Thursday, July 23, 2015

Below Me

I’m impressed with the cropping decision; cropping is editing and editing is essential and sacred.  If only foresight were 20/20 and I could have avoided bouncing around the underworld (it’s beneath the fetid, flaccid underbelly cloaked by the hideous Hawaiian shirt, unseen by the 10 dead eyes) for the last eight months or so.  Can’t undo anything, though, and on balance the right things happened.  I haven’t been the person who wrote “O Lost” in book margins for a long, long time.

Saturday, July 4, 2015


29th.—The preparations for the marriage have begun. The dressmaker has come to receive her orders. Laura is perfectly impassive, perfectly careless about the question of all others in which a woman's personal interests are most closely bound up. She has left it all to the dressmaker and to me. If poor Hartright had been the baronet, and the husband of her father's choice, how differently she would have behaved! How anxious and capricious she would have been, and what a hard task the best of dressmakers would have found it to please her! 

John Cale: Leaving It Up To You (Link)

Text:  Willkie Collins, The Woman In White (1859-60)