Before mercury, my blood used to fill thermometers.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

A gradual dazzle.

I've been trying to get up at 5 in the morning since I've started working full time. I reread almost weekly the first chapter of Paul Alexander's Rough Magic about Sylvia Plath getting up with a fever at 4 a.m. every morning in the English winter to write while her children slept. I have time after work, when my thinking is murdered and my thing for hypotaxis twineth around my ability to articulate with much clarity, but that is one thing I envy.

"Black Moon" is coming to Criterion; that and everything by Anne Carson is making my depressive episode even more stupid. I love a sinister French countryside. I love an institution of shadows on a street black as windows.

Edit: I never saw this and today was the perfect day to see it!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Beauty is each culture's peculiar fiction.

Joel-Peter Witkin references Walker Evans' holy vision in "Disciple and Master." References - does not discuss - amidst remarking that Arbus et al were spiritual primitives. Somehow this is what shone out of this book for me. I had twisted it into something, I think, about his own capacity to see what is holy. That's what I want out of my artists. "Fire Walk With Me"-mystical, revelatory. "But then I saw the face of God and took the whole arm off."