June 29, 2017

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A gigantic thanks to everyone who’s stopped by the shop, left kind words on our social media or even bags of books on our porch these last few weeks. We are eternally grateful!

All we can see sometimes is the big things we want to work on ahead of us, but it’s immeasurably helpful to be reminded that we are, in fact, making progress.

Thank YOU from us, @victoriahfarr & @alanjelercic (and the sticky toddler 👶🏻)

The Workshop: Seven Decades of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop

June 25, 2017

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“Writers are craftsmen, and as such all of our apprentice work is rough, inelegant, flawed. In fact, much of the time it isn’t even functional. Sometimes we can’t even begin discussing character or story, let alone structuralist notions that language creates the writer rather than the other way around, because actions described in the text defy the laws of physics. We enter the program possessing the skills of fledgling carpenters-if we’re lucky-yet hoping to build palaces. It’s this gap between ambition and mastery that the Workshop addresses and, of possible, tries to bridge, and it does so by concentrating on ‘the words on the page.'”

-from ‘The Workshop: Seven Decades of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop,’ edited by Tom Grimes


June 23, 2017

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“It’s unfortunate that’s school is often regarded as a one-size-fits-all kind of deal. And if it doesn’t fit, you’re treated as if there is something wrong with you; so it is you, not the system, which is failing…I do think we should acknowledge that school isn’t for everyone. So, #girlboss, if you suck at school, don’t let it kill your spirit. It does not mean that you are stupid or worthless, or that you are never going to succeed at anything. It just means that your talents lie elsewhere, so take the opportunity to seek out what you are good at, and find a place where you can flourish.”
– from #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso @sophiaamoruso 👩🏻‍💻


June 11, 2017


“They may be dog-eared, paint-splattered or falling apart, but the unassuming appearance of sketchbooks belies their importance as an artist’s storehouse for ideas and thoughts, a free space where creativity is unraveled. Inside their battered covers is a secret lab where plans, dreams and doodles flourish and develop page-by-page, and they are just as likely to contain drunken scribbles, risqué drawings and friends’ telephone numbers as elaborate designs.”

-from Street Sketchbook: Inside the Journals of International Street and Graffiti Artists



“Sailing is a continuous learning process, especially for this author…The sport of sailing is what you want to make of it from dinghies, to small and large cabin sailboats, whether your interest is racing, cruising, and a combination of both…or to enjoy reading sailing classics.”

-from Royce’s Sailing Illustrated,’ by Patrick M. Royce



“Hinduism is unlike any of the other major historic religions. It does not claim an identifiable human founder or a specific origin in history-some Hindus derive their tradition from a primeval revelation of the Supreme, others consider it the beginningless sanātana dharma, the eternal law that governs everything, independently of any divine or human agent-nor has it ever rejected a parent tradition from which it separated as a rebel child, as all others have done.”

-from ‘Hinduism: A Short History,’ by Klaus K. Klostermaier