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Quote of the Day

is one of the cardinal creative forces in the universe…It is true that most artists, though they know their own talent and its gifts as luck, work as well as they can against luck, and that in most good works of art, as in little else in creation, luck is either locked out or locked in and semi-domesticated, or put to wholly constructive work; but it is peculiarly a part of the good photographer’s adventure to know where luck is most likely to lie in the stream, to hook it, and to bring it in without unfair play and without too much subduing it.

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Quote Of The Day

Rapid Transit

Rapid Transit

Squealing under city stone
The millions on the millions run,
Every one a life alone,
Every one a soul undone:

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TBT: The Sprott Post Office, 2016

The Sprott Post Office was made famous first by James Agee and Walker Evans, who spent a few weeks of 1936 in the area of Hale County. 94 more words


the making of the experimental essay(?)

John D’Agata ed.
Greywolf Press, 2016

“Brooklyn Is” by James Agee. D’Agata warns in the intro that “it is ten thousand words long, opening with a series of claustrophobic assertions that give us very little by way of a context. 816 more words

US Lit

The Verbal and Visual in Concert

The obvious place to start exploring the relationship between image and text might be captions and titles, whole books have been dedicated to the subject, but my starting point is the less commonly seen and rarely mastered work where the verbal and visual are equal partners, dependant upon each other to create meaning. 3,035 more words

Books & Exhibitions

My alternative canon #2: The Night of the Hunter

Note: I’ve often discussed my favorite movies on this blog, but I also love films that are relatively overlooked or unappreciated. Over the next two weeks, I’ll be looking at some of the neglected gems, problem pictures, and flawed masterpieces that have shaped my inner life, and which might have become part of the standard cinematic canon if the circumstances had been just a little bit different. 588 more words


Knoxville 1915 and 2016

I first read James Agee’s “Knoxville: Summer 1915” in high school, and was blown away. I don’t know why I was reading it–in an anthology or the prelude to a novel I had no intention of consuming beyond the Cliff Notes. 658 more words

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