Playlist — April 2019

During the rainstorms of April
the oyster rises from the sea
and opens its shell —
rain enters it —
when it sinks the raindrops
become the pearl.
So take a picnic,
open your body,
and give birth to pearls.

Anne Sexton, “The Sermon of the Twelve Acknowledgments”

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Notes — Good Omens

You may have noticed by the fact that I write like a Neil Gaiman groupie (or, perhaps, by the fact that my blog name is a literal quote from it), but Good Omens is my favorite book. Like, several-copies-that-have-all-been-dropped-in-puddles-and-lent-out-to-friends-(and, notably, one high school English teacher), filled-with-scribbles, devoured-thousands-of-words-of-fan-fiction-based-on, entire-friend-groups-centered-around, books-carted-across-the-country-and-to-concerts-and-the-like-so-performers-have-recognized-me-as-“the Good Omens kid”, kind of favorite book.

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My Visual Application for the Position of Sufjan Stevens’s Stylist (Specifically for the 90th Academy Awards, But I’m Open to Something More Long-term)

Mr. Stevens,

It has come to my attention that you have officially received your invitation to the 90th Academy Awards ceremony at the Dolby Theatre, March 4th. First, let me congratulate you. I know a lot of people who directed their combined cosmic energy in support of your nomination and win, and I can only assume you yourself expended some of your undoubtedly expansive cosmic energy in that direction as well. This is a big deal! Congrats!

Now, of course, the question of how to present yourself at the awards arises. Mr. Stevens, you are well-known for your eclectic style, whether that be musically or… well, let’s just say visually. I’m sure you’ve been mulling over this conundrum yourself! Do you go for the classic “recently-brought-to-life animatronic petting zoo museum dummy” look, or perhaps something with more feathers? You are a man of many talents, Mr. Stevens! What aspect should you present here, in front of the eyes of the cinematic public? Which of your many hats should you don, either figuratively or literally, as it may be?

What follows is a few of my ideas as to how you may best translate some of your best selves in preparation for thanking the Academy.

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