This is about things that are new. Or old things that have become new again. Things that make you feel like you've just found a shiny, new penny.
Shiny New Penny

The Emily Dickinson Archive, providing digital access to the poet’s surviving ephemera, is live. And has sparked all kinds of scholarly infighting! “They have the furniture, we have the daguerreotype; they have the herbarium, we have the hair,” says one archivist.
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If you’re aiming the poem in the direction of music, you must be very kind to the singer.
- James Fenton (via theparisreview)
9 months ago

“Good little girls ought not to make mouths at their teachers for every trifling offense. This retaliation should only be resorted to under peculiarly aggravated circumstances.” Mark Twain’s advice to little girls, illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky.
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The quote I had tacked to my board while I was writing Lit is from Samuel Beckett, and it’s really helpful: “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail better.”
- Mary Karr, from Why We Write

What if all possiblepain was only the grief of truth?
The throb lingeringonly in the exit wounds
though the entries were the onesthat couldn’t close. As if either of those
was the most real of an assortmentof realities—existing, documented,
hanging like the sentencedunder one sky’s roof.
But my feelings, well,they had no such proof.
—Brenda Shaughnessy, from “All Possible Pain”Art Credit Dan Witz, “Mosh Pits”

illustration by Anja Zaharanski

Walking with a bucket in mouth; light-gray horse, Eagle
by Eadweard J. Muybridge

“That remains, for me, the best thing about reading Vonnegut. You know you’re having a good time, but you also know you’re not.”Read more of our Kurt Vonnegut roundtable with Ben Greenman, Rick Moody, Avi Steinberg, David Holub, and Josip Novakovich here.Illustration Credit Glass of Chocolate.