theparisreview:

“I think that the difference right now between good art and bad art is that the good artists are the people who are, in one way or another, creating, out of deep and honest concern, a vision of life in the twentieth century that is worth pursuing. And the bad artists, of whom there are many, are whining or moaning or staring, because it’s fashionable, into the dark abyss.” —John Gardner, born on this day in 1933

theparisreview:

“I think that the difference right now between good art and bad art is that the good artists are the people who are, in one way or another, creating, out of deep and honest concern, a vision of life in the twentieth century that is worth pursuing. And the bad artists, of whom there are many, are whining or moaning or staring, because it’s fashionable, into the dark abyss.” —John Gardner, born on this day in 1933

mightyflynn:

Lewiston Daily Sun: Sportswriters are often criticized for taking sports too seriously. Do you agree with that?

Roger Angell: No, I think our trouble is that we don’t take sports seriously enough. I mean, we’re always trying to turn sports into something else—into entertainment, or into another television show.

In sports at its best, there’s something really stirring and moving and different about it. It isn’t entertainment, it has an entirely different meaning. It’s not something you can buy, because you can’t guarantee the result. That’s why there’s boring games—there’s diversity; we don’t know how it’s going to come out.

But a lot of the people involved in sports, certainly some of the owners today, don’t seem to be aware of that. George Steinbrenner wants a guaranteed result of every game that’s played; he wants the Yankees to win. And winning isn’t all there is to it. Winning is nice, but you have to deserve to win, you know?

Read the rest: "Angell on Baseball: Every Day There is Something New" (1982)

And then read everything Angell ever wrote.

Hwæt! We Gar-Dena in gear-dagum, þeod-cyninga, þrym gefrunon, hu ða æþelingas ellen fremedon!

Anonymous, Beowulf


Monday First Sentences | Every Monday, we offer the opening sentences of a Penguin Classic to start the week.

(via classicpenguin)

Cloud Peak Wilderness Area, WY

Cloud Peak Wilderness Area, WY

mightyflynn:

Next Tuesday, July 15th!
If you’re in the Twin Cities, please stop by. We’re going to have a lot of fun.

mightyflynn:

Next Tuesday, July 15th!

If you’re in the Twin Cities, please stop by. We’re going to have a lot of fun.

This windowsill is the best. I wish I fit in the windowsill for naps.

This windowsill is the best. I wish I fit in the windowsill for naps.

Sunny, but not too sunny. It will do.

Sunny, but not too sunny. It will do.

Billy Beane Is Not Human | VICE Sports

ericnus:

I wrote about Billy Beane and his soulless, technocratic vision for baseball’s future. 

On the Value of Hearing “No,” Kindly | Bluestem Magazine

"Rejection is so much a part of writing, such a difficult and necessary part—even after a decade of sending work out into the world and hearing “no” far more often than “yes,” it’s still comforting to read about similar experiences. It’s also necessary to remind myself that the “no” can be its own kindness."