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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swarleyu:

emilyclocke:

ivadoesnthaveafuckingtumblr:

naturepunk:

Is this Canada? This seems like Canada. 

This could have gone so wrong

Nothing goes wrong in Canada

Even if it did we all have free health care
swarleyu:

emilyclocke:

ivadoesnthaveafuckingtumblr:

naturepunk:

Is this Canada? This seems like Canada. 

This could have gone so wrong

Nothing goes wrong in Canada

Even if it did we all have free health care

swarleyu:

emilyclocke:

ivadoesnthaveafuckingtumblr:

naturepunk:

Is this Canada? This seems like Canada. 

This could have gone so wrong

Nothing goes wrong in Canada

Even if it did we all have free health care

So there you have it: two things & I can’t bring them together & they are wrenching me apart. These two feelings, this knowledge of a world so awful, this sense of a life so extraordinary - how am I to resolve them?
- Richard Flanagan, Gould’s Book of Fish (via invisiblestories)
One cannot live outside the machine for more perhaps than half an hour.
Every era gets the noir it deserves. In the 1940s and 1950s, alienated war vets found themselves in a sanitized land of top-down conformity, struggling against gentlemen’s agreements and outlawed passions. In the awkward aughts and 2010s, noir has lurched forward into a time when formerly rock-solid institutions and infrastructure have either collapsed or morphed into something unrecognizable. Noir is no longer about the damaged soul rebelling against a clearly defined system; it’s about the damaged soul confronting the realities of a world with no central power, authority, or narrative. Everyone is equal parts friend and enemy, especially oneself.

itwillalwaysgetworse:

“i scrounged around for the next couple of years, trying to get the scam on the human race and just where the hell I fitted in - i discovered there were no openings.”
-steve mcqueen

snpsnpsnp:

Discourse Sucks, by Sam McKinniss
snpsnpsnp:

Discourse Sucks, by Sam McKinniss

snpsnpsnp:

Discourse Sucks, by Sam McKinniss

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They applaud her use of nothing, the way she harnesses its negative capability. They applaud her modesty in refusing to address the occasion when they erect a monument to nothing where she stands.
- Bardia Sinaee, “The Taste of Rust,” Little Brother no. 4