In 1957, Sylvia Plath (October 27, 1932–February 11, 1963) entered several of her poems into an open call for submissions to the celebrated BBC series The Poet's Voice. They were rejected. She kept trying. In the summer of 1960, exactly a…
– May 10, 2018, 9:00 AM
“More and more, in a place like this,” the great naturalist John Muir wrote while beholding Yosemite for the first time, “we feel ourselves part of wild Nature, kin to everything.” We could lament that the price we have…
“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives,” Annie Dillard wrote in her abiding insistence on choosing presence over productivity. But how do we really spend our days? In our era, the average human lifetime will…
– Jul 11, 2016, 12:00 AM
“You are born alone. You die alone. The value of the space in between is trust and love,” artist Louise Bourgeois wrote in her diary at the end of a long and illustrious life as she contemplated how solitude enriches creative work.