Goodness is fire. When we’re closer to it, we feel warmth. This is love. That’s...– Spencer Tweedy: Curbing my enthusiasm
There’s something to be said, I suppose, about curating oneself. At our core we...– Ned Hepburn, “The OK Gatsby”, The Worst (2013).
It was to the nose that the street made one of its strongest appeals, and Mrs....– William Dean Howells (1965). A Hazard of New Fortunes. pp. 56-57.
His world, like most worlds, had been superficially a disappointment. He was no...– William Dean Howells. A Hazard of New Fortunes. NYC: Signet, 1965 p. 22.
The spirit of social reform, based on new forms of industrial manufacturing and...– Marion Van Osten, “Architecture without Architects: Another Anarchist Approach” e-flux (2013)
dictionaryofobscuresorrows: n. a kind of psychological exoskeleton that can protect you from pain and contain your anxieties, but always ends up cracking under pressure or hollowed out by time—and will keep growing back again and again, until you develop a more sophisticated emotional structure, held up by a strong and flexible spine, built less like a fortress than a cluster of treehouses.
Nations have a way of creating their own cages. The promise of mobility found...– Brent Luvaas, “Dislocating Sounds: The Deterritorialization of Indonesian Indie Pop”
I need to stop worrying and just believe that...
doubleghost: This is me dancing my heart out while my kids ignore me and watch TV. Kids today: they really don’t know what they’ve got ‘til it’s gone.
We pray today, O God, for our friends, the animals, especially for animals who...– Albert Schweitzer via Yvonne Georgina Puig
My sense of the scale of the world, and its speed, changed that night, and I...– Nathan Heller, “Semi-charmed Life: The Twenty-somethings are All Right” The New Yorker
Apartment hunting is but a series of hyphenated...
Non-negotiable: Walk-up Pet-friendly Bonuses: Picture window! Across a fucking mercury drug! Four-fucking-figure rent! Chinese neighbors (not sure what this means yet)! Free parking (okay, first-come, first-served parking, but whatever)! Picture window!!! Of course, if I lie down, that’s pretty much the entire floor area. Okay, not really, about five or six of my self. Laid side by...
Like twin ghosts, my father and I aged beyond our lives and seemed to await the...– Craig Morgan Teicher, To Keep Love Blurry (American Poets Continuum #135, 31 August 2012)
I think I owe myself an apology for being late to...
[T]he care with which one must care for small children is why the carelessness...– Meredith Hight, “I keep thinking of the temperature of the bathwater”, on the delicate details
Hey men: if a woman is rude to you, perhaps consider that you have put her in a...– Things I Ate That I Love: “mansplaining”
A man who finds himself among others is irritated because he does not know why...– Bataille, “The Solar Anus” (1931) Yam Concepcion and John James Uy in Rigodon, via Orange Magazine TV (With a hat tip to P. Rafael Mercado)
Every writer thinks he feels things the most, that he is somehow special because...– Chris Abani, “Ethics and Narrative: the Human and Other”, Witness: Dismissing Africa, Vol XXII (2009)
Kurt Vonnegut became a writer expressly to oppose such bullshit, to articulate...– Still Steve Almond, still everything being beautiful and nothing hurting. So, who was your Vonnegut?
As soon as we’re done growing up, it seems, we must face what to do with our...– “I wanted to be an emergency. ” I know someone who this line describes perfectly. Elissa Bassist, “The Human Centipede; Or, How to Move to New York”
In all other corners of creativity, we acknowledge a rose can grow from a pile...– Frank Chimero, “Roses from Bullshit” (9 Sept 2012)
Am I sexual?’ Now, I’m not the Comedy Police. I can’t distill exactly what is...– Self Absorption at Discount Prices.: Behind the Tweet: @Dave_Horwitz