I like the details. I like books with sentences that were mounted
on the page as individual artifacts; I like movies to amaze me with
their spanikopita of a world built of layers upon layers of
thought, where each slice of spinach, each enthusiastic hunk of
seasoned tofu is a surprise on an chemical level; music whose
components melt on contact like dark chocolate; and also
But I like to get full. I like books that to give me clarity and
lead my way through the world. Music that brings me to tears over
and over. etc.
food: home cooked, whole foods (can I get a what what, wheat
berries)! vegan or non-industrial, anti-capitalist anything. lots
of vegetables. gleaned fruit. samosas, spring rolls, sushi and
salads. and, okay, one donut. okay three. blended things, like
soups and smoothies. fermented everything. herbs, teas, and
books: currently reading God in Your Body: Kabbalah, Mindfulness
and Embodied Spiritual Practice; I Am Not Sick, I Don't Need Help:
How to Help Someone with Mental Illness Accept Treatment; and The
Books that elevate my heart rate: Sandman (or anything by Neil
Gaiman); anything by bell hooks; Manual of Vascular Plants of
Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada by Gleason and
Cronquist; The Teenage Liberation Handbook by Grace Llwellyn;
anything by Octavia Butler, but especially The Parable of the
Sower; Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown; anything by Alan
Moore, most especially, of course, V for Vendetta; Wild
Fermentation by Sandor Ellix Katz; The Culture of Make Believe by
Derrick Jensen; The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander; Opening Up
by Tristan Taormino.
I am currently fasting from movies, but my world has been altered
by the fictions of Hayao Miyazaki, Terry Gilliam, James Cameron
Mitchell, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the Wachowski brothers. Documentaries
and other true stories are so pivotal. If a Tree Falls caused me to
shed enough tears to water an orchard. What I've Learned about U.S.
Foreign Policy opened up rivers.
Gratitude to these folks, whose music has moved me over and
Diane Cluck, because her lyrics are honest, moving, personal, and
her harmonies are delicious.
Neutral Milk Hotel, a big bottle of crying with lots of jangly
Joanna Newsom, for her delectable cleverness, and the basic fact
that she makes whimsical pop music on a harp.
Climbing Poetree, providing radical inspiration for years
Nina Simone -- I get really emotional listening to her stuff, or I
just get down.
Mirah, my role model of detail and the pursuit of self-love.