“The [Writing] Workshop was like a muffin tin you poured the batter of your dreams into. You entered with something undefined and tantalizingly protean and left with muffins.”—"The Pyramid Scheme," Eric Bennett, MFA vs NYC
“1. Good water; that of the ship being often bad. You can be sure of having it good only by bottling it from a clear spring or well and in clean bottles.
2. Good tea.
3. Coffee ground.
5. Wine of the sort you particularly like, and cider.
11. Jamaica spirits.
12. Eggs greas’d.
13. Diet bread.
14. Portable Soup.
“it is good to have some particular things in your own possession, so as to be always at your own command”
“I’m not working on architecture. I’m working on architecture as a language, and I think you have to have a grammar in order to have a language. You can use it … for normal purposes, and you speak in prose. And if you are good at that, you speak a wonderful prose. And if you are really good, you can be a poet.”—from a great, brief survey of Mies van der Rohe in the LRB
The soul establishes itself. But how far can it swim out through the eyes And still return safely to its nest? The surface Of the mirror being convex, the distance increases Significantly; that is, enough to make the point That the soul is a captive, treated humanely, kept In suspension, unable to advance much farther Than your look as it intercepts the picture.
At brunch the other day a white woman leaned in and said, Is it ok if I say nigger because it’s in a song I’m singing along to? And the world did not change. The Lira continued to destablize, the Central African Republic was still gripped by sectarian violence between Muslim and Christian…
“I hated the soup and felt little for the can.”—I didn’t feel for Warhol the way Robert did. His work reflected a culture I wanted to avoid. I hated the soup and felt little for the can. I preferred an artist who transformed his time, not mirrored it.