What if invention, undertaken as a collective project, were the most powerful rejoinder both to the constraining pretend-pragmatism of much mainstream politics and to the dogmatically asserted “alternative facts” of populist, right-wing demagoguery?
Images are easy to project ourselves onto—we’re taught to do so, after all—but it’s a bit harder to describe what’s on the inside, especially when we misconstrue our detachment as a vacancy, rather than a conscious subduing of pain.
In Durham, where Leave gained 57.5% of the referendum vote, one could see a man walking around the city center, bearing a sign that read, “LEAVE THE EU – RETURN TO YOUR GOD.”
At a time when self-care has been effectively sold and “love” mangled to mean turning a blind eye, Paley’s stories seem to offer a way out—a less sanitized and more genuinely compassionate way to live with both ourselves and others.
With each day, as walks and meals arrive in a predictable order, as I persuade him to walk down the stairs or past the bicycle and no catastrophe occurs, we grow closer together, but he’ll remain a visitor—and thus so will I—until we can talk with one another.
Sound knowledge — a nondiscursive form of affective transmission resulting from acts of listening.
Sound writing — a performance in word-sound of such knowledge.
Rather than deeply connecting sadomasochism with gentrification, the film shows how removed loft living can be from issues of displacement and crime.