29. Shots throughout the house. Pulling away… room by darkened room. The dawn light comes in through the windows… pulling away. A shot of the swimming pool where the Limping Man lies at the bottom covered with leaves, the water having mysteriously drained out. Whistles are calling to the Poet-Consort. Rustling tree sounds. He hesitates, looks about. He is all alone on the lawn. The abandoned house looms behind him. Very consciously, making a choice apparently, he hits his own ball exactly as the sun rises. It flies into the woods and he follows it. The sun comes up.
An excerpt from a movie-picture outline by James Ivory, Michael O’Donoghue, and George Trow.
3:00 pm • 25 February 2014 • 67 notes
“For me, seven years is fast. Most of my pieces have taken ten to twelve years from the time of the initial impulse to the day I abandon them, and I’ve gone as long as twenty-five years.”
The New Yorker interviews Denis Johnson. Listen to the author read his story “Hippies” here, and listen to Wallace Shawn read an excerpt from “Car-Crash While Hitchhiking” here.
1:25 pm • 25 February 2014 • 107 notes
Then one day she noticed the forest had started to bleed into her waking life.
There were curved metal plates on the trees to see around corners.
She thought to brush her hand against his thigh.
She thought to trace the seam of his jeans with her thumbnail.
The supersaturated blues were beginning to pixellate around the edges, to
become a kind of grammar.
Soot amassed in drifts in the corners of the room.
She placed a saucer of sugar water under her lamp and counted mosquitoes
as they drowned.
A soft brown dot loomed large in her concern.
She pressed her thumb into the hollow of his throat for a while and then let
Art credit Michael Gregory.
12:30 pm • 25 February 2014 • 224 notes
“The Age of Auden is as good as any name for where we are now.”
— Karl Shapiro
11:40 am • 25 February 2014 • 77 notes
What we know about the Voynich manuscript: it’s 246 pages, it was discovered in an Italian monastery in 1912, it consists of words and illustrations, it’s … well, it’s a manuscript. What it says, or whether it says anything at all, remains a mystery, even to linguists, chemists, historians, and physicists.
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10:00 am • 25 February 2014 • 371 notes
“I firmly believe that in the future women of fifty years or more will look as appealing as girls of twenty. We are keeping in touch with scientific experiments in Europe on youth-giving cosmetics.”
A visit to the original offices of Max Factor, “the inventor of modern makeup.”
6:00 pm • 24 February 2014 • 141 notes
“When you design Shakespeare … you learn how little you need onstage. It’s all there in the language, even if we don’t have the language. ”
An interview with designer Santo Richard Loquasto.
3:58 pm • 24 February 2014 • 102 notes