Category: Maggie Nelson

Becoming intimate with fear

—Philosophy ought really to be written only as a form of poetry. (Philosophie dürfte man eigentlich nur dichten.)  Ludwig Wittgenstein, Culture and Value * Maggie Nelson: I’ve often written about things that terrify me—likely out of compulsion more than hope for comfort, or catharsis; as Peter Handke says near the end of his horrified memoir of his mother’s suicide, A Sorrow Beyond Dreams,…

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any color you like …

I’ve been reading a lot about the symbolic meaning of color lately, but what do seeing color really looks like? Green Parsley, Gelatin Silver Print, 2010 [from “Any Color You Like”] © Matthew Gamber North American Birds Exhibit, Gelatin Silver Print, 2010 [FROM “ANY COLOR YOU LIKE”] © MATTHEW GAMBER These beautiful images by Matthew Gamber made me…

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I want to die painting – (among myriad triumphs of blueness)

In her book; Joan Mitchell: Lady Painter, Patricia Albers tells us: Rilke looked to painting, especially Cézanne’s, as a model for poetry. In late 1907, the writer visited the Paris Salon d’Automne nearly every day, seeking to memorize the work of the Post-Impressionist, whose discipline, nuance, precision, and chromatic emotion he emulated. Having visually devoured the blues…

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