Happy Valentines Day!

I thought to give you some evolution of chemistry between Matthew Morrison and Laura Michelle Kelly as James Barrie and Sylvia Llewelyn Davies from Finding Neverland. I hope you enjoy!

These dates are rough estimates of when these videos were shot! I just thought it would be nice to have one spot for them!

Jimmy, there is too much to think about you, and too much to feel. The difficulty is your life refuses summation - it always did - and invites contemplation instead. Like many of us left here I thought I knew you. Now I discover that in your company it is myself I know.

Toni Morrison wrote an obituary for James Baldwin in The New York Times, published December 20, 1987 and online for you to read.

Justin Campbell reflects on Baldwin, race, and fatherhood.


I made a Swanfire vid. It is to remember the good old days of season 2. Hope you enjoy. 

  • Remembering the great Urdu writer Intizar Hussain: remembrances from Yiyun Li, Mohsin Hamid, Kamila Shamsie, and more, plus an excerpt from Hussain’s celebrated novel, Basti. | Literary Hub
  • Eddie Glaude Jr. on race in America, and why James Baldwin’s truth still holds today. | Literary Hub
  • “Swimming in the ocean is writing a novel; swimming in a pond is writing in a diary.” Hanya Yanagihara on reenacting a version of ‘‘The Swimmer’’ by swimming across Martha’s Vineyard. | T Magazine
  • “I just think goodness is more interesting.” Toni Morrison on internalized feelings, altruism, and the original title of her most recent book. | The Guardian
  • Annual alcohol festivals and graveyard magic: Ann Beattie shares five things about Key West. | Granta
  • More than a “hunk” with a “harem:” On Robert Lowell’s complicated relationship to women. | The New Republic
  • “We might be under siege for years. So books are our greatest portal to knowledge.” On the 15,000-volume library salvaged from ruins in Damascus. | BuzzFeed News
  • The official bracket for everyone’s favorite book-sport, the Tournament of Books, has been released. | The Morning News
  • “If a thing you read gives you that sensation, it’s your responsibility to share the piece with someone.” On answering the call to translate a slightly fancy, Finnish cowboy’s poetry into English. | Catapult
  • For all the new women, and the new men: Revisiting The Feminine Mystique’s vision of equality on the anniversary of Betty Friedan’s birth (and death). | The Huffington Post

Also on Literary Hub: Michelle Hoover remembers the storyteller of Damascus and Syria before the war · CAConrad on how poetry saved his life, an essay in verse · A family emergency: from Amy Parker’s story collection, Beasts and Children · Out of control: from Maylis Kerangal’s The Heart, translated by Sam Taylor.