Khaled Hosseini talks about his new novel, And the Mountains Echoed.
This class was such a big hit we added another week of instruction.
Spread the word.
“This was before voice mail, recorded phone messages you can’t escape. Life was easier then. You just didn’t pick up the phone.”
― Joyce Carol Oates, Beasts
Not Iambic….Do Not Accept…
These tags I’ll pop, and boast in rhyming verse
that what I wear puts swagger in my gait;
though twenty shillings have I in my purse,
my self-esteem and manhood both inflate
when lofty furs I purchase for a cent.
Thy grandpa’s clothes are worthy salvage, though
they smell a trifle musty. Still, I spent
much less to dress myself from head to toe.
To save or not to save? The question’s moot.
I’ll never give my coin to high-street crooks.
These dusty shelves will yield their hidden loot
to those, like me, more frugal in their looks.
Like ancient coins washed up on distant shores,
I’ll find my treasures in these thrifty stores.
- Macklemore, “Thrift Shoppe”
*Crying with laughter*
ITS IN IAMBIC PENTAMETER. THIS IS MY NEW FAVORITE THING.
The Earliest Days of NASA
Maria Popova, at Brain Pickings, happened upon a treasure trove of early NASA (and its airplane-only predecessor NACA) archive photos. They are really something. From biplanes to the Mercury capsule, pre-1950 aeronautics seemed to live by the motto of “If we build it, then we can go there.” That’s a sentiment we could use a bit more of.
How to Talk Yourself Out of …
plastic surgery: The Island of Dr. Moreau by H. G. Wells
tattoos: In the Penal Colony by Franz Kafka
haircuts: Sweeney Todd (multiple authors)
Oooh, let’s make this a thing…
prep school: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
hooking up with exes: The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
holding a grudge: Moby Dick by Herman Melville
marriage: Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
cheating: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
manic pixie dream girls: Breakfast At Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
extramarital affairs: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. (See also: Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert)
trusting teenagers: Lord of the Flies by William Golding
politics: Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
“But as in ethics, evil is a consequence of good, so in fact, out of joy is sorrow born. Either the memory of past bliss is the anguish of today, or the agonies which are have their origin in the ecstasies which might have been.”
- from “Berenice” by Edgar Allan Poe