the ugly earring

ug‧ly [uhg-lee] offensive to the sense of beauty; displeasing in appearance

the escape

Bach through an open
dawn window —
the birds are silent

~Jack Kerouac, “Book of Haikus”

(photo source lost in the archiving process-sorry)
(haiku found by yama-bato)

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curiously ambivalent, undefined collaborations

Living as a sort of twin, as husband and wife or brother and sister, is a way of survival. In the case of artists these intense relations are curiously ambivalent, undefined collaborations – the two share in perceptions, temperament, in the struggle for creation, for the powers descending downward from art, for reputation, achievement, stability, for their own uniqueness – that especially. Still, only one of the twins is real as an artist, as a person with a special claim upon the world, upon the indulgence of society.

Elizabeth Hardwick, Seduction and Betrayal.

(photo from here)

(this amazing text from the lovely s. at even cleveland who also introduced me to salt toothpaste)