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Letters of Note: I can't look you in the voice
"NEVER HAVE SO WANTED ANYTHING TO BE GOOD AND ALL I HAVE IS A PILE OF PAPER COVERED WITH WRONG WORDS"
2011  2010s  dorothy_parker  poet  lettersofnote  letter  telegram  quote  writers_block  writing  pascal_covici  nyc  1945  1940s  1930s  1920s 
november 2015 by cluebucket
The Strange Story Of The Man Behind 'Strange Fruit' : NPR
"There is something else about Abel Meeropol that seems to connect the man who wrote 'Strange Fruit' to the man who created a loving family out of a national scandal. ...
"'I was the official lawnmower,' Robert says, 'and I was going to mow over them, and he said, "Oh, no, you can't kill the seedlings!" I said, "What are you going to do with them, Dad? There are dozens of them."

"'Well, he dug them up and put them in coffee cans and lined them up along the side of the house. And there were hundreds of them. But he couldn't bring himself to just kill them. It was just something he couldn't do.'"
2012  elizabeth_blair  npr  morning_edition  billie_holiday  song  lyric  writing  strange_fruit  protest  racism  lynching  abel_meeropol  songwriter  nyc  bronx  teacher  poet  dewitt_clinton  1930s  2010s  classic  herbie_hancock  marcus_miller  1990s  jewish  1940  1940s  communism  history  america  communist  civil_rights  lewis_allan  pseudonym  rosenbergs  ethel_rosenberg  julius_rosenberg  1950s  1953  adoption  parenting  mccarthyism  w.e.b._du_bois  1986  1980s  life  compassion  plant  seed  biography  profile 
january 2015 by cluebucket
My Stepfather, The Peeping Tom
"I was trying to prove some point — the point that I should not have to talk to him, that such an expectation was sick and deranged. Guess what? My point was not being taken. Would I tough it out like a lone, ignored hunger-striker until I died?
"But then, if I talked to him, was I betraying not only myself but every woman ever abused, every person who talked to me in a hushed tone after a poetry reading, every woman who nabbed me on the street saying, 'I read your book. Something like that happened to me, too…'?"
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"A former boyfriend whom I had been with for many years had made many trips with me to Florida, and I felt bad about the way his relationship with the man fucked with his head. 'Is it all right that I like him?' he asked me — confused, not wanting to betray me, but I had set him up, hadn’t I? I had set him up to spend time with this jolly man who treated my mother so kindly, who took us to play miniature golf and blasted Aerosmith in his truck and didn’t give a shit that my ex was transgender and took us out for pizza and came home from a run to the gas station bearing bingo-themed scratch tickets for us all to play. In the years before his spinal disease crippled him, this was my stepfather. Charming, chain-smoking, liked to talk about science, a scuba diver. The sexual abuse he had perpetrated was a concept. The man before us was real."
1980s  1990s  2010s  2014  buzzfeed.com  michelle_tea  writing  memoir  abuse  stepfather  parenting  peeping_tom  voyeurism  pain  father  silence  mother  growing_up  apology  acceptance  anxiety  family  relationship  poet 
november 2014 by cluebucket
Now Shia LaBeouf is Plagiarizing Kenneth Goldsmith - Gapers Block Book Club | Chicago
"...regardless of whether LaBeouf truly believes in his #stopcreating philosophy of appropriating pre-arranged words and art, Goldsmith has unwittingly given intellectual ammunition to an already controversial celebrity refusing to cede the last word to his critics -- regardless of whether or not he has any original words to say."
jason_prechtel  gapersblock.com  poetry  poet  shia_labeouf  kenneth_goldsmith  daniel_clowes  plagiarism  stolen  writing  2010s  2013  2012  2014  apology  #stopcreating  reappropriation  original  author  actor  poetryfoundation  creativity  uncreative_writing  thenewinquiry  chicago  copy  ruth_graham 
january 2014 by cluebucket
'Airmail' and 'Here and Now' Reviewed by Alice Gregory | New Republic
"Writing well, after all—with expressive honesty and inventive humor—to people you are not romantically pursuing is one of the most undervalued methods of improving daily life."
newrepublic  airmail  here_and_now  alice_gregory  book  review  writing  writer  correspondence  letter  epistolary  2013  2010s  2000s  1960s  james_joyce  paul_auster  j.m._coetzee  poet  robert_bly  tomas_transtromer  translation  language 
june 2013 by cluebucket
What is Found There: Adrienne Rich and a Life on the Margins | Hazlitt
"In her own life, Rich refused to accept that these public attitudes ought to guide her. She thus spent her life in what we sometimes call the 'margins.' She was a poet in a culture that came to prefer television and video games, and a radical in one that saw Planned Parenthood as a militant organization."
adrienne_rich  michelle_dean  essay  obituary  poet  politics  feminism  contradiction  life  writer  writing  culture  protest  quote  motherhood  1960s  1970s  2012  2013  hazlitt  randomhouse.ca 
january 2013 by cluebucket
Read this article. Rewrite it. Throw out your draft and write something else. Throw that out, too. « We Who Are About To Die
"Cross this out.

The writing game has an air of Sisyphus about it. It’s not all about reaching the finish line. It’s about starting over and over and over and …"
wewhoareabouttodie  2012  2010s  author  poet  poetry  poem  t.s._eliot  jack_kerouac  elizabeth_bishop  lucy_ives  2009  anamnesis  writing  re-writing  editing  publishing  joel_allegretti  21st_century 
august 2012 by cluebucket

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