my father (a meteorologist) just sent me a weather chart for April 8, 1988. #birthday
And you wait, you wait for that one thing
that will infinitely enlarge your life;
the gigantic, the stupendous,
the awakening of stones,
depth turned round toward you.
The volumes bound in rust and gold
flicker dimly on the shelves;
and you think of lands traveled across,
of paintings, of the clothes of
women found and lost.
And then suddenly you know: it was then.
You rise, and before you
stands the fear and prayer and shape
of a vanished year.
Memory by Rainer Maria Rilke
Jack [Kennedy] has learned early that the best way to parry such attacks was with humor…When he took the stage [at the 1958 Gridiron dinner in Washington] to deliver his own remarks, he prefaced them by reading a telegram he ostentatiously pulled from his pocket. It was, he said, from his father: “Dear Jack–Don’t buy a single vote more than is necessary–I’ll be damned if I’m going to pay for a landslide.”
From The Patriarch.
#queens #noguchi (at The Noguchi Museum)
two very different #fridayreads for you all. THE PATRIARCH (an exhaustive, excellent 800-page biography of Joseph P. Kennedy) and BUT BEAUTIFUL (a slim, fictive sort of book on jazz by the brilliant Geoff Dyer). (at Farrar, Straus And Giroux)
“In 1705, Emperor Peter I of Russia instituted a beard tax to modernize the society of Russia following European models. Those who paid the tax were required to carry a “beard token”. This was a copper or silver token with a Russian Eagle on one side and on the other, the lower part of a face with nose, mouth, whiskers, and beard. It was inscribed with two phrases: “the beard tax has been taken” and “the beard is a superfluous burden”.”
Briton Rivière - Una and the Lion (1880)
listen up! Todd Terje’s new album is streaming over at NPR. (“Nothing is perfect, but some things nearly are, and Todd Terje’s song “Inspector Norse” is one of them.”)
Map of the City of Williamsburg and the Town of Bushwick including Greenpoint with part of the City of Brooklyn
"She told me that I shouldn’t just take photographs of wars, but that I should document what Iranians were experiencing in public life in a big city like Tehran." Veiled Truths
— Oh, John le Carré. From Call From the Dead.
"In your mind, you’re mad. But in conversation you have the chance of not being. Your mind by itself is full of unmediated anxieties and conflicts. In conversation things can be metabolized and digested through somebody else—I say something to you and you can give it back to me in different forms—whereas you’ll notice that your own mind is very often extremely repetitive. It is very difficult to surprise one’s own mind. The vocabulary of one’s self-criticism is so impoverished and cliched. We are at our most stupid in our self-hatred."