Charles Simic on Boredom

Even so, looking back now, I realize how much I owe to my boredom. Drowning in it, I came face to face with myself as if in a mirror. I became a spectator of my own existence, which by turns struck me as being either too real or totally unreal.

“Together, it and I earned a Read Badge of Shared Achievement

Wonderful “Reading Life” essay on the well-read book as a thing of beauty: Eventually, I finished this impressive volume. It went from being a new and unread book to one that was very evidently used and read. I left it lying around for a few days, enjoyed looking at the transformation it had undergone, struck by the mysterious transfusion of knowledge in which this object had played such an important — and historically tried-and-tested — role.

Tulsa’s Architectural Link to 9/11

Front page New York Times* article from yesterday on the fact that Tulsa’s BOK Tower is basically a smaller version of the Twin Towers. It should be noted that the tower will become the second tallest building in Oklahoma upon the completion of the Devon Tower in Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma’s Tribal Infomercials

Wonderful essay on Oklahoma’s growing crop of tribal commercials (example for anyone living outside the friendly confines of Oklahoma) and how they may not have the affect tribe’s hope.

Catch the Reader

…If I seem to stress the reader’s interest rather more than the pure urge of the writer, it is because, for me, the reader is the essential other half of the writer. Between them is an indissoluble connection. If it takes two to make love or war or tennis, it likewise takes two to complete the function of the written word.