Too Many Things On This Little Table

MFA student in fiction. Creative writing teacher and linguistics nerd. Occasional vagabond.

lotto motto, by Evie Shockley

bostonreview:

first thing, i’m gonna paint the toothbrush red. i’m gonna quit my jalopy. i’m gonna whip up a few dead horses and put them out to passion. i’m gonna wash up on some distant score. first thing, i’m gonna get the expel outta dodge. i’m gonna run like the wound. i’m gonna wash away our skins. i’m…

theoxfordamerican:

Eyes on the South: Becky Harlan

There are two rivers that flow through Washington, D.C. The Anacostia is the Essau of the two, the overlooked twin—grittier than the Potomac, less loved, feared even. Its eight and a half miles are a ribbon of neglect, abuse, and possibility, flowing through a neighborhood that shares its name. Anacostia experiences strong segregation—approximately ninety-five percent of its residents are African American—unemployment rates are close to twenty percent, and it maintains a reputation of poverty, crime, and underdevelopment. For many in D.C., the river serves as the proverbial set of railroad tracks, with a right side and a wrong side. To those living west of it, anything “east of the River” might as well be a different country. 

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This week, Tennessee photographer Becky Harlan takes us to the community around the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C.

sfmoma:

#SubmissionFriday:
Fort Michilimackinac, Mackinaw City, MI, April, 2013 by Norm Powell

sfmoma:

#SubmissionFriday:

Fort Michilimackinac, Mackinaw City, MI, April, 2013 by Norm Powell

http://blog.anthropologie.com/post/73627970844

anthropologie:

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Party Hardy: A Francophile
Tribute to Francoise

Everybody needs a muse — especially in January. After all, inspiration can be… >

Party Hardy: A Francophile Tribute to Francoise

Everybody needs a muse — especially in January. After all, inspiration can be hard to come by this…

Other Men's Flowers

Starting to prepare for my first semester of teaching academic writing. This “The Draft” essay by Sam Leith offers a great, lively introduction to the subject of rhetoric for students. 

The story in the silverware drawer

Found this note to myself, scribbled during a Don DeLillo reading at the Library of Congress:

Pay attention to the way she stacks spoons in a drawer. 

Afternoon hike at the National Arboretum.
Took a breath at the top of the Azalea Trail — the view was worth the climb.

“There are no spells or potions; just deep thought, hard work, and the willingness to get it wrong before you get it right.”

—   

Writing is not like magic. Story here

Via Ploughshares.

We went to look at the dinosaur bones and this is what we found.
Smithsonian Natural History Museum.
lastnightsreading:

Elizabeth Gilbert at the New York Public Library, 12/10/13

lastnightsreading:

Elizabeth Gilbert at the New York Public Library, 12/10/13