I can’t imagine writing, without irony, about people who are happy all the time.

Ann Beattie, in our new issue (via theparisreview)

Poem: There are only so many

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Sunday, May 1, Poetrio reading

May Poetrio Flyer

May 1, 2011, Poetrio, 3 p.m.

I am scheduled to read poems with poets Diana Pinckney and Barbara Gravelle as part of Poetrio at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café May 1, 2011 at 3 p.m.

I plan to read poems from the anthology Rooftop Poets (2010) as well as selected published and unpublished material.

Also, I take requests. If you’ve seen something I’ve posted recently as part of the 30 poems in 30 days challenge that you would like me to read for Poetrio, please email me, DM me on Twitter (@mxmulder) or leave a comment and I’ll make sure to read your requests. Hope to see you on Sunday!

To save money by reducing library services and resources is like trying to save a bleeding man by cutting out his heart. Or — if we could reach it — his soul.

Pico Iyer in the L.A. Times (via nypl)


An Architect Squeezes 24 Rooms Into 344 Square Feet. Sally Schneider considers the feat:

Using sliding panels and walls and consummately clever thinking, architect Gary Chang revamped his tiny 344-square-foot Hong Kong apartment to be able to change it into 24 different designs. It totally challenges preconceived notions of what a space can be, which is Chang’s mission.

Read and see more on The Atlantic’s Life channel.

By honoring one another’s creation we honor something that deeply connects us all, and goes beyond us.

Joyce Carol Oates (via theparisreview)

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