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Archive for September, 2007

“Social Net (working?)”

“Social net (working?)” sites/sights are multiplying and being taken up by an i n c r e a s i n g l y w i d e s p e c t r u m (society.) But who needs 100, or 1,000, friends? What is the boundary? Should we treat this desire? f o […]

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Busboys and Poets! Go there, BE square!

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(photo thanks to http://quartzo-feldspato-mica.blogspot.com/2003_12_01_archive.html) Okay, so I was heartsick that we did not get to any of Adrienne Rich’s poems in yesterday’s class. She is a tour de force for women, for poetry, if ever there was one. And one of my heroines. Because of what she stands for, and because of the intimate and […]

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for the visual learners out there…

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(painting by Herbert James Draper) Death-scene of Icarus Hand spun, now crippled, they hang like gentle sails, harnessed with leather to his genteel back. Hair, deep as night, lies in folds, laced through with weeds, on the sky-runner’s quiet brow. Red shadows, like winter trees, stretch across in congealing, rusted rivers. Limbs, traced in blood, […]

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Instant Ancestor.

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These are a few photos I took of Plath’s home while studying abroad in London last semester. They were previously published to the wonderful Amanda Rutstein’s blog for her Plath independent study last semester!

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this is Oscar Wilde’s tomb in Pere-Lachaise cemetery in Paris. There is a plaque out front that warns people not to deface the tomb, but lovers of Wilde persist. The smudges are lipstick prints. (And yes, I laid a smacker on him too, right after taking my nerdy tourist picture…) The tomb reads: “and alien […]

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Handsome.

According to the OED, here are a few of the definitions of handsome: handsome, a. (adv.) 1. a. Easy to handle or manipulate, or to wield, deal with, or use in any way. Obs. 2. a. Of action, speech, etc.: Appropriate, apt, dexterous, clever, happy: in reference to language, sometimes implying gracefulness of style (cf. […]

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First, I must say that I LOVED the Levertov essay, “Some Notes on Organic Form.” And she mentioned the etymology of two words at the top of 1083 that I just wanted to mention here: “To contemplate comes from ‘templum, temple, a place, a space for observation, marked out by the augur.’ It means, not […]

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