Physics says: go to sleep. Of course
you’re tired. Every atom in you
has been dancing the shimmy in silver shoes
nonstop from mitosis to now.
Quit tapping your feet. They’ll dance
inside themselves without you. Go to sleep.
Geology says: it will be all right. Slow inch
by inch America is giving itself
to the ocean. Go to sleep. Let darkness
lap at your sides. Give darkness an inch.
You aren’t alone. All of the continents used to be
one body. You aren’t alone. Go to sleep.
Astronomy says: the sun will rise tomorrow,”
Zoology says: on rainbow-fish and lithe gazelle,
Psychology says: but first it has to be night, so
Biology says: the body-clocks are stopped all over town
History says: here are the blankets, layer on layer, down and down.
Albert Goldbarth, “The Sciences Sing a Lullabye” (via larmoyante)
“There are professional thrills and there are professional thrills, but I am extra especially thrilled to report that FSG is going to be publishing John Darnielle’s novel, Wolf in White Van, this fall. John is famous for his work with the Mountain Goats, and I suspect that none of the many fans who know his lyrics and have heard his stories will be surprised by the revelation that his is a genuinely literary mind. And it’s true—Wolf in White Van emphatically proves that his imagination and voice are at least as at home on the page as they are in song.
There are many things worth singling out for praise in Wolf in White Van:the unforgettable main character, Sean Phillips, who has been isolated by a disfiguring injury since age seventeen; Trace Italian, the intricate game within the novel that Sean created and runs; the interplay of real and imagined worlds, which is both complex and heartbreaking; the structure of the storytelling—audacious, brilliant, and never anything but convincing and unreasonably suspenseful; the prose itself, which is precise and beautiful and (forgive me) lyrical.”
Read more from editor Sean McDonald about Wolf in White Van here.
so here is a thing that is happening in my life that I am really incredibly excited about
“ I just have a quick question before I start on my barrage of thanks: Why were there only FIVE female nominations to SIX male nominations? Did anyone SEE Greta Gerwig in ‘Frances Ha’? EXTRAORDINARY. Maybe they didn’t have enough space? ”
Cate Blanchett, accepting her Best Female Lead Spirit Award (via kateoplis)
“ Donuts strike a chord with people. Visitors to the Museum of Donuts often share their donut stories without hesitation: memories of going to get donuts with their dad before or after church, midnight runs to the donuts shop as teenagers, working at a donut shop and even living next door to the donut guy. The fact that donuts seem to connect people was completely unexpected and sweet. ”
“ My characters aren’t losers. They’re rebels. They win by their refusal to play by everyone else’s rules. ”
Today, we mourn of the loss of Harold Ramis, one of the most influential comedy directors of all time.