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“210. I am in the habit of saying: “Every poem is an opportunity to destroy my career.” 211. When I…”

“210. I am in the habit of saying: “Every poem is an opportunity to destroy my career.” 211. When I say it, I imagine completely new work. Maybe I abandon the typographic experiments of The Black Automaton in exchange for a more traditional sonnet crown. Or I leave behind my investigations into manhood for poems about birds. I mean to surprise readers who have come to expect a particular kind of poem from me. I mean to surprise myself as well. 212. I want it to mean that I am not afraid of trying something different, that I am not privileging my previous gestures, hiding behind what I know. 213. But what it doesn’t mean, necessarily, is that I write the poem that demands to be written. You can spend a lot of time not writing such a poem.”

- POEM : Douglas Kearney : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation
Dec 18

Roger Robinson at Jazz Verse Jukebox #jvj #vscocam



Roger Robinson at Jazz Verse Jukebox #jvj #vscocam

Dec 8

shot December 06, 2013 at 06:21PM



shot December 06, 2013 at 06:21PM

Dec 7

Via the Avengers. Found this yesterday— after my last workshop…



Via the Avengers.

Found this yesterday— after my last workshop of the day, I stopped in at Forbidden Planet to zone out for a minute. Leafed through a few graphic novels (Avengers, which I was never really a big fan of anyway) and realised I’m so out of touch with the storylines that I have no idea what’s going on these days (who’s the yellow/golden dude with the horn?), but the above panel touched me…

Dec 7

“Writing is work. It’s also gambling. Technique alone is never enough. Be without fear. Too…”

“Writing is work. It’s also gambling. Technique alone is never enough. Be without fear. Too much fear and all you’ll get is silence. You have to have passion. To hell with facts! It doesn’t matter how “real” your story is, or how “made up”: what matters is its necessity. We tell stories in order to live. The thing that’s important to me is that you never know. You’re always sort of feeling your way. There is no truth. There is only perception. Stare. It is the only way to educate your eye. And if there are no jobs at the end of it, that’s not necessarily a reason not to do it.”

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Found text from Howie Good’s editor’s note for issue 70 of Right Hand Pointing.

The Note - 70rhpissue

Dec 2

“The people I liked were those who were able to do something with nothing – painters, writers and…”

The people I liked were those who were able to do something with nothing – painters, writers and photographers. I looked into photography early on and I saw that there were sports photographers who needed an Olympian, fashion photographers who needed a model and war photographers who needed a war.

Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank and Riboud and those guys – they didn’t need anything; they would just look out the window or go to the garden. In other words, the everyday life situation became a gold mine for these artists, and I gravitated towards the fact that you could take something right next to you and turn it into art or communication. I liked the integrity of journalism but I was always interested in photographs. Photographs didn’t have to communicate a great concept, they could just be



- David Alan Harvey (via yes-lukewinter)
Dec 1

“How are we to speak of these ‘common things’, how to track them down rather, flush them out, wrest…”

“How are we to speak of these ‘common things’, how to track them down rather, flush them out, wrest them from the dross in which they remain mired, how to give them a meaning, a tongue, to let them, finally, speak of what is, of what are. What’s needed perhaps is finally to found our own anthropology, one that will speak about us, will look in ourselves for what for so long we’ve been pillaging from others. Not the exotic any more, but the endotic.”

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Peter Buwert Research » Blog Archive » Georges Perec – Questioning the habitual

Via Roberto Greco

Nov 30

“You must know everything well before you can know what to discard. You must cover pages with…”

“You must know everything well before you can know what to discard. You must cover pages with material you will not finally put into the book. That doesn’t mean you don’t use it. It is still there, must be there, an invisible foundation which gives authority to the story. The planning done on setting is never wasted. Nothing is ever wasted. If it has been thought through and written, it is still there, in every word which does not mention it.”

- Dorothy Bryant, on the drafting of fiction (via strangelikeness)
Nov 29

“Now, email is a pot constantly boiling over. Like King Sisyphus pushing his boulder, we read,…”

“Now, email is a pot constantly boiling over. Like King Sisyphus pushing his boulder, we read, respond, delete, delete, delete, only to find that even more messages have arrived whilst we were pruning. A whole time management industry has erupted around email, urging us to check only once or twice a day, to avoid checking email first thing in the morning, and so forth. Even if such techniques work, the idea that managing the communication for a job now requires its own self-help literature reeks of a foul new anguish”

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Hyperemployment, or the Exhausting Work of the Technology User - Ian Bogost - The Atlantic

True.

Nov 28

“EBooks are perhaps inescapable, but if we understand the primitive response we have in the…”

“EBooks are perhaps inescapable, but if we understand the primitive response we have in the experience of a tangible book, the possession and proprietary nature of owning it, then we can translate that over to the digital format and make it better. And vice versa. EBooks will not improve with technological advances alone, just like physical books will not diminish; they each need to look to each other to move forwards. But it should be a careful, considered process.”

- The DO Blog - Blog - James Bridle
Nov 27

“We all want something from these networks of technologies. In a strange way, we all depend on one…”

We all want something from these networks of technologies. In a strange way, we all depend on one another. Igor needs the bots. The bots need Igor. I need Igor and the bots and Olivia. Twitter needs all of us, though they claim in regulatory filings that only five percent of their accounts are fake, based on an internal review. (It should be noted: the spambot problem definitely used to be worse.)

And yet, despite all of our connections and interdependencies, the logic of the bots remains mysterious to human beings.



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Why Did 9,000 Porny Spambots Descend on This San Diego High Schooler? - Alexis C. Madrigal - The Atlantic

This is a poem waiting to be written. Thank you, Dear Internet. 

Nov 26

“Working alone means the voice must grow louder, for who can stand to think quietly all through the…”

Working alone means the voice must grow louder, for who can stand to think quietly all through the day’s calculations?

I cannot. I let the voice grow loud. I let the voice hum outside my body in distinguishable phrasings, and count

the increments as I set the fence according to the blade. All day

I stand before a blade and push things into its path.

I stand aside as what is removed is whisked alongside me. The smallest particles of   what is removed thicken the air,

making a dream inside which one cannot live. All day the voice is learning how to be outside of   the body.



- From Bad Year Anthem by Matthew Nienow via Poetry Magazine
Nov 25

“When they lapse into consciousness, they are possessed as Nietzsche was when he wrote “No artist…”

“When they lapse into consciousness, they are possessed as Nietzsche was when he wrote “No artist tolerates reality.” Those who are awake, if only momentarily, are the artists. And by artists, I mean these writers who feel and tinker until they’ve given form to something that exists within the bandwidth of reality but resists humdrum conventionality. Of course, it’s akin to the famed tell it slant. But more than that, they’re telling it like it ain’t, not keeping it real.”

- Kevin Simmonds | Poem of the Week: Joseph Whitt | the the poetry blog
Nov 17

shot November 16, 2013 at 08:12AM



shot November 16, 2013 at 08:12AM

Nov 16

“Ruiu posited another theory that sounds like something from the screenplay of a post-apocalyptic…”

“Ruiu posited another theory that sounds like something from the screenplay of a post-apocalyptic movie: “badBIOS,” as Ruiu dubbed the malware, has the ability to use high-frequency transmissions passed between computer speakers and microphones to bridge airgaps.”

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Meet “badBIOS,” the mysterious Mac and PC malware that jumps airgaps | Ars Technica

I stopped worrying about viruses so much when I first made a shift to using Macs exclusively in my set up (yes, there was a time when I was a PC user. I was actually pretty anti-Mac until mid 2007…)

That’s not to say I don’t pay attention to viruses. It’s good form as a computer user to take general precautions, even when you pretty much exclusively use an OS that suffers far fewer viral attacks than most. But computer viruses have always fascinated me. Viruses in general— something about the idea of small organisms operating on the basis of their own natural drive to thrive in a way that can almost seem like organised intelligence. And the fact that a computer can be infected with something that seems so… organic. Intriguing.

This one’s been added to my file of source material for tech related poems.

Nov 12

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer….”

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”

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Highlighted by Emily Phillips in Walden (via readmill)

This, and this:

"Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music."

Highlighted by Nicholas Van Exan in What We Say Matters: Practicing Nonviolent Communication by Judith Hanson Lasater and Ike K. Lasater

Nov 11

BEAUTY OF MATHEMATICS (by PARACHUTES.TV)



BEAUTY OF MATHEMATICS (by PARACHUTES.TV)

Nov 10

““Well, the process is really what you have to do day in and day out to be successful,” he said. “We…”

“Well, the process is really what you have to do day in and day out to be successful,” he said. “We try to define the standard that we want everybody to sort of work toward, adhere to, and do it on a consistent basis. And the things that I talked about before, being responsible for your own self-determination, having a positive attitude, having great work ethic, having discipline to be able to execute on a consistent basis, whatever it is you’re trying to do, those are the things that we try to focus on, and we don’t try to focus as much on the outcomes as we do on being all that you can be.

“Eliminate the clutter and all the things that are going on outside and focus on the things that you can control with how you sort of go about and take care of your business. That’s something that’s ongoing, and it can never change.”



- Saban Is Keen to Explain ‘Process’ - NYTimes.com
Nov 9

Media Space / Documentation (by Universal Everything) Universal…



Media Space / Documentation (by Universal Everything)

Universal Everything and You

Drawing in Motion

21 September 2013 - 7 February 2014

Media Space at the Science Museum, London

"A large audio-visual artwork created collaboratively through a smart phone app will be on display for the first time at Media Space, the new galleries opening in the Science Museum, London. Art and design collective Universal Everything have been commissioned to create this new two-part installation, on display from 21 September 2013."

Nov 8

(via Placement… | View From the Ledge)



(via Placement… | View From the Ledge)

Nov 7