— Sylvia Plath (via awelltraveledwoman)
This is a 30 foot tall eyeball. Smack dab in the middle of downtown Dallas. It’s by artist Tony Tasset, originally created for a temporary exhibition in Chicago — now part of an exhibition co-sponsored by the Nasher Sculpture Center and the swanky five-star Joule Hotel. (ahem, we are not staying there) An example of the private arts investment reshaping Dallas. You run into all kinds of this cool stuff all over town.
All Things Considered Host Melissa Block and Senior Producer Matt Martinez are broadcasting from member station KERA in Dallas, TX. Follow along as they report on big changes in this super-sized state.
We open the show tonight with a chat with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings — and then NPR Dallas Correspondent Wade Goodwyn gives us a big Texas welcome in Klyde Warren Park — an urban park built over a freeway in downtown Dallas. Big beautiful open space, as you can see. We were there in the morning, so not many folks around — but it’s usually PACKED. (lots of taco trucks!) And it was a bit chilly, so Wade lent Melissa his suit jacket.
— Carl Sagan, Cosmos (via simplelittlebookworm)
From the first page of Khushwant Singh’s 1956 novel, Train To Pakistan, about the bloody split between India and Pakistan in 1947.
Singh, an Indian writer and diplomat, died Thursday. He was in his late 90s, though as The New York Times points out, his exact date of birth is unknown. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh wrote in a statement:
"Throughout his life, Khushwant Singh worked hard to make it easier for the rest of us to understand and come to terms with the major social, economic and political changes that our country and the world witnessed. His writings, whether as a journalist, editor, historian, author or provocative raconteur, never failed to shed light on the human condition."
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