“We discover war only once, but we discover life several times.” - André Malraux
To begin again. I left a graduate program in literature, after five years, because I needed to get away from academia. So here I am.
At a certain point, I realized that I'm a picaresque hero. No matter what happens, I always seem to come out unscathed.
Increasingly at home in Bed Stuy.
- figuring things out
- expressing complex ideas in one sentence or less
- recommending books you haven't read and movies you haven't seen (unless you're my friend Ryan, in which case I'll never be able to surprise you with a rare find)
Lately, I've actually been reading a lot of contemporary fiction, by people my age or slightly older who write about love, sex, desire, self-reflection: Chris Kraus, Sheila Heti, Ben Lerner
Directors: Jean-Luc Godard (I like the new stuff), Chantal Ackermann
Films by other directors: Sans soleil (Chris Marker), It Felt Like a Kiss (Adam Curtis), Modern Times (Charlie Chaplin), Harlan County, U.S.A. (Barbara Kopple)
Musicians/composers (for now): Iannis Xenakis, Györgi Lígeti, Shabazz Palaces, Björk, Santigold, David Bowie, The Knife, Bach, Glenn Gould, James Blake
Add a few to the music category: Austra, Zola Jesus, Jacaszek, Frank Ocean
Favorite vegetable: toss-up between bak choy and tomato (I know, you don't need to tell me; but it tastes like a vegetable and functions nutritionally more like a vegetable, not a fruit, so I'm going to count it)
- Images (still or moving)
- Food and water
- Other people
- My little brother (the 25 year-old brother, not the 8 year-old brother)
- Interpersonal dynamics
- Aesthetic form
-Why some people have the same facial expression in every single photo. This borders on modern tragedy for me. It sometimes brings tears to my eyes.
I think I got Björk sick by serving her food with gluten.
And contact me if you know who Peter Weiss is.
And if you can introduce me to a tiger, a leopard, or an owl. Seriously. I'd love to meet one.
Don't contact me if Ayn Rand is on your favorite books list. But you probably won't anyway, so I won't worry about that one.
Preferably, you weren't worried about the Mayan apocalypse, but I'll forgive you if you were.