—Walt Whitman (born on this date in 1819)
Happy 💯 + 💯 Birthday, Walt!
Small but really interesting exhibition at the NYPL exploring the influences on Whitman‘s work, and his literary legacy. On until July 27th if you‘re passing through.
On one hand, it felt purposeful reading such a classic. However, I just don‘t think I‘m highbrow enough to truly appreciate classics like this! I really identified with bits of it, but then other bits were a challenge. Rating is more a reflection of me than this work.
Attended an event today at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. The speakers discussed the plans for the year long celebration of Walt Whitman to mark the bicentennial of Walt Whitman, America‘s “poet of democracy”. Now, I need to read Leaves of Grass!
Beautiful. I think.
I‘m not a poetry aficionado but trying to broaden my horizons. Plus Wintersleep referenced Leaves of Grass in Amerika (Nova Scotia band).
So a pick for my first book of poetry...I think ;)
📕I prefer signings and festivals, but no real fave - I like all bookish events. 😀
📗 Cotton candy - or maybe that‘s more of carnival food. 🤔
📘 YAY for poetry! 🙌🏻
If you're like me, you're empathetic and just want everyone to be civil; you're tough, independent and have a Napoleon complex. Perhaps then, you've lately found yourself walking around with all your defenses up because the world is greedy and sour even though it's easier to show compassion. Here are books I'll be (re)reading to help myself feel grounded and more connected with the person I usually am. Recommendations are greatly appreciated.
Totally need this design from Avant Hermetico on a shirt!
I found a touching note from "Zach" who lives in New York in my Walt Whitman "Leaves of Grass" used book find today. Zach, I learned you feel NYC has taken everything from you and got you down. Just know, wherever you are, you make a difference and your words touched both me and my husband today. You make a difference. ?#zachyoumatter #nyc #waltwhitman #supportzach #solviturambulando #literature #book #leavesofgrass #loveeachother #ihopeyouareok
Slip covered and bound in green burlap, this is my favorite among my #VintageEditions (great idea for a hashtag @MrBook !) . The Introduction by Christopher Morley of this 1940 edition ends thusly: "To own Leaves of Grass, to have it available for emergency, and to read it as it deserves to be read, will always be a unique experience and a title to citizenship."
Which one is your favorite??
Last chance to repost this pic with the #MoonliteCrafts1kGiveAway before I pick a winner at 6:00pm ET.
Thank you so much to everyone who's already entered. Good luck!
Part 1 of my awesome, belated (almost a month late lol) b-day presents from my old boss & co-workers! A beautiful addition to my Penguin Drop Caps collection and a gorgeous needlepoint of my alma mater that my boss made. Love bookish presents and people who know you well enough to get them for you!
"The sharp-hoof'd moose of the north / the cat on the house-sill / the chickadee, the prairie-dog / the litter of the grunting sow as they tug at her teats / the brood of the turkey-hen and she with her half-spread wings / I see in them and myself the same old law". Happy birthday, Walt Whitman!
"I exist as I am, that is enough." ? #HBD to Walt Whitman! This rare copy of Leaves of Grass, illustrated by Rockwell Kent is currently at home in our Rare Book Room. But it is up for adoption!