He is my moon and sun;
the air I breathe-this is my stop.
from the album: Pinkerton
I wish I could get my head out of the sand
‘Cause I think we’d make a good team
And you would keep my fingernails clean
We wear clothes, and speak, and create civilizations, and believe we are more than wolves. But inside us there is a word we cannot pronounce and that is who we are.
Anthony Marra, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it. A good poem helps to change the shape of the universe, helps to extend everyone’s knowledge of himself and the world around him.
I have reached the point where I am no longer in touch with life … I have only only one occupation left: to remake myself.
- The Nerve Meter (via mirroir
Stop thinking about art works as objects, and start thinking about them as triggers for experiences.
We still really want this idea of good and bad and good and evil and it’s really, I think, hard to let go of that. Ambiguity gets interpreted and misinterpreted and people have to feel like there’s someone in a movie to either side with or despise, and my favorite documentary filmmaker, Allan King, used to say ‘It’s not just bad for movies to pick a hero and a villain or try to paint a portrait of good or evil; you’re actually doing active harm in the world by perpetrating that notion. Just indulging the idea that there is such a thing as good or bad people as opposed to a whole spectrum of ambiguity.’ So I feel very conscious about that when I make a film, that nobody’s a hero and nobody’s a villain. My experience of human beings is that… that we’re complicated people.
Sarah Polley, on the moralizing that goes on in films, courtesy of this great piece by hitfix
For the moment, I am not fucking, I am talking to you. Well! I can have exactly the same satisfaction as if I were fucking. That’s what it [sublimation] means. Indeed, it raises the question of whether in fact I am not fucking at this moment.
, The Deconstruction of the Drive
from The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psycho-Analysis
, translation by Alan Sheridan (via frenchtwist
We should do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian Darwinian theory he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living.
My God, a moment of bliss. Why, isn’t that enough for a whole lifetime?
Am I a bad poet? Very well, then I am a master of my own bad poetry.
A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey.
Daylight dims leaving cold fluorescents,
difficult to see you in this light.
Please forgive this bold suggestion, but
should you see your Maker’s face tonight,
Look Him in the eye, look Him in the eye, and tell Him:
“I never lived a lie, never took a life, but surely saved one.
Hallelujah, it’s time for you to bring me home.
Tool. 10,000 Days (Wings Pt. 2). 10,000 Days.
I wonder if it means anything?
Humans are almost always lonely