1. literaryjukebox:

    His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead.

    James Joyce in Dubliners

    Song: “Landslide” by Smashing Pumpkins


  2. yourunclelou said: i love npr, and didn't realize there were any tumblrs actually run officially by the organization - is there any way someone could send me a few links to other npr run blogs? i'd love that! thanks for doing what you're doing :)



    Oh man! We are all over the tumblrs. Pick your favorite flavor:

    NPR - The mothership.

    Fresh Air - Curated by WHYY’s Fresh Air Associate Producer

    NPRchives - Not to be confused with NPR_Chives (our ongoing project examining the smallest species in the onion genus) this tumblr shares highlights from the NPR Archives, starting with 1984. Hilarious and profound.

    NPR Books - Books

    NPR’s Backseat Book Club - Also books, but for the wee folks (featuring book selections and Q&A’s with their author’s)

    NPR Code Switch - Race, ethnicity and culture … how these things play out in our lives and communities … how all of that is shifting

    NPR Interns -  The people who will one day steal my job

    NPR Music - GIFs of Adele. What more do you want?!

    NPR Plays - Pew! Pew pew pew! I’m not excited about church furniture. That’s the sound of laser blasts in a video game. Cause this tumblr is about gaming.

    NPR On The Road - See the world through the eyes of NPR’s traveling reporters.

    NPR Radio Pictures - The prettiest NPR tumblr? Curated by NPR’s multimedia department

    Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me - Curated by WWDTM Producer Ian Chillag

    Cook Your CupboardGot random stuff in your fridge? We can help you cook it.

    Social Media Desk - The only people who understand what twitter is actually for.

    Skunk Bear - Science!

    SCIENCE FACT: I have not yet made an Adele GIF from her Tiny Desk. Hrmmmm… —Lars

    I really <3 NPR too. 


  3. literaryjukebox:

    The ancients are right: the dear old human experience is a singular, difficult, shadowed, brilliant experience that does not resolve into being comfortable in the world. The valley of the shadow is part of that, and you are depriving yourself if you do not experience what humankind has experienced, including doubt and sorrow. We experience pain and difficulty as failure instead of saying, I will pass through this, everyone I have ever admired has passed through this, music has come out of it, literature has come out of it. We should think of our humanity as a privilege.

    Marilynne Robinson in The Paris Review Interviews, IV

    Song: “We Are Alive” by Meklit


  4. literaryjukebox:

    Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

    Samuel Beckett (April 13, 1906–December 22, 1989) in Worstward Ho

    Song: “Better” by Teen



  5. literaryjukebox:

    Most people miss their whole lives, you know. Listen, life isn’t when you are standing on top of a mountain looking at a sunset. Life isn’t waiting at the altar or the moment your child is born or that time you were swimming in a deep water and a dolphin came up alongside you. These are fragments. Ten or twelve grains of sand spread throughout your entire existence. These are not life. Life is brushing your teeth or making a sandwich or watching the news or waiting for the bus. Or walking. Every day, thousands of tiny events happen and if you’re not watching, if you’re not careful, if you don’t capture them and make them count, your could miss it.

    You could miss your whole life.

    Toni Jordan in Addition

    Song: “What Are We Waiting For?” by Amiina

    Live in the NOW.

    Tagged #life

  6. literaryjukebox:

    Here is my secret. It is very simple. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.

    Antoine de Saint Exupéry in The Little Prince, published on April 6, 1943

    Song: “Simple Song” by The Shins


  7. "We are all alone, born alone, die alone, and — in spite of True Romance magazines — we shall all someday look back on our lives and see that, in spite of our company, we were alone the whole way. I do not say lonely — at least, not all the time — but essentially, and finally, alone. This is what makes your self-respect so important, and I don’t see how you can respect yourself if you must look in the hearts and minds of others for your happiness."
    —  Hunter S. Thompson (The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman 1955-67)
  8. glaizabustos:

    A short story inspired from the movie apocalypto, animal images are from google =D 

    #Unhappiness and #discontent


  9. literaryjukebox:

    At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough. No record of it needs to be kept and you don’t need someone to share it with or tell it to. When that happens — that letting go — you let go because you can.

    Toni Morrison (b. February 18, 1931) in Tar Baby.

    Song: “Let Go” by Frou Frou

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