"On a day like today, my master William Faulkner said, “I decline to accept the end of man.” I would fall unworthy of standing in this place that was his, if I were not fully aware that the colossal tragedy he refused to recognize thirty-two years ago is now, for the first time since the beginning of humanity, nothing more than a simple scientific possibility. Faced with this awesome reality that must have seemed a mere utopia through all of human time, we, the inventors of tales, who will believe anything, feel entitled to believe that it is not yet too late to engage in the creation of the opposite utopia. A new and sweeping utopia of life, where no one will be able to decide for others how they die, where love will prove true and happiness be possible, and where the races condemned to one hundred years of solitude will have, at last and forever, a second opportunity on earth."
— In the wake of Gabriel García Márquez’s death, wisdom from his 1982 Nobel Prize acceptance speech. Complement with Faulkner’s iconic 1950 Nobel speech on the role o the writer as a booster of the human heart, which Márquez bows to here. (via explore-blog)
We need to hear this. —KM
chapelofthechimes asked: Re: Angel Olsen... I hear both Leonard Cohen and Cat Power circa 'Moon Pix,' but I also hear bits of Françoise Hardy and Skeeter Davis. Her singing was kind of off-putting to me at first, because she really has a country/folk-influenced voice, but after I listened to her enough it started to become endearing. The emotion of her songs is what I relate to the most, that "hopeless and yet slightly hopeful at the same time" feeling, because I've felt (and still feel) that way a lot in my life.
Sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you. I get caught up in various things & then lose threads. When I find an artist like Angel who is doing something that I don’t get at first, I usually go back and try again… and I did, with a bigger screen and a better pair of speakers, and I think I am getting her finally. She appears to be another of those voices of your generation who would speak directly to you but I’d have to do a bit of work to get. I know that “happy-sad” feeling you mention & always appreciated artists who could give it to me. What do you think of Lorde with songs like “White Teeth Teens” or “Tennis Court”? Thanks for writing…. all best, Keith