Native Moments, by Walt Whitman
#sue sent me on a poetry mission
NATIVE moments! when you come upon me—Ah you are here now!
Give me now libidinous joys only!
Give me the drench of my passions! Give me life coarse and rank!
To-day, I go consort with nature’s darlings—to-night too;
I am for those who believe in loose delights—I share the midnight orgies of young men;
I dance with the dancers, and drink with the drinkers;
The echoes ring with our indecent calls;
I take for my love some prostitute—I pick out some low person for my dearest friend,
He shall be lawless, rude, illiterate—he shall be one condemn’d by others for deeds done;
I will play a part no longer—Why should I exile myself from my companions?
O you shunn’d persons! I at least do not shun you,
I come forthwith in your midst—I will be your poet,
I will be more to you than to any of the rest.
100 Of The Greatest Opening Sentences In The History Of Literature →
#i like words
#10 We started dying before the snow, and like the snow, we continued to fall.
#16 I had the story, bit by bit, from various people, and, as generally happens in such cases, each time it was a different story.
The full list is well worth a read, with such extra gems as:
#78 The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.
#92 He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad.
"It is, after all, the dab of grit that seeps into an oyster’s shell that makes the pearl, not pearl-making seminars with other oysters."
#Because Mr King Said So
King S (2001), On Writing, Hodder, p. 278.
Stephen King’s advice to writers may also make sense to those in other industries who just want to get on with the job.
Where does the water go?
In survival situations, you need to find enough water to keep you hydrated, and you may need to use multiple techniques to get to that water. I think most people agree on that tip. But here’s one that I’m not sure about, most recently read in this Australian Geographic article:
With all water consumption the advice is never sip. ”Drink a cupful at a time,” says Bob. “If you sip water, the first mouthful goes to your digestion, the second to your liver and kidneys and none gets to your brain.”
I’ve read similar advice before, but I believe it was another outdoor magazine article quoting the same survival expert. I really don’t know anything about the science behind this, so I’m seeking your input—does anyone know if this is fact or mere speculation?
Crows are clever →
I went to the University of Queensland. Like most students at some point during their ‘studies’, I used to hang out in the Great Court and frequent the cafés. It was during one visit to the Cloisters Café with a fellow physicist that I felt a need to defend the beauty and intelligence of crows. I said they were misunderstood. Ben argued that crows were stupid and kaka.
Suddenly, a ball of paper dropped from the sky and landed on the table. I looked up. Ben leaned forward to look at the paper. And just as his head was over the paper, a big dollop of crow-kaka fell from the sky and slapped the back of his head.
As it turned out, this crow was smarter than the both of us. And now, science is showing us that it wasn’t a special case!
Audience checklist →
I first subscribed to Richard Nordquist’s About.com Grammar and Composition newsletter because it was relevant to my studies; I stay for his sound advice and quirky anecdotes. Here’s the most detailed audience checklist I’ve ever read, applicable to speeches and reports alike.