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March 20 2017

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“The flowers that made California the Golden State.” —Peter Marx

March 18 2017

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RIP, Derek Walcott. His “Love After Love”:

The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

(photo by Richard Avedon, which accompnied Hilton Als 2004 profile of Walcott in The New Yorker)

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“LA from a plane 20 mins ago” —Maxwell Ogden

March 06 2017

What is literature, and why do I try to write about it? I don’t know. Likewise, I don’t know why I go on living, most of the time. But this not knowing is precisely what I want to preserve. As readers, the closest way we can engage with a literary work is to protect its indeterminacy; to return ourselves and it to a place that precludes complete recognition. Really, when I’m reading, all I want is to stand amazed in front of an unknown object at odds with the world.
David Winters (via M John Harrison, to whom this quote is often misattributed)

March 04 2017

February 26 2017

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“you guys” —Kate Conger

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“Oscar morning. Startin the day off right 👌🏿(because I’m outta clean socks and undershirts 😂” —Barry Jenkins

I loved Moonlight. I love that frayed cuff.

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Heinrich Berann, Bruce Heezen and Marie Tharp, Atlantic ocean floor. Washington D.C.: National Geographic Magazine, June 1968. Maps CC.5.b.42. (via “Maps and women”)

It’s appropriate for Californians, I think, this constant moving, just like the earth that occasionally rumbles and shifts and flows right beneath our collective feet.
— Alex Espinoza, “Through the Heart of California: Seeing the “Other” California through a Relief Map

February 19 2017

I also believe that reading is a profoundly creative act, that every act of reading is a collaboration between author and reader. I don’t understand why more people aren’t interested in this alchemy. It’s such an act of grace to give someone else ten or fifteen hours out of your own irreplaceable life, and allow their voice, thoughts, and imaginings into your head. I can’t respect any writer who isn’t abjectly grateful for the faith, generosity, and trust in that. I think there’s an unspoken, maybe even unconscious contempt for reading as merely “passive” in many people who obsess about writers and writing. Discussion of writers and writing generally bores me. But I’m always interested in why people read and why they like what they like. That’s far more likely to surprise and enlighten me than someone fretting about daily word counts and agonizing over their process.
Laura Miller (via Austin Kleon)
We fetishize the idea of being a writer in a variety of ways, most of them narcissistic. So when I meet a big reader who professes no desire to write, I think of them as a beautiful, almost mythical creature, like a unicorn, to be celebrated.
Laura Miller (via Austin Kleon)

February 18 2017

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Accidental Shrine to Pants (I never got around to posting it here when I posted it there and there back in September.)

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My jacket, goes with my pants (also here) and my sweatshirt, filed under beausage, mending, repair, maintenance, etc.

Resistance entails conceiving of parenting as an act of rebellion against American culture.
— Neil Postman (via Austin Kleon)
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As noted by Allen, Google Maps now includes the Lake Eden campus of Black Mountain College with an indicator that it is closed. This is a new-ish marker that wasn’t there the last time I searched BMC on Google Maps.

Critical theory stands in opposition … to what capitalism in particular does to those it exploits — buying us off cheaply with consumer goods, making us forget that other ways of life are possible, enabling us to ignore the truth that we are ensnared in the system by our fetishistic attention and growing addiction to the purportedly must-have new consumer good.
— Stuart Jeffries, Grand Hotel Abyss (via Crap Futures, with emphasis on “making us forget that other ways of life are possible”)
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four of the covers from Radical Software magazine (via Julian Hanna via a RT by Crap Futures)

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Bird’s-eye View” (photograph by Yashpal Rathore)

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