i like these things

Realized that I only have a month and a half before I go back to school, so I’m trying to read as much fiction as possible before I get suffocated under the weight of academic articles.

I liked two of the stories in this collection a lot. Mostly the rest felt like they were trying really hard.

Realized that I only have a month and a half before I go back to school, so I’m trying to read as much fiction as possible before I get suffocated under the weight of academic articles.

I liked two of the stories in this collection a lot. Mostly the rest felt like they were trying really hard.

The Truly Great

by Stephen Spender

I think continually of those who were truly great.
Who, from the womb, remembered the soul’s history
Through corridors of light, where the hours are suns,
Endless and singing. Whose lovely ambition
Was that their lips, still touched with fire,
Should tell of the Spirit, clothed from head to foot in song.
And who hoarded from the Spring branches
The desires falling across their bodies like blossoms.

What is precious, is never to forget
The essential delight of the blood drawn from ageless springs
Breaking through rocks in worlds before our earth.
Never to deny its pleasure in the morning simple light
Nor its grave evening demand for love.
Never to allow gradually the traffic to smother
With noise and fog, the flowering of the spirit.

Near the snow, near the sun, in the highest fields,
See how these names are fêted by the waving grass
And by the streamers of white cloud
And whispers of wind in the listening sky.
The names of those who in their lives fought for life,
Who wore at their hearts the fire’s centre.
Born of the sun, they travelled a short while toward the sun
And left the vivid air signed with their honour.

Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
I loved so much of this book, but this part is really sticking with me:
"Alexa and the other guests, and perhaps even Georgina, all understood the fleeing from war, from the kind of poverty that crushed human souls, but they would not understand the need to escape from the oppressive lethargy of choicelessness. They would not understand why people like him, who were raised well fed and watered but mired in dissatisfaction, conditioned from birth to look towards somewhere else, eternally convinced that real lives happened in that somewhere else, were now resolved to do dangerous things, illegal things, so as to leave, none of them starving, or raped, or from burned villages, merely hungry for choice and certainty."

Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche

I loved so much of this book, but this part is really sticking with me:

"Alexa and the other guests, and perhaps even Georgina, all understood the fleeing from war, from the kind of poverty that crushed human souls, but they would not understand the need to escape from the oppressive lethargy of choicelessness. They would not understand why people like him, who were raised well fed and watered but mired in dissatisfaction, conditioned from birth to look towards somewhere else, eternally convinced that real lives happened in that somewhere else, were now resolved to do dangerous things, illegal things, so as to leave, none of them starving, or raped, or from burned villages, merely hungry for choice and certainty."

Kill Your Darlings & Howl

I've never really been that into Ginsberg, but I watched both of these movies in the last month and they made me miss writing in a way that I haven't in a really long time.

Night Moves
Went to see this with my brother, who had never seen a Kelly Reichardt movie before. I was trying to prep him for the fact there was a decent chance that not a lot would happen. He said he watched the trailer and it looked like it was slow, but building to something. “That’s possible,” I said, “but normally her movies are slow and then they end. But that’s what I like about them.”

Night Moves

Went to see this with my brother, who had never seen a Kelly Reichardt movie before. I was trying to prep him for the fact there was a decent chance that not a lot would happen. He said he watched the trailer and it looked like it was slow, but building to something. “That’s possible,” I said, “but normally her movies are slow and then they end. But that’s what I like about them.”

“Sometimes, the most amazing things in life are the small little things. Something someone said to you, the smell of someone’s neck—little things in life—because the small things in our life are really the big things in our life. And I think it’s very important to remember that.” - Tom Ford

A Single Man

chadhartigan:

Here’s me winning an award yesterday and everyone giving me a “cool story, bro” face.

Aubrey Plaza’s face. Best.

chadhartigan:

Here’s me winning an award yesterday and everyone giving me a “cool story, bro” face.

Aubrey Plaza’s face. Best.

Fazila - Skateistan

Fazila - Skateistan

balltillifall:

chadhartigan:

You can now rent or buy THIS IS MARTIN BONNER on iTunes! Help us crack the top 20 of Independent films.
Also available on Netflix streaming, DVD, VOD, the works!

This is how you do a proper independent release. Right now in New York you can go see this in a theater, rent or buy it on iTunes, see it on Netflix or buy it on DVD. 

balltillifall:

chadhartigan:

You can now rent or buy THIS IS MARTIN BONNER on iTunes! Help us crack the top 20 of Independent films.

Also available on Netflix streaming, DVD, VOD, the works!

This is how you do a proper independent release. Right now in New York you can go see this in a theater, rent or buy it on iTunes, see it on Netflix or buy it on DVD. 

photo by Elsa Voytas
Less than a week left in Uganda. It’s been amazing. I’m excited to go home, but I’m really going to miss being here.

photo by Elsa Voytas

Less than a week left in Uganda. It’s been amazing. I’m excited to go home, but I’m really going to miss being here.

Iwan Baan
Amazing photos from Makoko, a floating slum in Lagos, Nigeria.

Iwan Baan

Amazing photos from Makoko, a floating slum in Lagos, Nigeria.

Cinema, or to make movies, or any act of creation, is the research of yourself. Interview with Mauritanian filmmaker, Abderrahmane Sissako. 

"We can look up at the sky and see the stars and nebulas and other galaxies with a telescope and be excited by the strange, interesting patterns the universe forms.

And we can also look in the other direction, down towards the small, and see new and strange and exciting patterns that are formed by these pieces of the universe that we’re all made out of.”

-Christopher Lutz (Research Scientist, IBM Research)