A continuous theme of your early work is understatement—your own as a stylist and what goes unsaid between people.
My father kept everything to himself. One time he and my mother were visiting Europe. My father wanted to go to the battlefield where he had served in the war, but he was afraid my mother would be bored. She wouldn’t have minded—and even if she was bored, so what? But he didn’t go.
My friend Max Steele once talked to me about his parents. He always felt that his father loved his mother much more than the other way around. When she was dying, her husband said, Tell me that you love me. His mother turned away from him. She couldn’t do it.
—from A Visit with Evan Connell
12:17 pm • 4 March 2014 • 47 notes
“Poetry for me begins in secrecy, as far from the public eye as possible.”
— Billy Collins
11:21 am • 4 March 2014 • 452 notes
The surreal world of prison portraiture: “visitation rooms of penitentiaries have backdrops where friends and family can get pictures taken of/with the inmate … Often, these backgrounds are idyllic landscapes that offer the inmate a moment to emotionally escape their sentence.”
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10:01 am • 4 March 2014 • 107 notes
“I don’t want this experience to frighten you out of using self-service options. There is almost nothing we can’t figure out together.”
Sadie Stein on the emotional process of changing your phone number.
5:05 pm • 3 March 2014 • 961 notes
“Short of having a pope curse in public, nothing could be more damning.”
Our recap of Canto 19 of Dante’s Inferno.
4:10 pm • 3 March 2014 • 153 notes
A portfolio of previously unpublished photographs by Francesca Woodman. See more here.
3:10 pm • 3 March 2014 • 701 notes
Portrait of Henry Green, who infamously refused photographs. “I didn’t want my business associates to know I wrote novels. Most of them do now, though … know I mean, not write, thank goodness.”
2:14 pm • 3 March 2014 • 55 notes
Presenting our Spring issue!
Read excerpts from our interviews with Matthew Weiner and Adam Phillips; stories by Zadie Smith and Ben Lerner; poems by John Ashbery and Carol Muske-Dukes; and a portfolio by Francesca Woodman.
1:34 pm • 3 March 2014 • 60 notes
“Try and write out a scheme or plan and you will only depart from it.”
— Henry Green
11:40 am • 3 March 2014 • 213 notes
Oscar Wilde’s “Heart’s Yearnings” written as an undergraduate at Magdalen College Oxford in 1874. (via)
10:50 am • 3 March 2014 • 354 notes