theparisreview:

The disappearing face of New York’s storefronts.
Start ‘em young. Gotta like this cover pic of the new issue of Trout. #fishing #trout #cute

Start ‘em young. Gotta like this cover pic of the new issue of Trout. #fishing #trout #cute

theparisreview:

“I had scarcely begun when I realized that what I had here at the very least was the Great American Novel. I sent off the first 150 pages to [agent Bernice Baumgarten] and hung around the post office for the next two weeks. At last an answer came. It read as follows: ‘Dear Peter, James Fenimore Cooper wrote this 150 years ago, only he wrote it better, Yours, Bernice.’ On a later occasion, when as a courtesy I sent her the commission on a short story sold in England, she responded unforgettably: ‘Dear Peter, I’m awfully glad you were able to get rid of this story in Europe, as I don’t think we’d have had much luck with it here. Yours, Bernice.’ Both these communications, quoted in their entirety, are burned into my brain forever—doubtless a salutary experience for a brash young writer. I never heard an encouraging word until the day Bernice retired, when she called me in and barked like a Zen master, ‘I’ve been tough on you because you’re very, very good.’ I wanted to sink down and embrace her knees.”
Peter Matthiessen, on his first novel.

theparisreview:

“I had scarcely begun when I realized that what I had here at the very least was the Great American Novel. I sent off the first 150 pages to [agent Bernice Baumgarten] and hung around the post office for the next two weeks. At last an answer came. It read as follows: ‘Dear Peter, James Fenimore Cooper wrote this 150 years ago, only he wrote it better, Yours, Bernice.’ On a later occasion, when as a courtesy I sent her the commission on a short story sold in England, she responded unforgettably: ‘Dear Peter, I’m awfully glad you were able to get rid of this story in Europe, as I don’t think we’d have had much luck with it here. Yours, Bernice.’ Both these communications, quoted in their entirety, are burned into my brain forever—doubtless a salutary experience for a brash young writer. I never heard an encouraging word until the day Bernice retired, when she called me in and barked like a Zen master, ‘I’ve been tough on you because you’re very, very good.’ I wanted to sink down and embrace her knees.”

Peter Matthiessen, on his first novel.

Causes of death, gay genes, Neanderthals, oh my! Dobbs’s Weekly Reader

Causes of death, gay genes, Neanderthals, oh my! Dobbs’s Weekly Reader

An Afghan walks in a river bed. Photo by the late Anja Niedringhaus

An Afghan walks in a river bed. Photo by the late Anja Niedringhaus

Some of my better finds this week, amid book-writing:

Top Tier

The world has lost a truly splendid photogapher, Afghanistan: Seen Through the Lens of Anja Niedringhaus, shows some of her stunning work. The BBC also has a great selection, as does Niedringhaus’s own site. A determined, brave journalist and an unbelievably sensitive…

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kickstarter:

Clouds + Roadkill: an offbeat documentary about maverick taxidermist, sculptor, printmaker and photographer Stephen Paternite. 

photographersdirectory:

Hellow people. I am 35 years old pro photographer from Athens,Greece. I always carry my camera with me which lately is a nice Fuji X-E2. I am mostly  in steet photography , capturing our every day moments. Also i follow social unrest and riots. You can find more for me here
http://www.argyrisvavouyios.net

Thank you very much .

photographersdirectory:

Hellow people. I am 35 years old pro photographer from Athens,Greece. I always carry my camera with me which lately is a nice Fuji X-E2. I am mostly  in steet photography , capturing our every day moments. Also i follow social unrest and riots. You can find more for me here

http://www.argyrisvavouyios.net

Thank you very much .

The ice is strong but the water is stronger.

A Talk on Writing About Young Brains, Mon, April 7 at University of Vermont

A Talk on Writing About Young Brains, Mon, April 7 at University of Vermont

Photograph by Kitra Cahana, all rights reserved.

Photograph by Kitra Cahana, all rights reserved.

Monday, April 7, 5 pm, at the University of Vermont, I’ll talk about how to shape a mess of reading and reporting into a magazine story — specifically, “Beautiful Brains,” my National Geographic cover story about adolescent brain and behavior.

Talk is free and open to the public. Here’s a map showing Old Mill, the building in which you’ll find…

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Fresh paint on a big diesel. Checked the fuel gauge; 1100 gallons. Ready to roll. #trains #vermont. (at Downtown Montpelier)

Fresh paint on a big diesel. Checked the fuel gauge; 1100 gallons. Ready to roll. #trains #vermont. (at Downtown Montpelier)

Vermont Statehouse. One walk, shoveled, the other not. Clearer path is in the left. (at Vermont State House)

Vermont Statehouse. One walk, shoveled, the other not. Clearer path is in the left. (at Vermont State House)

On the first real spring day, a wonderful, weepingly sweet and sunny 45 after months of icy cold, a summer dress catches a breeze. Bravo Buch Spieler, seller of LPs & vintage togs.

On the first real spring day, a wonderful, weepingly sweet and sunny 45 after months of icy cold, a summer dress catches a breeze. Bravo Buch Spieler, seller of LPs & vintage togs.

theparisreview:

“Every funeral is unhappy in its own way. In the case of a second cousin of mine, this way was unexpected. There was grief, yes, and remembering, and laughing, and subterranean tensions, and tearful reunions, and the occasional old score to be settled. None of this is what I mean.”
Sadie Stein on a funeral to remember.

theparisreview:

“Every funeral is unhappy in its own way. In the case of a second cousin of mine, this way was unexpected. There was grief, yes, and remembering, and laughing, and subterranean tensions, and tearful reunions, and the occasional old score to be settled. None of this is what I mean.”

Sadie Stein on a funeral to remember.

Awaiting what we dearly hope is the last storm. (at Downtown Montpelier)

Awaiting what we dearly hope is the last storm. (at Downtown Montpelier)

Tiny Slow Sea Life Made Big Fast and Gorgeous

Tiny Slow Sea Life Made Big Fast and Gorgeous

This is just gorgeous.

Slow Life from Daniel Stoupin on Vimeo.

From Stoupin:

“Slow” marine animals show their secret life under high magnification. Corals and sponges are very mobile creatures, but their motion is only detectable at different time scales compared to ours and requires time lapses to be seen. These animals build coral reefs and play crucial roles in the…

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