But what is to become of all these diaries, I asked myself yesterday. If I died, what would Leo make of them? He would be disinclined to burn them; he could not publish them. Well, he should make up a book from them, I think; & then burn the body. I daresay there is a little book in them: if the scraps & scratches were straightened out a little. God knows.
This is dictated by a slight melancholia, which comes upon me sometimes now, & makes me think I am old: I am ugly. I am repeating things. Yet, as far as I know, as a writer I am only now writing out my mind.
—  Virginia Woolf, from a diary entry dated, 20 March 1926

Happy Birthday, John Knowles, born 16 September 1926, died 29 November 2001

Six Quotes

  1. Nothing endures. Not a tree. Not love. Not even death by violence.
  2. It is a sad day when one looks back and sees that his largest regrets have become some of the most integral elements of his dreams.
  3. There was no harm in taking aim, even if the target was a dream.
  4. You have to do what you think is the right thing, but just make sure it’s the right thing in the long run, and not just for the moment.
  5. Everything has to evolve or else it perishes.
  6. In life, it’s the look ahead that counts. We are all born equally far from the sun. There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love.

Knowles was an American novelist who won the William Faulkner Award and the Rosenthal Award of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. He was best known for A Separate Peace

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

The Astoria Column on Flickr.

The column was erected in 1926 by the Great Northern Railway Company. The structure is covered in sgraffito (a plaster muraling technique) that spirals from top to bottom depicting the story of European settlers chasing, persecuting, and enslaving the Native Tribes of the Northwest.
While at the base of the structure I overheard a Native American visitor say “It’s fitting that the monument is a massive phallus.”

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Antología Poética - Jaime Sabines

Los poemarios que incluye esta antología del poeta chiapaneco Jaime Sabines (1926-1999) son: Horal, La señal, Adán y Eva, Tarumba, y Diario seminario entre otros que escribió entre 1950 y 1973. Para Sabines el poeta “es el testigo del hombre, por eso debe ser, antes que nada, un hombre común y corriente, oficiante de todos los oficios, actor de todos los dramas, las tragedias y las comedias del mundo”.

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La Belle Dame sans Merci [The Beautiful Lady without Mercy] (1926), Frank Cadogan Cowper

And there she lullèd me asleep,
And there I dreamed—Ah! woe betide!—
The latest dream I ever dreamt
On the cold hill side.

I saw pale kings and princes too,
Pale warriors, death-pale were they all;
They cried—‘La Belle Dame sans Merci
Hath thee in thrall!’

John Keats, 1819

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