a guy on the train just finished his book and started a new one immediately i think that is the sexiest thing i’ve ever seen
— Her, Spike Jonze (via theburnthatkeepseverything)
— Charles Bukowski, It’s Ours. (via theburnthatkeepseverything)
This story was told to me by another traveller, just passing
through. It took place in a foreign country, as everything
When he was young he and another boy constructed a woman
out of mud. She began at the neck and ended at the knees
and elbows: they stuck to the essentials. Every sunny day
they would row across to the island where she lived, in the
afternoon when the sun had warmed her, and make love to
her, sinking with ecstasy into her soft moist belly, her brown
wormy flesh where small weeds had already rooted. They
would take turns, they were not jealous, she preferred them
both. Afterwards they would repair her, making her hips
more spacious, enlarging her breasts with their shining stone
His love for her was perfect, he could say anything to her, into
her he spilled his entire life. She was swept away in a sudden
flood. He said no woman since then has equalled her.
Is this what you would like me to be, this mud woman? Is
this what I would like to be? It would be so simple.
- Margaret Atwood, “Circe/Mud Poems”. Selected Poems 1965-1975.
Susan Sontag was born today in 1933.
Is it old-fashioned to think that the purpose of literature is to educate us about life?
Well, it does educate us about life. I wouldn’t be the person I am, I wouldn’t understand what I understand, were it not for certain books. I’m thinking of the great question of nineteenth-century Russian literature: how should one live? A novel worth reading is an education of the heart. It enlarges your sense of human possibility, of what human nature is, of what happens in the world. It’s a creator of inwardness.
—Susan Sontag, the Art of Fiction No. 143
"TALKING HEADS" (GADAJACE GLOWY): a short documentary, directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski in 1980, turns a simple idea into a masterpiece: ordinary people of different age and background in Poland were asked 3 simple questions. Their spontaneous responses reveal the way they see life…
Part 1: “WHO ARE YOU?”: A difficult question with a simple answer…
Greta Garbo in Mata Hari (1931). This whole film is like a moving glamour shot.
Rita Hayworth at home. Photographed by John Florea. October, 1948