Saturday, August 17, 2013

Everyone Knows You're Going to Live

{So you might as well start trying.}

















You can choose your own adventure.



Life is difficult.


































Happy families are all alike, Ishmael.













































I sing the song of myself, why
Is the measure of love loss?













































Flip it. There are a thousand turns.
More. Take a self-help book off
The shelf. Or read the one by
Lorrie Moore. Moore's is better
Than all of them.






















Don't be a writer, she says. If you can
Be anything else, anything else at all,
Just do it. You won't regret it.
























Some of us are not so lucky. That's
Where things get tricky, and the brain
Gets in and oh, she likes to talk a lot.


















Ask her the time; she'll tell you
How to make a watch.
Mention the present weather; she'll
Give you a brief history of the universe.
Offer a tiny fact--your favorite color,
For instance; and you're already having
Your first nervous breakdown.























The year is 1967.
You have 18 more to go before
The book ends. (She likes to metronome
The spine of the story to a song significant
To the novel's era. See, she always has
A beat going in her head but none as fast
















None as fast as the one that's her heart.)

"Things can't go on like this," begins
The first sentence of her new book.
























"No, dear reader, they can't," she answers back.

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Real Books for Lyf: Walt Whitman, The First Self-Help Writer and Indie-Lit Superstar







Every Atom of Me, As Good Belongs to You.

No English degree criticism will do. No introduction. Some think of Walt Whitman as a dirty old man wandering wet grassy knolls. I once did. And actually, he probably was. But he sold this work of divinity on street corners. And now, it’s a religion of sorts, for people like me. But this is beyond poetry. It’s, as e.e. Cummings, might say, “everything that is natural, that is infinite, that is yes!”






So Here’s a Pretty Journey. Artful and Random.
Excerpts from the Complete Works of Walt Whitman.




























That'll do.

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Break It Down for Me Sucka: Oh Those Bad Girls with the Voices of Angels {Welcome, Keren Anne. I Guess You're Just What I Needed.}

Image From The Guardian (Great Interview, Too.)

Song of the Day: "My Name is Trouble."




And Break for Lyrics


My name is trouble my first name’s a mess
No need to greet me I’m here to confess
But if you let me hold you I won’t hold my breath

My chase is endless I tend to obsess
No game lives up to my need to possess
But if you let me hold you I won’t hold my breath
And if you let me love you I will love you to death

I'm petrified of emptiness another side of loneliness
Will always tend to break me in two
If you were to come back to me, in pieces or a melody
There couldn’t be a better way through

My name is trouble my first name’s a mess
Born to deceive you brought up to redress
And if you let me hold you I won’t hold my breath

But if you make me need you I will need you less
I'm petrified of emptiness another side of loneliness
Will always tend to break me in two
If were to come back to me, in pieces or a melody
There couldn’t be a better way through

My name is Trouble my first name’s a mess
No need to greet me I’m here to confess
But if you let me hold you I won’t hold my breath
And if you let me love you I will love you to death
And if you let me hold you I won’t hold my breath
And if you let me love you I will love you to death

People Are a Mess


But isn't it nice to know you're not alone? In the vein of Fiest and St. Vincent and Karen O. and even Lana Del Rey and all those other Dorothy Parker girls who are more beautiful but just as dangerous and just as witty, this Keren Anne minx has my full, undivided attention. If you missed out like I did, I hope she does something for you.

And A Gift...A Surprise, Non?


Monday, August 05, 2013

Monday Becomes Eclectic (Late, Late Version)

{Dish It}

Summer Vegetable Curry via 101Cookbooks

{Eye Candy}

"Then you look at her and smile a smile your dissembling face will remember until the day you die. Baby, you say, baby, this is part of my novel. This is how you lose her."
Junot Diaz, This is How You Lose Her








{Don't You Stop}

The most sophisticated people I know--
inside they are all children. - Jim Henson 


{Transcend}


{Go Ahead, Laugh}

Visit Hyperbole and a Half for the Source=More Laughs


{Cats, Of Course}

































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