If Walt Whitman wrote for Groupon
wwnorton: Buy One Round of Mini Golf and GET 2 ROUNDS FREE! Roll on the turf! Let the spheres in their brilliant colors explore the textures alive under foot. The angles and contours are the very pleasures of existence! To see our world miniature, without taking flight; the great challenge of humankind. We’ll play until star fall is upon us and the smallest fracture of wind moves the lighting...
The staff recommends...
We heartily recommend our favorite bookstores this week. Because they’d never sell James Michener at $1.99 a pound. Housing Works Bookstore McNally Jackson Word Brooklyn Tattered Cover And even though it’s not a bookstore, they are still new to Tumblr town: please show Radiolab some love this week. Oh and The Lisa Simpson Book Club too. lisasimpsonbookclub: I wonder how...
[Alexander’s] one failure, the single break, as it were, in the long chain...– Arrian, from The Campaigns of Alexander, c. 145, on the once unknown exploits of Alexander the Great.
An Interview with Liam Neeson →
This is a really lovely beginning to a celebrity profile. Perhaps one of the loveliest we’ve read yet. From Tom Chiarella in Esquire ”The Hard Luck and Beautiful Life of Liam Neeson” (via Longreads) Liam Neeson and I last spoke a week before I wrote this sentence. At that time, I asked him what he remembered about the interview I’d done with him at a restaurant in New...
The Best Tumblrs for Magazine Freaks →
One more reason Lisa Simpson should renew her subscription to Utne Reader. Thanks! utnereader: Longreads - A regularly-updated aggregator of the best long-form journalism Mother Jones - Only one thing is as delightful to read as the kicking-ass-and-taking-names investigative journalism of Mother Jones: the snarky, up-to-the-minute commentary from the MoJo web crew FastCo - …
At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And...– Salvador Dalí, 1942
"You have broken down my defenses"
“I am reduced to a thing that wants Virginia. I composed a beautiful letter to you in the sleepless, nightmare hours of the night, and it has all gone: I just miss you, in a quite simple, desperate, human way. You, with all your undumb letters, would never write so elementary a phrase as that; perhaps you wouldn’t even feel it.” —More from Vita Sackville-West’s letter pining...
“Silence, slave!” She suddenly scowled, looked savage, and struck me with the...– Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, from Venus in Furs. We’re sharing excerpts from our “Eros” issue all day this Valentine’s.
We like this anniversary better →
washingtonpoststyle: February 14 = Valentine’s Day = Also the day that the Donner Party was rescued in 1847. From the History Channel: Most of the group stayed near the lake while the Donner family and others made camp six miles away at Alder Creek. Building makeshift tents out of their wagons and killing…
Valentine's Day Pick-up Lines from your Favorite... →
philolzophy: Anselm: You’re the greatest conceivable being, baby. I’m glad you exist. Aquinas: Hey remember when I said, “As regards the individual nature, woman is defective and misbegotten, for the active power of the male seed tends to the production of a perfect likeness in the masculine sex;…
c. 1670: Arriving Prematurely
Naked she lay, clasped in my longing arms, I filled with love, and she all over charms, Both equally inspired with eager fire, Melting through kindness, flaming in desire; With arms, legs, lips close clinging to embrace, She clips me to her breast, and sucks me to her face. Her nimble tongue (love’s lesser lightning) played Within my mouth and to my thoughts conveyed Swift orders that I should...
Please, Mrs. Robinson
Ben: For God’s sake, Mrs. Robinson, here we are: you’ve got me into your house. You give me a drink. You put on music, now you start opening up your personal life to me and tell me your husband won’t be home for hours.
Mrs. Robinson: So?
Ben: Mrs. Robinson—you are trying to seduce me. [There is a pause. She looks at him.] Aren’t you?
In Praise of Older Women →
If you have never read this Benjamin Franklin ode to romance with older women, you are in for it. Among his reasons for preferring the older lady: no chance of kids, sexy sex experience, and of course “they are so grateful!”
2011: Described as “the perfect aid for every penitent,” [the confessional app] offers users tips and guidelines to help them with the sacrament. Now senior church officials in both the UK and US have given it their seal of approval, in what is thought to be a first. The app takes users through the sacrament—in which Catholics admit their wrongdoings—and allows them to keep track of...
Whose Tumblrs Are We Digging On This Week? →
We love everyone who reblogged this, but MoJo most of all! ilovecharts: motherjones: Glad you asked: Lapham’s Quarterly has this webs thingy all figured out. Longreads ensures we never stop reading, even after work hours. I Love Charts brings graphic order to disorder. And Cajun Boy is, well, Cajun Boy. Just read him, dammit. And…
Who shall curry our favor?
Today it shall be three! The indominable Salon. The formidable New Directions. The indefatigable Curiosity Counts. And a fun one: The Lisa Simpson Book Club. Which is not <cough> a side project <cough> of the LQ Tumble Bot. Not at all.<cough>
Crime Maps Are the Sincerest Form of Flattery?
Seriously Wired, we love you, and we only think this proves that great infographic minds think alike. “Crime, Organized” from the March 2011 issue of Wired and “Spider Men” from the “Crimes & Punishments” issue of LQ, Spring 2009.
Here is a man whose name echoes round the world, who sells a hundred thousand...– Edmond de Goncourt on Emile Zola
The Smile of Sheen, The Face of Garbo
The scariest image on network TV is Charlie Sheen’s smile. It’s the smile of a bland American vampire—an indestructible creature the locals have mistaken for a rakish new neighbor who’s presumed to have a night job because he’s never seen during daylight. Sheen’s smile is chilling because there seems to be almost no real pleasure behind it. It’s just a...
He hung around cabarets doing odd jobs, sweeping out for the waiters, washing...– John Dos Passos, from U.S.A. Love this passage about the death and funeral of Valentino from the “Celebrity” issue.