The Southern Humanist reminded me of this picture, that APR posted some time ago. But it is time to visit it again, I think.
"I came here to study the language. That was the job, and thus my life. I understand why people see places without knowing any language—indeed if you waited on fluency, most of us would never see anything. But knowing even the rudiments of language is so transformative, it makes the city four dimensional. And, for me, struggling with the language is part of the act of seeing the place. They go together. C’est moi."
"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.