— Morris Ryskind on the set of a Marx Brothers movie. This is the epigraph to Daniel Handler’s 2006 novel Adverbs
Jimi Hendrix, “Peace in MIssissippi”
Like a Dream - Francis and the Lights
Ode to Joy written by Beethoven composed 1785
See the movie, “Man Facing Southeast” and this may be your favorite song too.
My Favorite Things performed by John Coltrane 1961
My first jazz song that I liked and still one of my favorites.
Respect performed by Aretha Franklin 1967
Long live the Queen.
Alberto Giacometti, Falling Man (1950)
I reflected that everything happens to a man precisely now. Centuries of centuries and only in the present do things happen; countless men in the air, on the face of the earth and the sea, and all that really is happening is happening to me.
—Borges, “The Garden of Forking Paths”
Sweet birch, 2012. Ink and colored pencil on paper, 8 x 8 in. BUY $75
"For I never feel that houses have souls. So that, when, out there, you saw a house go down as fire, it seemed to do it luxuriously almost. It was finished with men and their ways. It had no doubt borne for long with their cruelties, stupidities, imbecilities; with its windows for mournful eyes it had seen the generations flit past and fade. It had known old that made its timbers crack and the great heat of the sun warping them. But beneath the flames, slowly, it would sink to the earth from which it had come. Yes, luxuriously, as men stretch themselves for a long rest…"
—Ford Madox Ford, No Enemy: A Tale of Reconstruction
Jennifer was the single most popular name for newborn American girls every single year from 1970 to 1984. Here’s a mix for all of them.