1. literaryjukebox:

    THE SUMMER DAY

    Who made the world?

    Who made the swan, and the black bear?

    Who made the grasshopper?

    This grasshopper, I mean—

    the one who has flung herself out of the grass,

    the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,

    who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down—

    who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.

    Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.

    Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.

    I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.

    I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down

    into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,

    how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,

    which is what I have been doing all day.

    Tell me, what else should I have done?

    Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?

    Tell me, what is it you plan to do

    with your one wild and precious life?

    Mary Oliver in New and Selected Poems

    Song: “The Origin of Love” by Neil Patrick Harris (Hedwig and the Angry Inch Original Broadway Cast Recording)

  2. "The internet isn’t really capable of a measured response. Once you’re on the front page of the internet, it doesn’t matter if you’re getting scorn or praise — you’ll almost certainly get more than you deserve."

    On an old-but-gold episode of the excellent TLDR podcast, WNYC’s Alex Goldman drops some timeless wisdom on the nature of the web. 

    For a definitive manifesto on handling the internet’s unmeasured response, see Anne Lamott’s brilliant essay, then revisit Daniel Dennett on how to criticize with kindness.

    (via explore-blog)
  3. "

    "It’s that thing when you’re with someone and you love them and they know it, and they love you and you know it. But it’s a party! And you’re both talking to other people and you’re laughing and shining and you look across the room and catch each other’s eyes. But…but not because you’re possessive or it’s precisely sexual but because that is your person in this life. And it’s funny and sad but only because this life will end. And it’s this secret world that exists right there ib public unnoticed that no one knows about. It’s sort of like how they say that other dimensions exist all around us, but we don’t have the ability to perceive them. That’s what I want out of a relationship or just life, I guess."

    "

  4. explore-blog:

More than two centuries after Goethe’s pioneering work on the psychology of color and emotion, a very ugly but informative infographic on how various brands are using the emotion of color in their logos. 
Pair with the visual evolution of famous logos.
  5. explore-blog:

    Trailer for Dear Mr. Watterson, a documentary about the beloved creator of Calvin & Hobbes. Complement with Watterson’s timeless 1990 Kenyon College commencement address on creative integrity.

    (Source: )

  6. ready,fire,aim: why entrepreneurs don't sleep well

    mwalrath:

    imagine the perfect night’s sleep. For me, it involves sliding into cool bedsheets, closing my eyes, marveling briefly at how tranquil and undisturbed my thoughts are, and fading into a deep and restful slumber. Maybe I wake up once, around 2am, marvel at the fact that I have 4 or 5 hours more…

  7. "Read, read, read, read, read. Read everything. You can’t work unless you know the world, and outside of living in the world the best way to learn about the world is to read about it."

    In a speech delivered upon receiving an honorary doctorate, actor John Goodman echoes philosopher Judith Butler on the value of reading and adds to our ongoing archive of invaluable advice on life. (via explore-blog)

    (Source: , via explore-blog)

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