Poetics Serendipity

28 Jan

9:18 a,m, — San Antonio

listening to On Broadway sung by George Benson

Hello, all. I made it. Apparently life has decided to resist happening, today. Speaking of which, I hope those of you hit by Jonas, in the eastern United States, are digging yourselves out. Having missed a couple of weeks worth of links, let’s get to it

Having missed a couple of weeks worth of links, let’s get to it:

1] If you have not come across the collection of essays that are Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings then you need to check it out. I am giving you a link to tell you what it’s about and a link to what she thinks are the best picks of the year.

If you want the quick what it’s about, Popova describes Brain Pickings as a cross-disciplinary LEGO treasure chest, full of pieces spanning art, science, psychology, design, philosophy, history, politics, anthropology and …how these different disciplines illuminate one another to glean some insight, directly or indirectly, into that grand question of how to live, and how to live well.

If you have nothing else to expand your brain with [see under ‘life happens’], Pickings will give you some of everything and all connected to our creative selves.

2] From an article in The New Yorker, by Pauline Bock: they first had the idea for the machines one afternoon in 2013. They were taking a break in the hall of their office building, buying a snack from a vending machine. One of them—they don’t recall which one—said that the vending machines should offer short stories instead of drinks and candy. They had a prototype by 2014. Sounds like science fiction, no? No. ViV, we expect you to go to Grenoble and report on this! Read the article and you will be charmed while wondering why your city doesn’t have such a machine. How about one that offers poems? It has to be easier.

3] Galley Cat offers us TED-Ed Lessons for Writers to Kick Off 2016, by Maryann Yin. Need I say more?

Have fun with these and I shall see you Tuesday for a prompt and next Thursday for more links.

Happy writing, everyone.


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9 responses to “Poetics Serendipity

  1. Sasha A. Palmer

    28/01/2016 at 12:25 pm

    Love Brain Pickings, a wonderful place.

    • margo roby

      29/01/2016 at 8:47 am

      What fun, Sasha. I knew the story, vaguely, but this is wonderful. Thank you.

  2. barbcrary

    28/01/2016 at 2:33 pm

    They say the New York lights are bright on Broadway. Guess who will be there this weekend? Well, I won’t exactly be ON Broadway, but I’ll be seeing a show or two. 🙂

    • margo roby

      29/01/2016 at 8:44 am

      Nice! Which shows?

      • barbcrary

        29/01/2016 at 10:31 am

        American in Paris, Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The first is definite, the second probable. Currently at the MoMA.

        • margo roby

          29/01/2016 at 10:34 am

          Wave at MoMA for me. Let me know how you like what you see, play-wise. We will be in London in September and want to take in a few plays.

          • barbcrary

            04/02/2016 at 8:23 am

            Loved “King Charles III” if it’s still playing in London then. Modern Shakesperean tragedy written in blank verse about the aftermath should Prince Charles ever ascend to the throne. Brilliant.

            • margo roby

              04/02/2016 at 9:43 am

              Thank you. I will add that to my notes.


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