make mango mush

The Best Stuff I Read This Week

“I feel that nothing has really changed since my early childhood and that life is simply a series of scenes interspersed with songs.”

— Annie Ernaux / I Remain in Darkness

“Just because of the simple fact that you are human, you find yourself heir to an inherent unsatisfactoriness in life that simply will not go away. You can suppress it from your awareness for a time; you can distract yourself for hours on end, but it always comes back, and usually when you least expect it.”

— Bhante Guranatana / Mindfulness in Plain English

“When I talk about the bigger world, bigger literature, bigger things that’s what I mean. Something with enormous resources and a singleness of purpose. Something that puts women’s names on storms. Is it just white supremacy and patriarchy and capitalism rolled into one. Does it have another name?”

— Eileen Myles / “Introduction,” Pathetic Literature

“… when we reject the single story, when we realize that there is never a single story about any place, we regain a kind of paradise.”

— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie / “The danger of a single story,” Ted Talk

“Writers aren’t obliged to be compassionate or insightful or intelligent or decent human beings in their writing in any way; writers are perfectly free, in their writing, to be scum. That’s one of the great powers of the medium—its unfettered latitude, its unruliness. A piece of fiction can do anything a particular writer wants and can get it to do. Of course, most fiction is inevitably trivial, banal, worthless, boring, or idiotic, and some is evil. But none of it’s going to be much good if all of it has to be worthwhile.”

— Deborah Eisenberg / The New York Review

“I write in the knowledge that there is nothing to lose by saying the difficult thing in common/uncommon ways, knowing that the beauty of a line lies in the alchemy of doubt, adrenalin and risk. Mainstream judgement of what is ‘good’ is based on elite opinion, curated over years. It is necessarily corrupt. I’d rather write an ‘ugly’ line, to such eyes.”

— Preti Taneja / “Notes on Craft”

“Drop the guard and worry less about failure.”

— Gabriela Denise Frank / “Against the Shitty First Draft”

What I’m Listening To:

“Silence! And then the sentence spit
I’m sitting up in my paw paw tree
Wait they make mango mush outta me”

— Fiery Furnaces / “Paw Paw Tree”

About istsfor manity

i'm a truncated word-person looking for an assemblage of extracted teeth in a tent full of mosquitoes (and currently writing a novel without writing a novel word) and pulling nothing but the difficult out of the top hat while the bunny munches grass in the hallway. you might say: i’m thee asynchronous voice over in search of a film....
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