Finally, back on the correct day.
I was lucky enough to get to know Anna Jensen a little bit while living in Asheville. We worked together briefly at a restaurant in the River Arts District, and the first time I saw her work I thought, "Wow, this person is making drinks for the customers I'm serving." Discovering the talents of folks who are doing ordinary things alongside you is pretty incredible, and experiences like that help remind me that people are so complex. Even the seemingly mundane have entire universes of experiences and interests inside them, and unless you ask, you may never know.
I've got a couple of Anna's prints, but I am getting ready to purchase my first original and I'm so excited. More to come when it arrives...
On Hypocrisy by Martin Clancy
A quote to wet your appetite:
"The Coherence between what one believes and how one acts was, William Hazlitt thought, a sign of nobility, a proof of the fact that a person saw value in himself. To act in accordance with one's beliefs is an affirmation, most of us suppose, that those beliefs are praiseworthy. By contrast, "a hyprocrite despises those whom he deceives, but has no respect for himself. He would make a dupe of himself too, if he could." Here Hazlitt may be going too far: not only hypocrites, but even the most honest among us are experts at self-deception."
I have been listening to Son Lux all week. I have heard people complain recently about how Spotify exploits artists, but I think for anybody really interested in music, it provides access to more artists than anybody would ever have the time or money to find themselves in a sea of vinyl at the local record store. I use it to find artists I didn't even know I liked. Being able to sample the entire album is really nice because I just don't have the money to spend on a record that may only end up having one song I like on it once I get it home. Anyway, that's how I found Son Lux, and I'm going to pick up one of their records at All Day this afternoon.
A favorite exerpt:
"This made her so angry that she did the dishes. We never did this unless we were trying to be grand and self-destructive. I stood in the doorway and tried to maintain my end of our silence while watching her scratch at calcified noodles. In truth, I had not yet learned how to hate anyone but my parents. I was actually just standing there in love. I was not even really standing; if she had walked away suddenly, I would have fallen."
I hate that this article focuses on heteronormative couples, because what of the gay, single, poor women living in places that don't grant the right to marry to same sex couples? Are they to either suffer alone or suffer with a man? And why do the two options have to be 'alone' or 'married'? There are tons of people who are in partnerships where they pool resources without a legally binding contract. That being said, this article touched on some interesting ideas.
"Taking a stand against patriarchy is much easier if you're well-educated, have a stable income, and live in a community where you could theoretically find an educated, employed man to marry. For poor, uneducated women, especially those who have kids, the question of whether to get married looks a lot different: It's the choice between raising children on one or two incomes, between having someone to help with household chores and child-rearing alone while working multiple jobs."
What Lou Reed Taught Me About Love by Lisa Selin Davis for New York Times' Modern Love column.
"The rain didn't stop, so we went back to his house and listened to the Replacements. He had a job fixing bikes, and he smelled like something tangy called Corn Huskers Lotion, which he used to get the grease off. Nothing else happened that day, but I was so happy, it hurt."