Thanks kindly to HelloPoetry for posting this originally:
The poverty of yesterday was less squalid than the poverty we purchase with our industry today.
Fortunes were smaller then as well.
(The Elderly Lady)
After a while you learn the subtle difference
Between holding a hand and chaining a soul,
And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning
And company doesn’t mean security.
And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts
And presents aren’t promises,
And you begin to accept your defeats
With your head up and your eyes open
With the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child,
And you learn to build all your roads on today
Because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans
And futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight.
After a while you learn…
That even sunshine burns if you get too much.
So you plant your garden and decorate your own soul,
Instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure…
That you really are strong
And you really do have worth…
And you learn and learn…
With every good-bye you learn.
Those who know me well will know that I’ll crow on happily about my favorite writer, Jorge Luis Borges. The Paris Review’s Maria Bustillos pens an article on the erstwhile writer, his Argentine, friend and countryman, Surrealist painter Xul Solar, and their interest in the occult.
It is an absolute shame that Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was not honored with a museum until recently, but at least the problem is now rectified. Russia Indsider reports on this news here.
Meyer Howard Abrams, the legendary literary critic, teacher and founder of W. W. Norton and the Norton Anthology of English Literature, has passed on.
The Guardian prints his obituary here.
News from The Bard, via ShortList:
The play Double Falsehood – also known at The Distrest Lovers, was published in 1728 by the English writer and playwright Lewis Theobald, who claimed that his version was based on three manuscripts of an unnamed lost Shakespeare play. Subsequently, having initially rejected these claims of Shakespearean origin, some scholars had come to believe it to be an adaptation of a lost play called Cardenio, which had been written by the Bard and John Fletcher – another English playwright who was equally famous at the time when they were both writing.
Read more here!
Montreal-based artist Guy Laramée creates amazing landscape sculptures of mountain, caves and ancient ruins all carved out of books.
The risk Harper Lee took to publish a second novel is breathtaking. She essentially hit a home-run her first time at bat with To Kill A Mockingbird. She wrote nothing since, though she did help her childhood friend, Truman Capote, by doing research for his classic work, In Cold Blood.
The risk has paid off, however. Go Set A Watchman won’t be released until mid-2015, and it is already #1 over at Amazon.com.
Read Publisher’s Weekly for the announcement of Lee’s book release here.
Books as works of art in and of themselves. Remarkable. Simon Brown makes books look… desirable!
Many thanks to my friend Al Clark, whose group is a goldmine for oddities, especially when it comes to music. We may be miles apart politically, but this gorgeous photo set, like music, brings us into agreement.
Credit to Slate, who originally posted this link. Also, if you want to know more about Simon Brown and his work, check out this site.
Octavio Paz is to Mexican literature what Jorge Luis Borges is to Argentine: a demigod. He is being honored by the Academia Mexicana de la Lengua for his contributions to literature.
The Tamayo Museum has more on this event here.