"If I had not existed, someone else would have written me, Hemingway, Dostoyevsky, all of us. Proof of that is that there are about three candidates for the authorship of Shakespeare’s plays. But what is important is Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, not who wrote them, but that somebody did. The artist is of no importance. Only what he creates is important, since there is nothing new to be said. Shakespeare, Balzac, Homer have all written about the same things, and if they had lived one thousand or two thousand years longer, the publishers wouldn’t have needed anyone since."
Is not ridiculously cool, or what? NYPL has partnered with Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Library to provide this outdoor reading room (known as the Library Lawn) on beautiful Governors Island this summer. The pop-up library will be open on weekends starting today, and you can check out books, get library cards, enjoy free programming - it’s basically a branch outdoors, in the sun, with hammocks. So go check it out sometime this summer! Is there really a better way to spend a warm day than with a good book?
Postcards from James Joyce, Gertrude Stein, Kurt Vonnegut, Jack Kerouac, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Franz Kafka.
"August 2, 1914: Germany has declared war on Russia. Went swimming in the afternoon."
The orbits of the moons and planets form a 4-dimensional fractal helix in spacetime.
“For middle class couples who are faced with the challenge of balancing work and family, it’s often working moms who must take a backseat to their husband’s careers.”
Read the rest of my article on The Office and The Feminine Mystique over at Bitch Magazine.
Betty Friedan saw the whole Jim and Pam thing coming fifty years ago when she wrote The Feminine Mystique.