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The Pen, The Page, The Paper
|We Can Silence Thunder
|First off, I've been listening to this Tiger Lou album non-stop. That, and I just bought City & Colour, but I need to spend a lot more time with Dallas Green before I blog about it. Serious business. And now, some serious linkage.|
I came home to my parents house for a day or two to collect thoughts and get some work done. It's been nice so far. I missed my fam a lot, and they weren't even that upset when I showed them the new tat. A couple days prior to my visit, Aunt Nina and my mom went through 25 boxes of my grandfathers old manuscripts and writing, and I've been leafing through some as well. The house smells faintly of aging books and paper.
- Prose about working for The Baltimore Sun; David Simon (writer for The Wire).
- The Google-ization of Music? Labels Sue SeeqPod.
- Me, On Shuffle; Chuck Klosterman (Thanks to Jac for finding this, and linking it up.)
- On Beat (02.17.07) - Ad-supported music can be cool.
I didn't know my grandfather very well - he died when I was 4 or 5 - but he was especially nuts. Or at least that's what my mom and aunt think. I think he's hiding secrets, and those secrets I am meant to find. There are hundreds - thousands, maybe even millions - of his thoughts to internalize. Expect to see excepts of his writing here and there. Maybe these sheets of paper carry more significance to me because they are frail and yellowing along the outskirts. Maybe it's the typewriter font, or the balding, bearding old man cooped up in the a crowded NYC apartment shooting musing from his fingers that has gotten me all riled up and treasure hunting. Maybe I'm looking for answers, and Grandpa Bob knew them all along. Maybe we were meant to find things this way all along, at this time, in this mindset - just like how my little sister found three crisp one hundred dollar bills pressed between two pages in one of his hundreds of journals.
Excerpts from Sights and Insights - Robert Mende
Writing is half mind and half fingers.
Trying to convince others of our wisdom, proves us foolish.
If weather can change us, we have the wrong sun.
We can silence thunder.
The thief gives us the gift of knowing what can't be stolen.
Test threats by how they feel after eating them.
A typewriter has the keys to the universe.
More soon. Love you all.
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