"To return to my lecturing days: I automatically gave low marks when a student used the dreadful phrase “sincere and simple”—“Flaubert writes with a style which is always simple and sincere”—under the impression that this was the greatest compliment payable to prose or poetry. When I struck the phrase out, which I did with such rage in my pencil that it ripped the paper, the student complained that this was what teachers had always taught him: “Art is simple, art is sincere.” Someday I must trace this vulgar absurdity to its source. A schoolmarm in Ohio? A progressive ass in New York? Because, of course, art at its greatest is fantastically deceitful and complex."
Reading and loving - nay, adoring - this 1964 Playboy interview with Vladimir Nabokov (h/t Longform).
Photo of the day: Tina Turner after winning the MTV Video Award for the “What’s Love Got To Do With It” video. Shop the entire EBONY Collection at EBONY.com/store. #potd #ebonycollection
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Eartha Kitt, American singer, actress, dancer and cabaret star.
I reblog this one often.
From an interview with Kaizer Matsumunyane who made a film telling the true story of Abduwali Abdukhad Muse, a Somali sentenced to 34 years in prison for piracy.
- Interviewer: Did Muse ever tell you why he was smiling after his capture?
- Kaizer Matsumunyane: Muse says that he was kept hooded and shackled on the Navy boat after being captured. When he arrived in the U.S he says the hood was taken off. He suddenly saw people with cameras all taking photos and he was confused as to what was happening and he looked around to see what they were taking photos of until he realized that those people were taking photos of him. He says it was funny seeing all those people interested in him and he smiled.
Currently loving Mala Rodriguez - H/T NPR’s The Record (the article spotlights Latin American women making hip-hop - the other artists featured are absolutely worth checking out).
Absolutely mesmerised by these photographs by Richard Renaldi. For the project, Renaldi selected random people who had never met before and asked them to pose as they would with family members, friends, or lovers. See more here.
"I knew she’d do this from the first day she moved in, so it is true that I let myself break myself or, maybe, I let herself let myself break my self and by self I mean heart except I take issue with using that word that way, because I don’t think we have any reason to pile such a responsibility on that organ, the word of that organ. Everyone knows a heart is just responsible for filling a thing with blood, except it never fills love with blood because no one can do that because love comes when it wants and it leaves when it wants and it gets on an airplane and goes wherever it wants, and no one can ever ask love not to do that, because that is part of the risk of love, the worthwhile risk of it, that it will leave if it feels like leaving and that is the cost of it and it is worth it, worth it, worth it."
From "The Healing Center" by Catherine Lacey.