The world from my window...

the world is a vast, ambivalent space... i see it the way it appears from my window... sometimes blurred, sometimes a fogless void...an endless tunnel, of memories and imagined realities…parallels and recurrences...possibilities...
Timothy Ogene

“The moral backbone of literature is about that whole question of memory. To my mind it seems clear that those who have no memory have the much greater chance to lead happy lives. But it is something you cannot possibly escape: your psychological make-up is such that you are inclined to look back over your shoulder. Memory, even if you repress it, will come back at you and it will shape your life. Without memories there wouldn’t be any writing: the specific weight an image or phrase needs to get across to the reader can only come from things remembered - not from yesterday but from a long time ago.”

—   W.G. Sebald

“For instance: I hate melancholic resignation. I hate expressions that verge on the extreme, on the fanatical, on the dogmatic. I hate religious and artistic and political fatalisms. I have no absolute faith regarding utopia, so-called free market, idealism, post-colonialism, postmodernism, artistic magic. The stuffy and the staid have never attracted me-in life and art. Disillusionment is not emblematic of my life and thought. I find provincialism odious… . My doubt witnesses the clarity of my faith. My faith affirms the valiance of my doubt… . I struggle to record the core of living in whichever way it touches and moves me and those close to me wherever I happen to be: Nigeria, Germany, South Africa, Holland, France, Luxembourg, Switzerland.”

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Nduka, Uche. Interview by Amatoritsero Ede. “The Unyielding Muse.” Sentinel Poetry .

“For me these genre divisions do not exist. The laws of literary creation are unique; they don’t change, and they are the same for everyone everywhere. I mean that you can tell a story that covers three hours of human life or three centuries—it comes to the same thing. Each writer who creates something authentic in a natural way, instinctively also creates the technique that suits him. So all forms or genres are natural.”

vintageblackglamour:

Marvin Gaye strolling ahead of his Rolls Royce in Notting Hill, London, in 1976. Photo: John Minihan/Getty. 

vintageblackglamour:

Marvin Gaye strolling ahead of his Rolls Royce in Notting Hill, London, in 1976. Photo: John Minihan/Getty. 

 ”… everybody thinks we’re wrong/ Oh, but who are they to judge us / Simply because our hair is long”

(Source: Spotify)

"Harvard University has appointed Herbie Hancock the 2014 Norton Professor of Poetry. As part of the honor, the jazz legend will deliver six lectures on a variety of topics next month, though he told BBC Radio 5 – as reported by The BBC – those talks will mostly cover personal stories and his own history."  Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/harvard-appoints-herbie-hancock-professor-of-poetry-20140110#ixzz2qIgOx25n 
liveunchained:

Maya Angelou gettin it w/ Amiri Baraka. 

liveunchained:

Maya Angelou gettin it w/ Amiri Baraka.