Feeling Really Disheartened and Inspired by this No-Good, Completely Wonderful Year

by - Monday, December 16, 2013

Currently, I am trying to make my top ten lists for 2013. One of the biggest challenges of doing this kind of thing is just remembering what I watched and read during the year. So now I am reading through all my posts from very early in the year, when things just seemed to get worse and worse. I feel so sad for that person, but I am also happily reminded of the babies I have been throwing out with the bathwater (Annette Messager? Amazing). I also posted this gem early in the year, so I am bringing it back again:

 “Beloved, we are always in the wrong,
Handling so clumsily our stupid lives,
Suffering too little or too long,
Too careful even in our selfish loves:
The decorative manias we obey
Die in grimaces round us every day,
Yet through their tohu-bohu comes a voice
Which utters an absurd command - Rejoice. ”

-W.H. Auden, The Collected Poetry of W.H. Auden

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