All posts tagged: arts

What a book can do for you

art, etc. / books

Not so often do I find a book I really love. Almost never do I find a book that turns me into a better person, somehow. This is the author of one of them, Ruth Ozeki — The book is A Tale for the Time Being, and was shortlisted for last year’s Man Booker Prize. Related articles Ruth Ozeki: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 87 A tale for the time being, by Ruth Ozeki A Tale […]

qotd: literature

art, etc. / qotd

Literature should not disappear up its own asshole, so to speak. Kurt Vonnegut via 15 Things Kurt Vonnegut Said Better Than Anyone Else Ever Has Or Will · The A.V. Club. Related articles Tips from Kurt Vonnegut (

The Stranger’s Child

books / Link

Alan Hollinghurst’s “The Stranger’s Child” Review : The New Yorker. That which I am reading now. Yes, I have a definite Booker bent to my reading tastes. No, this book didn’t win the Booker, but another of the author’s books did — The Line of Beauty. And I wouldn’t have found this here book — The Stranger’s Child — without having been curious about its author’s other books, on account of the prize win. Related articles The Line […]

Music. Again, and ever more again.

art, etc. / music

Of course, listening to the music in the previous post has started me going through an orgy of music listening, currently switching through various songs on Tommy. I sit here with eyes half glazed over with one wish moving through my mind: I wish I was a DJ. Then and only then do I remember: I was. In college, my extracurricular activity — other than Buck — was my job as a DJ at the […]

Sigur Rós: Ekki múkk (moving art)

music / video

Sigur Rós: Ekki múkk (moving art) Current favorite band, Sigur Rós. Album Valtari being released in a few days. By the way, don’t worry if you don’t understand the lyrics. They’re in Icelandic. Related articles Sigur Rós – “Ekki Múkk” / They’re Dropping a New Album in May! ( Listen to – Sigur Ros – ‘Ekki múkk’ ( Stream: Sigur Rós – “Ekki Múkk” ( First Listen: Sigur Rós, ‘Valtari’ ( [MP3] Sigur Rós – […]

Monday morning


It’s a sunny morning that is cool enough to still feel early. The street vendors on the Pearl Street Mall are relaxing in their chairs until it is time to unlock the padlocks and start their official day up. The street musicians, the ones who are not too hung over, have staked out their preferred corners next to their preferred flower beds. The instrument cases are still closed. The musicians check their blackberries before unbuckling […]