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The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy […]

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On Humans

An excerpt from “An Outpost of Progress” by Joseph Conrad: The two men watched the steamer round the bend, then, ascending arm in arm the slope of the bank, returned to the station. They had been in this vast and dark country only a very short time, and as yet always in the midst of […]

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On Truth

In this month’s Harpers, there is an excerpt from a deposition of appropriation artist, Richard Prince, in a copyright suit against him.  Towards the end of the excerpt, the exchange goes like this: Q: So when you said you were taking flying lessons in your own airplane, that wasn’t true? A: I was being creative. […]

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Ishi by Theodora Kroeber

An excerpt:   The big winds of Spring were a welcome announcement of renewal.  They were cold and gusty, but they blew around the warm earth-covered houses harmlessly, blowing themselves out, and were followed by warm rain.  Then came the miracle.  The bare rocks of the plateaus, the hills, and the meadows were painted overnight […]

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Bruce Nauman

“I think the hardest thing to do is to present an idea in the most straightforward way… Still, how to proceed is always the mystery. I remember at one point thinking that some day I would figure out how you do this, how you do art – like, “What’s the procedure here, folks?” – and […]

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Excerpt from The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Then he began to pity the great fish he had hooked.  Life is wonderful and strange and who knows how old he is, he thought.  Never have I had such a strong fish nor one who acted so strangely.  Perhaps he is too wise to jump.  He could ruin me by jumping or by a […]

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Ode to an Artichoke by Pablo Neruda

The artichoke With a tender heart Dressed up like a warrior, Standing at attention, it built A small helmet Under its scales It remained Unshakeable, By its side The crazy vegetables Uncurled Their tendrills and leaf-crowns, Throbbing bulbs, In the sub-soil The carrot With its red mustaches Was sleeping, The grapevine Hung out to dry […]

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Excerpt from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

On Clothes And the weaver said, “Speak to us of Clothes.” And he answered: Your clothes conceal much of your beauty, yet they hide not the unbeautiful. And though you seek in garments the freedom of privacy you may find in them a harness and a chain. Would that you could meet the sun and […]

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The Portent – Herman Melville (1859)

Hanging from the beam, Slowly swaying (such the law), Gaunt the shadow on your green, Shenandoah! The cut is on the crown (Lo, John Brown), And the stabs shall heal no more. Hidden in the cap Is the anguish none can draw; So your future veils its face, Shenandoah! But the streaming beard is shown […]

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