I believe that the beauty in places is evident—however, in people it is a lot more hidden. The great attraction of human beings, is that this beauty manifests itself in fleeting moments and thunders. Exterior beauty is ephemeral, it comes and goes. But true beauty is connected to other feelings, such as joy and tenderness. These are feelings that have nothing to do with exterior appearances, and are hidden deeper inside things and people.
Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster) by Andy Warhol
The person who paid $105 million for this last night at Sotheby’s, he knew he could find a pic of it for free on the Internet, right?
What can I say? I’m a sucker for NFL Films clips from the 70s and 80s.
Or, more to the point, there was the day the writer Todd Kessler found himself alone with [David] Chase in the Silvercup writers’ offices. The showrunner had been late for a meeting to stitch together the two men’s halves of the final episode of The Sopranos’ second season, “Funhouse”. Now, he distractedly sat down across from Kessler and announced that he’d had an epiphany.
“ ‘Is it something you want to talk about?’ I asked. We were sitting across a table that was probably two and a half feet wide,” Kessler said. “He said, ‘Well … I realized … that I’ll never be truly happy in life … until I kill a man.’ And then he leaned across the table and said, ‘Not just kill a man’– and he raised his hands right on either side of my head–‘but with my bare hands.’ ”
The two sat there silently for a long moment. And then Chase broke the spell. “I’m going to get a coffee,” he said, getting up from the table. “You want a coffee?”"
— From DIFFICULT MEN by Brett Martin.
an excerpt from Joe Berkowitz’ piece, How Margaret Atwood Creates Scary-Plausible Worlds
This may sound silly, but I like to wonder what people would have for breakfast—which people, as their breakfasts would be different—and where they would get those food items, and whether or not they would say a prayer over them, and how they would pay for them, and what they would wear during that meal, and, if cooked, how, and what sort of bed they would have arisen from, and what else they might be doing while having the breakfast—talking to someone (who), in person or on a device (what?), and who would be allowed to do that, and what they might feel safe in saying. Breakfast can take you quite far.
This is one of those things I wish I had thought of/said. In the meantime, I will just think of a world where people still eat Cookie Crisp for breakfast.