to clutch at it

tiger thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Everything I’ve ever let go of has claw marks on it.

-a poster in Infinite Jest

from the wreckage

lake Atitlán

boy looking at Lake Atitlán

Everyone who terrifies you is sixty-five percent water.
And everyone you love is made of stardust, and I know sometimes
you cannot even breathe deeply, and
the night sky is no home, and
you have cried yourself to sleep enough times
that you are down to your last two percent, but

nothing is infinite,
not even loss.

You are made of the sea and the stars, and one day
you are going to find yourself again.

-From the Wreckage, Finn Butler

Connecting

shabbat dinner on the side of a mountain in himachal pradesh, india

dinner on the side of a mountain in Himachal Pradesh, India

 

“So much of what we perceive cannot be expressed, it’s unspeakable. And yet, when we communicate with one another, and we feel that we have connected, and we think we are understood, I think we have a feeling of almost spiritual communion. And that feeling might be transient, but I think that’s what we live for.”

-Waking Life

drawn by some sweetness or sharpness

joan miro

Miro Foundation, Barcelona

How then, she had asked herself, did one know one thing or another about people, sealed as they were? Only like a bee, drawn by some sweetness or sharpness in the air intangible to touch or taste, one haunted the dome-shaped hive, ranged the wastes of the air over the countries of the world alone, and then haunted the hives with their murmurs and their stirrings; the hives, which were people.

-Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

they are people too, theoretically

Flowers in Eastern Market DC

Flowers in Eastern Market DC

“It’s not so much that I like him as a person God, but as a boy he’s very handsome.”

― Judy Blume, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret

Songs in the dark

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bride in Udaipur, India

 

I sat there singing her

Songs in the dark.

She said,

I do not understand

The words.

I said,

There are

No words.

-Langston Hughes, Songs

 

alone once more

a side street in Barcelona

wasting away on a side street in Barcelona

“We wait. We are bored. No, don’t protest, we are bored to death, there’s no denying it. Good. A diversion comes along and what do we do? We let it go to waste. Come, let’s get to work! In an instant all will vanish and we’ll be alone once more, in the midst of nothingness!”

-Vladimir

Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot

some texan chick

Texas Houston Rodeo

Irene at Houston Rodeo

“I was half in love with her by the time we sat down. That’s the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty, even if they’re not much to look at, or even if they’re sort of stupid, you fall half in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are. Girls. Jesus Christ. They can drive you crazy. They really can.”

-J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

If you’re going uptown, so am I.

safari tanzania serengeti

in the Serengeti

Sam: So, what do you want to be when you grow up?
Suzy: I don’t know…I want go on adventures I think–not get stuck in one place. How about you?
Sam: Go on adventures too, not get stuck too.

-Moonrise Kingdom

don’t look at me. i’m not your accountant.

Kowloon Hong Kong

Hong Kong Island as viewed from Kowloon

Every wise man I met in Asia warned me against caring.
Explained how everything I loved would get old,
or be taken away and I would suffer.
I tried to explain what a bargain it is.

-Jack Gilbert, “Nights and Four Thousand Mornings”

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