"Finally, the biography that Sylvia Plath deserves . . . A spectacular achievement." --Ruth Franklin, author of Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life
The highly anticipated new biography of Sylvia Plath that focuses on her remarkable literary and intellectual achievements, while restoring the woman behind the long-held myths about her life and art. With a wealth of never-before-accessed materials--including unpublished letters and manuscripts; court, police, and psychiatric records; and new interviews--Heather Clark brings to life the brilliant daughter of Wellesley, Massachusetts who had poetic ambition from a very young age and was an accomplished, published writer of poems and stories even before she became a star English student at Smith College in the early 1950s. Determined not to read Plath's work as if her every act, from childhood on, was a harbinger of her tragic fate, Clark evokes a culture in transition, in the shadow of the atom bomb and the Holocaust, as she explores Plath's world: her early relationships and determination not to become a conventional woman and wife; her conflicted ties to her well-meaning, widowed mother; her troubles at the hands of an unenlightened mental-health industry; her Cambridge years and thunderclap meeting with Ted Hughes, a marriage of true minds that would change the course of poetry in English; and much more.
Clark's clear-eyed portraits of Hughes, his lover Assia Wevill, and other demonized players in the arena of Plath's suicide promotes a deeper understanding of her final days, with their outpouring of first-rate poems. Along with illuminating readings of the poems themselves, Clark's meticulous, compassionate research brings us closer than ever to the spirited woman and visionary artist who blazed a trail that still lights the way for women poets the world over.
The Democrats are at least two parties. The progressive wing of the party (which is by no means unified) and the finance wing of the party, which is also the party leadership. 1/ During...…
An interesting broad level dissection of the Democratic party at the moment.
Or: 14 ways to rebuild your hell site
Nice overview of New_Public’s recent Signals work here.
Zignal Labs charted a 73 percent decline on Twitter and beyond following historic action against the president.
Congress must now act, not just to remove Trump—but to ensure that no president ever risks behaving in this way again.
Republicans must distance themselves from the president, and join their colleagues in ending his tenure.
A double victory in Georgia could create serious difficulties for Democrats—and might even make it less likely for Biden to win reelection.
This is a serious issue, particularly if the Democrats can’t manage to make any headway into fixing the Electoral College or gerrymandering.
What I heard from insurrectionists on their march to the Capitol
Nice to see at least one article/piece on who some of the people in the coup crowd at the capital were today.
На днях с подачи toby3d в индивебной телегруппе появились призывы попереводить IndieWeb Wiki на великий и могучий. Мне эта мысль понравилась ещё в прошлом году, когда Тим...
The horned man in question is none other than 32-year-old Jake Angeli, a familiar face at pro-Trump rallies and a purported QAnon conspiracy theorist sometimes referred to as the “QAnon Shama…
This issue really needs to be addressed.
Cunningham's Law states "the best way to get the right answer on the internet is not to ask a question; it's to post the wrong answer."
This feels very true to my experiences. Perhaps I ought to use it more, but there’s a sort of cruelty if you’re doing it on purpose. Definitely a pattern used by pundits (unwittingly?) in an attempt to be controversial and therefore as clickbait.
Every day, millions of new web pages are added to the internet. Most of them are unstructured, uncategorized, and nearly impossible for software to understand. It irks me. Look no further than Sir Tim Berners-Lee's Wikipedia page: The markup for Tim Berners-Lee's Wikipedia page; it's complex and inc...
We definitely need more rich mark up that’s parseable and usable. I’m not sure that additional HTML tags would necessarily be taken up heavily to be of much use.
I do like having some solid microformats on my own content and it works out well with many of the parsing tools that I use regularly for consuming content. I’m curious what Dries has tried out in terms of options he’s dogfooded into Drupal? I do notice that when my website parses his article, it does pull in more data than most sites I come across. The one thing my parser didn’t find was his avatar in the “correct” place. It popped up as a page photo rather than an avatar for him as an author.
Putting microformats into Wikipedia seems like an interesting idea. Anyone want to manually add microformats to tbl’s Wikipedia page? 🙂
As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, D.C., we have required the removal of three @realDonaldTrump Tweets that were posted earlier today for repeate...…
Twitter finally banning Trump, but only for a day.
The winners of today's contests in Georgia may take a while to be certified and get to Washington, meaning the Senate could be stuck at 51 Republicans -- including Sen. Kelly Loeffler but not David Perdue, whose term expired -- to 48 Democrats for several weeks after the results become clear. Accor
Sadly it looks like the two potential new Democratic senators from Georgia may not be seated until after it’s too late to convict Donald John Trump on a second impeachment.