Link: The Atlantic’s ‘By Heart’ Series

“By Heart” asks authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature.

“Reading Lolita in Tehran author Azar Nafisi says the best books are ‘republics of imagination’ erasing national and historic boundaries.” via The Atlantic, By Heart

Follow the link for ‘Writing to Transcend Time and Space,’ Azar Nafisi’s full post on the importance of art.

And be sure to check out the full By Heart series, which includes passages/selections from Gruff Rhys, Jonathan Franzen, Mark Ronson, Amy Tan, Khaled Hosseini, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, and more.

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Virginia Woolf on Keeping a Notebook (via Brainpickings.org)

“The habit of writing thus for my own eye only is good practice. It loosens the ligaments.”

– Virginia Woolf

Portrait of Virginia Woolf by Roger Fry, 1917, via Wikimedia Commons

Portrait of Virginia Woolf by Roger Fry, 1917, via Wikimedia Commons

Maria Popova at Brainpickings.org has put together a great selection of Virginia Woolf’s thoughts on the creative benefits of keeping a journal. Woolf herself did not begin keeping a journal until 1915 at age 33, but left behind 26 volumes when she died in 1941. Like the notebooks you carry with you during our workshops, Woolf’s diaries provided her a place for collecting ideas, research, and creative processes.

- image//content via @Brainpickings.org

– image//content via @Brainpickings.org

 

Head over to Popova’s Brainpickings.org for more!