Sunday, August 15, 2021

These Finders Are Keepers: The road goes on forever and the party never ends


from “The Truelove” by David Whyte

...if you wanted

to drown you could,

but you don't

because finally

after all this struggle

and all these years

you simply don't want to

any more

you've simply had enough

of drowning

and you want to live and you

want to love and you will

walk across any territory

and any darkness

however fluid and however

dangerous to...  to take the

one hand you know
belongs in yours.

80s … fashion

Why should we dance? New Criterion.  “I do love Sophocles, and especially Oedipus Rex

Geographer of secrets

In Bed with Vermeer by Helen Farish | Original Poem | The TLS

Seth Godin: Thoughts On Your Book Cover

I love this. Someone noticed that movie posters are always the same and collected them to prove it. Some of the design clichés are hilarious, like Tiny People On the Beach With Giant Heads in the Clouds or Legs Wide Spread.

A novel examines not reality but existence. And existence is not what has occurred, existence is the realm of human possibilities, everything that man* can become, everything he’s capable of. Novelists draw up the map of existence by discovering this or that human possibility. But… to exist means “being-in-the-world.” Thus both the character and his world must be understood as possibilities… [Novels] thereby make us see what we are, and what we are capable of.

These Finders Are Keepers

Curbed – Archivists, librarians, and staff check back in. “It’s easy to convince yourself, after a year in virtual space, that most of the world’s knowledge is either online or can be acquired with a couple of Amazon clicks. Spend five minutes with Julie Golia — curator of history, social sciences, and government information at the New York Public Library — and you’ll realize how wildly wrong that is. “One thing that historians learned this year is that digitization can never replace the archives,” she says. A single collection (out of many at the NYPL) “will have tens of thousands of pieces of material.” Billions of pages are a long way from being scanned. But also, their physicality is information: what was filed next to what, who’s next to whom, which pages are most worn from handling. “That’s information that digitization wipes away.”…