One: How to protest a terrorist bombing. Give peace a chance.
Two: On a long overnight flight a long time ago I read most of a novel called “The Vintner’s Luck” by Elizabeth Knox. An unusual choice for me as the fantastical is not usually my realm. But I was fascinated. It tells the story of a young French Winemaker who discovers an angel in his parents’ vineyards, and the unorthodox love story that meeting sets in motion.The book is quite beautiful and has stayed with ever since. When I saw these photos, they brought back all of the emotions that book had evoked.
Chinese artist duo Sun Yuan and Peng Yu created ‘Angel’ back in 2008 but reinstalled it in Beijing last week. The duo is known for their bizarrely realistic art – and ‘Angel’ looks like a divine being – fallen from heaven at the end of days.
Three. “I left an abusive relationship and I have nowhere to go. I have Hepatitis C, so no one is willing to take me in. I don’t know how long I will live. I tried to give her up for adoption so that she’d have a good home. The wife of a minister told me about a place where I could drop her off. But when I got there, I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.” (Lahore, Pakistan)
Humans of New York creator/photographer Brandon is in Pakistan for the summer. Posting a photo a day of the regular folks he meets. Reading the words that have accompanied his images have helped me to see the other side to Pakistan. The real, human, everyday side. But even better, here’s what happened afterwards: “We have located the woman from yesterday’s post, and are in contact with her. We also have someone in Lahore who is going to help connect her with those who wish to help. Based on the outpouring of offers and support from yesterday, hopefully we can help her heal and get back on her feet.” Making a difference can be so easy. All it takes is the simple act of reaching out.
Four. In 1995, Iggy Pop hand-penned this letter in answer to a 12-page missive he’d received from a 21-year old French fan. It took him nine months to respond, but things happen when they happen. And in this case, the letter arrived perfectly on time. His reply reached Laurence on the morning she and her family were being evicted from their home. When she needed him most.
thankyou for your gorgeous and charming letter, you brighten up my dim life. i read the whole fucking thing, dear. of course, i’d love to see you in your black dress and your white socks too. but most of all i want to see you take a deep breath and do whatever you must to survive and find something to be that you can love. you’re obviously a bright fucking chick, w/ a big heart too and i want to wish you a (belated) HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY 21st b’day and happy spirit. i was very miserable and fighting hard on my 21st b’day, too. people booed me on the stage, and i was staying in someone else’s house and i was scared. it’s been a long road since then, but pressure never ends in this life. ‘perforation problems’ by the way means to me also the holes that will always exist in any story we try to make of our lives. so hang on, my love, and grow big and strong and take your hits and keep going.
all my love to a really beautiful girl. that’s you laurence.
iggy pop” (Via Letters of Note. And as a sweet afternote: Iggy on women (via the Sydney Morning Herald)
Five: Bridge Over Troubled Water – surely one of the most beautiful songs every written. Listening to the lyrics again has changed my response to something that happened with a friend: “I’ll take your part”. Art’s age-husked voice and shy glance at Paul. Paul’s understated entry the song and sweet smile at the end. Two men who spent decades not speaking to each other. Standing together to do what united them. It’s all in the song. Chris Wildish – this one is for you – I know you love this one, I know you will be shedding a few. (Click here if you want to see the whole Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame performance. It’s beautiful.)