Richter, On the Nature of Daylight

March 31, 2016 § Leave a comment


Lisa Ekdahl, Benen i Kors

March 27, 2016 § Leave a comment

Binyavanga Wainaina in interview with Alain Mabanckou

March 21, 2016 § Leave a comment

BW: ‘Nairobi, my city, has a complexity that I myself cannot process. This is the city most familiar to me in terms of time spent there, but if I sit at a bar and just watch people doing things, it’s hard for me to imagine who they are and why. Part of this is because we do not consume their inner lives in texts, yet I am consuming the inner life of, for instance, New York all the time. If I sit and watch people in London or Paris it’s easier for me to speculate.’

(Binyavanga Wainaina interview with Alain Mabanckou in BOMB, No.112, (Summer 2010), pp.30-35)

Lana Del Rey – Ride

March 12, 2016 § Leave a comment

from Bluets, by Maggie Nelson

March 11, 2016 § Leave a comment

108. Think, for example, of Leonard Cohen’s “famous blue raincoat,” whose principle attribute is that it is “torn at the shoulder.” Perhaps it is even the tear that makes it famous. The song features Cohen at his most lugubrious and opaque, which is saying a lot, but I have always loved the final line–“Sincerely, L. Cohen”–as it makes me feel less alone in composing almost everything I write as a letter. I would even go so far as to say that I do not know how to compose otherwise, which makes writing in a prism of solitude, as I am here, a somewhat novel and painful experiment. “When our companion fails us we transfer our love instantaneously to a worthy object,” wrote Thoreau during his bitter falling-out with Emerson, unwittingly offering a cogent explanation of how and why so many songwriters have personified blue as the one friend they can count on. It “loves me when I’m lonely / And thinks of me first,” sings Lucinda Williams. But really this is very strange–as if blue not only had a heart, but a mind.

Leonardo Da Vinci:

March 9, 2016 § Leave a comment

“As you cannot do what you want,
Want what you can do.”

Ani DiFranco: ‘Joyful Girl’

March 7, 2016 § Leave a comment

do it for the joy it brings
because i’m a joyful girl
because the world owes me nothing
and we owe each other the world
i do it because it’s the least i can do
i do it because i learned it from you
i do it just because i want to
because I want to

everything i do is judged
and they mostly get it wrong
but oh well
‘cuz the bathroom mirror has not budged
and the woman who lives there can tell
the truth from the stuff that they say
and she looks me in the eye
and says would you prefer the easy way?
no, well o.k. then
don’t cry

and i wonder if everything i do
i do instead
of something i want to do more
the question fills my head
i know that there’s no grand plan here
this is just the way it goes
and when everything else seems unclear
i guess at least i know

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