“Poetry had undergone a fantastic transformation. Poetry, Shelley says, is “connate with the origin of man,” and “a poet participates in the eternal, the infinite, and the one.” Poetry comprises every creative activity of human nature, including the arts, politics, and science: “The institutors of laws, and the founders of civil society, and the inventors of the arts of life” are all in some sense poets, since they shape reality in the light of their vision. Shelley even speaks of “the poetry in the doctrines of Jesus Christ,” as if Christianity itself were just one enormous poem.
The elder statesmen of self-deprecation
“If you find yourself at any point putting more thought into how the audience is gonna take it than what your relationship is with what you wrote, that’s making you less of an artist and more of a marketing analyst.”
– Slug from Atmosphere
Quick tips to improve your writing
Is Poetry Dead?
For Washington Post article CLICK HERE
Atlantic article – Reading a Poem: 20 Strategies
“Someday, when all your material possessions will seem to have shed their utility and just become obstacles to the toilet, poems will still hold their value. They are rooms that take up such little room. A memorized poem, or a line or two, becomes part internal jewelry and part life-saving skill, like knowing how to put a mugger in an arm-lock or the best way to cut open a mango without slicing your hand.”
Behind the Scenes of Elgin Park – thisiscolossal.com
Click Here for a link to an amazing short video on a man who builds models of towns and cars. One of my favorites.
The Human Shuffle
“If ChatRoulette catches on, it might even swing our collective online pendulum back toward chaos.”
Below is a link to a brilliantly written article about Chatroulette (the crazy site that pairs random strangers’ webcams) circa 2010. I thought it unpacked the problems, and potential transformative properties of the site, and ones like it, really well. I think the site is a very interesting social experiment that has really just become grotesque slathering of naked people. Author’s note: the end of that last sentence made me laugh so I kept it even though it probably conjures potentially harmful images. Please, forgive me.
Reaction to “Why I hate religion but love Jesus” Youtube video
This is a link to a story I did for the BG news. Check it out!