04 January 2016

From 'Spinster' by Kate Bolick

"So thoroughly healthy and zestful... They shock you constantly... They have an amazing combination of wisdom and youthfulness, of humor and ability, and innocence and self-reliance... They are of course all self-supporting and independent; and they enjoy the adventure of life; the full, reliant, audacious way in which they go about makes you wonder if the new woman isn't to be a very splendid sort of person."

-the political writer Randolph Bourne describing the New Woman.


"Curving back upon My own Nature,
I create again and again."

Kahlil Gibran

"For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and melt
into the sun? And what is it to cease breathing, but to
free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise
and expand and seek God unencumbered? Only
when you drink from the river of silence shall you
indeed sing. And when you have reached the
mountaintop, then you shall begin to climb. And when
the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly

Rainer Maria Rilke Quote

"I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer."


Joel Primack and Nancy Abrams Quote

"There's a joke among cosmologists
that romantics are made of stardust,
but cynics are made of the nuclear waste of worn-out stars."

Mary Oliver Quote

"You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves."

Will Keepin Quote

"Faith is understood not as blind adherence to any set of beliefs, but as a knowing from experience and intuition about intrinsic universal principles beyond our direct observation, and relying upon these principles, whatever they are, to support us in creating what we aspire to create."

Alan Watts

"This feeling of being lonely and very temporary visitors in the universe is in flat contradiction to everything known about man (and all other living organisms) in the sciences. We do not "come into" this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree. As the ocean "waves" the universe "peoples". Every individual is an expression of the whole realm of nature, a unique action of the total universe."

New Yorker Cartoon

"I started my vegetarianism for moral reasons, then for health concerns and now it's just to annoy people."

The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates


Bob Mankoff on Fresh Air


Dear Sugar: The Weight of Love


Wild Tales






Fresh Air Review:

The Big Secret of Abortion: Women Already Know How It Works.


When Leaving Becomes Arriving

"... And so there’s a lovely and powerful form of grief there that is the ultimate of giving away but making space for another form of reimagination."

-Poet and Philosopher David Whyte on ending relationships:


05 December 2015

Gloria Steinem

Fresh Air interview:

New Yorker Article:

Reading List

Miranda July - The First Bad Man
Spotted in Powell's, curious about author

Mary Beard - SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome

Riad Sattouf - The Arab of the Future: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1978-1984: A Graphic Memoir

Ta-Nehisi Coates - Between the World and Me

Patti Smith - M Train

Gloria Steinem - My Life on the Road

Carrie Brownstein - Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl

Basma Alsharif

Last week the PSU MFA Studio Lecture Series hosted Palestinian filmmaker Basma Alsharif. Her lecture was titled "Trauma & Apathy". Here's what PSU said about her:

Artist/Filmmaker Basma Alsharif presents her work through an autobiographical narrative of the development of her practice as coinciding with the normalization of vivid images of trauma. Her lyrical use of history, poetics of language, sound design, and the weaving disparate material into multi-layered works interrogates Representations of violence as Apathy producing. Alsharif's work centers on the human condition in relation to shifting geopolitical landscapes, natural environments and history through video, film and installation.


Basma Alsharif is an artist/filmmaker of Palestinian origin who was born & raised nomadically, and developed her practice between Chicago, Cairo, Beirut, Amman, Sharjah, and the Gaza Strip. She was invited to the Malmo Art Academy of Lund University in 2004, received an MFA in 2007 from the University of Illinois in Chicago, and recently moved to Los Angeles.

She is represented by Galerie Imane Fares in Paris France and distributed by Video Data Bank. Her works have shown in solo exhibitions, biennials, and film festivals internationally including the Jerusalem Show, the New York Film Festival, the Berlinale, Videobrasil, and Manifesta 8. Basma won a Jury Prize at the 9th Sharjah Biennial, received the Marion McMahon Award at the Images Festival in Toronto, and was a guest of the Flaherty Film Seminar in upstate New York. She was recently part of the New Museum’s Here and Elsewhere exhibition. Most recently, she was a resident of the Pavillon at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris from November 2014 - June 2015.

She was super lovely, poised, and spoke openly and clearly and with conviction. She said exactly what she meant and thought without arrogance or apology or hesitation. I loved experiencing her easy multiculturalism (at least it appeared effortless).