WHEN YOU DECIDE YOU’RE GONNA GET SHIT DONE TODAY EVEN IF YOU HAVE TO JETTISON YOUR POLITENESS

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There is an obvious affinity between writing and spying — not just in the attention to detail and emphasis on studying those around you, but in the integral shifting of roles, from insider to outsider and back again. Also, as British espionage writer and ex-spy John le Carre puts it, “Both…

“When a library is open, no matter its size or shape, democracy is open, too.”
Bill Moyers in the foreword to this beautiful photographic love letter to libraries (via explore-blog)

(via libraryadvocates)

Robyn Schiff on trial

theatlantic:

What’s Wrong with Sentimentality?

What does it mean to be a tourist inside someone else’s suffering? Sometimes, it means taking a bus ride through Los Angeles’s gang-ridden neighborhoods, or watching a former addict bleed and sweat and grow blisters as he tries to run a hundred miles, or visiting a man in jail.

Leslie Jamison has done all that, and more.

But how does another person’s suffering affect one’s own emotional intelligence? What are you supposed to do with someone else’s pain?

Jamison does not know the answer. But she searches for it by writing about episodes of attempted empathy in her own life—for example, the time she became “obsessed” with her brother’s bout of Bell’s palsy: “I spent large portions of each day imagining how I would feel if my face was paralyzed too. I stole my brother’s trauma and projected it onto myself like a magic-lantern pattern of light.” Was that empathy, Jamison wonders, or was it a kind of emotional theft?

Read more. [Image: Colleen Kinder]

millionsmillions:

The subjects of photographer Robert Dawson’s latest project are beautiful, educational, and in danger; they are public libraries. For his new book, The Public Library: A Photographic Essay, Dawson visited hundreds of public libraries, from little free libraries to icons, in 48 states to photograph “our best example of the public commons.” The Morning News has a few of his photos as well as an essay on the importance of libraries by Charles Simic. “Wherever I found a library, I immediately felt at home.”

(via thekenyonreview)

theparisreview:

“‘Smirnoff Ice,’ said Robert Smith. ‘It’s what we all drink.’ I waited another moment to ascertain whether he was joking; he was not. I tried to decide whether this was awesome. I was beginning to suspect otherwise.”
Sadie Stein on the Night the Magic Died.
Photography credit Julie Loen.

theparisreview:

“‘Smirnoff Ice,’ said Robert Smith. ‘It’s what we all drink.’ I waited another moment to ascertain whether he was joking; he was not. I tried to decide whether this was awesome. I was beginning to suspect otherwise.”

Sadie Stein on the Night the Magic Died.

Photography credit Julie Loen.


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