Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
In poetry, the number of beginnings so far exceeds the number of endings that we cannot even conceive it. Not every poem is finished — one poem is abandoned, another catches fire and is carried away by the wind, which may be an ending, but it is the ending of a poem without an end.
Paul Valéry, the French poet and thinker, once said that no poem is ever ended, that every poem is merely abandoned. This saying is also attributed to Stéphane Mallarmé, for where quotations begin is in a cloud.
Paul Valéry also described his perception of first lines so vividly, and to my mind so accurately, that I have never forgotten it: the opening line of a poem, he said, is like finding a fruit on the ground, a piece of fallen fruit you have never seen before, and the poet’s task is to create the tree from which such a fruit would fall.
- Mary Ruefle, Madness, Rack, and Honey
Monday, February 10, 2014
This is a 3 a.m.
phone call to 911
from the back
of a stranger’s trunk.
This is a prayer.
This is a bar napkin secret
flushed down the toilet
of a one-night stand’s
A bucket list –
only 7) fall in love
crossed out of it.
These, my hands.
Things I would ink
on skin if all the paper
in the world disappeared.
This is a swear. A gunshot
fired, echoing, from a distance.
Me saying yes
and no to anyone who
makes me feel like I don’t
deserve it. This is
of a door slamming.
The anatomy of a parentheses.
Another name for the heart.
This is my mother,
seven years old
and surviving on nothing
but soy sauce
This is never an apology.
This is what the night would say
if it had your mouth
on my mouth
before I punched you
on the mouth.
But mostly what the light
would say. Always,
- "When It All Comes Down To It," Kim Visda
Monday, January 27, 2014
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Sontag, on love and sex:We ask everything of love. We ask it to be anarchic. We ask it to be the glue that holds the family together, that allows society to be orderly and allows all kinds of material processes to be transmitted from one generation to another. But I think that the connection between love and sex is very mysterious. Part of the modern ideology of love is to assume that love and sex always go together. They can, I suppose, but I think rather to the detriment of either one or the other. And probably the greatest problem for human beings is that they just don’t. And why do people want to be in love? That’s really interesting. Partly, they want to be in love the way you want to go on a roller coaster again – even knowing you’re going to have your heart broken. What fascinates me about love is what it has to do with all the cultural expectations and the values that have been put into it. I’ve always been amazed by the people who say, “I fell in love, I was madly, passionately in love, and I had this affair.” And then a lot of stuff is described and you ask, “How long did it last?” And the person will say, “A week, I just couldn’t stand him or her."
Friday, January 17, 2014
jar of octopus, cuckoo's cry, 5-7-5,
but now I want a Russian novel,
a 50-page description of you sleeping,
another 75 of what you think staring out
a window. I don't care about the plot
although I suppose there will have to be one,
the usual separation of the lovers, turbulent
seas, danger of decommission in spite
of constant war, time in gulps and glitches
passing, squibs of threnody, a fallen nest,
speckled eggs somehow uncrushed, the sled
outracing the wolves on the steppes, the huge
glittering ball where all that matters
is a kiss at the end of a dark hall.
At dawn the officers ride back to the garrison,
one without a glove, the entire last chapter
about a necklace that couldn't be worn
inherited by a great-niece
along with the love letters bound in silk.
-Dean Young, Changing Genes
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
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
here's just a tiny part of we came up with:
- What does the fox say?
v=jofNR_WkoCE update: http://www.popsci.com/science/ article/2013-09/what-sound- does-fox-make
- What is the name of the Star Wars robot?
C3PO (yeah, Rose!!) note: we thought of this question when we determined that i would make a good ewok. after hours of hiking and some brainstorming, we finally remembered the stupid robot's name. hah.
- Tell me more about Afrikaans (origins, uses today, etc.)?
AfrikaansAfrikaans // is a West Germanic language, spoken natively in South Africa and Namibia, and to a lesser extent in Botswana and Zimbabwe. It is an offshoot of several Dutch dialects spoken by the mainly Dutch settlers of what is now South Africa, where it gradually began to develop independently in the course of the 18th century. Hence, historically, it is a daughter language of Dutch, and was previously referred to as "Cape Dutch" (a term also used to refer collectively to the early Cape settlers) or "kitchen Dutch" (a derogatory term used to refer to Afrikaans in its earlier days).[n 2]
- Marriage citizenship test
Sample questions from NYT: http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.
More sample questions:http://www.nolo.com/legal-
encyclopedia/free-books/ fiance-marriage-visa-book/ chapter13-20.html
- US Citizenship test - did you pass?
20 Q's that will be graded: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_
news/2012/07/03/12546953- could-you-pass-the-us- citizenship-test?lite
100 Sample Q's:
- Mr Jones Lyrics meaning - verdict: about a real person (via Wikipedia)The primary topic of the song itself is perhaps how two struggling musicians (Duritz and bassist Marty Jones of The Himalayans) "want to be big stars," believing that "when everybody loves me, I will never be lonely." Duritz would later recant these values, and in later concert appearances, "Mr. Jones" was played in a subdued acoustic style, if at all. On the live CD Across a Wire Duritz changes the lyrics "We all wanna be big, big stars, but we got different reasons for that" to "We all wanna be big, big stars, but then we get second thoughts about that," and "when everybody loves you, sometimes that's just about as funky as you can be" to "when everybody loves you, sometimes that's just about as fucked up as you can be."The song is often interpreted differently. Some believe it is a thinly veiled reference to the protagonist of Bob Dylan's "Ballad of a Thin Man", a theory supported by the lyric "I wanna be Bob Dylan, Mr. Jones wishes he was someone just a little more funky." Others[who?] have suggested that Mr. Jones refers to flamenco guitarist David Serva (Marty Jones's father), although the lyric "she dances while his father plays guitar" seems to suggest Mr Jones' father is another separate character within the song. Another possibility is that Mr. Jones is an imaginary friend, or Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols.In a 2013 interview, Duritz explained that the song is named for his friend Marty Jones, but that is about Duritz himself. "I wrote a song about me, I just happened to be out with him that night," Duritz said. The inspiration for the song came as Duritz and Jones were drunk at a bar after watching Jones' father perform, when they saw Kenney Dale Johnson, longtime drummer for the musician Chris Isaak, sitting with three women. "It just seemed like, you know, we couldn't even manage to talk to girls, but if we'd — you know, we were just thinking if we were rock stars, it'd be easier," Duritz said. "I went home and wrote the song."
- Black sheep origin? (via wiki)
In most sheep, a white fleece is not albinism but a dominant gene that actively switches color production off, thus obscuring any other color that may be present. As a result, a black fleece in most sheep is recessive, so if a white ram and a white ewe are each heterozygous for black, in about 25% of cases they will produce a black lamb. In fact in most white sheep breeds only a few white sheep are heterozygous for black, so black lambs are usually much rarer than this.
- Are penguins monogamous? - Sounds like some are for several seasons.
Many penguin species are monogamous and may stay with the same mate for several breeding seasons. And penguins make very good parents. Both the male and female care for eggs and chicks.
- Why do penguins shake their heads? There may be other explanations, but here is an interesting one - penguins were interested in us? (http://www.sciences360.com/
index.php/courtship-and- breeding-cycle-of-king- penguins-5224/)
Despite the fact that mate selection is female choice, the males do display a short courtship behavior to get the attention of the female penguins. Male king penguins will raise their flippers and point their beaks toward the sky in an ecstatic way to catch the eye of one or several females. If a female shows interest, she will stand face to face with the male. Both of them vigorously shake their heads. After this occurs, the male will strut around swinging his head from side to side. Many people refer to this as “the advertising walk” of the male king penguin. After this victorious walk, both the male and female face each other again in a sort of dance by shaking their heads while stretching up and bending down in sync with each other. They will also become vocal as well as clapping their bills together.
- How do penguins defend themselves?
To protect themselves from the cold, emperor penguins huddle together in close groups. To protect themselves from killer whales, they depend on their very skillful flippers to swim very quickly, darting back and forth in the water. Because killer whales cannot turn quickly, this gives the penguins an advantage. The penguins quickly head to shore because once they make it to land, they know the whales can't get to them. They don't have much in the way of protection from leopard seals so the only thing the can do is stay alert and remain in a group with other penguins, knowing that the leopard seals will go after any stragglers.
- What is the type of fruit that reminds me of sweet potato?
Sapote - http://en.wikipedia.org/
- Coochie Face song from the musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (get ready to be weirded out)
- Why does the default camera vs video on iPhone look different?
I can't figure it out.