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Here’s your February round up of articles and essays on lessons from a classic, making art until the end, and why I carry a stack of paper & pens in my backpack every day.
28 Lessons We’ve Learned from Pride and Prejudice on Bluestocking Salon, which mentions Colin Firth three times. But that’s not the (real) reason I love this post.
“2. Be persistent in the face of rejection.
19. “Obstinate, headstrong girl!” really is a compliment.
21. When it comes to a man’s library, size matters.”
Elizabeth Gilbert’s post on David Bowie’s death, which shares the link to his music video, “Lazarus.” I didn’t grow up a die-hard Bowie fan (hey, don’t hate me…only because I was very religious when I was young), but I certainly appreciate his art and what Gilbert says about him and his work.
“[He spent] his final months dying doing what he’d done his whole life–making outrageously original, beautiful, complicated art. . . . This is what it means to be a great artist.”
As a bonus, read Richard Z. Santos’ “A Partial List” about David Bowie on Barrelhouse Magazine.
On Keeping a (Writing) Notebook (or Three) by Randon Billings Noble in Brevity Magazine. Noble opens her essay with a few quotes from Joan Didion’s “On Keeping a Notebook,” and that could be enough. But in the end Noble herself explains why she (and I) have more than one notebook within reach on any given day.
“there’s a difference between a diary and a journal…in a diary you record each day’s events and in a journal you write whatever you want about your day whenever you want to write about it. . . . my writing notebooks keep me writing – through rejection, triumph, inspiration, and disenchantment…on the crests and in the troughs; at home and away….”
What have you bookmarked lately?