Copia, the socially-driven digital content platform that provides customized learning solutions for students, educators and publishers, today announced two major partnerships in Australia, where it is the leading partner in the region for…
The Little Free Library is a project from Stereotank: a freestanding, inverted plastic tank that you stick your head into in order to browse the books that are sheltered from the elements. It’s been installed in New York’s Nolita. The Architectural League of New York partnered with Pen World Voices Festival to bring Little Free Library to New York City.
Ever argued with someone, got nowhere, and then decided to take a different tack? So did I. And I also began wondering where the phrase “take a different tack” originates.” It turns out that, as you might expect, it’s a sailing word. The OED definition is:
Authors on Film: Face to Face with Anthony Burgess (BBC)
Recently finished Anthony Burgess’s dystopian novel The Wanting Seed. Set (in what seems to be) the not so-far future, Tristam and his wife, Beatrice-Joanna, live in the Pelphase – a state overwrought with liberalism, where homosexuality is public policy…
How to be a critic: ”Ask: why should the critic’s ideas hold up? While the orthodoxy may find such a thing significant, the critic needn’t be obliged to value arguments that hold up or make sense or remain consistent. Nonsense is a value. Provocation is a value. Surprise is a value. Play is a value. Silliness is a value. Excitement is a value. Purple is a value. Slime is a value.”
I Was A Teenage Arsonist by Delaney Nolan: “A sixteen-year-old is supposed to talk a lot; a sixteen-year-old is supposed to gab and gab and chat for hours about nothing, twirling the phone cord around her finger. But this is not really talking, not truly. When we are teenagers, we don’t know how to talk to people.”
In light of Rand Paul’s 15-hour filibuster yesterday, we decided that it would be apropos to trot out the word “cloture.” Webster’s defines itas meaning “the closing or limitation of debate in a legislative body,” stemming from the 18th-century French…
Literary Excerpts: "Art Objects" by Jeanette Winterson
I love this essay. Here’s an excerpt from Jeanette Winterson’s “Art Objects” from the book of the same name. She makes a case for art as a visceral, unquestionable necessity, as something that society cannot exist without.