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Living in the dark place
Because you are human beings you are going to meet failure. You are going to meet disappointment, injustice, betrayal, and irreparable loss. You will find you're weak where you thought yourself strong. You'll work for possessions and then find they possess you. You will find yourself - as I know you already have - in dark places, alone, and afraid.

What I hope for you, for all my sisters and daughters, brothers and sons, is that you will be able to live there, in the dark place. To live in the place that our rationalizing culture of success denies, calling it a place of exile, uninhabitable, foreign.
A Left-Handed Commencement Address by Ursula K. LeGuin

Lou Reed David Bowie 1979
Story time

"Don't you EVER say that to me!"

Goblin King
Bowie 😭

OH INDEED
Poster hinting at the return of the KLF under their JAMMS guise

A bit older but more contemporary than rave archaeology:

this
and that with soundtrack

2017 could use some punk magic.

Subject:
From: Paul Ford
To: Virginia Heffernan
Subject: wanted you to know
i had nothing to do with that article in gawker. yes your piece had problems, but you deserved better and it was wrong of them to bring your past into it.


Saving this forever in case I need the lulz.

Just Checking In

Anna Fisher
Anna Fisher

Laurie Anderson on Lou Reed

It was spring in 2008 when I was walking down a road in California feeling sorry for myself and talking on my cell with Lou. "There are so many things I've never done that I wanted to do," I said.

"Like what?"

"You know, I never learned German, I never studied physics, I never got married."

"Why don't we get married?" he asked. "I'll meet you halfway. I'll come to Colorado. How about tomorrow?"

"Um – don't you think tomorrow is too soon?"

"No, I don't."

"I fear that in this world one is reduced to being either hammer or anvil; lucky the man who escapes these alternatives!" - Voltaire

A short documentary about Kate Bush

Oh, you know, just makin some sounds
A photo of Kate Bush at a Fairlight synthesizer

HEAR YE, HEAR YE! TONY WILSON, FOUNDER OF FACTORY RECORDS, FOUNDER OF THE HAÇIENDA, LINKED IN POPULAR MEMORY TO JOY DIVISION, NEW ORDER, THE HAPPY MONDAYS, AND THE SCENE KNOWN AS MADCHESTER, HAS DIED. HEAR YE, HEAR YE!
He had been battling kidney cancer for some time, but according to the Manchester Evening News he died after an unrelated heart attack. Because he had a better head for art than money his finances were not in good shape, but his friends (including the Mondays) rallied round to pay for his treatment. (via ilx)

Sorry I can't make this prettier, Tony, I know you'd want all your obituaries to be art.

Ned Raggett: "...had he not helped bring together a variety of kindred souls in various fields, not all musical, then the world would look different, sound different, simply BE different."

Metafilter: "I'm a minor player in my own life story."

"We drain dry the old pleasures and then never think new ones are going to happen again. Rationally, we know that wonderful things are around the corner, and yet we don't believe it."

His coffin had a FAC number

Serpico has a blog! The cop who blew the whistle on NYPD corruption in the 70s, got shot, moved the Switzerland, had a movie made about him with Al Pacino ... crazy.

a brief correspondence between Mahatma Ghandi and Count Leo Tolstoy on non-violence

Things Other People Accomplished When They Were Your Age
Depressing!

"At age 32:

Penniless and unemployed, Buckminster Fuller decided against suicide, resolving instead to live out the rest of his life as an experiment to see what one person could do to help humanity."

Why Vaclav Havel is our era's George Orwell
"... at that moment, I was overwhelmed by an intense feeling that this dear man belonged to a world that I no longer wish to have anything to do with ... the world of cunning shits."

God bless Shannon Shalako.

(I'm talking specifically about Mixmaster Morris coming to the Phoenix Landing next Wednesday. But it's a general benediction, as well.)

Neat post to a Joyce list I'm on, from Ed Germain.
About 1983, I asked Marie Jolas about James Joyce's relationship to women. As well as I can recall verbatim, this is what she said:

"He was always polite to women, always. He was always a gentleman, always courteous, gracious to women... And he would ask questions of women that no one else would, no other man would."

What kind of questions, I asked her.

"What is it like to give birth? What is it like to menstruate? Many questions like that."

And women answered? I asked.

"Yes. We all told him. He was so interested and courteous. He listened."

Marie Jolas and her husband Eugene knew Joyce quite well. Eugene published "Work in Progress" in his magazine, transition.

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