bittersweet and a taco treat
cellophane like holographic hydrangeas
dust and neon
For rootless 20-somethings, each national shock felt intimate, rattling their love lives and careers. Many young adults could not accept that their personal struggles were just ripples of a large-scale social dislocation. So each New Year’s, they blamed themselves. In a Jan. 1, 1859, entry in her journal, 19-year-old Mollie Sanford, stuck on a Nebraska homestead in the middle of a recession, castigated herself for not being “any better than I was one year ago.”
In this vintage clip, filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky rests on a tree—like Buddha, Thoreau or Yoda—and offers sage advice. In our world of constant stimulation, instant information, endless holiday parties, it’s easy to sideline the importance of quality solitude. The ability to be alone stirs up feelings that Louis CK expresses as “forever empty”.
1985 Ebony article predicts what Michael Jackson will look like in the year 2000. “At 40, he will have aged gracefully and will have a handsome, more mature look.”