Cynthia Ozick (via mttbll)

It’s so physical. There are these three fingers that hold the pen, and there is the ear. Of course, it’s all ear.

Patti Smith Reviews Haruki Murakami’s New Novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

"Amorometer," from Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail, Kelly Luce (via bibliopod)

She reread his letters each morning and began the day feeling like a plant just watered.
therumpus:

The Rumblr’s in-house astrologer, Madame Clairevoyant, presents her latest dispatch from the stars:
Aries: This is a week for letting your ideas breathe; this is a week for thinking out loud. This is a week for letting your secret projects and plans out into the world, for letting them stretch their legs, for letting them come alive in the sunlight. Talk through your thoughts with other people. Let your friends show you the things you don’t see; let them show you new ways your brain can move. Try to be brave, try to be generous, and your thoughts can sparkle, they can glow, they can light your way.
 Taurus: This can be a week for making choices, a week for narrowing your focus, a week for remembering that your time and your attention and your life are your own. You don’t have to spread your energy all across the world; you don’t have to give of yourself every time someone asks. You can stop listening to the people who don’t care about you. You can choose what to do with your own days. You can speak your needs out loud. You can listen to your favorite song as many times in a row as you want.
 Gemini: This is a week for dreaming about motion; this is a week for dreaming about flight. This week you can get unstuck from whatever has been holding you in place, and it will feel like you can move through the sky, like you can move through your days, like you’re made of light. You can believe, just for now, that there are no limits on the range of motion available to you. You can believe that everything will always be this easy, that everything will always be okay. Call somebody you miss. Write letters full of bright love.
 Cancer: You can feel the winds shifting this week, you can feel change in the air, you can feel the stars calling out to you at night. The possibilities of your life can open up. You can imagine your way into so many futures and so many lives. This week you can move like light, you can move like sound, you can move like a dream. You don’t have to be solid, you don’t have to be sure, you don’t have to know quite what you’re doing. It’s okay to live in possibilities, for now.
 Leo: When your world gets most strange this week, when you need it most, you can find bright fire buried deep in your heart. You can find a little bit of darkness, you can find a little bit of steely trust in your own self. You can find energy that feels like a forest, you can find energy that feels like the sea, you can find energy that can carry you through anything. You can stand up for yourself, you can believe in your own face in the mirror, you can be so generous with your love.
 Virgo: It might be easy to get frustrated this week, it might be easy to get impatient, it might be easy to feel like your own life is moving too slowly. Try to be patient, even when you want everything all at once. You have so much time. You won’t get left behind and you won’t get stuck. There are stories that can unfold slowly, there are stories so full of texture and sweetness and light, there are stories that can unfold in stranger ways than you can predict. Keep moving, keep living, keep your eyes open.
 Libra: This week you can feel so present in your own skin. You can feel your feet on the ground, you can feel the air on your face, you can hear the song of the world in your ears. You can feel peace if you need peace, you can feel strength if you need strength, you can come into your own. You can find yourself in storms, you can find yourself in mountains, you can find yourself in sweet foggy air. Try to be gentle with the people you care about. Try to be tender with your own self.
 Scorpio: This week you can find your power, you can find your center, you can find your balance again in this weird shaky world. Walk through the streets of your city watch all the life all around you, watch the buildings and the faces and the trees and the concrete. You can be strong enough to get so wild. Listen to the songs that remind you of the rhythm of your own body. Listen to the songs that remind you of your bright voice. Listen to the songs that remind you what your own best confidence feels like.
 Sagittarius: This is a week for stretching your muscles, it’s a week for testing your abilities, it’s a week for taking the wildest flying leaps you can manage. This is a week for doing the things you don’t yet know how to do. You can learn how to move by moving, you can learn how to live by living, you can learn how to speak by speaking. You don’t have to wait for anything. You don’t need permission. You can imagine the life you want into being. You can work magic, just by trying.
 Capricorn: This week, hard work can keep your head clear and your blood flowing. This week, you can get a little lost in the projects that you care about. You can write the stories you need to read, you can sing the songs you need to hear, you can see the world you need taking shape around you. If you keep moving, your vision will be clear and your sleep can be sweet. You can follow the golden stars above your head, you can follow the lights of the city around you, you can follow your own heartbeat home.
 Aquarius: If you start to doubt yourself this week, if you forget what you’re doing or where you’re trying to go, try to trust other people. Try not to stay stuck in your own room, even when it feels hard to go outside. Try not to stay stuck in your own head, even when your own voice sounds like tin in your ears. You can call your friends, you can make food for them, you can sit with them on porches and in parks. You can let the people who care about you call you back to yourself.
 Pisces: This is a week for talismans and charms, this is a week for wearing your softest shirts, this is a week for eating the foods you like most. This is a week for magic you can touch and magic you can see and magic you can carry in your pocket. There’s so much floating through the world, so much movement, so much strangeness, so much feeling, that it’s easy to get a little lost. Try to anchor yourself to the physical world however you can. Let it guide you through your days, let it guide you through your dreams.
Today’s image was made specially for Madame Clairevoyant by Jen May.

therumpus:

The Rumblr’s in-house astrologer, Madame Clairevoyant, presents her latest dispatch from the stars:

Aries: This is a week for letting your ideas breathe; this is a week for thinking out loud. This is a week for letting your secret projects and plans out into the world, for letting them stretch their legs, for letting them come alive in the sunlight. Talk through your thoughts with other people. Let your friends show you the things you don’t see; let them show you new ways your brain can move. Try to be brave, try to be generous, and your thoughts can sparkle, they can glow, they can light your way.

Taurus: This can be a week for making choices, a week for narrowing your focus, a week for remembering that your time and your attention and your life are your own. You don’t have to spread your energy all across the world; you don’t have to give of yourself every time someone asks. You can stop listening to the people who don’t care about you. You can choose what to do with your own days. You can speak your needs out loud. You can listen to your favorite song as many times in a row as you want.

Gemini: This is a week for dreaming about motion; this is a week for dreaming about flight. This week you can get unstuck from whatever has been holding you in place, and it will feel like you can move through the sky, like you can move through your days, like you’re made of light. You can believe, just for now, that there are no limits on the range of motion available to you. You can believe that everything will always be this easy, that everything will always be okay. Call somebody you miss. Write letters full of bright love.

Cancer: You can feel the winds shifting this week, you can feel change in the air, you can feel the stars calling out to you at night. The possibilities of your life can open up. You can imagine your way into so many futures and so many lives. This week you can move like light, you can move like sound, you can move like a dream. You don’t have to be solid, you don’t have to be sure, you don’t have to know quite what you’re doing. It’s okay to live in possibilities, for now.

Leo: When your world gets most strange this week, when you need it most, you can find bright fire buried deep in your heart. You can find a little bit of darkness, you can find a little bit of steely trust in your own self. You can find energy that feels like a forest, you can find energy that feels like the sea, you can find energy that can carry you through anything. You can stand up for yourself, you can believe in your own face in the mirror, you can be so generous with your love.

Virgo: It might be easy to get frustrated this week, it might be easy to get impatient, it might be easy to feel like your own life is moving too slowly. Try to be patient, even when you want everything all at once. You have so much time. You won’t get left behind and you won’t get stuck. There are stories that can unfold slowly, there are stories so full of texture and sweetness and light, there are stories that can unfold in stranger ways than you can predict. Keep moving, keep living, keep your eyes open.

Libra: This week you can feel so present in your own skin. You can feel your feet on the ground, you can feel the air on your face, you can hear the song of the world in your ears. You can feel peace if you need peace, you can feel strength if you need strength, you can come into your own. You can find yourself in storms, you can find yourself in mountains, you can find yourself in sweet foggy air. Try to be gentle with the people you care about. Try to be tender with your own self.

Scorpio: This week you can find your power, you can find your center, you can find your balance again in this weird shaky world. Walk through the streets of your city watch all the life all around you, watch the buildings and the faces and the trees and the concrete. You can be strong enough to get so wild. Listen to the songs that remind you of the rhythm of your own body. Listen to the songs that remind you of your bright voice. Listen to the songs that remind you what your own best confidence feels like.

Sagittarius: This is a week for stretching your muscles, it’s a week for testing your abilities, it’s a week for taking the wildest flying leaps you can manage. This is a week for doing the things you don’t yet know how to do. You can learn how to move by moving, you can learn how to live by living, you can learn how to speak by speaking. You don’t have to wait for anything. You don’t need permission. You can imagine the life you want into being. You can work magic, just by trying.

Capricorn: This week, hard work can keep your head clear and your blood flowing. This week, you can get a little lost in the projects that you care about. You can write the stories you need to read, you can sing the songs you need to hear, you can see the world you need taking shape around you. If you keep moving, your vision will be clear and your sleep can be sweet. You can follow the golden stars above your head, you can follow the lights of the city around you, you can follow your own heartbeat home.

Aquarius: If you start to doubt yourself this week, if you forget what you’re doing or where you’re trying to go, try to trust other people. Try not to stay stuck in your own room, even when it feels hard to go outside. Try not to stay stuck in your own head, even when your own voice sounds like tin in your ears. You can call your friends, you can make food for them, you can sit with them on porches and in parks. You can let the people who care about you call you back to yourself.

Pisces: This is a week for talismans and charms, this is a week for wearing your softest shirts, this is a week for eating the foods you like most. This is a week for magic you can touch and magic you can see and magic you can carry in your pocket. There’s so much floating through the world, so much movement, so much strangeness, so much feeling, that it’s easy to get a little lost. Try to anchor yourself to the physical world however you can. Let it guide you through your days, let it guide you through your dreams.

Today’s image was made specially for Madame Clairevoyant by Jen May.

PANK Magazine :: 9.8 / August 2014 :: A Modern Girl’s Guide to Childbirth by Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson

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You will be deep in the throes of labor when your husband deposits you at the entrance of a downtown hospital. An attendant, a man whose name you’ll never know, will wheel you to the 11th floor while your husband parks.

If this were Greece, say 430 BC, two midwives would have come to your home…

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Kelly Luce on Lois Lowry

literarymothers:

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My career as a shoplifter began with a novel. Mom allowed me two books per trip to the Crown Books in the mall, and that month, the Babysitter’s Club series had put out a double serving, which I had to have.

The book I covetedwas small and black. Its cover featured an unremarkable gray silhouette and a title I recognized from a list of books deemed by my school board “inappropriate for 6th-8th grade summer reading.”

This was The Giver, by Lois Lowry.

I slipped the book into my cavernous parka pocket. I reached into my pocket after crossing the store’s threshold, pinching those yet-unread pages between my fingers. I’d been sure the book would disappear once we left its rightful home.

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by Shastri Akella

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"Sky Wall" by Jen May

The train slows down and draws to a halt with a shot of smoke. Aaina looks out the window. They’re not at a station but in a forest. A silhouette zigzags between the trees, through the green light of the leaves. The silhouette…

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maryumiller:

I wrote this thing the other day (http://www.vol1brooklyn.com/2014/05/21/my-problem-with-vida-a-report-from-the-field/). I’m not very popular right now because of it but it’s how I feel and it’s okay that most people ignored it because ignoring it is easier than “picking a side.” People are…