Items of Interest

“Up to the age of thirty, or beyond it, poetry of many kinds, such as the works of Milton, Gray, Byron, Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Shelley, gave me great pleasure….But now for many years I cannot endure to read a line of poetry;….My mind seems to have become a kind of machine for grinding general laws out of large collections of facts…and if I had to live my life again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week….The loss of these tastes is a loss of happiness, and may possibly be injurious to the intellect, and more probably to the moral character, by enfeebling the emotional part of our nature.”


— Charles Darwin: His Life Told in an Autobiographical Chapter & in a Selected Series of his Published Letters, ed. Francis Darwin


"Look at
				what passes for the new.
You will not find it there but in
		despised poems.
				It is difficult
to get the news from poems
		yet men die miserably every day
				for lack
of what is found there.
		Hear me out
				for I too am concerned
and every man
		who wants to die at peace in his bed

              	-- William Carlos Williams, "Asphodel"
On Alice Munro’s writing: Deep Caves Paved with Kitchen Linoleum

11 Lessons That ‘Jane Eyre’ Can Teach Every 21st Century Woman About How To Live Well


What to Do With a B.A. in English?


What’s It Like to Be a Bat? by Thomas Nagel (1974), with thanks to Tanvi Medhekar


BBC Documentary on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, with thanks to Erin Martins Santolupo


“A Room Full of Feminists Just Applauded a Guy [Joss Whedon] Who Attacked Feminists. Wait for It …” by Rebecca Eisenberg, with thanks to Megha Varma


Poems in DNA: “The Xenotext,” with thanks to Maryam Golafshani


The Worst Poems by Great Writers, by Charlotte Runcie


How Books Can Open Your Mind, by Lisa Bu


“This is What Classical Novels Sound Like When a Computer Turns Them into Piano Music”, by Katy Steinmetz


Here is the link for  You Have Nine Seconds to Impress with Your Resumé adapted from a Louisa Symington-Mills’ article.


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