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The Best Stuff I Read This Week

“I couldn’t stand being seen as data: everything I did or said, everywhere I went, usable, profitable, predictive data. That invisible record, it accumulates, and you drag it around with you even though you can’t see or feel it. I couldn’t stand the idea that every little choice I’d made, however thoughtless or dumb, was now part of my history.”

— Jonathan Dee / Sugar Street


“she’s been places
in her small world
big butter for their
american dreams”

—Nikki Wallschlaeger / “Cows in the Evening”


“So the poetry community was able to thrive even in isolation, and that was really beautiful to me. Poetry became a kind of anchor for people who were feeling completely alone and distraught, and full of anxiety and fear. But as we move forward to more public and social settings, I think it’s important to recognize that poetry will be one way to tell each other about what we’ve been through.”

— Ada Limón / “Q&A: U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón” / Poets & Writers


“When my mother was dying of breast cancer, a priest came by to tell her that the pain she was experiencing was equivalent to Christ’s on the cross. But Jesus Christ had no breasts. 36 degrees.

There’s a lot of sadomasochism inherent in the Catholic Church, witness St. Sebastian or the cannibalism of transubstantiation.”

— Bernadette Mayer / “April 18”


“Owners never want to see their hardback babies pulped. Bibliocide seems particularly painful in this fraught era of banned books. Hence, the sprouting of Little Free Libraries everywhere, and donations to public ones for resale, which enable staff to purchase new books.”

— Karen Heller / “We’re drowning in old books. But getting rid of them is heartbreaking” / The Washington Post


“Politically, I guess you could say that I’m a progressive. I firmly believe that everything in and about human society is progressing toward its end.”

— Jonathan Dee / Sugar Street


“Sometimes I just sit like this at the window and watch
the darkness come. If I’m smart, I’ll put on Bach.

I’m thinking now of how far it always seems there is to go.”

— Jim Moore / “The Need Is So Great”

What I’m Listening To:

“Away, you swagpot!
Lick the floor, you dog!
Squeak out your dying wish, you pig!”

— György Ligeti & Michael Meschke / from Le Grand Macabre

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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