Just another bookish flaneuse from the Canadian prairies.
By j-i-a on "Snow would be the easy/ way out—that softening/ sky like a sigh of relief/ at finally being allowed/ to yield"
@Cat named Virtute WE SNOWBOUND FOLK GOTTA STICK TOGETHER
@Cat named Virtute What I don't understand is why anyone would write a column against any sort of art form? Like, I'd totally understand a post about how it's absurd that a professor forced a student to take a full year's worth of poetry classes knowing full well it wasn't her favorite genre. But like, being anti-poetry? That's like being anti-song. I mean, maybe she hates music. It's possible. Maybe that'll be next in the line of columns that all generally boil down to "hey guys! Why don't you read me hate on something for a little while, and then read while I get all self-conscious about the fact I like to hate on things and try to make it endearing."
I suppose blog posts about the writer being too cool for various things is its own art form, I guess. I've found a few I like, and they can be fun to read, but ya know, I don't think I get it. Probably not for me, but there's nothing wrong with it, so she can keep on keepin' on.
Wow, I'm surprised people were so charitable about this mess. Am I missing something? Was this tongue-in-cheek? I have so many questions.
How on earth has nobody pointed out that the person who wrote War and Peace is NOT the same person who "I Bless You, Forests?" How is it possible to have read Leo Tolstoy and not have alarm bells go off when reading that poem? It didn't sound anything like him. I need to stop, this is making me mad.
By harebell on Poetry: A Love Story
by the end of the essay you admit that you actually like quite a number of poems -- so why hold onto the idea of "hating poetry"?? that just seems pointlessly self-limiting, even as a comic essay. and not very new or brave to write about -- plenty of people have this attitude.
also, moss comes in more than one color!
As for the iamb issue: it's a trochee - kinda like whiskey, come to think of it. Otherwise it would be whisque, like risqué. Which works in its own way, too. Yay for whiskey and poetry.
Lindsey Bluth is thrilled by this news!
I actually liked the LA Times piece, although I can understand feeling like an asshole about it afterwards. The thing is, you wrote a piece that capitalized on your affiliation to someone in the news, and then wrote this piece which basically does the same thing, except with an apology on it. I'm not trying to tell you how to feel about it, but the behavior is basically the same. Right?
@leonstj I'm a writer and anytime I've gotten positive feedback like that, it's made my day. So, it might feel weird, but I think you should keep doing it.
By HassleFree on We're All Jerks
There's a difference between "social media" and "gossip sites", you know. If people around you are being negative, stop following them on whatever social media site you're on.
I'm not a perfect saint when it comes to making fun of public figures, but I do it in private email with my friends that I know the person will never see.
@nyikint I think this also might be an opportunity to talk about ways to be most effective in international development on an individual level. If not college activism, then what?
Yes yes yes exactly. I'd like to see this balanced out a little more with what some good alternatives might be. I enjoy mocking tragedy tourism that calls itself activism (and what I've seen called, in a term that I absolutely love, "conscience porn"), as much as the next self-flagellating middle-class white girl, but, you know, wanting to improve the world is hardly an ignoble motivation and maybe we can draw attention to genuinely productive ways of doing that?
(Or at the very least we can talk about the problem of neo-liberal campaigns that are actually about preparing students, more than anything else, for work as part of the late-stage capitalist ouroboros, and fuck late-stage capitalism, but I will admit that with me, pretty much everything comes back to "fuck late-stage capitalism".)