29 December 2010

intimate words from familiar strangers

"Sky-scraper used to mean the tallest mast of a sailing ship. The ships have left, but unwittingly we still refer to them when we name what we see."
-Eileen Myles, "About Martha Diamond" in The Importance of Being Iceland

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"Being loved by the world is no substitute for having been loved by one person when you were small, and besides the world is a lousy lover."
-Erica Jong, Fear of Flying

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"People are moving to California
who hate the beach and things
I think they'd rather watch t.v.
than hear a real person sing
course nowadays at parties
you got louder stereo equipment
so now if the party's too loud
it's like a radioactive shipment"
-Jonathan Richman, "Parties in the U.S.A."

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