here's the link to the playlist itself — see thread below for content notes if those are things you want/need!
selfie (eye contact), bad sleep hygiene Afficher plus
violets are blue
roses are red
i stayed up til 2
now i feel like i'm dead
Judaism stuff Afficher plus
anyway not to be Extremely Jewish On Main but i firmly believe we are all made b'tzelem Elokim — in the likeness of the G-d i don't believe in — and that that likeness is built not in space but in time, in the duration and arc of a human life. we are all of us fragments of the Divine, we each contain within us a letter of Torah, and without all of our letters, the Torah cannot be complete, so what a tragedy it is that some of these letters are destroyed before they can be brought together, some destroyed by others and the oppressive forces that deem some lives as expendable/worth less than others, and some destroyed by their bearers themselves when they turn to such nihilistic, destructive ideologies. may we preserve those in peril and recover those that are recoverable! may we build a world illuminated by Divine Light, a world where all may flourish, where all are supported, and sustainably safe. where our scattered fragments can reknit into a dense web of interconnectedness and interdependence, a web fully at one with this beautiful earth, our only home
long post about essays and the communal search for Truth Afficher plus
i wish that the historical meaning of "essay" were more alive in (United States) English today. the word goes on, uh, Quite A Journey from its Latin origins, but by the time it starts referring to a category of literature (the French "essai"), it has a general meaning of "an attempt" or "a try"
and to me that is incredibly important when it comes to the spirit of the genre? i don't think of essays as Unassailable Pronouncements Of Absolute Truth; they're tries, attempts to pick apart some corner of the world and find some nugget of truth buried there. less "This Is How It Is" and more "this is how it seems to me now"
and i think that perspective shift is important, because i think it invites us to make the pursuit of Truth into a communal affair. this is how it seems to me, but it might not seem that way at all to you, and that, i think (or hope, at least), invites a dialogue, invites you to make your own attempt at piecing the world together. and — importantly! — if an essay is an attempt and not a pronouncement, then the response to it need not necessarily seek to obliterate it. i think the framing of Essay As Pronouncement leads to a view of exclusivity, where only one voice can be Correct, and only the correct voice is worth reading. treating an essay as an attempt, to my mind, invites holding multiple perspectives together, despite their tensions, invites us to deeply consider how the same world can give rise to contradictory views of it, invites us to read texts against each other, not as mutually obliteratory, but as mutually nuancing, each deepening our understanding of the other and its respective strengths and weaknesses. this framing invites us to treat the search for Truth as a communal endeavor, one that will hinge not on a Singular Monolithic Statement but on a chorus of different voices all speaking together. the world is too complex for one person to perfectly encapsulate — we need everyone
(with, of course, the obvious boilerplate exceptions that Nazis, TERFs, and other Bad Faith Actors can fuck right off)
this framing also, critically, lets us look back at our previous statements, our previous attempts, and say "ah yes, i can see the flaws in this reasoning now, i notice the things i failed to consider before" without condemning us for those failures. finding the shape of the world is the collective work of all our lifetimes in every generation — it is the most obvious thing in the world that many of our attempts to describe even one corner of existence would fall short of the mark in some way or other. humility and a willingness to reconsider are, to me, more valuable traits than rigid unerring exactitude
contrary to every anxious bone in my body, i am going to leave it there and not type out the five million caveats swarming around my head. i trust that others shall point out the flaws, where and how they find them. we are all bound up inextricably together, one to another. let us carry forward in that spirit
hello all! my latest #review is up at the #NationalSawdustLog! i talk about #BruceLevingston's new #piano album, which deals with issues of citizenship and belonging, featuring a bunch of new works plus three mazurkas by #Chopin and a lovely ballade by #WilliamGrantStill. i talk a bit about European ethno-nationalism in it, and the Holocaust gets a passing mention
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new #review! i saw Julia Bullock's extremely unorthodox cabaret tribute to Joséphine Baker at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and i wrote all about it for #SanFranciscoClassicalVoice: https://www.sfcv.org/reviews/international-contemporary-ensemble-ice/a-complex-sometimes-furious-portrait-of-josephine
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new #review alert! i'm in the #LogJournal with a new piece about the 2019 #PrototypeOpera festival! i saw everything except Caroline Shaw's Partita (T.T about missing it, tbh), and wrote about each individual show with some bonus thoughts about the lineup as a whole. click on over and give it a read!
[NB: some of the pieces in this article deal with issues of sexual assault, racism, depression, and suicidal ideation]
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