house : text

opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/03/writers-as-architects/ . “In architecture, once you remove the skin — the “language” of walls, ceilings and slabs — all that remains is sheer space.” . “how does one design and build using emptiness as a construction material? How do we perceive space? And how does it affect us?” . “spatial relationships, repetition, reflection, sequence, transparency, […]

on transnational writing

When asked about audience and imagination, the writer from Pakistan said he didn’t feel the need to help the West imagine his land, so he didn’t include physical descriptions. He said that he himself works hard as a reader and never asks American authors to explain Americanisms/cultural references, so he didn’t feel compelled to include […]

lyric documentary

What are you documenting? What do you want to be documenting? Some things on my list: marginal housing communities; illegal architecture; home-building; hybrid cultural identities; immigrant cultures; sleep; water and wateriness; things the body knows without conscious articulation; body and landscape; language and its textural experience; folktales and their iterations.

“politics of narrative”

[therumpus.net/2011/12/the-politics-of-narrative/] “…there were two types of stories: coming home, or leaving home. The assertion neatly correlates to the classical definition of comedy and tragedy, as well as a content-first v. structure-first division of the arts. The coming home story (usually comedic or “feel good”): the cowboy accepts and/or is accepted by society. The leaving home […]