September 1, 2014
booksmatter:

At last night’s CUNY Graduate Center lecture, “Improving Opinion Into Knowledge,” the preeminent literary critic Harold Bloom—who, at a shaky but spirited 81, repeatedly referred to himself as “Old Bloom”—diverged from discussing Walt Whitman’s poetry to tell the story of a stamp. Why, Bloom queried, doesn’t the United States have a Whitman commemorative stamp? Apparently, when such a stamp was proposed, former Senator Trent Lott (R-Mississippi), stood up and declared to the Senate that Walt was a well-known homosexual and that scientific studies have proven homosexuality to be a form of kleptomania.
As a result, we have no contemporary postage stamp bearing the face of this poetic genius, whom we should be overjoyed to call American. Bloom, a bit piqued, wrote to Lott—his first and only letter to a public official. In it, he suggested that the Senator visit a mental analyst himself.
Old Bloom’s still waiting for a reply.

booksmatter:

At last night’s CUNY Graduate Center lecture, “Improving Opinion Into Knowledge,” the preeminent literary critic Harold Bloom—who, at a shaky but spirited 81, repeatedly referred to himself as “Old Bloom”—diverged from discussing Walt Whitman’s poetry to tell the story of a stamp. Why, Bloom queried, doesn’t the United States have a Whitman commemorative stamp? Apparently, when such a stamp was proposed, former Senator Trent Lott (R-Mississippi), stood up and declared to the Senate that Walt was a well-known homosexual and that scientific studies have proven homosexuality to be a form of kleptomania.

As a result, we have no contemporary postage stamp bearing the face of this poetic genius, whom we should be overjoyed to call American. Bloom, a bit piqued, wrote to Lott—his first and only letter to a public official. In it, he suggested that the Senator visit a mental analyst himself.

Old Bloom’s still waiting for a reply.

August 31, 2014

kristinasays:

Ava Gardner’s precious facial expressions in "What’s My Line?" [x]

(via vavavoomrevisited)

vavavoomrevisited:

20th-century-man:

Jimi Hendrix, and the album, Electric Ladyland, 1968.

… Is there or was there anything better than album art , so many suitable for framing

August 29, 2014
August 27, 2014
photosofwomenbydoylewesleywalls:

© Doyle Wesley Walls  — Anoush, Looking Out the Window in My Hotel Room

Sometimes my photos are reblogged on sites where I’d just as soon have no photos, and sometimes I’m fortunate and get a reblog from a site like me-likeit.tumblr.com.

photosofwomenbydoylewesleywalls:

© Doyle Wesley Walls  — Anoush, Looking Out the Window in My Hotel Room

Sometimes my photos are reblogged on sites where I’d just as soon have no photos, and sometimes I’m fortunate and get a reblog from a site like me-likeit.tumblr.com.

(via me-likeit)

thepenguinpress:

lastnightsreading:

Salman Rushdie at POWERHOUSE Arena, 8/25/14

Loved last night’s event with Salman and Vanessa Manko!

thepenguinpress:

lastnightsreading:

Salman Rushdie at POWERHOUSE Arena, 8/25/14

Loved last night’s event with Salman and Vanessa Manko!

make-her-famous:

Danielle Sharp
via mltd-blog:

Stand out this summer in this strappy bikini from Motel. View the rest of the summer offerings here at MLTD.
model: Danielle  |  photography: Naomi Christie

make-her-famous:

Danielle Sharp

via mltd-blog:

Stand out this summer in this strappy bikini from Motel. View the rest of the summer offerings here at MLTD.

model: Danielle  |  photography: Naomi Christie