CHOOSE AWE

I spent the hurricane weekend without electricity and thinking hard about what it means to pursue art, to choose your own voice over the mean of one’s peers, to live outside the (once?) art hubs of New York and Los Angeles, and what might be possible if the goal is expression and not “success” (are these mutually opposed? complementary?). I came to no conclusions. I ate thai food. I scratched the heads of my cats. Tye and I drove into the countryside and walked by the crumbling brick edifices of old railroad towns. I continue to mull. —LJ

LITERARY EPHEMERA
Marilyn Monroe’s personal library
Truman Capote’s remains are being auctioned off in Los Angeles
The best facts Kathryn Schulz learned from books in 2015

ART BECAUSE LIFE
Top 10 words I’m sick of seeing on artist statements
May-Linn Aaslie
Mike Lacher

SCIENCE
Women Nerd Superheroes
Winter dreaming: snowflake gallery

DESIGN
Squid and Owl designs
An exceptional design website (from Korea)

FILM
Exceptional films: Westward the Women (1951)
Jean Genet’s Un Chant d’Amour (NSFW early erotic queer film)

FREDDIE MERCURY
A Russian fan’s tribute to Freddie Mercury
Freddie was Bi
Munich interview

IT ME
A comic about Introversion

Image credit
(Pro-tip: email subscribers click headline for shirtless Freddie Mercury pic)

No Way Out But Through

Bless you, of course, you’re keeping me from work,
But the thing of it is, I need to be kept.
There’s work enough to do—there’s always that;
But behind’s behind. The worst that you can do
Is set me back a little more behind.
I sha’n’t catch up in this world, anyway.
I’d rather you’d not go unless you must.

—from A Servant to Servants, by Robert Frost

DISASTERS THAT NEED YOUR ATTENTION
Worst U.S. disaster since Hurricane Sandy: Louisiana is suffering (what you can do: pick one)
Syria is still burning (what you can do: pick one)

LITERARY THINKING
The Road Not Taken is nearly always misquoted; maybe this illustration will help you or someone you love not do that
Wonder Bread: come with us to a place called Brooklyn, where the stories are half-baked and their endings bland and soft
Eileen Myles on the excruciating pain of waiting for love

ARTISTS TO KNOW ABOUT
Masud Olufani
Ellsworth Kelly
Sarah Hobbs
Maurizio Cattelan
Jeffrey Gibson
Kehinde Wiley

ESOTERICA
The Voynich Manuscript
Le Grand Grimoire
The Magus
The Goddess Isis and her various other names and symbols

DANCE DANCE
INSANE freestyle
Killer b-boy dance battle

BLOW YOUR MIND
How many giant squids are being eaten by sperm whales RIGHT NOW?
The best of cardistry (card tricks, yo)

Image credit: Sarah Hobbs, Untitled (perfectionist), chromogenic print, 48″ x 60″, 2002.
(Pro-tip: email subscribers, click title for the art of Sarah Hobbs)

Monday Whoa

Short mailing today. Some Mondays are like holding your breath and diving into the chaos. Today is such a day.  —LJ

UNIQUE NEW YORK
The hidden entrance in the Astor Place subway station and the New York City Shakespeare riots of 1849
Peg Leg Pete and the Haunting of St. Mark’s Cathedral
The New York City Transit Authority Graphical Standards Manual, 1970

DESIGN
Library of Vintage Fruit Crate Labels
Graphic designer dad illustrates offspring’s daily sandwiches
BLANKA Posters

LITERATURE HELPS ME BREATHE
The United States of Literature
Kids who die, by Langston Hughes

Image creditLangston Hughes, 1940, Carl Van Vecten
(Protip: email subscribers click title for rad pic of Langston Hughes)

What Kind of Times Are These

What Kind of Times Are These

BY ADRIENNE RICH

There’s a place between two stands of trees where the grass grows uphill
and the old revolutionary road breaks off into shadows
near a meeting-house abandoned by the persecuted
who disappeared into those shadows.

I’ve walked there picking mushrooms at the edge of dread, but don’t be fooled
this isn’t a Russian poem, this is not somewhere else but here,
our country moving closer to its own truth and dread,
its own ways of making people disappear.

I won’t tell you where the place is, the dark mesh of the woods
meeting the unmarked strip of light—
ghost-ridden crossroads, leafmold paradise:
I know already who wants to buy it, sell it, make it disappear.

And I won’t tell you where it is, so why do I tell you
anything? Because you still listen, because in times like these
to have you listen at all, it’s necessary
to talk about trees.

DANCE
The choreographic moment, ideas from Jeanine Durning
Anna Sperber at New York Live Arts

MUSIC
Twenty-seven by Amy Klein
Laura Gibson on KEXP

DRUMPF
A comprehensive list of public figures who have supported Trump
Pictures of Nazi rallies at Madison Square Garden

DRUGS
A comprehensive guide to psychedelic drug combinations

COMMENTARY
The staggering toxicity of Vice Principals

HILARITY
I replaced the word Millenials with 43-year-old White Man and now these headlines are…
Longhorn cow scratches itch with his horns

HOW PEOPLE ARE MADE
The literature of pregnancy and new motherhood
Why I’m glad I was raised by a sex-positive mother
Photoessay of birth (NSFW)

MEN’S ISSUES
Women get paid less than men and it’s not women’s fault
Hillary Clinton answers 40 years of ridiculous questions

Image credit
(Pro tip: Email subscribers, click title for pic of young Adrienne Rich)

While the Gettin’s Good

An end-of-the-week smorgasboard of goodies.

MOVIE MADNESS
Every reference to 70s-80s movies in Stranger Things, with side-by-side clips
Kim Jong IL, the man who brought love to North Korea’s silver screen
20 GIFS of silent film stars doing their own stunts

ART AND LITERATURE
Rothko Everywhere
A comprehensive database of metaphors in literature dating back to sometime B.C.E.

PROFESSIONAL REVENGE
In which the Missouri Office of the Director of Public Defender bitch slaps the Governor of Missouri using all the power the law allows
Why do taxonomists write the meanest obituaries?

CLICK BAIT
Why smart people are better off with fewer friends
Fuck Nuance

VIDEODROME
New York Subway, 1905
More Darn Cats!
Mathare kids dancing like whoa
Shovels and Rope music video for Birmingham
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers: Waltz in Swing Time
Blues great R.L. Burnside playing See My Jumper Hanging on the Line

Image credit: Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven, Stranger Things, screenshot, 2016.
(Pro tip: Email recipients, click title for rad close-up shot of Eleven from Stranger Things)

That’s a Wrap

VOYEUR FRIDAY
LJ email, Circa 2010
Subject: exchange of possessions

I would like to figure out when I can get my stuff back from you. I will return your shirt and jeans and boxers. I hope you found my underwear and argyle tights? My hat? Are any of the above items still missing?

If so, I will live, unless my hat has disappeared, in which case I will have a conniption fit.    ―LJ

POLITIK
How shade is done
Hillary Clinton dressed as Dolly Parton
Herblock Collection of Political Cartoons at the Library of Congress

‘MERICA
19 Maps that will help you put the United States in perspective
Money art, aka defaced Presidents

CINEMA OBSCURA
Classic cinema online
La maman et la putain

LADY LOVE
Podcast: On being lesbian in a straight marriage
Lesbian pulp book covers 1935-1965

MOMENT OF SUBLIMITY
Otters chase a butterfly

Image credit