Going to School


think of all the people who scrolled away

What we need is an “earth call” like the “bat call” - someone should create a meme for it. Big light with an earth projected into the sky, a call for all of us to come save the day.

Vladimir Nabokov, born on April 22, 1899, on the 10 things that make a good reader.

Behold the Periodic Table of Storytelling – a guide to the tropes, characters, and story elements of great stories. Complement with Kurt Vonnegut on the 5 essential shapes of stories and Nabokov on the 3 qualities a great storyteller must have.
(HT Open Culture)
“On a day like today, my master William Faulkner said, “I decline to accept the end of man.” I would fall unworthy of standing in this place that was his, if I were not fully aware that the colossal tragedy he refused to recognize thirty-two years ago is now, for the first time since the beginning of humanity, nothing more than a simple scientific possibility. Faced with this awesome reality that must have seemed a mere utopia through all of human time, we, the inventors of tales, who will believe anything, feel entitled to believe that it is not yet too late to engage in the creation of the opposite utopia. A new and sweeping utopia of life, where no one will be able to decide for others how they die, where love will prove true and happiness be possible, and where the races condemned to one hundred years of solitude will have, at last and forever, a second opportunity on earth.”

I wish.
- Sean, Sideshow (via)