matt pearce.

matt pearce.

National reporter for the Los Angeles Times; essays, journalism and poetry previously for the L.A. Review of Books, The New Inquiry, The Missouri Review, Salon, and others.

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The waves are angry today.
The waves are angry today.

The waves are angry today.

The world is connected now. Where it breaks, we all break. But it is our world, to love as it burns around us. Jack Gilbert is right. ‘We must risk delight’ in the summer of monsters. Beauty is survival, not distraction. Beauty is a way of fighting. Beauty is a reason to fight.
A generation that had gone to school in horse-drawn streetcars now stood in the open air, amid a landscape in which nothing was the same except the clouds, and at its center, in a forcefield of destructive torrents and explosions, a tiny fragile human body.
- Walter Benjamin, on the generation that survived the First World War.
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Julie Garwood, The Secret
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Julie Garwood, The Secret

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Julie Garwood, The Secret

I sometimes hold that a poem…is a person, a living human being, belonging in bodily presence and real fleshly existence to another world, into which our imagination throws him, his aspect to us, as we read him in this world being no more than the imperfect shadow of that reality of beauty that is divine elsewhere.
- Fernando Pessoa + (via mythologyofblue)
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Edouard Levé, Suicide
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Edouard Levé, Suicide

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Edouard Levé, Suicide

The battle isn’t just the rocks and stones. The battle is in the images, the battle is in the stories.
- "The Square"
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Rudyard Kipling, Captain Courageous
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Rudyard Kipling, Captain Courageous

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Rudyard Kipling, Captain Courageous