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In this superb commencement address, the inimitable Patti Smith shares her hard-earned advice on life.

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In this superb commencement address, the inimitable Patti Smith shares her hard-earned advice on life.

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"Energy," by Cloud Cult.

Gosh, I love this song.  It speaks to the yearning for purpose and meaning…  What a song for writing a thank you letter.

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"Belly: There was extra room there for a while, in case he wanted to come back, I suppose. Now there’s just a subtle roundness, like the ghost of a pregnancy haunting my old dresses and t-shirts. Now, the belly is for laughing. The belly button, an unblinking eye. He puts his hand there as if to say, mine. I put my finger on his own. I gave him this scar, a present to take with him into the world, to remind him of a time when he needed me long after he doesn’t anymore."

The Post-Pregnancy Body by Aubrey Hirsch (via therumpus)

(via therumpus)

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Christopher Hitchens, who would’ve been 65 today, on mortality

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Christopher Hitchens, who would’ve been 65 today, on mortality

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femininefreak:

Boston Strong Women

Wow. 

(via cat-in-a-basket)

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olim07rocks:

St. Dunstan in the East is a small public park in the middle of the city of London, before the Second World War it served as a church, but as a result of bombings during the Blitz it was destroyed, instead of being left a ruin or rebuilt it was turned into a small public garden filled with flowers. When you think about the fact that it is in the middle of London, the silence which might not seem special elsewhere is quite peaceful. This may not be the best video for The Art Assignment, but it is one of the quietest place outside of the large parks in the city considering it was only about 100 feet from a relatively main road.

Gosh, I’d like to go there. What a sacred, peaceful place.

(via theartassignment)

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"With the tragedy thing, once I became historically aware, I realized there are these formative moments of history tied around tragedy and disaster and sacrifice, that led people to survive and take stock and move on with some kind of notion of betterment. So whenever I went to an historical moment that was sad or where something terrible happened, it was, for me, a learning moment, a teaching moment for those who survived. And then there’s a moment to remember those who died or sacrificed for us to carry on."

— The Rumpus Interview with Fred D’Aguiar (via therumpus)

(Source: therumpus.net, via therumpus)

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mumfordandsonsblog:

"I’m On Fire" (orig. Bruce Springsteen)  |  Mumford & Sons

Click to download this track, recorded live during the MusiCares Person of the Year Honoring Bruce Springsteen at the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 8, 2013.

Click here to watch a video of this performance and click here to see photos from the event.

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thedarlingchild:

crying in art, part 152

why were you crying? from the east bay chapter of the public crying coalition

(Source: publiccryingcoalition.wordpress.com, via kellogcereal)

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NATIONAL POETRY MONTH DAY 3: “THIS IS ME” BY ADAM MCGOVERN

therumpus:

PATH train ride, boy and girl
inked, unmarked
legs braided at one knee
a bud from the same split phone cord
speaking in each other’s ear
and girl and girl
pierced, unharmed
platform combat boots and microskirts
one tenderly stroking the other’s knee
without danger, without shame
the world
may be over
but the war
ended first

-Adam McGovern

(Source: therumpus.net)