Saturday, June 20, 2009

Poetry about broken hearts

What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why (Sonnet XLIII)
by Edna St. Vincent Millay

What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why,
I have forgotten, and what arms have lain
Under my head till morning; but the rain
Is full of ghosts tonight, that tap and sigh
Upon the glass and listen for reply,
And in my heart there stirs a quiet pain
For unremembered lads that not again
Will turn to me at midnight with a cry.
Thus in winter stands the lonely tree,
Nor knows what birds have vanished one by one,
Yet knows its boughs more silent than before:
I cannot say what loves have come and gone,
I only know that summer sang in me
A little while, that in me sings no more.


I May After Leaving You Walk Quickly or Even Run
by Matthea Harvey

Rain fell in a post-romantic way.
Heads in the planets, toes tucked
under carpets, that’s how we got our bodies
through. The translator made the sign
for twenty horses backing away from
a lump of sugar. Yes, you.
When I said did you want me
I meant me in the general sense.
The drink we drank was cordial.
In a spoon, the ceiling fan whirled.
The Old World smoked in the fireplace.
Glum was the woman in the ostrich feather hat.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Art resembles life.

It's so true it's not even funny.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

These guys

I love sketch comedy and I'm loving Jake & Amir. I think I have a thing for high-strung Jewish guys. I can't decide if I like Amir or Jake better?

They are Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld, two mid-20s guys who live in NYC and write/star in a number of short comedy videos on CollegeHumor. I came across their videos yesterday and I'm IN LOVE. Classic comedy duo: the straight-guy versus the annoying-weirdo. In an office environment.

Here are some of my favorites.

People getting hurt is funny.

Dating Coach - Part 1
"Who's wearing the backwards hat?"

Dating Coach - Part 2
"I was trying to be a fern to your salad sandwich."

Jake and Amir and Catan
"I'm having a hard time figuring out which one of these are houses and which are candies."

Snack Attack
Amir gets a cookie and a slap in the face.

You can subscribe to their podcast on their website. They're also on Facebook!

Monday, June 8, 2009

PhD humor

I love Jorge Cham's Piled Higher & Deeper comic.

The Origin Of The Theses

Thesis submission, Parts 1 through 3

The importance of being unhappy

Read this in The Happiness Project:
Feeling bad is a sign that it’s time for action. Change is often painful; unpleasant, disruptive; exhausting; scary. Unhappiness can act as the goad to get you to push through those barriers. It can push you to switch jobs, get out of a relationship, move, change your habits, change your behavior, change the world. You can start meditating, start running, start a non-profit, start a garden. Everyone’s happiness project is unique, and the approach that you take to address your unhappiness is unique.