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19th c. British Lit / Essay / Uncategorized

On Patience

I dislike quotes about anything involving patience. Virtue. Fortitude. Calmness. The idea that “patience is a virtue” is cloying, unremarkable. Clich√©. In Chapter III of “Patience Nescot’s Narrative” she writes about her own issues with her namesake as well as the act of patience: But then is not patience servile and cowardly, a shrinking thing … Continue reading

Commentary / discussion / Essay / German Literature / reading / Walter Benjamin

Reading Life: Instructions for Reading One-Way Street by Walter Benjamin

1. You must read the book cover to cover. Do not skip the preface or introduction; allow yourself to soak up Marcus’ observations and Jennings history¬†with Benjamin. 2. You do not have to read Benjamin’s text in order. I did. There is no damage in doing so, but give yourself the freedom to explore and … Continue reading

Commentary / Elizabeth Bishop / Essay / Fish-herring / I love you. / poetry / Relationships / Uncategorized / William Shakespeare

On Saying “I Love You”

“I Love You.” F.P.; Am Ostbahnhof. Creative Commons License, Flickr. A common phrase extolling emotional urgency due to the “attractive qualities” of another; “deep affection”; a conveyance of “benevolent attachment” and “fondness.” [1] To say “I love” is also an exaggeration of the “you” or any detachable noun or pronoun: I love you! I love … Continue reading

Art / Commentary / discussion / Essay / Relationships / Uncategorized

At Home with the Animals: Wood Block Paintings by Charles Smith

I had the pleasure of spending an exorbitant amount of time in one of my favorite used bookstores. Grey Matter is nestled just beyond the intersection of MA-9 and “the bridge.” Turn down East Street and you’ll find, hidden under the water tower, one of the best bookstores in Massachusetts. I was looking in the … Continue reading

Art / Essay / Get Out (2017) / Photography / Relationships / Variety (1983)

At the Movies

You argue, fight over nothing because “nothing” is unimportant. You tell your son, I’m going to the movies. He says, Take me with you. You say, I can’t. You exit through the kitchen door, your husband follows you out to the driveway. You exchange a continuous verbal shit storm. Nan (Nan Goldin) tells her friend … Continue reading

Art / Commentary / criticism / discussion / Essay / Literature / Photography / Sensuality / Uncategorized / Washington Post


But like a figure in a TV makeover show, it was an apple that its handlers could not leave alone. They altered its shape. They made it firmer and more juicy. They made it so it could be stored in hermetically sealed warehouses for 12 months. Along the way, they changed its color and hence … Continue reading