A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.– Oscar Wilde
Word of the Day 05/21/13: operose
operose [OP-uh-rohs]: tedious, wearisome
arpeggia: Camille Saint-Saëns - Allegro...
Word of the Day 05/15/13: bellicose
bellicose [BEL-i-kohs]: Demonstrating aggression and willingness to fight
15,000-Year-Old Words →
nevver: thou, I, not, that, we, to give, who, this, what, man/male, ye, old, mother, to hear, hand, fire, to pull, black, to flow, bark, ashes, to spit, worm
dictionaryofobscuresorrows: n. the state or condition of unnoticed excellence—the hidden talents of friends and coworkers, the fleeting solos of subway buskers, the slapdash eloquence of anonymous users, the unseen portfolios of aspiring artists—which would be renowned as masterpieces if only they’d been appraised by the cartel of popular taste, who assume that brilliance is a rare and precious...
Word of the day 05/06/13: spang
spang [spang]: directly, exactly The bullet landed spang on target.
Everybody speaks an entirely different language, that’s really what it amounts...– Frank O’Connor (via likeafieldmouse)
Springtime in The New Yorker
newyorker: New Yorker archivist Joshua Rothman explores eighty-eight years of essays by writers such as E.B. White, James Thurber, John Updike and many others in a celebration of Spring: http://nyr.kr/158nUye “We can think of nothing more expressive of the power and promise of the season,” Jones writes. Spring, you might conclude, is like that archaic torso of Apollo: it says, “You must change...
Taking Ballet to New Heights →
In many ways, the performing arts are undergoing a quiet transformation. Six ballet directors discuss that evolution, and how they see the future of dance.
How was it possible that entire lives could change, could be destroyed, and that...– ― Tatiana de Rosnay, Sarah’s Key
Text of J.K. Rowling’s speech | Harvard Gazette →
J.K. Rowling’s commencement speech at Harvard in 2008. Honest and inspiring.
Word of the day 05/01/13: sophrosyne
Sophrosyne : a Greek philosophical term etymologically meaning healthy-mindedness and from there self-control or moderation guided by knowledge and balance. In Greek philosophy Sophrosyne was a Greek goddess. She was the spirit of moderation, self-control, temperance, restraint, and discretion. She was considered to be one of the good spirits that escaped Pandora’s box when the first...
Naps: Franz Kafka, Joan Miró, and Buckminster... →
Lexical Investigations: Hypochondriac →
Hypochondriac comes ultimately from the Greek word hypokhondria, which literally means “under the cartilage (of the breastbone).” In the late 16th century, when hypochondriac first entered the English language, it referred to the upper abdomen. The upper abdomen, it turns out, was thought to be the seat of melancholy at a time when the now-outdated medical theory of the four humors (blood,...
Eight Writers and the Walks That Inspired Them -... →
Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D.: After the Show: The... →
Creative people have a great deal of physical energy, but they’re also often quiet and at rest. They work long hours, with great concentration, while projecting an aura of freshness and enthusiasm…This does not mean that creative people are hyperactive, always “on.” In fact, they rest often and sleep a lot. The important thing is that they control their energy;...