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May 11, 2013
Dec 14, 2012
Carl Sandburg’s form letter for trolls
Oct 18, 2012
Jul 31, 2012
» The Selected Letters of William S. Burroughs
Had a good time this morning reading these selected letters from Rub Out the Words: The Letters of William S. Burroughs 1959-1974. In addition to complaining to Allen Ginsberg that his mother won’t send him “Mother Money” so he can get back to the states, I enjoyed these bits:
On reading Rimbaud:
Nothing obscure in his poetry if you see it as IMAGES. Here is a book of his poems with the French translation opposite will improve your French. A game I play is to type out phrases from Rimbaud or any poet I fancy. Then I cut into sections. Rearrange putting section four with section one and section two with section three and select a new arrangement.Try it some time with Rimbaud or any writing.
Telling his son how to listen to music:
I hear you dig music. Try it with ear phones you can play it any time that way without bothering people around you. Besides music is different when you hear it right in your ear. It should be simple operation to plug your record player for ear phones.
On his letters being “ungrammatical”
it is not due to carelessness or accident. The English language—the only really adjustable language—is in state of transition.. Transition and the old grammar forms no longer useful..
Jul 09, 2012
A rebus-letter sent by Mark Twain to his wife
Mark Twain (1835–1910, née Samuel Clemens) wrote essays on art and doodled in his journals, letters, and manuscripts, sometimes to entertain his children and sometimes for his own amusement. In addition, he used his artwork to secure patents for three inventions, including an “Improvement in Adjustable and Detachable Straps for Garments” (to replace suspenders); a history trivia game; and a self-pasting scrapbook coated with a dried adhesive that only needed to be moistened before use.
Read more: The Visual Art and Design of Famous Writers
May 16, 2012
Feb 15, 2012
Feb 04, 2012
E. B. White with his dachshund, Minnie, and his letter to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals:
I have your letter, undated, saying that I am harboring an unlicensed dog in violation of the law. If by “harboring” you mean getting up two or three times every night to pull Minnie’s blanket up over her, I am harboring a dog all right.
Filed under: dudes with their dachshunds
Jan 09, 2012
Dec 06, 2011