The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
“You will sit there and study the periodic table until you FORGET the cabana boy who wanted to teach you how to tie knots.”
by Maria Popova
An experiment in cross-pollinating the arts.
“As a lover of both literature and music, I frequently find myself immersed in a passage, with a conceptually related song beginning to play in my mind’s ear. I recently started making such matches more consciously and was quickly drawn into a highly addictive exercise in creative intersections and associations. So I decided to make a little side project out of it. Enter Literary Jukebox, a minimalist site where I match a passage from a favorite book with a thematically related song each day. Sometimes, the connections will be fairly obvious. Other times, they might be more esoteric and require some reflection. Whatever the case, I hope you enjoy — I certainly am.”
Another couple of photos honoring the great Ray Bradbury. The photo above is the original cover of his 1962 classic, Something Wicked This Way Comes, one of the greatest book titles of all time. Below is Ray’s signature inside my copy of the 1984 reproduction, signed on (gasp!) Friday the 13th, in December of 1985.
The many intriguing covers for A. Merritt’s Seven Footprints to Satan. Of course, our favorite is the one at the very top, which was used in Unbeknownst to her Creator, Eve longed to become a cheerleader.
And the super cool stop-motion animation video:
“What you’ve gotta do from this point forward is stuff your head with more different things from various fields, hygienically speaking.”
In this 2001 commencement address, Ray Bradbury makes a case for combinatorial creativity and offers young writers a wealth of advice, joining the ranks of other invaluable insight from C.S. Lewis, Kurt Vonnegut, Billy Wilder, Jack Kerouac, John Steinbeck, Henry Miller, and David Ogilvy.
Open Culture has distilled Bradbury’s hour-long commencement address into 12 specific pieces of advice.