28 March 2007

my building has every convenience, it's gonna make life easy for me, it's gonna be easy to get things done, i will relax along with my loved ones

Lines For The Fortune Cookies
By Frank O’Hara

I think you’re wonderful and so does everyone else.
Just as Jackie Kennedy has a baby boy, so will you–even bigger.
You will meet a tall beautiful blonde stranger, and you will not say hello.
You will take a long trip and you will be very happy, though alone.
You will marry the first person who tells you your eyes are like scrambled eggs.
In the beginning there was YOU–there will always be YOU, I guess.
You will write a great play and it will run for three performances.
Please phone The Village Voice immediately: they want to interview you.
Roger L. Stevens and Kermit Bloomgarden have their eyes on you.
Relax a little; one of your most celebrated nervous tics will be your undoing.
Your first volume of poetry will be published as soon as you finish it.
You may be a hit uptown, but downtown you’re legendary!
Your walk has a musical quality which will bring you fame and fortune.
You will eat cake.
Who do you think you are, anyway? Jo Van Fleet?
You think your life is like Pirandello, but it’s really like O’Neill.
A few dance lessons with James Waring and who knows? Maybe something will happen.
That’s not a run in your stocking, it’s a hand on your leg.
I realize you’ve lived in France, but that doesn’t mean you know EVERYTHING!
You should wear white more often–it becomes you.
The next person to speak to you will have a very intriguing proposal to make.
A lot of people in this room wish they were you.
Have you been to Mike Goldberg’s show? Al Leslie’s? Lee Krasner’s?
At times, your disinterestedness may seem insincere, to strangers.
Now that the election’s over, what are you going to do with yourself?
You are a prisoner in a croissant factory and you love it.
You eat meat. Why do you eat meat?
Beyond the horizon there is a vale of gloom.
You too could be Premier of France, if only … if only…

I've also posted some portraits today (below). I may post photos from some of my favorite photographers over the next few days. Some of my favorites are William Eggleston, Stephen Shore, Lee Friedlander, Walker Evans, Henry Wessel, Christian Patterson, and many more that aren't coming to mind immediately. I ended up talking to a friend about photography today, and she asked what I think makes a "good" photograph. This same question has recently been posed on some of the photography blogs that I look at--Christian Patterson, Alec Soth, Conscientious--and the answers cover a fairly broad spectrum. I certainly don't have a good answer, and I'm wary of trying to provide a formula for what makes an image powerful, but I do think it's an interesting question. In any case, if you have thoughts on this you'd like to share(or photographers to recommend), let me know.

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