I’m presently outside Oklahoma City in the home of a successful mosaic artist and a cyclist/professor. I like to think I don’t resent affluent people for their money, but there’s a lot of humblebragging and navel-gazing going on, and it’s making me miss my blue-collar, ungated neighborhood. Like, congratulations, you know famous people and you’ve traveled the world...
Goin' Down the Country
I’m pretty much all packed for Texas, where I’ll be attending my first-ever overnight music festival. Travel brings out the wild woman in me. Let’s do this thing.
7. Better Yourself. Go running. Floss. Drink more water. Take vitamins. Buy food...– 7 Steps to Being Confident // Thought Catalog (via elizablr)
The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known...– Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (via scribnerbooks)
I don’t know whether it’s the receding hemlines, the foliage that thrums with frenzied new life everywhere I look, or the fact that I now own a convertible, but I feel about five to seven years younger now that the winter of my discontent has passed. This winter sucked. It was unnaturally long, bitter, severe, and almost bipolar enough to feel downright apocalyptic (thanks, climate...
I predict that in the future, when people have finally accepted the fact that gender and sexuality are fluid, the word “homosexual” will cast off its troublesome pejorative/diagnostic connotations and carry an air of adorable quaintness, like “smelling salts” or “smoking jacket.”
A good friend of mine from college, one of the kindest, most sensitive men I’ve ever met, was in a terrible accident today. He works for a company that builds big grain silos, and I guess his harness/rope snapped as he was working on one and he fell and broke his spine. They just finished performing surgery, and the latest I’ve heard is that it’s unlikely he’ll ever have...
Spring/Summer Self-Reinvention Plan
Eat lots of green things, e.g. kale Run erry day Bicycle a few times a week Drive with the top down at every opportunity because that shit is major stress relief Get better at bass, drums, banjo, and mandolin Then duplicate self and start a band Write, write, write, you lazy fucker Be a good girlfriend Be a good friend Basically keep the “raging cunt” moments to a minimum ...
The unconscious sends all sorts of vapors, odd beings, terrors, and deluding...– Joseph Campbell
I don’t want a lukewarm love. I want it to burn my lips and engulf my soul.– Woori (via 5feetoffury)
Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer;...– The Second Coming, W.B. Yeats (via lordbyronsbloomers) Evidently the apartment I stayed in at Wells—known as the Prophet’s Chamber—was once occupied by Yeats. And Matthew Arnold. But I was more concerned about Yeats’s ghost than Arnold’s.
If your fidelity to perfectionism is too high, you never do anything.– David Foster Wallace (via explore-blog)
clumsyoctopus: my ad for beauty products girls putting makeup on like warpaint and kicking people in the face old ladies wearing eyeshadow and getting flocked by hunks who carry them away and crown them queens of their own country girls putting on makeup and then just sitting and eating doritos in front of the computer all day because fuck it that shits for you ANYTHING IS BETTER THAN...
Extinguishing Self-Doubt Before It Appears
As I mentioned here before, my alma mater’s book arts department is publishing my senior thesis, which was a chapbook of poems. I’m returning there tomorrow to serve as a Visiting Writer and give a poetry reading. I’m grateful for and honored by the opportunity, but both the publication and the reading were basically handed to me by a couple of professors who are enthusiastic...
But the 8-hour workday is too profitable for big business, not because of the...– Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed (via beccap) YESSS i knew i wasnt the only person out there who was making an issue out of this (via baronessvonbullshit) Ahh this is so interesting/important to acknowlege (via thefemcritique)
On greatness and killing your ego.
dearcoquette: Dear Coquette, How do I accept that I won’t ever be great or outstanding? I always thought I had talent, and maybe I’m not bad, but a great many people are far better. I can’t stop thinking this and it’s causing me great anxiety. Kill your ego, because nothing you do will ever matter. That’s okay, though. It’s not just you. It’s all of us. It’s taken 100,000 years for our species...
New research shows 0.6% of rape allegations are... →
thebadassperger: skyliting: rememberyes: boldmatter: jadelyn: likeadeadchinadoll: and for those interested, you can find the report HERE Just in case any dudebros are unclear on what this means: it means that your buddy who totally just had some bitch trying to ruin his life by accusing him of rape…almost certainly actually did rape her. Just keep that in mind. Yeah man,...
I’ve decided that the worst thing you can ever hear a cashier say is, “Having a party?”
I have spent many years trying to recover a common language, one that can cross...– Robert Bly (via theparisreview) I would say you succeeded, Robert.
the cinnamon peeler's wife: "The Average Fourth... →
commovente: While in graduate school at the University of Houston, I supplemented my income by working as a writer in residence for Writers in the Schools (WITS). I was with WITS for three years, during which I visited third, fourth, and fifth grade classrooms, and worked with groups of students visiting the…