Today is Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. However, in order to avoid the desecration of the Sabbath, it was pushed off till tomorrow. This link shows 20 photos that change the Holocaust narrative. These images show “our inner power, our inner turmoil in dealing with a situation we cannot comprehend, our attempts to gain justice, and our final steps into moving above and beyond our past and into a new future.”



I am a sucker for tribute albums….and this one is really good. Bob Dylan’s 1980’s catalog translated by some killer contemporary artists. Built To Spill’s version of ‘Jokerman’ alone makes this thing a must have!

If you were a Dylan decade/period, which one would you be?


Difficult Word of the Week


orotund—using high-flown language



per Spotify

" Lou Reed has been listening to a lot of Nick Drake this week."


<3 bfr. 
Tags: turntable


A Tetw reading list


After Life by Joan Didion - “Life changes fast. Life changes in the instant. You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends.”

Fatal Distraction By Gene Weingarten - Forgetting a child in the backseat of a car is a horrifying mistake. Is it a crime?

Feet in Smoke by John Jeremiah Sullivan - "I was on the banks of the River Styx. The boat came to row me across, but … instead of Charon, it was Huck and Jim. Only, when Huck pulled back his hood, he was an old man …"

The Coming Death Shortage by Charles C. Mann - Why the longevity boom will make us sorry to be alive.

The Shadow of Death by Tim Cahill - Rolling Stone’s 1979 story piecing together what happened after the tragedy of Jonestown.

Let’s Die Together by David Samuels - Why is anonymous group suicide so popular in Japan?

How Not To Commit Suicide by Art Kleiner - “An estimated ten to forty times that number try to kill themselves but don’t die, either because they don’t really want to die or because they don’t know how.”

The Undertaker’s Racket by Jessica Mitford - A 1963 classic about how undertakers use grief and subtrefuge to profit from bereavement.

Freezing to Death by Peter Stark - The cold, hard facts.

Feliz Dia de los Muertos … (thanks, good souls)

"All the time when I speak to you, even now, I’m saying not precisely what I think, but what I think will impress you and make you respond. That’s so even between us —- and how much more it’s so when there are stronger motives for deception. In fact, one’s so used to this one hardly sees it. The whole language is a machine for making falsehoods."

— Iris Murdoch, from her (pre-internet) novel Under the Net 


stunned by the elegiac beauty of this one

"Why should you think it’s a good thing to do? Why should it make you any happier? There isn’t one kind of happiness, there’s all kinds. Decision is torment for anyone with imagination. When you decide, you multiply the things you might have done and now never can. If there’s even one person who might be hurt by a decision, you should never make it. They tell you, make up your mind or it will be too late, but if it’s really too late, we should be grateful."

— Penelope Fitzgerald, from Offshore

"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do."

— Eleanor Roosevelt