"The good news is that for most of us, grief is not overwhelming or unending. As frightening as the pain of loss can be, most of us are resilient.”
- From “The Secret Life of Grief,” by Derek Thompson (The Atlantic)
What an incredibly moving and lovely story about a son reflecting on his mother’s death and reconsidering some accepted conceptions about the grieving process.
Photo: Wolfgang Tillmans
1:20 pm • 6 December 2013
“Since, according to me, your life is going to be a gradual process of becoming kinder and more loving: Hurry up. Speed it along. Start right now.”
- George Saunders
Photo: Scattered Light, installation by Jim Campbell (Credit: Bon Expose)
1:01 pm • 5 December 2013 • 2 notes
"Between the hammers our heart
endures, just as the tongue does
between the the teeth and, despite that,
still is able to praise.”
- From Duino Elegies, Rainer Maria Rilke
Photo: Fireflies on the Water, Yayoi Kusama
1:48 pm • 4 December 2013 • 1 note
"Simple pleasures strike like lightning."
- Thurston Moore
12:35 pm • 3 December 2013
"At dawn, Heaven is a feeling that comes when the wind sweeps the fields. Heaven is this wind, Rutherford knows for an instant, bending a million yellow heads of wheat."
- “The Barn at the End of Our Term”, Vampires in the Lemon Grove (2013), by Karen Russell
Photo: From Nathaniel Dorsky’s Spring (Nathanieldorsky.net)
1:58 pm • 2 December 2013
Actress Adele Exarchopolous on a trampoline. Photo courtesy of NYTimes Magazine.
2:45 pm • 26 November 2013
Happy birthday, Marilynne Robinson! From The Death of Adam:
”I want to overhear passionate arguments about what we are and what we are doing and what we ought to do. I want to feel that art is an utterance made in good faith by one human being to another. I want to believe there are geniuses scheming to astonish the rest of us, just for the pleasure of it.”
- Marilynne Robinson, The Death of Adam
Photo: Gregory Crewdson
2:39 pm • 26 November 2013
“Imagine a world alive with incomprehensible objects, and shimmering with an endless variety of movement and innumerable gradations of colour. Imagine a world before the ‘beginning was the word’.”
- Stan Brakhage, “From Metaphors on Vision”, The Avant-Garde Film: A Reader of Theory and Criticism
Photo: Richard Misrach
2:09 pm • 22 November 2013
"Life is not all chaos and cruelty; it is possible to live a life that is loving and dignified (if you’re lucky) and, what’s more, you do not get to live that kind of life unless someone along the way has sacrificed for you and cared for you and intervened on your behalf—and people are doing that all over the place, all the time.
So positive human action is not only possible, but pervasive; human beings can improve and choose light and so on.”
- George Saunders, The National Book Foundation
Photo: Richard Misrach, Pyramid Lake (at Night), 2004
2:47 pm • 19 November 2013