About Tom

About Tom

Tom Ipri is a librarian and writer living and working in Philadelphia, PA. His short stories have appeared in Ayris MagazineCompose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing, The Casserole and Contraposition. He is the author of the novella, King’s Long Search, and the story collection, Kindred Spirits.

In addition to his fiction, Tom has had poetry published in Small Brushes, Superior Poetry News and The Vermillion Literary Project.

His photography has appeared in several travel blogs, The Huffington Post and the websites for Forbes and Discover.

In addition to blogging at Being and Formulating, he blogs about food, along with his girlfriend, at SuperPlus Eats.

Among other places, he also can be found on Amazon Author CentralTwitterFacebookFlickrLinkedIn, Pinterest, and tumblr.


About the Blog Title

The title comes from a quote from the diaries of Anaïs Nin. I came across this quote second-hand from Brassai’s book Henry Miller: The Paris Years:

“In Miller’s mind…to commit the events of one day, or even one hour, to paper takes days if not weeks. Anaïs would therefore never catch up with events, and her Diary would never be truly current. Moreover, all she was doing by trying was postponing the exhilaration of life, the moments in whose heat you would never think of writing. The pulse of life makes any formulation impossible…All the diary can reflect are life’s stagnant period, what Andre Breton called the ‘empty moments’ of existence. Anaïs wouldn’t always avoid throwing herself into the current of life. She too would directly confront the dilemma of whether to live or to write. She herself says as much in her Diary: ‘The river of life divides into two branches: being and formulating.’”

Although the quote obviously speaks to a period of time well before anyone blogged, it certainly speaks to the recent explosion of this technology (and certainly speaks to the on-again-off-again nature of my posting. So, if I’m not posting, assume I’m “being.”) I love this quote and decided I wanted to use something from it for the name of my blog: my choices being either “Being and Formulating” or “Life’s Stagnant Period.” While the later has certain panache, I opted for the former.


One thought on “About Tom

  • That is phenomenal. I’ve experienced the same frustration described by Being and Formulating trying to chronicle days in journals. Thank you for this revelation.

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