West and South

19. November 2010 here now 0
“One difference between the West and the South, I came to realize in 1970, was this: in the South they remained convinced that they had bloodied their land with history. In California we did not believe that history bloody the land, or even touch it.” –Joan Didion, Where I Was From

the realty dreads

18. November 2010 here now 0
“My own view is that the realty dreads (which is what the Markhams have, pure and simple) originate not in actual house buying, which could just as easily be one of life’s most hopeful optional experiences; or even in the fear of losing money, which is not unique to realty; but in the cold, unwelcome, ...

from Marvelous Possessions

09. September 2010 here now 0
“In the trifling islands of art brutal power can be transformed into just authority, emptiness can be absorbed into desire, and loss can undergo a magical sea-change into infinite riches.” –Stephen Greenblatt

This is what I’m reading right now.

28. April 2010 here now 0
Home-ownership and Ontological Security Saunders used survey evidence to argue that home-ownership is more strongly associated with pride, warmth, autonomy, relaxation and identity than renting, (Saunders, 1990, pp. 270-274).    However,  his  methodology has been criticised by a number of commentators (Darke, 1994; Doyle, 1996; Gurney, 1997) who argue that subtle differences between attitudes and meanings ...