dieselbookstore:

One needn’t have an excuse so humdrum & ordinary as a birthday to quote the great William H. Gass. But hey, if you’re lucky, you only turn ninety once. And today is Willie’s turn! So let’s raise our glasses high, friends, and sip some sentences with him.

“[The ideal reader] is skilled and generous with attention, for one thing, patient with longeurs [sic — intentional?], forgiving over error and the author’s self-indulgence, avid for details … ah, and a lover of lists, a twiddler of lines. Shall this reader be given occasionally to mouthing a word aloud or wanting to read to a companion in a piercing library whisper? yes; and shall this reader be one whose heartbeat alters with the tenses of the verbs? that would be nice; and shall every allusion be caught like a cold? no, eaten like a fish, whole, fins and skin; … oh, [the ideal reader] will be a kind of slowpoke on the page, a sipper of sentences, full of reflective pauses, thus a finger for holding its place should be appointed; a mover of lips, then? just, so, yes. large soft moist ones, naturally red, naturally supple, but made only for shaping syllables, you understand, for singing … singing. And shall this reader, as the book is opened, shadow the page like a palm? yes, perhaps that would be best (mind the strain on the spirit, though, no glasses correct that); and shall this reader sink into the paper? become the print? and blossom on the other side with pleasure and sensation … from the touch of mind, and the love that lasts in language? yes. Let’s imagine such a being, then. And begin. And then begin.”– Preface to In the Heart of the Heart of the Country

Close readers & clickers of links will notice that the wonderful NYRB Classics is breathing new life into Gass’ indispensable story collection In the Heart of the Heart of the Country this fall. Sentences are dribbling down my chin at the thought!

dieselbookstore:

One needn’t have an excuse so humdrum & ordinary as a birthday to quote the great William H. Gass. But hey, if you’re lucky, you only turn ninety once. And today is Willie’s turn! So let’s raise our glasses high, friends, and sip some sentences with him.

“[The ideal reader] is skilled and generous with attention, for one thing, patient with longeurs [sic — intentional?], forgiving over error and the author’s self-indulgence, avid for details … ah, and a lover of lists, a twiddler of lines. Shall this reader be given occasionally to mouthing a word aloud or wanting to read to a companion in a piercing library whisper? yes; and shall this reader be one whose heartbeat alters with the tenses of the verbs? that would be nice; and shall every allusion be caught like a cold? no, eaten like a fish, whole, fins and skin; … oh, [the ideal reader] will be a kind of slowpoke on the page, a sipper of sentences, full of reflective pauses, thus a finger for holding its place should be appointed; a mover of lips, then? just, so, yes. large soft moist ones, naturally red, naturally supple, but made only for shaping syllables, you understand, for singing … singing. And shall this reader, as the book is opened, shadow the page like a palm? yes, perhaps that would be best (mind the strain on the spirit, though, no glasses correct that); and shall this reader sink into the paper? become the print? and blossom on the other side with pleasure and sensation … from the touch of mind, and the love that lasts in language? yes. Let’s imagine such a being, then. And begin. And then begin.”

– Preface to In the Heart of the Heart of the Country

Close readers & clickers of links will notice that the wonderful NYRB Classics is breathing new life into Gass’ indispensable story collection In the Heart of the Heart of the Country this fall. Sentences are dribbling down my chin at the thought!

rookiemag:

kate bush : running up that hill


happy birthday QUEEN KATE!
xx
laia.

x-menosis:

Kitty Pryde by John Romita Jr - Uncanny X-Men #183 - July, 1984

x-menosis:

Kitty Pryde by John Romita Jr - Uncanny X-Men #183 - July, 1984

razorcake:

come to the Forest of Fortune book launch at skylightbooksJim will read from his book and discuss how working at an Indian casino influenced the story. There will be books, beverage, and free t-shirts for a select number of lucky guests (!!!) 

see you there? yes | no | maybe

newdirectionspublishing:

poets bernadette mayer & anne waldman at naropaphoto by Rebecca Bush reposted from http://tenderbuttonspress.tumblr.com/

newdirectionspublishing:

poets bernadette mayer & anne waldman at naropa
photo by Rebecca Bush
reposted from http://tenderbuttonspress.tumblr.com/

theartofgooglebooks:

Employee’s hand.
From the back matter of The Fair Circassian by Samuel Croxall (1721). Original from the British Library. Digitized June 25, 2013.

theartofgooglebooks:

Employee’s hand.

From the back matter of The Fair Circassian by Samuel Croxall (1721). Original from the British Library. Digitized June 25, 2013.

From the Skylight Shelf Talker newsletter:
Past Skylight Books booksellers continue to inspire us and make us proud. Edan Lepucki's rise to New York Times bestselling author,her guest appearance on The Colbert Report, and championing of independent bookstores continues to tickle are hearts and fill us with the light of literary love.

Perla Yasmeen Meléndez started working at Skylight Books when she was in high school and a student of author Steve Abee. We have only had a handful of high school age booksellers work here in our 17+ years - Perla stands out as one of the brightest, most creative people 
of any age that has been a part of Skylight Books. Read this interview on Kara B. Wilson’s website to read about Perla’s artist books and her adventures starting and running a pop-up restaurant/gallery in Oakland!

From the Skylight Shelf Talker newsletter:

Past Skylight Books booksellers continue to inspire us and make us proud. Edan Lepucki's rise to New York Times bestselling author,her guest appearance on The Colbert Report, and championing of independent bookstores continues to tickle are hearts and fill us with the light of literary love.
Perla Yasmeen Meléndez started working at Skylight Books when she was in high school and a student of author Steve Abee. We have only had a handful of high school age booksellers work here in our 17+ years - Perla stands out as one of the brightest, most creative people
of any age that has been a part of Skylight Books. Read this interview on Kara B. Wilson’s website to read about Perla’s artist books and her adventures starting and running a pop-up restaurant/gallery in Oakland!

(Source: jonklassen2)

x-menosis:

Rachel Summers by Alan Davis - Excalibur #46 - January, 1993

x-menosis:

Rachel Summers by Alan Davis - Excalibur #46 - January, 1993

"I’m not going to be ashamed of a goddamn thing I read."

Roxane Gay’s ‘Bad’ Feminism - NYTimes.com (via rachelfershleiser)

(via rachelfershleiser)