“Her short life has been trampled and retrampled under the biographer’s hoof, her opus viewed and skewed through every conceivable lens of interpretation.” So let's listen to Sylvia Plath read some poems instead.
According to Open Culture, the readings are from recordings made on October 20, 1962. Poems include: “The Rabbit Catcher,” “A Birthday Present,” “A Secret,” “The Applicant,” “Daddy,” "Medusa,” “Stopped Dead,” “Fever 103°,” “Amnesiac,” “Cut,” “Ariel,” “Poppies In October,” “Nick And The Candlestick,” “Purdah,” and “Lady Lazarus.”
In 1999, John Peel visited British towns that spawned music trends. Here he is in Cornwall with Richard D. James (The Aphex Twin), David Hodge, a Cornish language poet, and Helen from In Watermelon Sugar.
Botanists found a rare hibiscus flower, Hibiscadelphus woodii, thought to be a extinct, by flying a drone down a cliff face in Kauai (skip to 00:58 for the goods).
They’d hiked 700 ft down from the top of the Kalalau Valley cliffs to get there, but couldn’t get farther down into the valley, so Nyberg flew a drone another 800 ft down to look at a particularly verdant patch. “It’s probably never been looked at,” he says.
I have been reading books about time: theoretical physics, evolution, parallel universes. Recently I realized that I was reading them because I wanted one to tell me how to go back in time—to before my wife died of cancer.
So, what was it like to edit Oliver’s work without Oliver present? Well, aside from the most obvious—that we dearly missed him—it simply wasn’t as much fun. Writing gave Oliver such joy it was infectious to those around him.