Nouns XVI


I. “What I do see—what delights me: your sensuality. Your sexiness. Unconscious. Un-self-conscious. Having as much to do with the look in your eye—the way you are listening to whomever you’re listening to—as anything else. You, absorbed, engaged—you so sure of yourself—that’s how I’d have known you. That’s what would have stopped me in the moment, and I’d have been jealous. Of the photographer. Of the person just outside the frame, the one who has your attention. I’d have wanted to join—to sit myself down. If only—”  Dinah Lenney writes to, of, about, for Judith Kitchen over at Essay Daily.

II. Here’s a list of 30 great memoir essays to read.

III. “I know you understand me when I tell you this. I know you understand dead of night. Tell me what lines you’ve read so I know how to imagine you. Tell me who is gone. Tell me if you, like me, always think of going.”  Jill Talbot & Justin Lawrence Daughtery collaborate together again on “Lines Like Loss, Like Leaving” at The Rumpus… takes the breath away & makes you want to write a letter.

IV. Heartbreaking & eye-opening stories told by image & word.  Never has social media given me such pause.

V. Then there is this spectacular project, highlighting the connections between art before the 16th Century & today’s hip hop scene.

VI. “I am afraid I will walk the streets naked, I am afraid I will shout/ Every fucked up thing that troubles or enchants me, I will try to murder/ Or make love to everybody before the police handcuff or murder me.” Holy fuck, this poem. “How to Draw a Perfect Circle” by Terrance Hayes in December’s Poetry.

VII.  Read nostalgia like “old-fashioned penny lozenges” in Susan Rich’s short essay “The Imaginative Past” at Tahoma Literary Review.

VIII. May I recommend The Informers by Juan Gabriel Vasquez?

IX. As well as Split by Cathy Linh Che? (I recommend the whole book because quotes & explanations would not do it justice.)

X. To amuse yourself, this list of 13 ways to use leftover turkey by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

XI.  And then get back to reading, by getting yourself a copy of Elif Shafak’s The Architect’s Apprentice from the UK since it isn’t out in the US until Spring 2015 & that’s too long to wait.  Seriously, it is worth every single dollar, or should I say, pound.

XII.  In case you need more convincing to do the above:
“In order to gain mastery, you need to dismantle as much as you put together.”

“Then there’d be no buildings left in the world,” Jahan ventured. “Everything would be razed to the ground.”

“We are not destroying the buildings, son. We are destroying our desire to possess them.  Only God is the owner. Of the stone and of the skill.”

XIII. The Gold & Pearl art of Caddisfly Larvae as recorded by artist Hubert Duprat. (featured above)

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