Things that are good: handmade things, sunshine in the hair and breeze on the back, helping out strangers, discovering shaking-and-moving things. Things that are better? Well, Better, over here, has been sharing writing and art that’s like that for a bit, and issue Five — from what we can tell — it’s a theme issue: everything is hi-five worthy. 

Collage by Rachel Day

Things that are good: handmade things, sunshine in the hair and breeze on the back, helping out strangers, discovering shaking-and-moving things. Things that are better? Well, Better, over here, has been sharing writing and art that’s like that for a bit, and issue Five — from what we can tell — it’s a theme issue: everything is hi-five worthy. 

Collage by Rachel Day


David Foster Wallace’s copy of Finnegans Wake, by James Joyce. 

David Foster Wallace’s copy of Finnegans Wake, by James Joyce. 


Duchamp descending a staircase.

Duchamp descending a staircase.


Go get ‘em, fellers. 


Paris 
Post-parade, maybe. But never post-Pride. 

photo by Loren Daye

Paris 

Post-parade, maybe. But never post-Pride. 

photo by Loren Daye


Los Angeles
This edition of Mugshot Monday comes to you from the photobooth at Ace DTLA. 
photo by @anneontherun

Los Angeles

This edition of Mugshot Monday comes to you from the photobooth at Ace DTLA. 

photo by @anneontherun


“I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.” — Truman Capote

“I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.” — Truman Capote


Portland + Los Angeles
The American poet Norman Dubie says that what gives poetry so much freedom is that no one gets rich off writing it. Passion, and expressive language, drive poems into the world. 
Poetry is unique among artforms because it uses as its medium the building blocks of all communication, and, more or less, the building blocks of thought: language. Poetry uses language to communicate something that is beyond language, which is weird and causes things to be at once both what they are and so very much more than they are. 
At its most minimal, language speaks to us on two levels: it communicates raw info and it communicates contextual feelings and directions about that info. In the 1960s and ’70s, Aram Saroyan was mining this linguistic landscape to much notoriety — and infamy. His poem, “lighght,” exploded the idea of what a poem even is. 
And as the tattoo here illuminates, it’s still exploding ideas right down to the skin. This left hand belongs to another poet, Zachary Schomburg, who writes notes on his hands when he’s not collaborating and touring with musicians and filmmakers and making the sincerest surrealist books since sliced pages.

Portland Los Angeles

The American poet Norman Dubie says that what gives poetry so much freedom is that no one gets rich off writing it. Passion, and expressive language, drive poems into the world. 

Poetry is unique among artforms because it uses as its medium the building blocks of all communication, and, more or less, the building blocks of thought: language. Poetry uses language to communicate something that is beyond language, which is weird and causes things to be at once both what they are and so very much more than they are. 

At its most minimal, language speaks to us on two levels: it communicates raw info and it communicates contextual feelings and directions about that info. In the 1960s and ’70s, Aram Saroyan was mining this linguistic landscape to much notoriety — and infamy. His poem, “lighght,” exploded the idea of what a poem even is. 

And as the tattoo here illuminates, it’s still exploding ideas right down to the skin. This left hand belongs to another poet, Zachary Schomburg, who writes notes on his hands when he’s not collaborating and touring with musicians and filmmakers and making the sincerest surrealist books since sliced pages.


To me style is just the outside of content, and content the inside of style, like the outside and the inside of the human body — both go together, they can’t be separated. — Jean-Luc Godard

To me style is just the outside of content, and content the inside of style, like the outside and the inside of the human body — both go together, they can’t be separated. — Jean-Luc Godard


Action is what it takes. Together it gets better. 

Action is what it takes. Together it gets better. 


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