Turnus kills the brothers fresh from Apollo’s Lycian fields
and next Menoetes who, in his youth, detested war
but war would be his fate. An Arcardian angler
sklled at working the rivers of Lerna stocked with fish,
his lodgings poor, a stranger to all the gifts of the great,
and his father farmed his crops on rented land.
"It is ironic that the first good biography of Bessie Smith (Bessie, Stein & Day) should have been written by a white. Ironic, but hardly surprising, for blacks were just as responsible as whites for the stigma that jazz dragged after it for so many years. The black middle class was embarrassed by what it felt was the music’s ignorant, low-down origin, and the black church, so pervasive until the present generation, regarded jazz as the work of the Devil. Only recently have black writers—LeRoi Jones and A.B. Spellman among them—begun to look closely at their own music. Bessie is by Chris Albertson, a Danish jazz scholar….”
—Whitney Balliett (1973)
"What you need to do is harness the self-love you are hypostatizing as offspring, as the next generation of you, and let it branch out horizontally into the possibility of a transpersonal revolutionary subject in the present and co-construct a world in which moments can be something other than the elements of profit."
— Ben Lerner, from 10:04.
"I was disturbed by the contradiction between my avowed political materialism and my inexperience with this brand of making, of poiesis, but I could dodge or dampen that contradiction via my hatred of Brooklyn’s boutique biopolitics, in which spending obscene sums and endless hours on stylized food preparation somehow enabled the conflation of self-care and political radicalism."
— Ben Lerner, from 10:04
"Does virtual communication make desubjectification easy? The same could have been said about the telephone or the telegraph. Or the typewriter. For a long time, civilization has been in the business of siphoning the body away from the scene of vocal expression, of interpersonal communication. More and more, the industries of communication and entertainment—with their globalizing quest to amuse, stimulate, connect—-secretly work to deaden, or desubjectify, the human voice."
— Wayne Koetsenbaum (2011)
"What seemed extraordinary to me was how much ignorance there was about the ‘other.’ The Israeli kids couldn’t imagine that there are people in Damascus and Amman and Cairo who can actually play the violin and viola. One of the Syrian kids told me that he’d never met an Israeli before. This same boy found himself sharing a music stand with an Israeli cellist. They were trying to play the same note, to play with the same dynamic, with the same stroke of the bow, with the same sound, with the same expression. Well, having achieved that one note, they already can’t look at each other the same way, because they have shared a common experience. And this is what was really, for me, the important thing about the encounter."
— Daniel Barenboim, March 2000
"New York City. Outside of Dallas, Houston, Charleston, and Atlanta, it was the worst place I had ever been."