Saturday, February 6, 2010

Who's That Girl?

Illustrator: Bill Burgard

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Inga Dorokhina

From my vaults: Ramsay Ames

Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann

New York

Flo Gennaro

ph: Candelaria Gil

William S. Burroughs: The Cat Inside

And there are my cats, engaged in a ritual that goes back thousands of years, tranquilly licking themselves after the meal. Practical animals, they prefer to have others provide the food...some of them do. There must have been a split between cats who accepted domestication and those who did not.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Susie Bick

ph: Nick Knight

New Stuff: The New Yorker

(art: Barry Blitt)

Who's That Girl?

Illustrator: Adam Simpson

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Misha Parkosz

From my vaults: Adrienne Ames

Cristina Tosio

New York

Silvia Ranguelova

Lydia Davis: Mother's Reaction to My Travel Plans

Mother's Reaction to My Travel Plans

Gainesville! It's too bad your cousin is dead!

Maxine Schiff

Natalia Vodianova

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Fatima Siad

ph: C. Stephen Hurst

From my vaults: Igor Amelkovich

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Ann-Christin Andersson

New York

Alli Cripe

Samuel Beckett: fizzle 4

fizzle 4

I gave up before birth, it is not possible
otherwise, but birth there had to be, it was he,
I was inside, that's how I see it, it was he who
wailed, he who saw the light, I didn't wail, I
didn't see the light, it's impossible I should
have a voice, impossible I should have
thoughts, and I speak and think, I do the
impossible, it is not possible otherwise, it was
he who had a life, I didn't have a life, a life not
worth having, because of me, he'll do himself
to death, because of me, I'll tell the tale, the
tale of his death, the end of his life and his
death, his death alone would not be enough,
not enough for me, if he rattles it's he who will
rattle, I won't rattle, he who will die, perhaps
they will bury him, if they find him, I'll be
inside, he'll rot, I won't rot, there will be
nothing of him left but bones, I'll be inside,
nothing left but dust, I'll be inside, it is not
possible otherwise, that's how I see it, the end
of his life and his death, how he will go about
it, go about coming to an end, it's impossible I
should know, I'll know, step by step, impossi-
ble I should tell, I'll tell, in the present, there
will be no more talk of me, only of him, of the
end of his life and his death, of his burial if
they find him, that will be the end, I won't go
on about worms, about bones and dust, no one
cares about them, unless I'm bored in his dust,
that would surprise me, as stiff as I was in his
flesh, here long silence, perhaps he'll drown,
he always wanted to drown, he didn't want
them to find him, he can't want now any more,
but he used to want to drown, he usen't to
want them to find him, deep water and a
millstone, urge spent like all the others, but
why one day to the left, to the left and not
elsewhither, here long silence, there will be no
more L he'll never say I any more, he'll never
say anything any more, he won't talk to
anyone, no one will talk to him, he won't talk
to himself, he won't think any more, he'll go
on, I'll be inside, he'll come to a place and
drop, why there and not elsewhere, drop and
sleep, badly because of me, he'll get up and go
on, badly because of me, he can't stay still any
more, because of me, he can't go on any more,
because of me, there's nothing left in his head,
I'll feed it all it needs.

(Translated by the author)
from Fizzles, S. Beckett, Grove Press, Inc. N.Y. 1976, pp. 31-33

Tilda Lindstam

New Stuff

Who's That Girl?

Isa Asklof

ph: Markus Pritzi

From my vaults: Don Ameche

Pápai Gyöngyi

ph: Norbert Baksa

New York

Eirini Karra

New Stuff

Shane Van Der Westhuizen

William S. Burroughs: The Cat Inside

Consider the variety of wild felines, many about the size of a house cat, some considerably larger and some much smaller, no larger as adults than a three-month-old house kitten. Of these cat strains many cannot be tamed at any age - so fierce and wild in their little cat spirits.
But patience, dedication and cross-breeding...two-pound hairless cats, sinuous as weasels, incredibly delicate, with long, thin legs, needle teeth, huge ears and eyes of a bright, amber color. This is but one of the exotic strains that fetch staggering prices in the cat markets...flying and gliding cats...a cat that is bright electric blue, giving off a faint smell of ozone...aquatic cats with webbed feet (he surfaces with a cutthroat trout in his jaws)...delicate, thin, light-boned swamp cats with large, flat paws - they can skim over quicksand and mud with incredible speed...tiny lemur cats with with huge eyes...a scarlet, orange and green cat with reptile skin, a long sinewy neck and poison fangs - the venom is related to that of the blue-ringed octopus: two steps and you fall on your face, an hour later you're dead skunk cats with a deadly spray that kills in seconds like claws in the heart...and cats with poison claws squirting venom from a large gland in the center of the foot.