In a time of constant artistic upheaval, Alexander Calder’s aesthetic revolution concerned itself with a somewhat taboo topic in the art world — fun.  The innovative artist was born on this day in 1898. 

In a time of constant artistic upheaval, Alexander Calder’s aesthetic revolution concerned itself with a somewhat taboo topic in the art world — fun.  The innovative artist was born on this day in 1898. 

Watch The Day Carl Sandburg Died, which was this day in 1967. 
(via Homepage: The Day Carl Sandburg Died | American Masters | PBS)

Watch The Day Carl Sandburg Died, which was this day in 1967. 

(via Homepage: The Day Carl Sandburg Died | American Masters | PBS)

the-final-sentence:

Final sentences:

"[Outside the tent the hyena made the same strange noise that had awakened her.] But she did not hear him for the beating of her heart." 
— from “The Snows of Kilimanjaro

"In the early morning on the lake sitting on the stern of the boat with his father rowing, he felt quite sure that he would never die." 
— from “Indian Camp

"He wrote on a while longer now and there was no sign that any of it would ever cease returning to him intact." 
— from The Garden of Eden

"After a while I went out and left the hospital and walked back to the hotel in the rain." 
— from A Farewell to Arms

[“I feel fine,” she said. “There’s nothing wrong with me.] I feel fine.” 
— from Hills Like White Elephants

"He could feel his heart beating against the pine needle floor of the forest." 
— from For Whom the Bell Tolls

[“Oh, Jake,” Brett said, “we could have had such a damned good time together.”
Ahead was a mounted policeman in khaki directing traffic. He raised his baton. The car slowed suddenly pressing Brett against me.
“Yes,” I said.] “Isn’t it pretty to think so?”
— from The Sun Also Rises

"But this is how Paris was in the early days when we were very poor and very happy."
— from A Moveable Feast

"The old man was dreaming about the lions."
— from The Old Man and the Sea

This is amazing! 

One of the twentieth century’s most renowned, celebrated and recorded musicians, Issac Stern, was born on this day in 1920. 
(via Isaac Stern - About Isaac Stern | American Masters | PBS)

One of the twentieth century’s most renowned, celebrated and recorded musicians, Issac Stern, was born on this day in 1920. 

(via Isaac Stern - About Isaac Stern | American Masters | PBS)

explore-blog:

For Hemingway’s birthday, his timeless advice to aspiring writers

explore-blog:

For Hemingway’s birthday, his timeless advice to aspiring writers

"I never had to choose a subject - my subject rather chose me."Ernest Hemingway was born on this day in 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois. Explore a timeline of his life and career: http://to.pbs.org/UmHxPa

"I never had to choose a subject - my subject rather chose me."
Ernest Hemingway was born on this day in 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois. Explore a timeline of his life and career: http://to.pbs.org/UmHxPa

whataboutbobbed:

sharecroppers’ families gathering needs for their 4th of July celebration, whites and blacks together. Hill House, Mississippi

photo by Dorothea Lange, July 1936

mpdrolet:

Dorothea Lange,1936
Rondal Partridge

Such a contemplative woman. 

mpdrolet:

Dorothea Lange,1936

Rondal Partridge

Such a contemplative woman. 

melisaki:

Bad Trouble over the Weekend

I am trying here to say somethingabout the despised, the defeated,the alienated.About death and disaster.About the wounded, the crippled,the helpless, the rootless,the dislocated.About duress and trouble.About finality.About the last ditch.

Dorothea Lange
photo by Dorothea Lange, Last Ditch series, 1964

melisaki:

Bad Trouble over the Weekend

I am trying here to say something
about the despised, the defeated,
the alienated.
About death and disaster.
About the wounded, the crippled,
the helpless, the rootless,
the dislocated.
About duress and trouble.
About finality.
About the last ditch.


Dorothea Lange

photo by Dorothea Lange, Last Ditch series, 1964

Today is the LAST DAY to watch Merle Haggard: Learning to Live with Myself online! Enjoy!

Today is the LAST DAY to watch Merle Haggard: Learning to Live with Myself online! Enjoy!


Marilyn in a costume test for Don’t Bother To Knock in December 1951.

Marilyn in a costume test for Don’t Bother To Knock in December 1951.

The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerance. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle won by survivors, and deserves respect if not enthusiastic acceptance.
Maya Angelou
Watch a preview for Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning, premiering Friday, August 29 on PBS. 

Watch a preview for Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning, premiering Friday, August 29 on PBS

Walter’s career curve and the curve of network television absolutely dovetailed. And, and he held that position for so long under such vastly changing circumstances … that it seemed to most people that as they got their first television set, Walter and CBS NEWS had joined their family.

Considered by many to be the greatest jazz vocalist of all time, Billie Holiday lived a tempestuous and difficult life, that can be heard and felt in her music.