Nouns of the Week VI

JoanAndJohn

I. Frost Flowers.  Holy shit. “…ice sculptures that grow on the border between the sea and air.” 

II. “It’s strange because much of what I write about does not seem loving. But to write it makes me feel love.” Mary Gaitskill on why we write.

III.  Seeing the space people create in doesn’t write for me or make me more creative, but makes the work of creativity more real.  

IV. This is all over the interwebs like trains on tracks, but it deserves the attention.  Trains + writers = brilliant. I propose it being called ‘A Train of One’s Own’.

V. Yes, people spend their time finding the correlations between cat bites and depression.  If you are depressed, you probably have cat bites.  Or if you have cat bites, you are most likely depressed.  Good luck.

VI. “…float the beloved on your back /from flood to land.”  Jan Heller Levi on “What Love Is”.

VII. “Everywhere, always, people were trying to sell her things.” Great fiction from Meaghan Mullholland at At Length Magazine.

VIII.  I’m a big believer in quotes in literature as inspiration, bridges, foundations, glue, and most importantly, as conversation with others.  I agree with Patrick Madden here: “We essayists should be proud of our long tradition, which is chock full of quotes, from Montaigne onward, and it would be excellent if we adopted the practice of quoting more often.” (Feel free to quote Pre-Montaigne as well.)

VIX. “Everything I touch sticks to my skin and starts to burn and bubble like acid, so I tuck my fingers into my armpits and climb into the driver’s seat.” More fiction that sticks with you.  Bones in the Belly by Candra Kolodziej from Hobart.

X. Most exciting news since her last release.  Maggie Nelson & Graywolf… there probably isn’t a better pairing.  

XI. This poem “Little Industry of Ghosts by Lucie Brock-Broido lives up to its incredible title in Gulf Coast Magazine.

XII. Joan Didion always gets it right: ““Do not whine… Do not complain. Work harder. Spend more time alone.”

XIII. Speaking of Joan Didion, paintings by Eric Fischl are always inspiring, but especially this one of Joan and her husband John.  (featured above)

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