[The writing sample] does, though, have to be the strongest work that the student has written up to that point. Prospective applicants should place most of their efforts into writing as many good stories, poems, or novel chapters as they can (in the months leading up to the applications). Then, they should seek feedback from friends who are either writers or who are particularly enthusiastic literary fiction readers. Then, writers simply send in the best sample that they have produced to that point. By simple, I mean it actually is simple, though not necessarily easy. Read a lot; write a lot. Edit well. Get feedback. Finish the writing sample and send it in. In this way, potential students are not only focusing on the most important element of the application, they are actually using the application process to improve as a writer.
Why MFA?: The Rumpus Interview With Tom Kealey And Robin Tung. (via therumpus)

Great read! Feeling really inspired to get these applications ready.


theharlowtrio:

What an incredibly busy summer it has been for the girls of The Harlow Trio! Combined the group has been up and down the East Coast, across the country to the Pacific Northwest and even as far as Spain in the months since Summer 2014 has started. It was an incredible experience for all us to spend the summer traveling, seeing some great music and enjoying the summer months to the fullest extent.

We’ve even gotten some love since our June 1st gig from our Alma mater. It’s a great feeling knowing people are equally excited about listening to our music as we are to perform it. 

Now that all three of us are back to a normal routine, we will be rehearsing new music and booking events for the fall and winter. At yesterday’s reading rehearsal we even talked about the idea of doing some recording this fall. We certainly can’t wait to share our happenings with you and look forward to seeing you at a show sometime soon. 

Love these girls!


ninthstreetstation:

Brand New and Modest Mouse, Forest Hills Stadium, Queens, NY

August 9, 2014


alt-j

altjband:


ninthstreetstation:

Spent sometime in Portland, OR this summer. Had a wonderful time with even more wonderful people. Cannot wait to return to the Pacific Northwest! 


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Aug 01

cloudyskiesandcatharsis:

Mod Men: The World of Mad Men Through a 21st-Century Lens via ShutterStock


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Jul 16
pbsthisdayinhistory:

July 16, 1951: The Catcher in the Rye is Published
On this day in 1951, J.D. Salinger’s novel, The Catcher in the Rye, was published. The novel tells the story of 16-year-old Holden Caulfield, a troubled character who challenged 1950s conformity, much like Salinger himself.
Due to its somewhat rebellious tone, Salinger’s work has been linked to issues of controversy and censorship.  Even so, over 60 years later, The Catcher in the Rye has sold over 65 million copies and continues to sell an additional 500,000 each year.
Learn about the novel’s path to publication with American Masters’ J. D. Salinger infographic.
Photo:  A 1951 copy of J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye (Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress). 

pbsthisdayinhistory:

July 16, 1951: The Catcher in the Rye is Published

On this day in 1951, J.D. Salinger’s novel, The Catcher in the Rye, was published. The novel tells the story of 16-year-old Holden Caulfield, a troubled character who challenged 1950s conformity, much like Salinger himself.

Due to its somewhat rebellious tone, Salinger’s work has been linked to issues of controversy and censorship.  Even so, over 60 years later, The Catcher in the Rye has sold over 65 million copies and continues to sell an additional 500,000 each year.

Learn about the novel’s path to publication with American Masters’ J. D. Salinger infographic.

Photo:  A 1951 copy of J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye (Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress). 


vintageanchorbooks:


Henry David Thoreau was born in Concord, Massachusetts on this day in 1817.
"I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers. A man thinking or working is always alone, let him be where he will." —from WALDEN (1854)

vintageanchorbooks:

Henry David Thoreau was born in Concord, Massachusetts on this day in 1817.

"I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers. A man thinking or working is always alone, let him be where he will."
—from WALDEN (1854)


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Jul 12

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

(Source: yarathearabizi)


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Jul 12

emanuelco:

new york. june, 2014.