Orca visit Lyall Bay:
A swimmer is urged out of the water as two Orca are seen close to the shoreline.
Many thanks to @hypersupermeta for the photo via twitter.
To the Tibetan Buddhist way of thinking, the dead are celebrated for 49 days among their circle of friends. Then, on the 50th day, their spirit is dissolved and released as energy. For Lou Reed, that day was marked with a celebration staged Monday night at the Apollo Theater in Harlem by his widow, Laurie Anderson, and Hal Wilner, Reed’s friend and musical sidekick. Patti Smith sings and there’s a marvellous talk and performance from Laurie Anderson.
This work came together in a slow way. Always something would get in the way - relationships ending, exile, loneliness, some recently discovered pain - and I had to hurt again, hurt myself all the way away from writing, re-writing, putting the book together. Finally, I had to stop and check it out, as in “what’s going on here.” And there right in front of me, facing me, was the reason I was having so much trouble completing this work. In the other two books I had not said very much about myself - about Gloria Jean. There was a logic to this - a strategy, some thought behind my use of the pen name bell hooks and it was connected with feelings about representations of the self, about identity. And even when people would write stuff about me that had no relationship to me, things that were sometimes just not true, i had no urge to explain. But in this book I was doing things differently - and what was slowng me down had to do with disclosure, with what it means to reveal personal stuff. In the very construction of this book, taking back, laid out in the first essay, is the explanation for my uneasiness, my reluctance. It has to do with revealing the personal. It has to do with writing - with what it means to say things in print. It has to do with punishment - with all those years in childhood and on, where i was hurt for speaking truths, speaking the outrageous, speaking in my wild and witty way, or as friends sometimes say, “do we have to go that deep?”
—bell hooks, Talking Back: thinking feminist thinking black (via monaeltahawy)
I loved interviewing Annie. Here she is!