Category Archives: Beautiful Writing

“Wash Teeth If Any” — Woody Guthrie’s New Year’s Rulin’s from 1943

Here is a list of Woody Guthrie’s new year’s resolutions from January 1, 1943. It’s a sound list for any year. 33. Wake Up And Fight 32. Make Up Your Mind 31. Love Everybody 30. Love pete 29. Love Papa … Continue reading

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Things More Embarrassing Than a Bird Shitting on Your Head

This piece by Natalie Bell in The Hairpin starts out light and then quickly turns into a freight train. Great, great writing. More of her writing here.

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The Jon Anderson Battle Stance

The funniest line I’ve read in a novel in a long, long time appeared in The Devil You Know by Mike Carey. It’s a detective novel only our detective, Felix Castor, is a freelance exorcist who, in classic gumshoe fashion, … Continue reading

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Why I Love Sugar, Reason #798

If your tear ducts need a workout, go read Sugar’s latest over at The Rumpus. When I was eleven, my brother and sister and I went to visit our father. We traveled to the place he lived a thousand miles … Continue reading

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I don’t enjoy this war one bit

Today would have been David Foster Wallace’s 50th birthday. Letters of Note

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What do you think of the first page of my novel?

Some incorrigible Internet wag went ahead and posted the first page of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest on Yahoo Answers under the title, “First Page of my book. What do you think?” (The whole post has since been deleted, so … Continue reading

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Snapshots from a rock ‘n’ roll marriage

Here is a touching and unflinching portrait of a rock and roll marriage. It was written by Denise Grollmus, who was married to Patrick Carney of the Black Keys. She certainly pulls no punches, but another part of this piece’s … Continue reading

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