Posts Tagged ‘ writing ’

Who’s Afraid of Claire Messud? – The New York Times

Recently she went to a party where all the women were skinny and all the men were overweight. ‘‘For the men, it’s perfectly acceptable to be a person of appetites,’’ she said. ‘‘You’re in midlife, you’re at the peak of your professional moment.’’ Again, she slipped into character. ‘‘ ‘Pour me a glass of wine and give me a steak!’ ’’ The women, by contrast, were nibbling crackers and drinking seltzer. ‘‘There should be no shame in appetite,’’ she said, her voice rising. ‘‘There should be no shame in anger. There should be no shame in love. There should be no shame in wanting things.’’ – Claire Messud

Marilyn McCabe – Writing in Mind | Solstice Literary Magazine

. . . some as yet unreached depth of emotional truth. And I am starting to think that the only way to get there is to write my way there. – Marilyn McCabe

Source: Writing, Meditation, and the Art of Looking – Solstice Literary Magazine

Under the Sign of Sappho – bookforum.com / current issue

“MY DESIRE TO WRITE is connected with my homosexuality. I need the identity as a weapon, to match the weapon that society has against me,” Sontag wrote on December 24, 1959, the year she divorced Philip Rieff, whom she married when she was seventeen, in 1950, and whom she identifies in this same entry as her “enemy.” She ends that day’s observations with this: “Being queer makes me feel more vulnerable. It increases my wish to hide, to be invisible—which I’ve always felt anyway.”

Source: Under the Sign of Sappho – bookforum.com / current issue

abandonedbuildings: after Pasolini 1

 

Source: abandonedbuildings: after Pasolini 1

Writers Should Maintain a Certain Distance with the World: Anita Desai – The Wire

One works on two levels. At the subconscious level one is not working with an agenda, one is working out of a compulsion to tell your story, to put words on paper, to keep something from disappearing. And the joy of using language ought not to be forgotten. – Anita Desai

Source: Writers Should Maintain a Certain Distance with the World: Anita Desai – The Wire

AN INTERVIEW WITH ANNE CARSON — ELEANOR WACHTEL | Brick Magazine

 

 

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Tree burial, Brule Sioux, 1890–1891

Brick 94
Winter 2015

Interview with Anne Carson

Friday Interview Series: Melissa Buzzeo by Bhanu Kapil| SHAME MAY BE FATAL

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Rose, Charnel Ground class, river ritual, Colorado.

 

THANK YOU MELISSA.  I LOVE YOU.  SO MANY PEOPLE LOVE YOU.  I AM SO GLAD TO BE BORN INTO THIS TIME WITH YOU. KAPIL MUNI SENDS YOU A VIOLET GOLD LIGHT AND IN IT ARE THE JET FLOWERS OF YOUR OWN PRE.  PINNED UP IN YOUR HAIR.  WITH A VERY RED ROSE.  CAN YOU SEE IT?  I LOVE YOU.  AND TRANSMIT THIS ROSE.  I HOPE THIS YEAR BRINGS SWIMMING, LOVE AND HOPE INTO ALL AREAS OF YOUR LIFE.  AS I WRITE THESE WORDS I SEE THE LONG WOODEN TABLE AGAIN.  AND YOUR BELOVEDS.  PLEASE COME TO COLORADO SOON.  WE WILL GO TO THE HOT SPRINGS AND LISTEN TO NIRVANA.  DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN WE WENT THROUGH KURT COBAIN’S HOME TOWN EN ROUTE TO THE SEA THE REAL SEA ESCAPING AWP SEATTLE AND WE ROLLED DOWN THE WINDOWS AND TURNED THE RADIO UP.  OUR HEARTS ARE NOT BROKEN MELISSA.  I LOVE YOU. I WANT TO BURST INTO TEARS OF GRATITUDE WRITING THESE WORDS. I CALL THE ANGEL NOW TO COME THROUGH THE BURNT GREY CLOUDS AND CUP YOU. AND REVOLUTIONIZE.  THE CONDITIONS.  AS THEY ARE.  I SEE THE ANGEL JUST SLIPPING A MAT OF SILVER-GREY LIGHT FROM UNDER YOUR FLOOR, WASHING IT OFF — ANY BLACK CHUNKS — THE DEBRIS — EMITTED DURING TONGLEN — OR THE PRACTICE OF FASTING — THEN SLIP IT BACK — LIKE A CARPET OF GOLD FIRE THAT SUPPORTS YOU AND THE LOVE THAT IS HERE ALREADY AND ABOUT TO ARRIVE.  IN YOUR REAL LIFE.  – Bhanu Kapil

Source: Friday Interview Series: Melissa Buzzeo | SHAME MAY BE FATAL