Tuesday
Feb182014

Quote of the day, or why I haven't posted lately

 

"Evidently the business of writing is one from whose clutches it is by no means easy to extricate oneself, even when the action itself has come to seem loathesome or even impossible. From the writer's point of view, there is almost nothing to be said in its defense, so little does it have to offer by way of gratification."

—W.G. Sebald, A Place in the Country

Thursday
Jan302014

Warning

 

 

 

Monday
Jan272014

Almost Home

You should've seen the hand sanitizer aisle. It went on for miles.

Saturday
Jan112014

Optimism

"Horror must be absolved by the quality of prose."
—W. G. Sebald
Wednesday
Jan082014

A little late, greetings to the new year

It was almost warm today and windy and the sky seemed scrubbed and the black water tanks on top of the apartment buildings were gleaming in Ramallah. “How come I never noticed before,” thought I to myself, “that they are beautiful?” The wall at Qalandia was not beautiful of course, though it did seem a little crisper than it usually does and everyone was cheery at the checkpoint, maybe not cheery, just disinterested and not actively murderous, and Jerusalem, oh Jerusalem, you had on your best clothes this afternoon! The ultra-orthodox men looked ultra sharp and the falafel guy was even ruder than the norm and the American teenagers seemed especially American. Even their vowels slouched.