Saturday, April 24, 2010

the ones we love

John Von Pamer's photographs of his wife for The Ones We Love.

descartes went to sweden and died of cold

The dilemma of foreignness comes down to one of liberty versus fraternity—the pleasures of freedom versus the pleasures of belonging. The homebody chooses the pleasures of belonging. The foreigner chooses the pleasures of freedom, and the pains that go with them. From "Being Foreign" The Economist via M. Dash.

Friday, April 16, 2010


I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart. I am. I am. I am. Sylvia Plath
Photo of Egon Schiele

Thursday, April 15, 2010

a time long

The book took a time long to finish because it took a long time to finish. There was a lot of it I didn’t understand. It often takes me a long time to write. Jamaica Kincaid, Salon, 1996 (via Maude)
Sophie Calle, Les Dormeurs, 1979

Saturday, April 3, 2010

it is more mad and moonly

it is more mad and moonly
and less it shall unbe
than all the sea which only
is deeper than the sea

Thursday, April 1, 2010

dizzy for president, 1964

Ramona Crowell was by this point Dizzy's vice-presidential running-mate. Miles Davis was penciled in as director of the CIA, Louis Armstrong as Minister of Agriculture, Thelonious Monk was to be Roving Ambassador Plenipotentiary, and other cabinet members were to include Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Woody Herman and Count Basie. According to Dizzy, the drummer Max Roach wanted to be Minister of War, but was overruled, because, said the candidate, "We're not going to have any." The Library of Congress was to be in the charge of Ray Charles, and Charles Mingus was to be Minister of Peace, "because he'll take a piece of your head faster than anybody I know".