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Sunday, November 6th, 2011

It seems to me that you need a lot of courage, or a lot of something, to enter into others, into other people. We all think that everyone else lives in fortresses, in fastnesses: behind moats, behind sheer walls studded with spikes and broken glass. But in fact we inhabit much punier structures. We are, as it turns out, all jerry-built. Or not even. You can just stick your head under the flap of the tent and crawl right in. If you get the okay. – Martin Amis

(via crashingly beautiful)

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

Why Old Books Smell Good

“Lignin, the stuff that prevents all trees from adopting the weeping habit, is a polymer made up of units that are closely related to vanillin. When made into paper and stored for years, it breaks down and smells good. Which is how divine providence has arranged for secondhand bookstores to smell like good quality vanilla absolute, subliminally stoking a hunger for knowledge in all of us.”

– From Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez’s Perfumes: The Guide

(via a perfect commotion)

Things I saw today (Todd Hido – sad and desolate beauty)

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

#8747, 2009 by Todd Hido

#5410, 2006 by Todd Hido

#3515, 2005 by Todd Hido (all via dark silence in suburbia)