Friday, March 13, 2009

Post-ballet thought (Cinderella)

The pushover/enabling father in Cinderella: the real villain?

"The opposite of love isn't hate, it's indifference" -Elie Wiesel

What if you are not indifferent, but you are still inactive. Does the thought absolve you of the indifference rendered in the inaction?

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Everyone generates ATP

In The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen writes in a passage about Denise, who is a cook and also feels like an outsider (doesn't everyone?), "Cooks were the mitochondria of humanity; they had their own separate DNA, they floated in a cell and powered it but were not really of it." (p. 379)

I think everyone with a career must feel this way. Because, ultimately, we all have our own individual DNA that directs the way we each "power" the members of humanity. Whether it's by cooking for them, cutting their hair, publishing their books, analyzing their minds, healing their wounds, or teaching their children, isn't EVERYONE a mitochondria of humanity in his or her niche?

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

figuring beauty

I love curves.

And this is new.

Generally I have liked bony angular bodies that form sveltle, lengthy lines, b/c I spent my youth drooling over ballerinas' long, lean, muscular legs and teeny torsos.

But for the past 3 weeks I have been taking a figure drawing class and have spent hours staring at very normal, natural, real naked female bodies.

And so far these bodies have been anything but angular.

I'm not sure if everyone approaches drawing this way, but if I am going to capture something, I want to search every crevice to find the beauty, and honestly, looking at these normal weight, curvy, untoned bodies, it isn't hard. There's the difference in the ratio between the waist and thighs, the multiple hills that are layered over the hip bones, the cinched-in part of the leg that punctuates the thigh from the calf: it's like a piece of chiffon flowing back and forth. Everything flows and grows into the next wave. Female bodies are all just interesting casings that enclose a universal template.

It makes me want to run home after class and stare at my naked body in the mirror and find the equivilant curves in my body. The template for them, courtesy of reproductory needs and estrogen, is under there in everyone. And the way our bodies hug this template in various forms is really beautiful. And worthy of art. In each example.

Monday, February 23, 2009

objectifying evidence

I much prefer shoes that make noise when I walk. I think it confirms my existence.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

View from Street

hot guy + suspenders = hotter guy

Monday, February 9, 2009

How do boys become friends?

Curly hair and tiny feet: physical traits that help me bond with random women. Random curly-haired and/or petite women. Therein lies the explanation.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Ira & Abby

What draws you to a person is, in many cases, what also threatens you the most.

-KJS in hetero/Freud-heavy form.