Mark Twain on Creativity

So, I’ve gotten stuck preparing the next entry for the “Why Am I Here?” series, because I stumbled across a quote from Mark Twain in a letter to Helen Keller that has been rolling around in my head and refuses to leave. But it touches on a lot of the ideas in my series so…

Poem of the Day

Ozymandias I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: `Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive, stamped…

It’s an Allusion, Michael

In discussing a probable Biblical allusion in Oscar Wilde’s The Portrait of Dorian Gray, Alan Jacobs notes that a prominent scholar appears to have missed the allusion, and notes: the Bible is not the sort of thing we are interested in, thus even a direct quotation can be invisible to us. Given that this alteration…