Thursday, December 17, 2020

Shirley. on Hulu. Starring Elisabeth Moss

Hands down the best film I've seen in forever. Female leads (nice!), structure is strange and amazing, reality weaves in and out, acting, production all A-1.

But mostly. Mostly, a portrait of a writer creating a work of art. Mostly, a look at the spirit and soul it takes for a woman to live in the world, create in the world, and maintain some sense of self, of sanity when what the world calls for may not be that at all. Delicious experience. Highly, highly recommended. The best.

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Unknown woman / ocean

Unknown woman from slides found in a Virginia thrift store in 2015. 

Thanks to Aislinn (Ash) Clarke, @AislinnClarke.




Sunday, December 6, 2020

She Walks in Beauty, 1814. Lord Byron

She Walks in Beauty

By Lord Byron (George Gordon)

 

She walks in beauty, like the night

Of cloudless climes and starry skies;

And all that’s best of dark and bright

Meet in her aspect and her eyes;

Thus mellowed to that tender light

Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

 

One shade the more, one ray the less,

Had half impaired the nameless grace

Which waves in every raven tress,

Or softly lightens o’er her face;

Where thoughts serenely sweet express,

How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

 

And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,

So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,

The smiles that win, the tints that glow,

But tell of days in goodness spent,

A mind at peace with all below,

A heart whose love is innocent!

Monday, November 30, 2020

Create a commonplace book

Make your own Bible. Select and collect all
those words and sentences that in all your
reading have been to you like the blast of a
trumpet out of Shakespeare, Seneca, Moses, John, and Paul.

— RALPH WALDO EMERSON

From the New York Times article: https: Other Writer's Words