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

(Non)Apologia.

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

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Dead or Alive: My Top Ten List of Outsiders Making a Difference

Photograph: “Outsider” by Chrissy Wainwright. Taken on July 26, 2006. Flickr Creative Commons License. As reported in the  The Washington Post on May 13th, 2017 by Callum Borchers, Trump deemed himself an “outsider” in his commencement speech at Liberty University: “Being an outsider is fine,” Trump said. “Embrace the label because it’s the outsiders who change … Continue reading

Art / Commentary / criticism / Imogen Cunningham / Photography / poetry / reading / San Francisco Museum of Modern Art / Writing

Body Talk: Poetic Space in Imogen Cunningham’s Triangles, 1928

A friend once told me there are three sides to every story. *** If three is a number of unity then why are the nocturnal arcs of her body far more connective to me than angles? Her body receives light with subtle gradations yet provides an unending Rothko depth. I too am soft, but not … Continue reading