Here’s to Adrienne Rich, who said: “I am uncomfortable with talking of poetry as a priestly profession, because I have little use for organized religions and priestly hierarchies. They have demoralized, persecuted, so many, including women, gays, non-believers. I think of poetry as something out there in the world and within each of us. I don’t mean that everyone can write poetry–it’s an art, a craft, it requires enormous commitment like any art. But there’s a core of desire in each of us and poetry goes to and comes from that core. It’s the social, economic, institutional gap that makes it difficult.”
Jonathan Haidt’s new book, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion, explores the moral intuitions of people all along the liberal/conservative continuum. “Politics isn’t just about manipulating people who disagree with you. It’s about learning from them.”
Check out this map of the most popular news sources by state. Yes, The Onion leads in some states, but what’s more disturbing? The domination of USA Today.
Salman Rushdie, speaking last week at a conference in Delhi: “People here are asleep, I think. Very largely asleep to what’s going on and you need to wake up. There is a line in my novel Shalimar the Clown in which one character says to another, ‘Freedom is not a tea party, India. Freedom is a war.’ You keep the freedoms that you fight for; you lose the freedoms that you neglect. Freedom is something that somebody’s always trying to take away from you. And if you don’t defend it, you will lose it.”
What do Bob Dylan, animators at Pixar, and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs have in common? Creative thinking. Listen to Jonah Lehrer talking about his new book, Imagine: How Creativity Works, on Fresh Air.
Creative problem solving at its best: Copper Canyon sets out to solve the problem of line breaks in poetry e-books.