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widenerlibrary:

Where in Widener Special Edition
Check out this amazing article from yesterday’s Harvard Gazette in honor of Harry Elkins Widener and his rare books collection. This collection is housed in the heart of Widener and is curated by our colleagues at the Houghton Library.
There are many tales surrounding Widener Library that have become part of Harvard student lore. According to these legends Mrs. Widener requested that the building never be altered, fresh flowers be delivered to Harry’s room every day, that Harvard students must pass a swim test to graduate, and that Harry’s favorite dessert, ice cream, be served in the dining halls.
Only two of these legends are true. One stipulation of Mrs. Widener’s original bequest is that we cannot change the exterior of the building. Fresh flowers are also delivered to Harry’s Memorial Room, but only once a week. You can learn more about Harry’s collection with this online exhibit.
Image courtesy of Stephanie Mitchell, from the Harvard Gazette.

widenerlibrary:

Where in Widener Special Edition

Check out this amazing article from yesterday’s Harvard Gazette in honor of Harry Elkins Widener and his rare books collection. This collection is housed in the heart of Widener and is curated by our colleagues at the Houghton Library.

There are many tales surrounding Widener Library that have become part of Harvard student lore. According to these legends Mrs. Widener requested that the building never be altered, fresh flowers be delivered to Harry’s room every day, that Harvard students must pass a swim test to graduate, and that Harry’s favorite dessert, ice cream, be served in the dining halls.

Only two of these legends are true. One stipulation of Mrs. Widener’s original bequest is that we cannot change the exterior of the building. Fresh flowers are also delivered to Harry’s Memorial Room, but only once a week. You can learn more about Harry’s collection with this online exhibit.

Image courtesy of Stephanie Mitchell, from the Harvard Gazette.

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amandaonwriting:

Happy Birthday, Cynthia Ozick, born 17 April 1928
10 Cynthia Ozick Quotes
All writing is presumption of course, since no one knows what it is like to be another human being.
What we remember from childhood we remember forever - permanent ghosts, stamped, inked, imprinted, eternally seen.
Because if I don’t start, I won’t get going. And sometimes starting is so difficult. Because it’s all chaos… It could be a scene in your mind or it could be some kind of tendril that you can barely define. So I have to force it. And then after – and this is real compulsion, real self-flagellation – it kind of takes off. But there’s a lot of agony before. And sometimes during. And sometimes all through. But just before the end and revelations start coming, that’s the joy. But mostly its hell.
Advice to aspiring poets: Poetry is not letter-writing cut up into lines. Become familiar with the poets that are the infrastructure of literature; read, read, read.
After a certain number of years, our faces become our biographies.
If we had to say what writing is, we would have to define it essentially as an act of courage.
Writers’ invisibility has little or nothing to do with Fame, just as Fame has little or nothing to do with Literature. (Fame merits its capital F for its fickleness, Literature its capital L for its lastingness.) 
To imagine the unimaginable is the highest use of the imagination.
Writers are very dangerous people. You shouldn’t know them.
If I could do it again, I would step out of the furnace now and then. I’d run around and find reviews to write, articles; I’d scurry and scrounge. I’d try to build a little platform from which to send out a voice. I’d do, in short, what I see so many writers of your generation doing: Chasing a bit of work here, a bit there, publishing, getting acquainted. 
Ozick is an American-Jewish short story writer, novelist, and essayist
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

amandaonwriting:

Happy Birthday, Cynthia Ozick, born 17 April 1928

10 Cynthia Ozick Quotes

  1. All writing is presumption of course, since no one knows what it is like to be another human being.
  2. What we remember from childhood we remember forever - permanent ghosts, stamped, inked, imprinted, eternally seen.
  3. Because if I don’t start, I won’t get going. And sometimes starting is so difficult. Because it’s all chaos… It could be a scene in your mind or it could be some kind of tendril that you can barely define. So I have to force it. And then after – and this is real compulsion, real self-flagellation – it kind of takes off. But there’s a lot of agony before. And sometimes during. And sometimes all through. But just before the end and revelations start coming, that’s the joy. But mostly its hell.
  4. Advice to aspiring poets: Poetry is not letter-writing cut up into lines. Become familiar with the poets that are the infrastructure of literature; read, read, read.
  5. After a certain number of years, our faces become our biographies.
  6. If we had to say what writing is, we would have to define it essentially as an act of courage.
  7. Writers’ invisibility has little or nothing to do with Fame, just as Fame has little or nothing to do with Literature. (Fame merits its capital F for its fickleness, Literature its capital L for its lastingness.) 
  8. To imagine the unimaginable is the highest use of the imagination.
  9. Writers are very dangerous people. You shouldn’t know them.
  10. If I could do it again, I would step out of the furnace now and then. I’d run around and find reviews to write, articles; I’d scurry and scrounge. I’d try to build a little platform from which to send out a voice. I’d do, in short, what I see so many writers of your generation doing: Chasing a bit of work here, a bit there, publishing, getting acquainted. 

Ozick is an American-Jewish short story writer, novelist, and essayist

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

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taherehmafi:

ransom and i got married several months ago in an intimate ceremony, but recently had a larger reception for more family and friends, and it was a blast! as we’re both writers, it seemed fitting to have the event at one of our favorite bookstores: the last bookstore in downtown LA. we’ve had a lot of requests for photos, so i thought i’d drop a few here. hope you enjoy them as much as we do! 

:::for the especially curious:::

my bouquet: was made from the pages of ransom’s novel (miss peregrine’s home for peculiar children).

our photographers: brandon + katrina of brandon wong photography.

venue: the last bookstore in downtown los angeles.

catering: the extremely fabulous heirloomla.

flowers: from floral art!

rentals: furniture from found rentals, dishes from dishwish!

the band: one of our favorite local indie bands, the gallery.

hugs and books!

xx

tahereh

Beautiful.

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amandaonwriting:

Happy Birthday, Tomas Tranströmer, born 15 April 1931
Seven Quotes
In the middle of life, death comes to take your measurements. The visit is forgotten and life goes on. But the suit is being sewn on the sly.
Don’t be ashamed because you’re human: be proud! Inside you, vaults behind vaults open endlessly. You will never be finished, and that’s as it should be.
We are at a party that doesn’t love us.
A person shows himself for an instant as in a photograph but clearer and in the background something which is bigger than his shadow.
We always feel younger than we are. I carry inside myself my earlier faces, as a tree contains its rings. The sum of them is me. The mirror sees only my latest face, while I know all my previous ones.
Tired of all who come with words, words but no language, l went to the snow-covered island. The wild does not have words. The unwritten pages spread out on all sides! I come upon the tracks of roe deer in the snow. Language but no words.
The small things I love, have they any weight?
Tranströmer is a Swedish poet, psychologist and translator. His poetry has been translated into over 60 languages. He is the winner of the 1990 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

amandaonwriting:

Happy Birthday, Tomas Tranströmer, born 15 April 1931

Seven Quotes

  1. In the middle of life, death comes to take your measurements. The visit is forgotten and life goes on. But the suit is being sewn on the sly.
  2. Don’t be ashamed because you’re human: be proud! Inside you, vaults behind vaults open endlessly. You will never be finished, and that’s as it should be.
  3. We are at a party that doesn’t love us.
  4. A person shows himself for an instant as in a photograph but clearer and in the background something which is bigger than his shadow.
  5. We always feel younger than we are. I carry inside myself my earlier faces, as a tree contains its rings. The sum of them is me. The mirror sees only my latest face, while I know all my previous ones.
  6. Tired of all who come with words, words but no language, l went to the snow-covered island. The wild does not have words. The unwritten pages spread out on all sides! I come upon the tracks of roe deer in the snow. Language but no words.
  7. The small things I love, have they any weight?

Tranströmer is a Swedish poet, psychologist and translator. His poetry has been translated into over 60 languages. He is the winner of the 1990 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature.

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

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fsgbooks:

Michael Cunningham came into our office to sign a million (ok, more like a thousand) copies of THE SNOW QUEEN, out May 6.

I love signed editions. That personal touch makes the book all the more special. And seeing what a feat it is, these books should certainly be treasured!

fsgbooks:

Michael Cunningham came into our office to sign a million (ok, more like a thousand) copies of THE SNOW QUEEN, out May 6.

I love signed editions. That personal touch makes the book all the more special. And seeing what a feat it is, these books should certainly be treasured!

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chocolateandbooks:

The interior of Rizzoli bookstore on West 57th Street in Manhattan.  Credit Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times  Surging Rents force Booksellers from ManhattanRead here

chocolateandbooks:

The interior of Rizzoli bookstore on West 57th Street in Manhattan. Credit Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times Surging Rents force Booksellers from ManhattanRead here