Monthly Archives: July 2012

“…under every deep a lower deep opens”

An editorial note: The title for this post was originally going to be “…but every end is a beginning,” which WordPress informed me was already the name of a previous post made almost exactly one year ago, near the beginning … Continue reading

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kthxbye!

650. That, according to Jordan Weissman, a writer for The Atlantic, who extrapolated the number from claims about workers’ productivity issued by McKinsey Global Institute, is the number of hours the average “working stiff” spends on email at work. His … Continue reading

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after the rain

Earlier this week, storm clouds — cirrus, I think, with their thin, layered, sheetlike behavior — tumbled through overhead to deliver to our region the gifts of rain that mimicked the clouds by falling in sheets, unruly winds, and the … Continue reading

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humans of kerala

The phenomenon that is HONY has inspired numerous photographic spinoffs — among them, (the occasionally quirky captions of) Humans of Paris, (the close-up portraits of) Souls of San Francisco, (the “still finding its groove”) Humans of London, and several more — even … Continue reading

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it’s the people, stupid

While contemplating ways to turn my sabbatical into a full time gig, another thought has been slow to develop, awaiting, it seems, for the right combination of stop bath and fixer to come together for the image to render. The … Continue reading

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piano play

This photo essay by Christopher Payne blew me away. His photographs tell the story of Steinway pianos being made by hand over the course of a year. Upon discovery I immediately made a mental note to share it here in honor … Continue reading

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of poets and friends

“The poet speaks only those thoughts that come unbidden, like the wind that stirs the trees, and men cannot help but listen. He is not listened to, but heard.”

Thoreau, May 6, 1841, Journal

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i miss…

the brollies and the wellies, greens, parks, squares, and closes, rain mist so fine you won’t need that facial appointment, (nor the aforementioned brolly), because the sun will be shining soon enough. just wait. (and we/they do.) a ten-minute, guilt-free … Continue reading

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Plucked and re-seeded

It’s not the heat that hits me first, it’s the promise of a different temperature that the pilot announces a short while before our descent into the Philadelphia airport. His voice is nasal in tone — but not nearly as … Continue reading

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Saturation — sabbatical as pilgrimage, part 1

A dry sponge has a limit to how much liquid it can hold, after which point it oozes out more than it soaks up thus rendering it, effectively, no longer worthy of its name: sponge. That moment, just before the … Continue reading

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“We only know that to live is to live for.”

Much in the same way that the writings of Transtromer and Calvino found their way onto the dashboard of my mind’s eye, so, too, have the words of Paz once again surfaced and made themselves known. This time, they were … Continue reading

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hastily sketched notes on the train to Cromer

The two-carriage train pulls way from the station with slow revving of the engines. Like an extended cough, one that makes no dent in the conversation between a father and his boys in which the former is laying out the … Continue reading

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living life in fortnights

We make — or perhaps it’s more apt to say that we are made to make — 5-year plans, imagine and establish life goals, and often organize ourselves enough to know what the next day or hour is going to … Continue reading

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