Art by Grant Snider -
"Like [Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston], her style is deceptively simple and direct, and the vale of tears in which some of her characters reside is never so deep that a rich chuckle at a person’s foolishness cannot be heard."

Novelist and poet Alice Walker on writer J. California Cooper’s work. Cooper, who wrote 17 plays and nearly as many books of fiction, died Saturday at the age of 82.

More book news here.

(via nprbooks)

Say what you will about genre writers, but the man has some some good points about teaching.

Banned Books Week is upon us again!

And I really do not like pop music.

Love this! Haven’t read a comic in years, so I had no idea there were so many!




yes I did.

Sang it? I’m dancing it!




yes I did.

Sang it? I’m dancing it!

(Source: coutois, via karnythia)

"Tiara" by Mark Doty

what could he do,
what could any of us ever do
but ask for it.

Why Heat The Building When You Can Heat The Person?



by Michael Keller

Fall is rapidly approaching and temperatures have already started to drop in some areas of the country. It’s time to figure out where the jackets got hidden at the end of last winter and whether the heater is up for the task this year. 

Residential and commercial buildings were responsible for 40 percent of all the energy consumed in the U.S. in 2013. That total makes the lighting, heating and cooling of indoor residential and commercial spaces the most power hungry of all users, beating industrial and transportation consumption by more than 10 percent each. Buildings also contribute almost 40 percent of all U.S. carbon dioxide emissions. 

Focusing in, it turns out that space heating is the biggest energy hog and accounts for 37 percent of the total power consumed by U.S. buildings in 2010, according to the Buildings Energy Data Book

Why isn’t there a smarter way than heating rooms regardless of whether people are in them or that the living things that occupy a space take up only a fraction of the conditioned area?

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"Love reading first, & the poetry will find its place… Then write, and love the work of writing."

— Rita Dove, via Poets via Post at the Academy of American Poets.

Who slept with whom; who wrote what

Tom Waits: The Piano Has Been Drinking -1977


I have an article in the latest East Jasmine Review. It’s not free, but it’s very cheap. The article is about revising after workshop. The following is from the beginning:

You bring home a stack of marked-up copies of a manuscript you’ve shared with peers… . You plan on reading their letters to you with an open mind and you do, but you soon feel an overwhelming sense of responsibility and obligation to each of your critics.

This is after the writers’ workshop. You have good advice, conflicting advice, bad advice, creepy comments, inspiration, and encouragement. You also have no direction of what to do with what you’ve just been given.