"My plan was never to get married. I was going to be an art monster instead. Women almost never become art monsters because art monsters only concern themselves with art, never mundane things. Nabokov didn’t even fold his own umbrella. Vera licked his stamps for him."

Jenny Offill Dept. of Speculation

from Koa Beck’s article "The Legend of Vera Nabokov," The Atlantic

On why every writer needs a Vera. It somewhat disturbs me that the article concludes with the following, “Marrying a Vera might not be possible,” Weiner concludes. “Hiring one, though—maybe that’s the new, politically correct dream.”

Gender parity and equitable partnership for a select few achieved by the sacrifice of others?

"… cut off all your ties to the land and sail off into the unknown into uncharted seas…"

"My Dinner With Andre"

A few weeks ago my former landlord hit the headlines in NYC because he was kidnapped and murdered. Here’s what I wrote about it. (In Swedish)

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Chantal Akerman’s 1977 film “News from Home,” invites viewers to experience New York City from inside the outsider. 

One of my favorite weirdo art movies ever. Go see it if you can.

nevver:

Peanuts

Will I have forgiven New York City for this weather come summer?

nevver:

Peanuts

Will I have forgiven New York City for this weather come summer?

Alvin Baltrop and Gordon Matta-Clark: The Piers from Here
Baltrop’s photos of the Chelsea Piers in the gay ’70s and Gordon Matta-Clark’s work on the same. Two of my favorite things in the same exhibition. The video is worth watching too.

Alvin Baltrop and Gordon Matta-Clark: The Piers from Here

Baltrop’s photos of the Chelsea Piers in the gay ’70s and Gordon Matta-Clark’s work on the same. Two of my favorite things in the same exhibition. The video is worth watching too.

"“Imagine if it were your wife/daughter/mother.” Yes, this phrase is almost reflexively brought up when discussing rape, other forms of gendered violence, abortion–really, anything that affects primarily women. But try to picture a woman being call upon to do the inverse: “Imagine if it were your husband/son/father.” It rarely happens.”"

– Maya Dusenbery, feministing

Yes. Why on earth should boys not be taught to simply put themselves in another person’s shoes, as opposed to the once-removed female relative. That line of thinking also obscures the fact that sexual violence can and does happen to boys too.

(I’ve also always disliked the wife/daughter/mother line of arguing because of the gross patriarchal ownership implications.)

Zadie Smith on writing.

"[…] sex is actually never not a big deal, whether in movies or in life. Sex is the joker in the deck."

"The Problem with Sex Scenes that are Too Good" Richard Brody on Blue is the Warmest Color in The New Yorker.

Montana Ray talking to poet and translator Jennifer Hayashida about Sweden, Swedishness and works that unsettle those concepts.

This speaks to me on so many levels and I really wish there were more critical representations of Sweden out there, in English, aimed at an American audience.

(Source: bltsalonthebomb)