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Inspiration/Life: The Wind that Blows Through Us

Interviewer: How old were you when you became a mother? Marie Howe (poet): A hundred. Like those ladies in the Bible. I was a  hundred years old. I was Sarah. I was Abraham’s Sarah. I was just telling my students … Continue reading

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En Bateau (detail) Caspar David Friedrich, 1814

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Landscape with St. Jerome, 1516. Detail.

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How art changes us

I began to understand art as a kind of black box the reader enters. He enters in one state of mind and exits in another. The writer gets no points just because what’s inside the box bears some linear resemblance … Continue reading

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The Androgyny of Creativity

Woolf believed that the creative mind is androgynous. She was an expert in Elizabethan literature. She loved both the scope and the certainty of the Renaissance mind. Shakespeare, writing his sonnets to boys and women with equal passion, understanding the … Continue reading

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One man’s Eternity

From my rotting body flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity. – Edvard Munch

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Why Chekhov Wrote

I still do not have a firm political, religious, and philosophical outlook: I change it monthly, and therefore I’m compelled to limit myself to the description of how heroes love, marry, produce children, die, and how they speak. – Chekhov

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