Sarah Wrote That

A moment of communion for the Gowanus dolphin. Filmed, with comments, by

Late in the afternoon a man on a beat up bicycle showed up and decided to comfort the dolphin. Without saying a word he entered the water. I warned him about how polluted the water was but he smiled and said he’d dealt with worse, especially since Hurricane Sandy. The dolphin was extremely affectionate and responded to his touch. This lasted for quite awhile. The dolphin was bleeding from the dorsal fin and beneath its snout. […]

Eventually the man came out of the freezing water, got on his bicycle, and said he was going home to have a shower. The dolphin then headed up the canal and finally cleared the floats from the oil facility that had kept him penned in all day. But then he drifted to a group of onlookers taking photos in oily sludgy water where he stayed all evening, beneath the bridge on Union St, before dying around 6pm, as snow fell in the dark.

[via @andevers]

Songs to Cook or Do Last-Minute Cleaning By

  1. No More Conversations (Mylo Radio Re-Edit)Freeform Five
  2. Against The WallYoung Empires
  3. TokyoTelekinesis
  4. LogicOperator Please
  5. Fever RisingThem:Youth
  6. I Count the WaysBostich + Fussible with Kylee Swenson
  7. The JarCocosuma
  8. Always Loved A Film (Radio Edit)Underworld
  9. WingsHaerts
  10. Nights Like BonitaIcona Pop vs Madonna
  11. FaderThe Temper Trap
  12. LafayeSchool of Seven Bells

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Eddie Vedder introduces Barack Obama at Sept 20 fundraiser (via: via).*

*banner misspells Barack.


“You are a human affront to all women and I am a woman.”

R.I.P. Nora Ephron. She did so much to change what was thought possible; and she brought joy.

Adrienne Rich reads “What Kind of Times Are These”

From PBS’s Poetry Everywhere project

"Golden State" (Live at WFUV)
Kathleen Edwards and John Doe

Such adoration in their harmonizing:

you are the pain in my neck
you are the lump in my throat.

Perfect. (Eddie Vedder and Natalie Maines’ rendition is great, too).

"Jag Kommer"
Veronica Maggio (Live @ Allsång på Skansen)

Wow this live version (with members of Robyn’s backing band?) of the track Maura posted earlier.

“Gammal Sång” has been one of my favorites since Mondo Salvo #2.


Ben Marcus, author of The Flame Alphabet, provides some great writing advice for writers: “One thing I think that writers can try to do is understand how they read. When you pick up a book and half way through the first page you’re not interested, what is it that’s failing to grab your attention? What is it that’s missing? What is it exactly that bores you? And in turn when you write, are you doing any of those things yourself?”

This is great. One thing creative writing classes too often fail to encourage or even mention is that everybody reads differently.