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2021.04.26

05 Pictures

04 French Classic Omelette Project

… decided to experiment with adding water to see impact on sticking… 2 jumbo eggs, 2 tbs water, salt, pepper, butter… major sticking leading to omelette form failure… not sure skillet was as hot as when there is complete success with non-sticking…

03 Feedly Food

Spiritualized: Lazer Guided Melodies… the album re-release gets a 9.0 as “Best New Reissue” according to Pitchfork…

On their debut, Spiritualized seemed to emerge from the ether perfectly realized, creating rock music that was serene, spaced-out, and untroubled.1

… i save the review to my music board, to find on Spotify and listen later… with roots in traditional Rock, i imagine H may like it, if i do, i will share it with her…

Ten of the Most Desirable Photo Books to Buy This Month… i immediately notice the featured photo is a nude from Mona Kuhn’s new book, sex sells, though honestly, i want to know what they think are the ten photobooks to own this month… i am familiar with a number of the books, three or four i would consider owning if my budget allowed… i already bought a photobook this month, it wasn’t among the ten…

… this image gets my attention…

Self-portrait by Mark Weston
Self-portrait by Mark Weston

RO Kwon, the Author Changing the Way We Think About Kink

… yup, stories about kinky sex… things we like but are afraid to admit we like, well some of us are, or have kink averse partners which means a dead end to our kink fantasies… yes, i clicked through, sex sells to me… i look at a photograph of the author…

RO KwonPhotography by Smeeta Mahanti
RO KwonPhotography by Smeeta Mahanti

… young Korean woman… i wonder what her kinks are, wish i were younger and knew her and could find out… sad to have an old man’s body and desire for what a young body could do… am i guilty of exoticizing the sexuality of Asian women?… i think i would embrace the sexuality of any race of young woman shown in a picture for a book of kink stories…

Extraction, Michał Luczak… bleak black and white photographs on coal mining and its impacts in a Polish town… as i look through the pictures, which are good, which i have seen before in a book review, i think about whether the world is ready to abandon fossil fuels, and HCR writing on the Biden/Harris administrations efforts to lead the country to do just that… leave the fossil fuels behind, retrain the coal miners to do something else, i wonder if the coal miners themselves are ready to do this, their unions seem to be…

Brain Pickings post on Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency… i have this book on Kindle, i have read some of it, but not all of it… the post quotes Derek Jarman from Modern Nature, which another post in BP led me to buy… it is sitting in my to read pile… i am reminded to return to Funny Weather and finish it…

To bridge Laing’s two questions, one must somehow reconcile these two temporal models: linear time, which the Greek called chronos and along which we plot the vector of progress, and cyclical time, or kairos, which is the time of gardens and, Laing intimates, the time of societies.2

… and i think, linear time, masculine, cyclical time, feminine…

… I find more and more that attention is the elemental unit of time. Each moment we are fully paying attention is an atom of eternity.3

… so true Ms. Popova, so true… shall i make this the headline of my Notes On Attention Paid?…

Sea kale (Crambe maritima) by Carl Axel Mangus Lindman, 1901
Sea kale (Crambe maritima) by Carl Axel Mangus Lindman, 1901

I look up Sea Kale and find that it gets its name from sailing ship days, it was pickled and eaten to prevent scurvy…

02 Catcalling, Lee Soho

… Kyungjin’s Home—A Spider Web

… the poet meshes together her human family life with the family life of the Velvet Spider… the female spider offers itself as food to its offspring… human motherhood parasitic to the mother… i read about that in The Second Sex… this is what mothers do, and their mothers and their children hate them for it…

… Blowfish Soup, another poem about little sister, making a death pack, hating each other, or is little sister an extension of the poet, another self?… suicidal thoughts… not surprising for an incest ridden family… both sisters get pregnant, both sisters get an abortion… pregnant by their father?… not clear… what a troubled childhood…

… Sijin’s Home—A House of Dead Stones…

… a note at the end of the poem explains about dead stones in the game of Go…

In the game of Go, players take turns placing stones on a wooden board, and the player who builds the most “houses” wins. By the end, there are often stones that cannot avoid capture but have not yet been completely surrounded. Usually the two players agree to remove these “dead stones” as captures.4

… it’s a depressing life, there is no happiness in these poems, all very sad, the author having an affair with the brother-in-law?… Uni, the sister, depressed, useless, like a stone moved to gongbae, no benefit or loss to either side… their are sides, always sides…

… Separation

“We combed each other’s pubic hair with mascara”

… so begins the poem, is this about the sister’s bad and disintegrating relationship?… how would it be to read these poems knowing all the central characters?, how would their meaning shift?… would any universal collapse into the hear and now of the characters in the story?…

01 First Thoughts

230.2 lbs

… bad night, dogs wanted out at 2:00 AM, then up at 3:30 AM, did the dishes, dogs must have been whining, did not hear them but i hear H getting up and letting them out of the bedroom, they come bounding downstairs, i let them out, finish the dishes, feed the cat… all takes time, the advantage of being up early squandered on household tasks…

… i will need a nap today…

… the beginning of taking care of myself, i will schedule to have my hair cut, i will take care of what is piling up on my desk, i will get the rest i need…

… i complete scheduling with K to go to Nature’s Pantry… they don’t have a car, but like to shop there… it can become a weekly thing, i go at least once a week, we will carpool, making it more efficient use of gas… doing friends a favor, spending time with them, more self care… we are both vaccinated, will be my first time spending any amount of time with someone other than H… a step towards a more normal, post pandemic life…

… HCR all about Biden/Harris administrations ambitious climate goals… B/H administration doing what they need to do to bring us into the environmentally sound, multicultural future, the multiarchy is the future if the the patriarchy doesn’t strangle it prenatally…

  1. Ben Cardew https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/spiritualized-lazer-guided-melodies/
  2. Maria Popova: https://www.brainpickings.org/2021/04/23/gardening-art-resistance/
  3. Maria Popova: https://www.brainpickings.org/2021/04/23/gardening-art-resistance/
  4. Lee, Soho. Catcalling (p. 25). Open Letter. Kindle Edition.

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