Nouns of the Week XIII


I. “If we think of the confessional as an act of inclusivity—a statement of “this is human, too”—then we challenge the shame that surrounds the act of confessing. Rendering visible what was shameful helps to remove the sanctity that supports the kind of black-and-white certitude that makes for both bad politics and bad writing.” Amy Monticello defends the confessional over at Essay Daily.

II. I confess, I am drowningly obsessed with the work of Klaudia Medano (featured above).  Go ahead, sink down in to it.  You won’t regret it.

III.  Maybe play “Dead Rabbit Hopes” by The Shoe while you drown.

IV. Come up for air and read this essay by Judith Kitchen at TriQuarterly. “I’m far more interested in the restless movement of the mind.”

V.  That mind is crucial. “I see little of more importance to the future of our country and of civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist. If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his/her vision wherever it takes him/her.” -J.F.K.

VI. Which brings us to this… der.

VII. “Reminders” by Kimberly Southwick over at The Philadelphia Review of Books is both cut and cure. (Thanks to Michael for passing this along.)  I’ve read this daily since.

VIII.  And maybe I should stop being female and move the east coast so I can win a prize? (Thanks Nancy for passing this one along.)  

IX. “I faced/ my temptation. I touched its breasts with/ as much restraint as my need allowed…” Traci Brimhall’s poem “Better to Marry Than to Burn” in this month’s Poetry burns (like whiskey). 

X. Read Elif Shafak’s “The Saint of Incipient Insanities.”  Like, now. (All of her books, all the time.)

XI. And also Anthony Doerr’s “All the Light We Cannot See.” Top shelf, like liquor you’d never dilute with ice. 

XII. T (S Eliot) Shirt. And all of their stuff over at Book/Shop. 

XIII. “I closed the box and put it in a closet. There is no real way to deal with everything we lose.”  –Joan Didion, Where I Was From

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