Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Things practiced: looking out the window, lisping a song

Tools used: Canon Rebel T3i running Magic Lantern (video), Yamaha P120 electronic piano + Zoom H4n audio recorder (sound)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

“[What books change is] your capacity of feeling. Art opens the heart.”
—Jeanette Winterson, Art Objects


(my actual bookshelf)

 

Recall the Greek myth of Narcissus—a beautiful youth falls in love with his own reflection, and dies. This is meant as a warning: such are the dangers of recognizing no reality but our own.

It can seem hopelessly old-fashioned these days to read books, but they’re the best salve for humanity I know. Some excellent alternative realities:

1. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
An exquisite meditation on fathers and mothers, discontent and self-scrutiny, hate, grief, and catharsis.

2. Orlando by Virginia Woolf
Intimate, weird, enchanting.

3. Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson
Obsession, dissected.

4. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
A rapturous telling of the 20th-century American dream.

5. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
On what happens when you defer happiness.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Things practiced: underfocus, overexposure

Tools used: iPhone 5, Manual