Mahjong

Two games later, she said something to me that roughly translates as “you are still breathing but you have no strength.”

Shock G

I grew up with Digital Underground. I copied the cartoons from their albums into my middle-school notebooks and I memorized their lyrics; my brain still carries them around thirty years later.

L’Avventura

“Our myths and conventions are old,” said Antonioni. “And everyone knows that they are indeed old and outmoded. Yet we respect them.”

Devotional Image

She gave me the most magnificent gift: a small framed reproduction of my favorite painting.

Between

Good philosophy for an extreme season.

The Memory Police

In Yōko Ogawa’s fable, the residents of an unnamed island suffer the ritual disappearance of objects big and small. Flowers. Lemons. Perfume. Calendars.

Melancholy and Prophecy

Six days after watching Melancholia, I cannot shake the airless world of this film that lives in the eerie twilight between calamity and silence.

Red Neon and Broken Clocks

Bi Gan’s Long Day’s Journey into Night is the best film I’ve seen in years.

Mono No Aware

Ghosts in the machine, glitches in the sublime, and rain-streaked neon. Watching Blade Runner 2049 felt like returning to church.

Decree #1 on the Democratization of Art

A manifesto written by Mayakovsky, Kamensky, and Burlluk on March 15, 1918.