Since the very first daguerreotype, photographs have been a way to capture a moment in time. What other media are able to encapsulate our memories?
My face and my head pulse, and so does the radio. I’m losing track of time, but I can tell that we’re close to the beach when the police officer stops us—the ceaseless strip of road has gone satisfyingly gritty with sand.
“How am I supposed to connect to you, or anyone, if I don’t even know who I am!” I shouted as she slammed the door behind me. I left my girlfriend’s apartment in Spanish Harlem that rainy September night feeling strangely liberated.
Sitting on an airplane, suspended somewhere over the gulf of Mexico, I stared numbly at the shapes and shadows flitting over the eight-inch screen in front of me —one I had thoroughly disinfected with a Wet One®. I wondered, was …
"go tell it on the mountain / what we ate / how we lived / about the bananas / Wolfgang reared in gray water / and the bathtub on the porch"
"On balconies, in silence, my mind swaying with the music, / I’m thinking where does the ocean end and the sky begin? I’m thinking / when does the morning bus leave? I’m thinking how much for one more drink?"
"The September sunlight in the late afternoon was fire. My mother was driving, and I could tell that in addition to becoming blinded, she was becoming fatigued. For reasons I cannot articulate, I never offered to drive."
Instagram travel influencers “produce strikingly similar images, creating a recognizable system of signs on their feeds that create knowledge of the cultures they depict.”
In 'Questions of Travel' Elizabeth Bishop's talent for assiduous observation becomes even more pronounced in the face of uncertainty.
"We went to Iceland knowing there had been a history of elf sightings. We were a team of highly trained professionals searching for a truth we had only heard rumors of, and when we found it, we struggled with the decision to disseminate the information."
"It’s not that I think I deserve things, but I just know when I’m better than the situation I’m in." Fiction.