NOº 1544

30 Things I Love Right Now: [08.12.11]


1. Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings! At Workplay! In Birmingham!
2. Workplay. Yes. That word. It’s all one thing, work + play…
3. Week #1 of workplay at the job that’s not a job…
4. Havi Brooks. Who is right. About teaching. And making. And space. And pretty much everything, really…
5. Biology…
6. I got this renewed Damien Rice thing going on right now. (I look to my Eskimo friend!) Which is fine…
7. Which means also Lisa Hannigan, which/who is definitely also fine…
8. 30 Things I Love Right Now. Which is a thing, of course. It’s really a way of doing things or at least a way of noticing things, which is the work(play) of a poet/artist/teacher/person…
9. Which is to say: noticing…
10. Documenting the noticing…
11. Systems…
12. Developing systems…
13. Calling it “systems,” which sounds official or something, but really it’s just how you make lists and put things in piles and categories, sets and subsets, just like that one time in Fourth Grade when Mr. Goldberger was at his wits end because you were, like, way underachieving and mostly just blowing off school altogether, and so when your dad came to pick you up from school one Friday, he buttonholed him and said, effectively, “Uh. This kid needs an intervention. Or at least he needs, like, a file folder or something. Cuz. He’s pretty much a total freaking mess and I’m a really good teacher and everything but I don’t have an effing clue what to do with this em-effer…” And then you have this long, weird talk in the car with your dad about how/why you suck at school and he’s all understanding and, like, wise or something, and then you get a file folder and you put things in it and somehow it means you get all A’s after that. Magic! (Until, of course, the Evil Vortex that was Francis Scott Key Intermediate School [eww]…)
14. The rockets’ red glare!
15. The bombs bursting in air!
16. Proof!
17. Through the night!
18. That our flag!
19. Was still there!
20. My boss’s boss’s new boss…
21. Boss, the adjective…
22. Ozone Blue…
23. Which, I mean, I’m not ready to grant that Ozone Blue is a superpower (such as: The Superpower of Gray!). (Even though, yes: I do know that it totally is one.) But. Still. I mean. Okay. Granted: it’s at the very least a thing that I’ll always love, regardless — if still more from, you know, a distance…
24. I don’t know, man. I guess it’s a good problem to have if you think there’s more than one place in the world where you can be happy. I guess
25.Song” by Brigit Pegeen Kelly. AKA: the Freebird of contemporary American poetry. Heavens to Betsy, what a poem
26.Sentimental Atom Smasher” by Darcie Dennigan. Heavens + Betsy (Oh. Wait. Betsy. I didn’t even mean that, but…) + Etc…
27. This correspondence I got going with somebody who was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, which totally makes me Franz Xavier Kappus. Which is fine…
28. www.tjbcw.wordpress.com
29. My favorite comfy/frayed + threadbare jeans that are falling apart and (so) also perfect for an SRO show…
30. The Waysider. In Tuscaloosa, Alabama. On a Sunday morning. And a good reason to go there.


 

One Response to “30 Things I Love Right Now: [08.12.11]”

  1. Kim says:

    systems = shudder

    noticing things = yay!!

    I share your heartache/ longing for Portland. I sometimes wish I could shake the feeling that I was meant to be there instead of, well, here.

    Heavy sigh.

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