"The story of Joan of Arc concludes much like any slasher film, with the spectacularized mutilation of a female body."
"I jump the fence at the park, / following echoes to twist and fall back / down, down, to sink beneath the waves, the sand, the snow closing over / eyes that don’t see, that aren’t here,"
A look at the conceptions of history in In W.H. Auden’s “Archaeology” and Wallace Stevens’s “A Postcard from the Volcano"
"Physical architectural forms aid in determining the public and private, but social practices also contribute to their use." In Delhi, the designation can be ambiguous.
"maybe because she was raised poor, / maybe because for the first decade of her life / mao ripped away her / expression, her roses, identity– / brainwashed, is the word she uses now, but // my mother keeps everything"
"When I first heard 'Spirit in the Night' live, I thought Bruce was playing it wrong. Turns out I just liked my dad’s version better."
"In both of my pink bibles, I hunted for knowledge, for evidence, for legitimacy. Would I have reached for that baby pink illustrated children’s bible if it had been a brown book of coarse pages?"
"I spoke to many people. Mostly I spoke to men who sat in large chairs, peering at me over manila folders; the space between us felt like lifespans."
"Kitsch does not portray an accurate likeness of the world; it generally reflects only the sweetest and most blameless aspects, smoothing the rough edges of reality to produce an image of perfection."