Friday, July 3, 2020

Unchanging Attitudes

Daily Dose

From Resident Alien: The New York Diaries, by Quentin Crisp


"While I was typing the last words of the above, an unknown woman telephoned to ask me for eighteen dollars and fifty cents. I told her to come to the front door, where I handed her a twenty-dollar bill. She thanked me and departed. As I walked back upstairs to my room, I wondered if I should hear from her again in a month or two. I misjudged her. Within two hours, an operator was asking me if I would pay for a call. I said, 'No.' A few minutes later, the unknown woman was telephoning me with another incomprehensible saga of misfortune. I refused to give her any more money. I hated myself for this, but I hated her even more. Since I came to America, she is the first person to drive me beyond the bounds of politeness."

From 1991 * Winter

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Things Adults Don't Have to Finish Once They've Started:

(A Short List)

Unpleasant jams and jellies
Bad but well reviewed novels
Scandinavian detective shows with too many suspects
Weak drinks
Dinner salads
Writing exercises
Folding laundry
The National Anthem
Epic poems
Organizing photos, recipes, etc.
Marie Kondo
Online romance
Salad dressings
Song lyrics
Shopping lists
Old New Yorker magazines
Earnest documentaries
Christmas letters

Planning a Prayer Meeting

Daily Dose

From Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone, by James Baldwin


"It had cost them something: and they would never let me see the bill."

From Book Three, Black Christopher

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Principalities of June

Daily Dose

From Firebird: A Memoir, by Mark Doty


"I am amphetamine bright and glittering on the inside, too, possessed by my song. I am a Judy, right down to the prescriptions, in tight black stockings, the tuxedo jacket slicing across her thighs just below the waist, eyes huge with the force pouring out of her gaze now into the music."

From Chapter 6, Seventy-Six Trombones