Prompt for the Week: 10/19/20


Prompt for the Week In Ten Meter Tower, a short film by Maximilien Van Aertryck and Axel Danielson featured in the New York Times, participants climb a ladder to a ten-meter-high diving board at a public pool, calculating their risks and fears before they decide to jump into the water or head back down to safety. The tight shot of the diving board, the self-motivating monologues, and the slow-motion recordings of the jumps are captivating. “Our objective in making this film was something of a psychology experiment: We sought to capture people facing a difficult situation, to make a portrait of humans in doubt,” [...]

Prompt for the Week: 10/19/202020-10-19T16:30:35-04:00

Word of the Week: roil (ˈrȯi(-ə)l ) (Submitted by Julie Mellby, Graphic Arts Librarian)


Word of the week: roil (ˈrȯi(-ə)l) (Submitted by Julie Mellby, Graphic Arts Librarian) Definition (transitive verb) 1a. to make turbid by stirring up the sediment or dregs of b. to stir up : DISTURB, DISORDER 2. RILE sense 1 (intransitive verb) to move turbulently : be in a state of turbulence or agitation  In Context Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman,"Trump Fans Strife as Unrest Roils the U.S." The New York Times,  Aug. 31, 2020 "The debate over what was said to the commission — and why — comes as protests over the police shooting of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis., continue to roil communities [...]

Word of the Week: roil (ˈrȯi(-ə)l ) (Submitted by Julie Mellby, Graphic Arts Librarian)2020-10-01T16:45:41-04:00

A Poem for you: Meditation at Lagunitas


Meditation at Lagunitas BY ROBERT HASS All the new thinking is about loss. In this it resembles all the old thinking. The idea, for example, that each particular erases the luminous clarity of a general idea. That the clown- faced woodpecker probing the dead sculpted trunk of that black birch is, by his presence, some tragic falling off from a first world of undivided light. Or the other notion that, because there is in this world no one thing to which the bramble of blackberry corresponds, a word is elegy to what it signifies. We talked about it late last night and in the [...]

A Poem for you: Meditation at Lagunitas2020-09-21T14:14:52-04:00

The Joys of Audiobooks by Stephanie Whetstone


  The Joys of Audiobooks by Stephanie Whetstone My son is always wearing headphones. Whether he is on the computer, taking out the trash, or walking around the block, his ears are covered by black, oval puffs, connected by a headband. The blue light on the edge shows that he is wirelessly connected to some device. “Take those off,” I say, waving my arms to get his attention. “Huh?” he says, then frees one ear so he can hear me. But he's not listening to music or a podcast. He's listening to a book. I have extracted him from another world, [...]

The Joys of Audiobooks by Stephanie Whetstone2020-10-01T14:16:03-04:00

Online Events for Writers: September 2020


Even though we sometimes tire of the "Zoom World," it does have advantages. For example, you can attend a literary event anywhere in the world from your own home! We have found many, many online events and classes. Please share any events you find too. Here are links to a few different groups presenting literary inspiration through your computer: Books Are Magic Bookstore, Brooklyn, NY Poets and Writers (Writers' resource) Labyrinth Books, Princeton, NJ The 92nd Street Y, New York, New York (Arts venue) Narrative 4 (non-profit literary arts organization)

Online Events for Writers: September 20202020-09-23T12:19:47-04:00

A Revolutionary Interview with Martha King


Detail of a copy of the Declaration printed by Goddard (New York Public Library) A Revolutionary Interview with Martha King Women played an important role in the founding of our democracy, but their accomplishments have often been overlooked or overshadowed by those we usually refer to as "the founders," the men included in the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Martha King, Researcher and Senior Editor of the Jefferson Papers at Princeton and a member of the Princeton Employee Public Speaking Group, seeks to change that. She has devoted her scholarly life to celebrating the work of independent printer [...]

A Revolutionary Interview with Martha King2020-09-09T12:51:15-04:00

Prompt for the Week: 8/10/20


Prompt for the Week "Write about the thing you wish you'd said." (#porchprompts)

Prompt for the Week: 8/10/202020-06-16T12:36:19-04:00

Dispatches from Quarantine: Notes from an Unknown Island by Elizabeth Durham


Dispatches from Quarantine Notes from an Unknown Island by Elizabeth Durham In the early days of the pandemic, I was inundated with messages about writing. Some of them were directly addressed to me, like invitations from various sectors of the University to join writing groups, or emails from academic journals calling for real-time analysis of the events unfolding so rapidly around us, all of us, around the world. Other messages were indirect, floating in our cultural midst, like a vague sense I should be keeping a diary of this moment or emailing far-flung family and friends, just to check in, or [...]

Dispatches from Quarantine: Notes from an Unknown Island by Elizabeth Durham2020-08-07T08:22:58-04:00

Book of the Month: Writers and Lovers by Lily King (2020)


Book of the Month: Writers and Lovers by Lily King (2020)   Critical Evaluation "Please don’t do this. Don’t write a novel about trying to write a novel. It’s cliche and insular and lazy. Just don’t do it. Unless it’s this novel — this wonderful, witty, heartfelt novel by Lily King titled “Writers & Lovers.” Charles, Ron, “Lily King’s ‘Writers & Lovers’ delivers pure joy" The Washington Post, March 4, 2020       First Excerpt “I have a pact with myself not to think about money in the morning,” she says. “I’m like a teenager trying not to think about [...]

Book of the Month: Writers and Lovers by Lily King (2020)2020-05-12T13:12:53-04:00

Community of Writers: Jerry Price


Community of Writers: Jerry Price Jerry Price is the Senior Communications Advisor and Historian for Princeton University Athletics. He has been writing for nearly 40 years in a variety of venues, including the daily sports TigerBlog. He recently published what he intends as the first of several novels, entitled With You, and shares here this experience and an excerpt from the first chapter. For more information, and to purchase With You, please see: What draws you to writing? I went to the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 1985. I had thought I wanted to go to law school, but I [...]

Community of Writers: Jerry Price2020-07-06T08:58:13-04:00
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