Thursday, August 27, 2015

the importance of being iceland

"The bay, the town, the boats, the day danced surreally in the artist's morbid lens. At night the art turned back on itself [...] a fragment here and there of a word: cold, grim, hot. But you know - words don't do it. They don't. They never say enough. Ask any writer. Language just fails. It's not place at all. " (35)

"Travel is not transcendence. It's immanence. It's trying to be here." (41)

"She raises her arms and smiles. Energy moves in the stillness of the pose [...] The sweetness in the extremeness outside." (91)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


The claw
Of the magnolia
Drunk on its own scents
Asks nothing of life.

"Paralytic" by Sylvia Plath

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

2 bks

letter to jimmy by Alain Mabankou
A writer and professor weaves a letter to James Baldwin with biographical details and explores his own relationship to Baldwin's work.
This book is a strong biography but I felt Mabankcou could have delved  more into his own feelings on the author. He does this occasionally and effectively but I would have loved more insight. Nonetheless, I think this is a useful and engaging look at race in America through the narrower lens of Baldwin's life and career.

the ongoing moment by Geoff Dyer
An author, fairly inexperienced with photography, describes types of photographs organized by subject matter. It is mostly but not exclusively early American photography.
I liked the structure of this book and would like to read more about photography (any suggestions?) but I think Dyer's prose sometimes drifts carelessly into a self-satisfied tone which can be off- putting.