Blogs are but words, and words are but wind

“Ever since the novel coronavirus arrived on U.S. soil, disrupting lives and now, making access to food and other necessities more difficult for many, a number of little free library volunteer stewards — both registered and unregistered with the Little Free Library organization – have switched from filling the mounted boxes in front of their homes with free books to filling them with household items: food, toilet paper, sanitizer, toiletries, and other necessities, all for the taking by passersby.”
Making the Switch from Little Free Libraries to Little Free Pantries, by Claire Kirch, Publishers Weekly, 8 April 2020

“Capping cries of foul from publishing players, the Internet Archive gets a letter from Thom Tillis, the Senate’s intellectual property chair: No user ‘can unilaterally create an emergency copyright act.'”
US Senate IP Chief Questions Internet Archive’s ‘National Emergency Library’, by Porter Anderson, Publishing Perspectives, 9 April 2020

“Dismantling mass incarceration in the United States is not a question of possibility or costs, but a matter of imagination and will. Take the relationship between the criminal legal system and the Covid-19 outbreak. Families and activists have demanded the release of people currently detained in jails, prisons and immigrant detention facilities, and in some cases, they have won. New York has released 300 elders from Rikers Island – not enough, but a start. Massachusetts courts, under pressure from activists, are considering whether to release anyone. When California released an additional 3,100 people from prison, a media outlet was sure to note that Governor Gavin Newsom’s order included sentence commutations for ‘killers’.”
Coronavirus has shown that it is possible to change the US criminal justice system, by Derecka Purnell, The Guardian, 7 April 2020

“Amid the global coronavirus outbreak and over the objections of a governor who tried to stop it at the last minute, Wisconsin held its election yesterday for the Democratic presidential nomination, state Supreme Court and several local offices. We won’t have actual results until Monday at the earliest, but at this point, we do know that the election experienced a number of setbacks.”
Voters’ Experiences In Wisconsin Amid The Coronavirus Epidemic, by Nathaniel Rakich, FiveThirtyEight, 8 April 2020

“To be clear, I am not suggesting that we will all emerge from quarantine as misogynist extremists. But the reality that this post captured is that the internet is a very dark window through which to view the world. Yet more and more people will be doing so for the next few months. The psychological impact of this on a wide scale should not be dismissed, nor should its subsequent repercussions for politics.”
Who Goes Alt-Right in a Lockdown?, by Annie Kelly, NY Times, 7 April 2020

“With all of this coronacrazy you’re probably sick of us all giving you advice on how to work from home so I thought I would mix it up with this post.”
How To Not Work While Working From Home, by Elizabeth Grace Saunders, Real Life E, 7 April 2020

“They are large and small, urban and rural, but they share the uncertainty of being independent bookstores in the midst of an unprecedented crisis. A PW survey of nearly three dozen bookstores with more than a thousand years of bookselling experience between them shows how the new coronavirus outbreak has altered the work that they do, placing abrupt pressures on a sector of the American literary economy that had been experiencing a major resurgence in recent years.”
Survey of Independent Bookstores Shows Coronavirus Toll, by Alex Green, Publishers Weekly, 8 April 2020

“In places like Milwaukee, African Americans appear to be contracting and dying from the new coronavirus at higher rates.”
Covid-19 Has Hit African Americans Especially Hard, by Doris Burke and Hannah Fresques, Undark, 7 April 2020

“All the places you once used to escape your flatmates are closed, so how do you keep your cool? And what about when you fancy one of them?”
In it together: how to share space and resolve flatmate rows when you can’t storm out, by Daniel Lavelle, The Guardian, 7 April 2020


Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.
Mary Shelley

Oaths are but words, and words are but wind.
Samuel Butler

Of all possessions a friend is the most precious.

One may have a blazing hearth in one’s soul and yet no one ever came to sit by it. Passers-by see only a wisp of smoke from the chimney and continue on their way.
Vincent Van Gogh

One must work and dare if one really wants to live.
Vincent Van Gogh

Originality is the art of concealing your source.
Franklin P. Jones

Painting from nature is not copying the object; it is realizing one’s sensations.
Paul Cezanne

Painting is a faith, and it imposes the duty to disregard public opinion.
Vincent Van Gogh

Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter’s soul.
Vincent Van Gogh

Passion is momentary; love is enduring.
John Wooden

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