• Alan: What are you reading?
  • Me: The Strange & Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender.
  • Alan: A lot of books sound like you wrote them.
"Above us, only stars. Below us, only stars. To all sides, only stars. Inside us, only stars."

— Welcome to Night Vale

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Nick Rochowski. The Liminal Points Project. Series of 15 (2008-2011). 162 x 123 cm Lambda C-type print, edition of 5.

The project is in collaboration with music producer Deepsea and artist Greg Haynes.


May books

Eva Luna by Isabelle Allende

Gets more beautiful every time I read it. It’s less like reading a book & more like being told a story by someone who understands that truth is subjective & magic’s a question of perspective & the only valid religion is words. It skips along & barrels forward in turns & you’ll end up narrating your own life in her voice for days.

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

Maybe it’s because since reading (& being disappointed in) Shiver I’ve read & adored the Raven Boys, or maybe it’s because I wasn’t in the right mood when I read Shiver, or maybe it’s because Linger is a better book, but I enjoyed this book a lot.

I think the addition of Isobel & Cole as narrators makes a nice contrast to the very clean-cut & slightly boring Sam, & I felt a lot warmer towards Grace in this book too - she becomes a lot more rebellious, angry & realistic. I still love Mercy Falls as a setting, & the chill in the air you can practically feel coming out of the pages. A very enjoyable read.

Not Lost by Sarah Maria Griffin

Full of quiet observations, good wisdom, dry wit & really good words about leaving home, about the domesticity of a new place, & the importance of food & streets & ordinary adventures. I had several serious bursts of emotional recognition, & I cried a couple times, & I laughed a couple more. This is beautifully written & made me miss all the people I love who’ve left home.

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

This is so incredibly gorgeous & smart & heartbreaking & I always get invested in the lives of fictional characters but there’s something about the ones in this story (especially in the story-within-a-story) that just make your heart hurt.

And it’s about coincidences & parallels & inbetweenery & how we tell our stories & writers block & empathy & Zen Buddhism & not only are there appendices (I LOVE appendices) but there are also metafictional footnotes which are another of my favourite things.

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell

It took me a while to get into this one, but once you do it’s swamp-damp & murky & just on the border of unbelievable. I loved the entire Bigtree family, the unsettling magic realism & the really pretty writing.

Literally the most important scene of any film ever made ever.



Why Were You Crying? from the East Bay Public Crying Coalition

The East Bay chapter of the Public Crying Coalition seeks to share and document sites and stories of public crying. An act both intimate and isolating, public crying exists at the axis of public and private, hyper visible and unnoticed, vulnerable and galvanized. 



Stunning photos of tears under a microscope vary by emotion

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"The project, called "The Topography of Tears," captures unique moments in human experience, but there’s also a scientific reason why every tear looks so different. There are three different types of tears: basal (lubricating), reflex (responding to stimuli) and psychic (triggered by emotion). Each type of tear contains different organic substances, and the molecular makeup depends on the causative agent. For instance, emotional tears contain the neurotransmitter leucine enkephalin, a natural painkiller that the body releases to mitigate stress."

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His Dark Materials art by Zuzanna Celej.

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