In The Depths, The Stars

Originally posted on LoneSwimmer:
I feel. Shamanistic. I feel. I feel atavistic and pantheistic. I feel touched by what they could?have, maybe did call the divine wind. Though only my fingers and eyes move here, a wind, no, a storm is blowing through me. I feel wracked, my soul exposed and blown to shreds. Around…

Vintage Subway

Originally posted on david.watkis.blog:
Each year during the holidays, the MTA takes a break from its usual soul-crushing inefficiency to treat New Yorkers to a bit of subway nostalgia by operating a handful of vintage train cars around the city. I’ve seen them in passing over the years, but never took the opportunity to have a…

Palouse, Washington State

Originally posted on Stephen Hung Photography :
The Palouse is the region in northwest US, encompassing parts of southeastern Washington, north central Idaho and even the northeastern Oregon. It is a rich and well cultivated farmland with wheat and other grains as primary plants on the rolling terrains. The views of these farmlands are strikingly beautiful,…

Top 40 Albums of 2016 (40-21)

Originally posted on Bob Dylan Wrote Propaganda Songs:
For me, this list is the most important thing I write all year. While I enjoy all the various writing avenues I take, the “Top Albums” list is really the end-all-be-all. I’d be beating a dead horse if I discussed what a disappointing year 2016 has been,…

The Greatest Soup In The World

We Are Chefs By Ana Kinkaid How does a soup gain such acclaim that the likes of Craig Claiborne declare it to be the most elegant and delicious soup ever created? If the soup is France’s beloved Billi Bi Soup, also known as Cream of of Mussel Soup, the tale of its unique creation and…

Brian est dans le cuisine.

Originally posted on Le Poisson Nage:
  Oh mon dieu.  There’s someone in the kitchen. I hear them.  They are clanking a cup. I just heard them cough.  Did you hear that? Oh no.  It’s happening again. Brian is in the kitchen. Merde, Brian.  Why are you always in my kitchen? Porquoi? I’m walking in,…

Homeless daughters of a hybrid diaspora

Originally posted on Seeking Words:
The cursor blinks expectantly. You wonder, shall I begin with I ‘returned’ home or I’ve been ‘away’ from home? At the airport, we try muting our pain through feeble consolations. You will be back next summer, it’s just a year. No. I have holidays in January. ? That’s good… I’ll…

Writing the Pain: Memoirists on Trauma and Memory

Originally posted on BREVITY's Nonfiction Blog:
Brevity’s founding editor Dinty W. Moore interviews Melanie Brooks, author of the recently released Writing Hard Stories: Celebrated Memoirists Who Shaped Art from Trauma, featuring Brooks’ conversations with Andre Dubus III, Sue William Silverman, Kyoko Mori, Richard Hoffman, Suzanne Strempek Shea, Abigail Thomas, Mark Doty, Edwidge Danticat, Jessica Handler, Richard…

A Day in Penang, Malaysia

Originally posted on Say cheese, Tal:
I am sometimes ashamed when I tell fellow Malaysians that up till last week, I have been to Penang only once in my life. … If you’re also a Malaysian, I know. Please, don’t start. Penang is one of the more vibrant and tourist-friendly states in Malaysia, not to…

In a Vase on Monday: heralds

Originally posted on acoastalplot:
I generally don’t like yellow flowers apart from at this time of year. Narcissi in all shades of yellow (from deepest dark golden, through butter-coloured to the palest cream or white) and delicate primroses that are, well, primrose, and the fresh egg-yolk crocuses that pop up at the base of our old apple tree. Little vases of them bring a…