May 11th, 2014 at 1:14 PM

studiojfish:

bobbycaputo:

This Teacher Asked Her Students to Write to an Author. Kurt Vonnegut Wrote Back This

In 2006 Ms. Lockwood, an English teacher at Xavier High School, asked her students to write a letter to a famous author. She wanted them discuss the author’s work and ask for advice. Kurt Vonnegut (1922 – 2007) was the only one to write back and his advice is worth reading. 

Dear Xavier High School, and Ms. Lockwood, and Messrs Perin, McFeely, Batten, Maurer and Congiusta:

I thank you for your friendly letters. You sure know how to cheer up a really old geezer (84) in his sunset years. I don’t make public appearances any more because I now resemble nothing so much as an iguana.

What I had to say to you, moreover, would not take long, to wit: Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.

Seriously! I mean starting right now, do art and do it for the rest of your lives. Draw a funny or nice picture of Ms. Lockwood, and give it to her. Dance home after school, and sing in the shower and on and on. Make a face in your mashed potatoes. Pretend you’re Count Dracula.

Here’s an assignment for tonight, and I hope Ms. Lockwood will flunk you if you don’t do it: Write a six line poem, about anything, but rhymed. No fair tennis without a net. Make it as good as you possibly can. But don’t tell anybody what you’re doing. Don’t show it or recite it to anybody, not even your girlfriend or parents or whatever, or Ms. Lockwood. OK?

Tear it up into teeny-weeny pieces, and discard them into widely separated trash recepticals. You will find that you have already been gloriously rewarded for your poem. You have experienced becoming, learned a lot more about what’s inside you, and you have made your soul grow.

God bless you all!

Kurt Vonnegut

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May 10th, 2014 at 1:36 PM

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May 9th, 2014 at 8:27 PM

today was real fun. thanks delaware! (photo by @tomtccunningham)

today was real fun. thanks delaware! (photo by @tomtccunningham)

May 8th, 2014 at 11:57 PM

we could all learn a thing or 10 from kevn kinney & drivin n cryin. a hero of mine. tonight was some special shit.

we could all learn a thing or 10 from kevn kinney & drivin n cryin. a hero of mine. tonight was some special shit.

May 7th, 2014 at 5:04 PM

mikeerrico:

cut you.

mikeerrico:

cut you.

May 7th, 2014 at 4:58 PM

thesharkives:

great white

thesharkives:

great white

May 7th, 2014 at 4:55 PM

itsfunnytome:

Via: http://dailypicksandflicks.com/

itsfunnytome:

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May 6th, 2014 at 2:52 PM

thisbigcity:

This is the highest diversion rate of any major city in North America. San Francisco has set the goal of achieving zero waste, or sending nothing to the landfill or incineration, by the year 2020.

thisbigcity:

This is the highest diversion rate of any major city in North America. San Francisco has set the goal of achieving zero waste, or sending nothing to the landfill or incineration, by the year 2020.

(via npr)

May 6th, 2014 at 11:41 AM

not sure why this moves me so much, but it does. georgia pouring tea.

not sure why this moves me so much, but it does. georgia pouring tea.

May 4th, 2014 at 1:52 PM

mindsigh:

Jean Michel Basquiat, “Black Skull,” 1982

mindsigh:

Jean Michel Basquiat, “Black Skull,” 1982

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