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Some Bellwether colleagues recently shared this article about women in career and family. While I don’t parent, I still found the article’s reminders super useful. A few quotes from the piece about work, fulfillment, and how we manage our time: (more…)

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the unbearable lightness of being
the unbearable lite-ness of being
the unbearable blightness of being
the unbearable nice™ness of being
the unbearable “like”ness of being

From a recent essay by translator Sean Cotter, about translator-wonder Michael Heim. Heim passed away in 2012 (I wrote an obituary here), and Cotter and others are putting together a book about his life. Can’t wait to read it.

I like this very much, this being a new poem called “Trance Notebook #15” from Wayne Koestenbaum. An excerpt:

__________
“Sempre libera” backwards

like Paul McCartney’s death

revealed by playing

“Revolution 9” backwards—
__________
who taught

me that trick?
__________
rescued or adopted by

a queer on Mission

Street in pursuit of

his perfect éclair,

his Patricia Neal

impersonation
__________

Part of the PEN Poetry Series, which publishes work by emerging and established writers once a week.

__________

despite the taboo against
cannibalism

__________

              it depends
what fish are used
in the gefilte fish—

__________

             death’s
interpreter, I’m
a fat man leaning on
the same bannister
Kafka’s uptight
virile father
leaned on

__________

                if he’s so famous
why do I need to ask
this question?

__________

the answer is Pink Floyd

__________

– See more at: http://www.pen.org/poetry/trance-notebook-15#sthash.QnGtqn2v.dpuf

__________

despite the taboo against
cannibalism

__________

              it depends
what fish are used
in the gefilte fish—

__________

             death’s
interpreter, I’m
a fat man leaning on
the same bannister
Kafka’s uptight
virile father
leaned on

__________

                if he’s so famous
why do I need to ask
this question?

__________

the answer is Pink Floyd

__________

– See more at: http://www.pen.org/poetry/trance-notebook-15#sthash.QnGtqn2v.dpuf

__________

despite the taboo against
cannibalism

__________

              it depends
what fish are used
in the gefilte fish—

__________

             death’s
interpreter, I’m
a fat man leaning on
the same bannister
Kafka’s uptight
virile father
leaned on

__________

                if he’s so famous
why do I need to ask
this question?

__________

the answer is Pink Floyd

__________

– See more at: http://www.pen.org/poetry/trance-notebook-15#sthash.QnGtqn2v.dpuf

 

Inside-the-Rainbow-4

Via The Paris Review: “Inside the Rainbow: Russian Children’s Literature 1920–35: Beautiful Books, Terrible Times is a stunning compendium of illustrations from the twenties and thirties.”

Rainbow over Brooklyn

Photo by Barry Yanowitz; licensed by Creative Commons.

After who knows how many days of a persistent heat wave, the clouds just broke into a thunderous rainstorm. The construction workers on scaffolds outside my window ran into the middle of the street cheering. One man in a white tank top and back brace raised his arms and head to the sky laughing. I can’t help but smile — we’ve all been waiting for this.

Somehow, I <3 you Brooklyn (even as I sit here in my sweat-soaked no-air-conditioning t-shirt).

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