“The Wire tried to imply … the value of the city as the essential American experience. We’re an urban people. Eighty percent of us live in metro areas. I don’t buy the whole Republican convention with its small-town values and “We represent the real Americans.” I live in Baltimore. I’m concerned with big-city values and I live among real Americans. I could give a fuck about the other 20 percent of the country. I care about how we live together in cities.”—DAVID SIMON - Vice Magazine
Zak Smith is one of the best and most inspiring working artists I’ve ever come across. He illustrated the entirety of Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow (760 beautiful, intricate, mind-boggling pages), and also performs in pornographic movies on the side. Because, you know, why not? Anyway, I was…
Ok, so I’ve unlinked The Made Shop tumblr and twitter (@themadeshop) so there won’t be redundant content anymore if you follow both.
For people who don’t use tumblr but have been enjoying getting links from the twitter there is now a dedicated twitter mirror that you can follow instead: @MadeShopTumblr – it will only be used as a one-way feed, I won’t be checking it or replying from it.
I’ve left the Facebook feed link set up so that my non-tumblr FB friends can continue to follow along.
For the rest of you who follow both: you can selectively turn off all tumblr updates on Facebook by clicking “hide” next to the update and then clicking “hide tumblr” - that way you won’t see redundant content there (from anyone).
Tumblr is the only place The Made Shop publishes new content to. In the past this content was then mirrored exactly on Facebook and Twitter (with no additions or subtractions). We did this because there are people that follow us who use FB or Twitter but (inexplicably :) don’t use Tumblr.
So after reading this I was thinking about saying that if you follow our tumblr directly than you should un-follow the twitter and de-friend me on facebook. However, after more thought, I’ve decided it’s better for me to unlink the feeds altogether.
David Foster Wallace in “Octet,” which is a story in Brief Interviews With Hideous Men.
This story, not this part, but this story that is essentially un-pull-quotable in any way that would do it any justice, but this story, this book as a whole maybe leading up to this story, is the only time, the only, only time, I have cried because a story is so good. I think what put me over the edge was some joke in the footnotes. Because it was so vulnerable and scary and then jokey; so generous. So I read it while waiting for the G train with the other rush hour commuters and started crying into it rather, um, significantly. Granted I also cried in Kinko’s today and had to take a walk around the block, so that is where I am operating from as I’m reading this but also, ALSO, damn you guys. I’ve never read anything like this. SO GOOD IT MAKES YOU CRY.
“I guess a big part of serious fiction’s purpose is to give the reader, who like all of us is sort of marooned in her own skull, to give her imaginative access to other selves. Since an ineluctable part of being a human self is suffering, part of what we humans come to art for is an experience of suffering, necessarily a vicarious experience, more like a sort of “generalization” of suffering. Does this make sense? We all suffer alone in the real world; true empathy’s impossible. But if a piece of fiction can allow us imaginatively to identify with a character’s pain, we might then also more easily conceive of others identifying with our own. This is nourishing, redemptive; we become less alone inside.”—DFW
“All I’m saying is that it’s shortsighted to blame TV. It’s simply another symptom. TV didn’t invent our aesthetic childishness here any more than the Manhattan Project invented aggression. Nuclear weapons and TV have simply intensified the consequences of our tendencies, upped the stakes.”—DFW
But I only have 16 dollars to spend so I need to find another used books fair/second hand books shop, since the ones I want won’t probably be found in my regulars ones.
by the way, I want to read JD Salinger, any of his work in particular that might be a recommended-for-my-head? I’ve only read reviews of his book, and really good ones.
oh yeah, and the books are Apples by Richard Milward and No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July.
of course the list is longerer, but those are ones I really want to read right now.
No One Belongs Here More Than You is really, really great – I recommend it highly. & I think Franny & Zooey is Salinger’s best book. Have you read any David Foster Wallace? He’s my favorite author. ever. A good book to start with of his is A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again.