhe pours into the curved and silver hornhis old unhappy longing for a home the dancers twist and turnhe leans and wishes he could burnhis memories to… Continue Reading

June 9, 2023

“picasso laughing” by Patti Smith

picasso laughing notebookdivine love is so.invisible. notebookNovember 1. all souls day. rimbaud-o. goto hell. picasso knows. how he really fuckingknew knows. where can he go now. notebookpicasso hoax: don’t nobody tell when he dies.continue let… Continue Reading

May 12, 2023

My Favorite Books — a list by Joan Didion

The late writer and journalist Joan Didion was easily one of the finest wordsmiths of her era—inspiring the next generation as well. Author Zadie Smith remembers encountering Didion’s writing for the first time. She remarked,… Continue Reading

February 24, 2023

8 Tips for Writers from Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut is one of the most important American writers of the 20th Century. His classic novels include Breakfast of Champions and Slaughterhouse Five, the sorta-autobiographical tale of the Allied bombing of Dresden in 1945.… Continue Reading

February 17, 2023

David Bowie’s 100 Must-Read Books

David Bowie's 100 Must-Read Books When rock star David Bowie went on tour he often traveled with a mobile library of around 1,500 books. Known as a voracious reader, it's reported that he often devoured… Continue Reading

February 3, 2023

“Finish Every Day & Be Done With It” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The American poet and abolitionist Ralph Waldo Emerson is considered a leading light in the Transcendentalist movement of mid-19th Century. In April of 1854, Emerson wrote a letter to his daughter Ellen (who was 15)… Continue Reading

December 30, 2022

“Knowledge is power. France is bacon.”

Back in 2010, on the social news and discussion site Reddit, the topic arose of "What word or phrase did you totally misunderstand as a child?" A user named Lard_Baron has this charming reply which,… Continue Reading

November 4, 2022

“Beyond Santiago” by David Whyte

Beyond Santiago Death is so simple,one momentyou are aliveand then,you are not. And that fearyou carry with youmight beequally as simple too, that you’llnever havethe timeto accomplishwhat you wish. But stopa moment now,before the waybeyond,and… Continue Reading