1. "Everything seems to me to be such a cliché as soon as I say it."

  2. "

    The mobile and the immobile flickering
    In the area between is and was are leaves,
    Leaves burnished in autumnal burnished trees

    And leaves in whirlings in the gutters, whirlings
    Around and away, resembling the presence of thought,
    Resembling the presences of thoughts, as if,

    In the end, in the whole psychology, the self,
    The town, the weather, in a casual litter,
    Together, said words of the world are the life of the world.

    — Wallace Stevens, from section XII of “An Ordinary Evening in New Haven,” The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens (Vintage, 1982)

    (Source: apoetreflects)

  3. poetrysociety:

    From a special edition of 15 copies of Frank O’Hara’s Meditations In An Emergency (1957), which included an original drawing/collage by Grace Hartigan.

    via Yale Library

    (via apoetreflects)


  4. heteroglossia:

    "Because ‘the I’ is the miracle of ‘the You’, because the self depends upon the stranger, who is always an other. For are we not strangers to ourselves, do we not, in the deepest reaches of our unconscious, harbor unrecognizable selves?"

    Richard Stamelman, “The Graven Silence of Writing,” From the Book to the Book: An Edmond Jabès Reader


  5. "[Art] means nothing if it simply decorates the dinner table of the power which holds it hostage."
    — Adrienne Rich
  6. earthrites:

    Etching by Attila Sassy (1880-1967) for his Opium Dreams, 1909

    (via sukiandme)

  7. cinevisioni-catalog:


    Robert Bresson

    Francia, Svezia 1966 | 91 minuti | bianco e nero | 1.66:1

    (via frenchcinema)

  8. americanexperiencepbs:

    To journalist Dorothy Thompson, who applauded Orson Welles in her widely-read column, the “War of the Worlds” broadcast cleverly proved the power of propaganda. Watch this video to hear what she wrote in her column.


  9. "Long books, when read, are usually overpraised, because the reader wants to convince others and himself that he has not wasted his time."
    —  E.M. Forster (via berfrois)
  11. hotparade:

    Karl Blossfeldt


  12. "When it comes to death, we know that laughter and tears are pretty much the same thing."
    — Sherman Alexie - The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (via djreagan)

    (via powells)

  13. siebentekontinent:

    La Jetée (Chris Marker, 1962)

    (via newsweek)


  14. "Don’t forget the real business of war is buying and selling. The murdering and violence are self-policing, and can be entrusted to non-professionals. The mass nature of wartime death is useful in many ways. It serves as spectacle, as diversion from the real movements of the War. It provides raw material to be recorded into History, so that children may be taught History as sequences of violence, battle after battle, and be more prepared for the adult world. Best of all, mass death’s a stimulus to just ordinary folks, little fellows, to try ‘n’ grab a piece of that Pie while they’re still here to gobble it up. The true war is a celebration of markets."

    Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow (via starlitewalker)

    (Source: juskysnewbooks, via zemblacascadia)


  15. "For I do not exist: there exist but the thousands of mirrors that reflect me. With every acquaintance I make, the population of phantoms resembling me increases. Somewhere they live, somewhere they multiply. I alone do not exist."
    — Vladimir Nabokov, The Eye (via lesangfroid)

    (Source: assemblage2011, via fuckyeahexistentialism)