Dearest, although everything has happened, nothing has happened.– Anne Sexton, from “Letter Written on a Ferry While Crossing Long Island Sound” (via proustitute)
Department of Forgotten Songs
Do you remember when we made mixtapes? I used to make one for every boy I liked, piecing together melodies and lyrics to say just the right thing. Handwritten track lists, complex cases folded from printer paper. The songs told the story I couldn’t say out loud. The act of giving the mix itself was confessional. It was difficult to misinterpret. It seems inconceivable now. I no longer even...
What are your favorite music to listen to on a...
The pleasure principle guides my life more than the reality principle, although...– Edouard Levé, AUTOPORTRAIT (trans. Lorin Stein). (via emk-irl)
There are things that I feel like I can’t write on an iPad or a phone or maybe at all, but at least with a keyboard it feels more distant. You don’t touch each individual letter the same way. It’s more intimate, somehow, naked on the screen. But maybe it’s the content itself, thoughts I only dare voice inside my head. If I do write it, I’m afraid it’ll make them...
Writing while standing on the subway →
maudnewton: afterworkjournalist: I used to wonder how Maud Newton had managed to write so much great book journalism while also holding down what one of her bios calls “an incredibly unsexy day job in legal publishing.” Then, recently, I came across a culture diary she kept for the Paris Review in 2010… If I’m using a pen (as I often am, though I have been known to edit my drafts with...
Ordinary life does not interest me. I seek only the high moments. I am in accord...– Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934 (via debourbon)
I don’t really like to think about the past. Nostalgia, sometimes, as a fling, but mostly I like leaving things behind. I forget things, things that other people remember. I get surprised when people I once knew remember me. I have little to say to them. At some point you make decisions, you change your life. You become some other version of yourself, and the possibilities of who you might...
Are you guys all watching House of Cards?
Because gosh you really should be.
Spanish music recommendations?
I’m getting tired of the same old five pop songs and I’d love your suggestions. Favorite artists/songs in Spanish, por favor!
On Adventures to Come
Hello Tumblr. It’s been a while, and we haven’t chatted, so let’s talk now. In a month, I will be flying into Colombia, and three months after that, I’ll be flying out of Buenos Aires and back to New York. Yes, I’m going alone and no, I don’t know anyone there. I don’t even have a proper itinerary. I hope to explore Colombia and Peru and Bolivia and Argentina, but if I fall in love with some...