bored to death
I walked home last night through the East Village with one of my writing classmates. “You look tired,” she said. “Oh, do I?” I said, and I tried to excuse it due to work. And I also tried to excuse it due to not eating well (on account of the root canal, you know?). And I tried to excuse it and excuse it until there wasn’t anything left to say other than, “Oh.” And I have been tired lately. It’s...
A thousand doors ago when I was a lonely kid in a big house with four garages and it was summer as long as I could remember, I lay on the lawn at night, clover wrinkling over me, the wise stars bedding over me, my mother’s window a funnel of yellow heat running out, my father’s window, half shut, an eye where sleepers pass, and the boards of the house were smooth and white as wax...
I’ve decided to take advantage of my given name’s inherent awesomeness. What we loathe as children we come to embrace as adults, apparently. michelle-said.tumblr.com
OK! Cut to the gates of heaven. Cut back to me. Cut to a winged monkey playing a...– life serial’s take on the magical properties of FrütStix has given my life new meaning.
Well, chums, here I am again with my bagful of dirt about your disorderly...– Strunk & White do not want you to affect a breezy manner in your writing. I think I need to read The Elements of Style again.
On the other hand, it's pretty cool having the...
A wild dog could chew my face off and I wouldn’t feel a thing. Or an alligator. Or a bunny rabbit. Any animal with teeth, really. I can’t feel my nose.
Rilo Kiley - With Arms Outstretched Rilo Kiley...
curvesball asked: GIRL HOW YOU GET SO FINE.
projectgutenberg: Rapid motion through space elates one; so does notoriety; so does the possession of money. These were three good reasons for Jimmy’s excitement. - James Joyce, ‘After the Race’ from Dubliners (1914) [full text]
letters to a young civil engineer
Last night my little brother called me. I am not really much of a phone person so whenever my phone actually rings, I kind of sit back in shock for a few minutes before I answer. (“What is this device I use to text and email and play solitaire doing? There is so much noise and buzzing and ringing! What is going on?!”) And if you’re calling from a number I don’t recognize? Fuhgeddaboutit. You’re...
The Arcade Fire - Wake Up For Jimmy.
Cooper’s art has some defects. In one place in ‘Deerslayer,’...– James Fenimore Cooper, according to Mark Twain (1895) I am in favor of raising the dead and/or cloning if it involves Mark Twain being alive again solely for the purposes of having mint juleps and talking shit about The Last of the Mohicans. (link)
This morning I woke up in a panic that I had somehow given myself a haircut like Kate Gosselin. I mean, obviously not the haircut she has now, but the old one. You know, the one where she had the spikes in the back and the sheet of gelled-stiff hair in the front, otherwise known as a reverse mullet. Oh god, I thought this morning, my eyes opening wide with urgency, as if on springs. I’ve ruined...
my newest time suck →
Where else can I make the judgment in the match-up of Tom Hanks vs. bifocal lenses? (Winner: Tom Hanks.)
I don’t know why people are so keen to put the details of their private life in...– Banksy, in this interview conducted by David Fear/Time Out New York. This made me pause and think. I was discussing superpowers with someone the other day, whether I would rather fly or be invisible. When it comes to superpowers, I always tend to err on the side of caution. For example, if you are...
sometimesagreatnotion: My Life - Billy Joel I...
He shall be washed as white as snow, By all the martyr’d virgins kiss, While...– The Hippopotamus (via tseliot)
A high heart ought to bear calamities and not flee them, since in bearing them...– Pietro Aretino
haiku to an antihistamine
loratadine, love costly brand name: Claritin allergy relief
I have watched every single installment of this. →
I honestly can’t tell if that is cool or uncool. Either way, I’ve DONE IT.
The Go! Team - Huddle Formation This song will...
what i talk about when i talk about TV: reality
American Idol - I was out of the country for awhile so I missed two seasons. Then I come back and it feels like I’ve stepped into a Ray Bradbury/Sound of Thunder alternate universe. Who killed the butterfly? Why is Ellen Degeneres on the show? I don’t get it. Who is this Kara chick? What happened to Paula? It’s very much like I went from one world into another...
We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our...– Thomas Merton
i am good at some things
Dear Y’all, Yesterday I went to dinner as a goodbye to my boss who is leaving and then I went to my weekly writing workshop where people took a look at the story I had written and said that it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was. I mean, they didn’t say that in so many words, but they did say, “You are awesome at dialogue!” That right there proves that I am awesome at dialogue. That right there is...