Ragtag & Sundry

January 2, 2015 § 2 Comments

A periodic news and reading roundup

(or: the most interesting, weird and worthwhile ways I procrastinated on the www of late).

This Conversation between Dan Gunn and Lydia Davis at the wonderful Music & Literature.

This 1929 Soviet-era silent movie by Dziga Vertov, who once said: “I am eye. I am a mechanical eye. I, a machine, am showing you a world, the likes of which only I can see.”

 

Published a couple of years ago, but still – and maybe more so – relevant, Rebecca Solnit’s Diary in the London Review of Books meditates on the influence of technology and the quality of the time we spend in today’s day and age.

“A restlessness has seized hold of many of us, a sense that we should be doing something else, no matter what we are doing….  It’s hard, now, to be with someone else wholly, uninterruptedly, and it’s hard to be truly alone.”

Solnit’s sentiments echo my own of late (though more beautifully and with considerably more clarity and conviction – I tend to vacillate between her perspective and one of the commenters who persuasively argues that Solnit is not the first in history to romanticize and misremember the reality of the past). Still, food for thought, and it nudged me into action concerning the way I do, and want to, spend my time. Day 2 of being Facebook-free and it feels okay!

Based on a couple of short stories I’ve read, I’m very excited about Irish writer Sara Baume’s forthcoming debut novel, Spill Simmer Falter Wither, from Tramp Press. Will certainly gush more about her another time. For now, though, I lately loved her little blog post documenting some artwork she made, and an installation of post-its titled All The Days I Did and Didn’t, while writing the novel.

I’ve also been seriously dreamy over the work of Mister Finch, a self-taught artist who sews delightful flora and fauna from vintage textiles. I want to fall down this lacy, threadbare rabbit hole and live in a world that looks like this:

Moths-on-Books-small

 

There were other things, too, but these are the things I thought to share with you, whatever share means, whoever you are.

Bye!

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§ 2 Responses to Ragtag & Sundry

  • sarabaume says:

    Hallo Deborah Rose,
    This must be the third time I’ve left a message in your comment box, first in anticipation of Lay Down the Dark Layers, and then in praise, but I’m not sure that you get them…my connection is faulty, my laptop old and bockety; it refuses to do all kinds of things for me for no particular reason. Anyway, how touching to see myself mentioned, my novel. Please know I was a fan of yours first! I’m not ‘on’ Facebook or Twitter but I love a beautiful blog and am thrilled that you’ve turned your attention back onto yours, please do keep sharing! Now I’m going to chip away at another few paragraphs and then look up some of your recommendations as a reward 🙂
    Happy New Year, Take Care,
    Sara

  • Oh Sara, I just discovered your other messages, eep! I have sent you an email 🙂

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