I felt Laura’s fingers caress my shoulder. In a little while, I realized that...– Roberto Bolaño: “Mexican Manifesto” : The New Yorker
I wrote these songs in San Francisco, in my bay-windowed room overlooking the...– Lida Husik on writing the songs for her second LP Your Bag from 1991. I now live at this very corner.
We drove to the end of a block and Saunders pointed out a run-down house with a...– George Saunders Has Written the Best Book You’ll Read This Year - NYTimes.com
I think I hadn’t really understood poverty until I witnessed families with third...– Under My Skin: some of my ‘Me & the Lower Newtownards Road’ story… | harrietlong Thoughts on the central role poverty plays in the continuing and recent troubles in Belfast. But could these observations not be applied to any community suffering from as much?
I want to be more expansive. If there are 10 readers out there, let’s assume I’m...– George Saunders on reaching readers as quoted in George Saunders Has Written the Best Book You’ll Read This Year in NY Times Magazine. Oh, and that photo of Saunders playing guitar in 1981. Wow.
The writer Julian Barnes, considering mourning, once said, “It hurts just as...– Joy by Zadie Smith | The New York Review of Books Smith on the difference in worlds between pleasure and joy, a distinction I’ve not before pondered.
Somewhere in Portland, there’s a very old building, and that very old building...– The Basement by Cabel. A wonderful photographic trip into the matrix of historic printing machines, contemporary data flow and pinup girls.
the dominant building blocks of Sichuan cuisine—Sichuan peppercorn, with the...– SF’s Mission Chinese Food hits NYC. Danny Bowien Interview - GQ December 2012: Restaurants Bars: GQ
From a father/daughter brilliant scene in Holy...
If you turn away now—if you turn away now, if you buy into the cynicism that the...– The President of The United States of America accepts the nomination.
As a consequence of the slavish “categoryitis” the scientifically illogical, and...– Buckminster Fuller from the introduction to his Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth
I’ve had people come to my house and say, ‘They don’t build them like they used...– John Archer on his Danvers Scrap Mansion, originally a 3000 square foot two-story box when purchased 30 years ago for $135,000.
The first story Maya wrote was about a world in which people split themselves in...– From Keret’s story “Creative Writing” in his new collection of short stories reviewed in The Millions : The Maturation of Etgar Keret
J R is a chaos of disconnections, a blizzard of noise. All the passages of...– Lee Konstantinou on William Gaddis’s JR in the LA Review of Books. Its time to #OccupyGaddis
opinions are no longer a useful or appropriate organising principle, that...– James Bridle writing about the current state of expressing one’s opinions Opinions are non-contemporary | booktwo.org
Deep Listening is less of a thing you do than a way to do all kinds of things—...– Pauline Oliveros: Reverberations: Tape & Electronic Music 1961-1970 | Album Reviews | Pitchfork
The most important thing to teach your children is that the sun does not rise...– Buckminster Fuller, 1983. As quoted on the Buckminster Fuller Challenge node regarding Aclima air quality sensor networks.
Great work tends to grow out of ideas that others have overlooked, and no idea...– Paul Graham on the importance of looking under society’s rocks in order to discover our taboos. What You Can’t Say
if anything you should cultivate dissatisfaction. In Leonardo’s drawings there...– Paul Graham on the grace of failing early and often. Taste for Makers
To a curious, anxious, white male child coming of age in an incurious and...– William Gibson on the potential gift of exposure to otherness inherent in literature. Seeing the Future in Science Fiction : The New Yorker
Facebook is hardly the only corporation managing these sorts of dilemmas—Google...– On Facebook as corporate sovereign and public square, and why now might be a good time to leave. Why I’m Leaving Facebook : The New Yorker
romantic comedy (and its television variations) devotes its energies to...– On Lena Dunham’s depiction of sexual encounters in Girls. The Loves of Lena Dunham by Elaine Blair | The New York Review of Books
Zappa albums valorise the idea of virtuoso instrumentalists and guitar heroes...– The Wire pulling no punches on reviewing Zappa’s oeuvre. Frank Zappa: Don’t do that on stage anymore
Balancing on minor chord darkness and major chord triumphs somewhere between...– Seth prepares the uninitiated for psychedelic freedom on Funkadelic’s classic “Free your mind…” Julian Cope presents Head Heritage | Unsung | The Book of Seth | Funkadelic - Free Your Mind And Your Ass Will Follow
In 1960 He was my friend Robbie Robinson, going to University of Maryland, we...– Max Ochs discusses Robbie Basho Max Ochs : Answers some questions from the producer
I reject the term “piracy.” It’s people listening to music and...– Steve Albini responds to a question about downloading music. I am Steve Albini, ask me anything : IAmA
God was dead. The time and cause of death were variously given in sophomore and...– Lewis Lapham on the “leap of faith” Mandates of Heaven - Lapham’s Quarterly
the strength to confront suffering was to be found in the thought that “you will...– On the unknown and unknowable in the practice of medicine. The God in the Machine - Lapham’s Quarterly
Somewhere Behind Türkenfeld a spruce nursery a pond in the moor on which the...– The Book Bench: W. G. Sebald’s Poetry of the Disregarded : The New Yorker
This particular book—or rather, set of books—is every edit made to a single...– James Bridle discusses his work The Iraq War: A Historiography of Wikipedia Changelog 2006-2009
The photo does not exist. We are 6.9 billion people with no heads who have just...– Our place in history. On Having No Head | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
Art movements used to be Left Bank café tables where disaffected creatives...– Bruce Sterling on the difficulty in describing the New Aesthetic art movement. An Essay on the New Aesthetic | Beyond The Beyond | Wired.com
The Beatnik Box
charliehoey: beatnikbox: Poem #52362 create her underwear incomparably breeding One of the first programs I ever wrote was a PERL script that generates poetry using the words from Howl by Allen Ginsberg, The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock by T. S. Eliot, and a handful of John Clellon Holmes poems. I dropped it in a cron job and gave it a tumblr, so it’ll generate and tumble a new poem...
This gives way to the stunning second side which starts out with a minimal piece...– Typical Volcanic Tongue histrionics in describing the new No Neck Blues Band LP. VOLCANIC TONGUE UPDATE 1 APRIL 2012
The dilemmas the youth of the late ‘90s faced—do I vote for Gore or Nader? is it...– n+1 considers the fate of 1990s alternative life in the context of Richard Linklater’s Slacker at twenty years old. n+1: Slacker at Twenty
A multiple-worlds interpretation of the Huxtable narrative, however, raises a...– Contemplating the quantum suicide of Cliff Huxtable. McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: Selections From the Cosby Codex: Selection 14: Part Two of Toward a Conception of Blakian Prophetic Mythology in (and through) the Huxtable Narrative: The Many Worlds (and Multiple Histories) of Bill Cosby and the...
We’re like vibrating stones, in a way. Have you ever seen that movie, Meetings...– Violist Eyvind Kang on his collaboration with Sun O))). The Wire: Adventures in Modern Music: Article
I’ve made a move in the Luddite direction recently by trying to remove UbuWeb...– Kenny G on moving away from the center and into the margins. The Believer - Interview with Kenneth Goldsmith
unlike a traditional protest, which identifies the enemy and fights for a...– Douglas Rushkoff identifies the decentralized, network-like aspects of OWS. Think Occupy Wall St. is a phase? You don’t get it - CNN.com
One of the small pleasures of working backward through pop history from the...– Douglas Wolk on The Smiths’ shoplifting trips through pop history. The Smiths: The Smiths Complete | Album Reviews | Pitchfork
I would stack Music For Airports up against Glenn Gould and Sgt Pepper’s Lonely...– Rick Moody on Brian Eno’s sweet spot, among other things.