Sketchbook / Softness & Light
“I loved the idea that looking at a painting or listening to a concerto could make you somehow “transcend” the day-in, day-out bullshit that grinds you down: how in one instant of pure attention you could draw something inside that made you forever larger.”
—Mary Karr, The Liars’ Club
“And perhaps it didn’t matter to them, not always, what they read aloud; it was the breath of life flowing between them, and the words of the moment riding on it that held them in delight. Between some two people every word is beautiful, or might as well be beautiful.”
― Eudora Welty, The Optimist’s Daughter
— An Interview with Cornel West
Characters in works of literature, especially and including female characters written by female authors, should be above all else interesting; they do not and should not be exemplary and good women and workers. Camus wrote that if one wanted to write philosophy, one should write novels, and in the contemporary novel, a writer should also be allowed to engage in the world and history of ideas.
Tambourines. Fire pits. Paper boats. Snap peas. Snow flakes. Bay windows. Porch swings. Dance routines. Macaroni necklaces. High fives. Rotary phones. Flying lady bugs. Ferris wheels. Extra buttons. Crooked teeth. Bearded women. Dust drawings. Fabric stores. Turtle faces. Sleep overs. Mixed tapes….