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On July 23, 2011 I was in Bangkok for work and sent an email to Phil wishing him a happy birthday. He wrote back and complained about how old he was getting and said “thank you for thinking of me when you’re on the other side of the world.” I thought to myself: “Are you surprised? Do you have any idea the impact you have on people?”

Now its three years later and you’re on the other side of the world in a different way, otherwise I’d be on the next plane to come get you and bring you back to everyone. I’m still thinking of you. Happy Birthday, you bastid.

Top photo at a party in 2004.

Center photo at Bennington College for LAB’s Summer Intensive 2008.

Bottom the moment Phil won the Oscar for Capote.

Much of Hamlet is about the precise kind of slippage the mourner experiences: the difference between being and seeming, the uncertainty about how the inner translates into the outer, the sense that one is expected to perform grief palatably. (If you don’t seem sad, people worry; but if you are grief-stricken, people flinch away from your pain.)

Meghan O’Rourke on how Hamlet can helps us through grief and despair.

O’Rourke’s moving memoir of losing her mother is a must-read for anyone who has ever lost a loved one or ever will – which is just about all of us capable of love.

(via explore-blog)

I believe that we’re much healthier if we think of our selfishness as sin. Which is what it is: a sin. Even if there is nothing out there except a random movement of untold gases and objects, sin still exists. You don’t need a devil with horns. It’s a social definition of sin. Everything we do that is self-indulgent, and that is selfish, and that turns us away from our dignity as human beings is a sin against what we were born with, the capacities we have, what we *could* make of this planet.

Our whole age has taken the line that if you feel bad about yourself, it’s something that you can be relieved of by your goddamn analyst. Psst!—it’s gone! And then you’ll be happy, you know?

But that feeling is not something you should be relieved of. It’s something you should *deal* with. And there’s no remission for what I mean by “sin,” except doing something useful. The confessional does the same thing as the shrink, rather more quickly and cheaper. Three “Hail Mary”s, and you’re out. But I’ve never been the kind of religious person that thinks saying “Hail Mary” is gonna get me out of it.

Orson Welles, My Lunches With Orson (Conversations between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles edits by Peter Biskind) [softcover p.71] (via areyouthatguy)

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Watching The Shining at alcove on hillhurst with my new buddy love Jeff Keyes!

"What makes Robert Nazar Arjoyan’s film so entertaining is that its subject loves the camera almost as much as the camera loves Armen Ra. " 

Thats right bitch!

"What makes Robert Nazar Arjoyan’s film so entertaining is that its subject loves the camera almost as much as the camera loves Armen Ra. "

Thats right bitch!

The harder we try to catch hold of the moment, to seize a pleasant sensation…the more elusive it becomes…It is like trying to clutch water in one’s hands - the harder one grips, the faster it slips through one’s fingers.
Alan Watts

Robert Reich, President Bill Clinton’s former Secretary of Labor, recently put the so-called immigration crisis in perspective by reminding Americans that the women and children who were escaping to the U.S. were “refugees of the drug war we’ve created.”

It takes more courage to reveal insecurities than to hide them, more strength to relate to people than to dominate them, more “manhood” to abide by thought-out principles rather than blind reflex. Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles and an immature mind.
Alex Karras
Memory is about reinforcing self-centeredness.
heard in a Dharma talk by one of my heroes, Ana.


"One of the magical things about theater is that it gathers a crowd of people in a quiet space, and each member of the audience gets to see how people respond differently to the different things being said on stage. The person next to you will laugh at something that you’d never think of laughing at, and you’ll get a glimpse into all the different ways of viewing the world. Unfortunately, so much theater today is less nuanced. It gives you a large dose of one way of thinking, in hopes of getting as many of the same type of people into the theater as possible."

Pride says, “You need not pass this way,” and Fear says, “You dare not look!
The Big Book of AA