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Month: February 2012

fixed machine


€ Family breaks up. It leaves marks on three children, two of whom ruin themselves keeping a family together and a third who doesn’t.

€ A young woman bill collector undertakes to collect a ruined man’s debts. They prove to be moral as well as financial.

€ Story of a man trying to live down his crazy past and encountering it everywhere.

€ Father teaches son to gamble on fixed machine; later the son unconsciously loses his girl on it.

€ Girl and giraffe.

€ Play about a whole lot of old people—terrible things happen to them and they don’t really care.

 F. Scott Fitzgerald, filed under IDEAS



the big house

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I am neither prince nor troll
nor toad
but time itself.


Campbell McGrath, from the poem “The Toad”


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a head of himself

                                        “He spoke in two voices. He was in his fifties. He’d wasted his entire life. Such people were very dear to those of us who’d wasted only a few years.” Denis Johnson, from Jesus’ Son Couple of…three things. One, thank all the gods that Denis…


locked in

                        Not only was I exiled, paralyzed, mute, half deaf, deprived of all pleasures, and reduced to the existence of a jellyfish, but I was also horrible to behold. There comes a time when the heaping up of calamities brings on uncontrollable nervous laughter—when, after a final blow from fate, we decide to treat…

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remember the future

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“Orlan has recounted the circumstances surrounding her first surgical operation on numerous occasions; one could say that it has become part of her ever growing mythology. The story goes something as follows: during a 1978 performance symposium in which she was scheduled to speak, Orlan suddenly became ill. Instead of focusing completely on her physical pain and discomfort, Orlan reflected on the possibilities her medical crisis offered. As she was being rushed to a hospital, Orlan asked that a camera crew accompany her to the emergency room and document what was to be emergency surgery for an extra-uterine (ectopic) pregnancy. Orlan had the idea that a videotape of the event could be shown to fill the gap in the symposium program created by her unexpected absence.”

Tanya Augsburg, from her essay in the collection The Ends of Performance



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the dash



“I have just returned from a party of which I was the life and soul; wit poured from my lips, everyone laughed and admired me—but I went away—and the dash should be as long as the earth’s orbit – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – and wanted to shoot myself.”

Kierkegaard from his Journal entry, 1836



identity theft

“Tommy’s indifference applied to his everyday decisions as well as his broader reflections. On the issue of choosing his academic program, he said, “I don’t know what I’m going to take next term. They make you pick some courses. I’ll just say ‘what the hell’ and flip a coin or something.” On the question of aspirations, Tommy was quite comfortable with having none: “I don’t really have goals for my future. What’s the big deal about that? It would be fun to travel. I’d like that, especially if I could get someone to pay for it. ”

from Academically Adrift by Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa


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“We’re all dealing with fiction here, but the sensation of authenticity around the look is really important. That sensation can be created in a lot of ways—one of which was to give our heroine greasy hair. If you look at early photographs they always have really greasy hair. Most people when they do period movies certainly don’t include that. But whereas many actresses would feel it was going to make them look hard, Holly was game and went along with it.” —–Director Jane Campion, on the making of The Piano



getting the love you want

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Marie follows him into the rut: “When did you ask me to have sex? Go through it with the couples,” she says, gesturing around the room. “Was it last night?”

“Last night—and then several times last week.”

“Okay.” Marie pounces. “Now what was going on last night when you asked me that?”

“You were doing a lot of study.” Clem is a deer caught in the headlights.

“No, I was not doing a lot of study. It’s different, different.”

“Can I stop you both?” Marie and Clem both train their eyes on Coché. “I want the group to give you a little feedback. Let’s clue into the noncontent way you’re communicating.”


From The Husbands and Wives Club, A Year in the Life of  A Couples Therapy Group by Laurie Abraham.



different reds



If one says “Red” (the name of a color)
and there are 50 people listening,
it can be expected that there will be 50 reds in their minds.
And one can be sure that all these reds will be very different.


Josef Albers, Interaction of Color


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the lost colony

[flowplayer src=’’ splash=’’]   “When we discover that there are several cultures instead of just one and consequently at the time when we acknowledge the end of a sort of cultural monopoly, be it illusory or real, we are threatened with the destruction of our own discovery. Suddenly it becomes possible that there are just others, that we ourselves are an “other” among others. All…


and so i repress myself



And so I repress myself, and swallow the call-note of depth-dark sobbing. (leishman)
And so I restrain myself and swallow the luring call of dark sobbing. (macintyre)
So I withhold myself and keep back the lure of my dark sobbing. (garmey/wilson)
And so I restrain myself and suppress the luring call with somber sobs. (boney)
So I control myself and choke back the lure of my dark cry. (poulin)
And since that’s the case I choke back my own dark bird-call, my sobbing. (young)
So I hold myself back and swallow the call-note of my dark sobbing. (mitchell)
And so I contain myself; choke back the appealing child’s cry of my innermost part. (gass)
And so I master myself and hold back the appealing outcry of my childhood heart.(gass)


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three troublesome pairs of verbs

Three pairs of verbs require special study and drill because they are more difficult to use correctly than any other verbs. These special verbs are lie, lay, sit, set, rise, and raise. Most difficult to use correctly are the verbs lie and lay.

If you do not habitually use these verbs correctly, you must begin your work on them slowly and thoughtfully. Only by taking time to think through each form you use can you eventually establish the habit of using the verbs correctly.

Warriner’s English Grammar and Composition


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a bully for you

[flowplayer src=’’ splash=’’]   “What is your aim in philosophy? To show the fly the way out of the fly-bottle.” –ludwig wittgenstein film clip: bottle rocket by wes anderson   I finished college in the middle of the winter because I had messed around too much to graduate on time the previous May with the rest of my class. Another student had rented my room,…

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how do you look at it?

  The book: A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide The author: Samantha Power One piece of the picture: a bizarre and destructive mental state in which people are able to know, and at the same time not know, about something evil that is happening An example: Power describes an official in the United States government. In 1942, this official had a…

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