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A compendium of things shiny and random, including but not limited to: edibles, readables, listenables, watchables, covetables and ponderables. Please watch your step.

“Whatever you now find weird, ugly, uncomfortable and nasty about a new medium will surely become its signature. CD distortion, the jitteriness of digital video, the crap sound of 8-bit - all of these will be cherished and emulated as soon as they can be avoided. It’s the sound of failure: so much modern art is the sound of things going out of control, of a medium pushing to its limits and breaking apart. The distorted guitar sound is the sound of something too loud for the medium supposed to carry it. The blues singer with the cracked voice is the sound of an emotional cry too powerful for the throat that releases it. The excitement of grainy film, of bleached-out black and white, is the excitement of witnessing events too momentous for the medium assigned to record them.”

—    Brian Eno, A Year With Swollen Appendices   (via bbook)

(Source: volumexii, via bbook)

TO THE STACK OF OVERDUE STUDENT LOAN BILLS ON MY DINING TABLE:

realtalkfromyourwriter:

ahabfromthebeginning:

Fuck.

“…writing isn’t only about publishing. It’s about growth. When you write you learn how you feel, and through the process of revision you see how your ideas stand up in the world. Sometimes writing makes us seem like better people than we actually are, even when we write honestly. I don’t necessarily put all my meanest thoughts into the world. I write mostly when I have something to say, and when I’m feeling creative. Which, by definition, is my best self, and so I know I’m presenting someone better than who I am.”

—   The Daily Rumpus
bbook:

Songs are really simple. You hold them in your hand. I can make one right now and finish it. But because they’re so simple, it’s like bird-watching, you know. You gotta know something about birds or you won’t see anything: just you and your binoculars and a stupid look on your face.
Tom Waits

bbook:

Songs are really simple. You hold them in your hand. I can make one right now and finish it. But because they’re so simple, it’s like bird-watching, you know. You gotta know something about birds or you won’t see anything: just you and your binoculars and a stupid look on your face.

Tom Waits

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themorningnews:

NYPL lunch exhibit to feature working Automat—though it will dispense recipes, not food.
nevver:

Stormbringer
nprmusic:

Ziggy Stardust Turns 40
It’s hard to imagine, but when David Bowie’s landmark album first landed, almost no one cared.

nprmusic:

Ziggy Stardust Turns 40

It’s hard to imagine, but when David Bowie’s landmark album first landed, almost no one cared.

millionsmillions:

“A man is sitting in the room, all by himself. He’s lonely. He’s a writer. He wants to write a story. It’s been a long time since he wrote his last story, and he misses it… The man decides to write a story about the situation. Not the political situation and not the social situation either. He decides to write a story about the human situation, the human condition. The human condition the way he’s experiencing it right now.”
- From Suddenly A Knock at the Door, which Bezalel Stern discusses on our site in his essay, The Maturation of Etgar Keret.
[Image via MadameM-stock]

millionsmillions:

“A man is sitting in the room, all by himself. He’s lonely. He’s a writer. He wants to write a story. It’s been a long time since he wrote his last story, and he misses it… The man decides to write a story about the situation. Not the political situation and not the social situation either. He decides to write a story about the human situation, the human condition. The human condition the way he’s experiencing it right now.”

- From Suddenly A Knock at the Door, which Bezalel Stern discusses on our site in his essay, The Maturation of Etgar Keret.

[Image via MadameM-stock]

nevver:

In Transit, Venus

nevver:

In Transit, Venus