Still, there are dangers for an artist in any academic environment. Academia rewards people who know their own minds and have developed an ironclad confidence in speaking them. That kind of assurance is death for an artist. The great thing about the Institute of Sacred Music in particular is that it is founded upon the assumption that art is essential to any creative life of faith, so a certain amount of existential stuttering is not simply allowed but actively encouraged.
Christian Wiman

Etta James, “I’d Rather Go Blind,” Montreux 1975

new-aesthetic:

'Ignore sat-nav' sign (by rowanC82)

A council has put up a sign warning lorry drivers to ignore their satellite navigation systems after faulty sat-nav directions caused traffic chaos in Wales. Vale of Glamorgan Council in South Wales is the first in the UK to use visual signs warning drivers not to believe sat-nav advice after once peaceful villages were reduced to bedlam when heavy-goods lorries got stuck in tiny country lanes. Now a sign aimed largely at foreign drivers has been put up on the outskirts of the village of St Hilary. “The proliferation of satellite navigation aids used in heavy goods vehicles, and their over-reliance, especially by overseas drivers, has presented itself as a problem within the Vale of Glamorgan,” a spokesman for the council’s highways department said.

'Ignore sat-nav' sign posted to protect village - Telegraph

new-aesthetic:

'Ignore sat-nav' sign (by rowanC82)

A council has put up a sign warning lorry drivers to ignore their satellite navigation systems after faulty sat-nav directions caused traffic chaos in Wales. Vale of Glamorgan Council in South Wales is the first in the UK to use visual signs warning drivers not to believe sat-nav advice after once peaceful villages were reduced to bedlam when heavy-goods lorries got stuck in tiny country lanes. Now a sign aimed largely at foreign drivers has been put up on the outskirts of the village of St Hilary. “The proliferation of satellite navigation aids used in heavy goods vehicles, and their over-reliance, especially by overseas drivers, has presented itself as a problem within the Vale of Glamorgan,” a spokesman for the council’s highways department said.
'Ignore sat-nav' sign posted to protect village - Telegraph

Elizabeth McCracken @ Salon.com

Kelly Luce: Humor is a hallmark of your writing. Where does your comic sensibility come from, and why do you think humor finds its way so naturally into your writing?

Elizabeth McCracken: I don’t know how to get it out. I mean, I wouldn’t want to: It’s a native species. This is a topic I’m quite boring about, when I teach: some young writers mistake humorlessness for seriousness. They remove all traces of humor as though with a scalpel, and the patient doesn’t survive the surgery. On Twitter I was complaining about this, and several writers responded, “But I don’t like jokes; I don’t know how to make them.” Well, life likes jokes, life is constantly making jokes, even at the most inopportune moments. Probably particularly then. As you well know, from your own splendid work: an appreciation for the absurd throws everything else into relief: sadness, beauty, emotion. Humorless fiction is a sealed room. There may be meaning inside: the pitch dark will render it meaningless. As for humorless human beings — I don’t even know how to talk to them. They’re the first people I plan to eat in the lifeboat I’m certain I will some day end up in.

Bears on Stairs: A Stop Motion-Animation Created from 3D-Printed Frames (via)

College Classes Use Arts to Brace for Climate Change - NYTimes.com

“You can argue that that is a dominant theme of postwar fiction, trying to grapple with the fragility of our existence, where the world can end at any time,” Mr. Rich said. Before long, most colleges will “have a course on the contemporary novel and the environment,” he said. “It surprises me that even more writers aren’t engaging with it.”

NYC to bring sheep back to Central Park Sheep Meadow

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The Sheep Meadow in Central Park is best known now as a place to bring a book and a blanket, or throw around a frisbee, but there was a time when sheep did in fact graze there, giving the meadow its name. Although today the Park’s largest lawn features sunbathers, it was originally the home to a flock of sheep from 1864 until 1934. The sheep and shepherd were housed in a Victorian building that later became the Tavern on the Green in 1934.

Now comes word that the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation has tentatively approved a plan to convert the Sheep Meadow back into, well, a sheep meadow!

"World’s First Mobile Phone, 1922" @ British Pathé

Landscape Featuring Oklahoma: A Conversation with Letitia Trent | HTMLGIANT

I remember very distinctly my first connection between poetry and music. When I was about 13, I found a tape by The Smiths, I think it was a singles compilation, at a flea market where my parents had set up a booth. I popped it in and heard the following lines:

Punctured bicycle
on a hillside, desolate
will nature make a man of me yet?

I remember having a physical reaction of joy from this: this is what language can do! I thought. I could see that sad, impotent bicycle and understood how it connected to the narrative that followed. It was like magic.

"A dip that will satisfy… a small group."

~ Microwave Cooking With Sad Music