Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Dark

How much do we know about anyone? That seems like the most interesting question that comes from the relentless celebrity coverage of 2009, the deaths, the secrets, the love affairs, the plain old affairs, and everything else. The questions of identity and image, personae. The peculiar loneliness that afflicts us all in an age where we are more connected by technology than ever. I couldn't believe that I heard the Miles Davis song "Generique" on the Dolce and Gabana ad featuring Matthew McCounaghey. I like old Matt, but he's just not worthy of Miles Davis! Nor is television, particularly an ad for cologne. And why do men need fancy colognes anyway? High Karate and Polo was good enough for the boys of my youth.

I listened to that song every night during my first couple of years in Detroit, staring out the window of my upper flat, thinking about my future. My much older boyfriend would be asleep early, and I'd sit up next to my computer trying to dream up other worlds just like I do now. I didn't know who I was, and I still don't. But unlike then, I don't much mind the mystery. Each day, I'm more myself, a self I can choose to reveal at turns or not. Magic, mystery, the dark. The days now are gradually becoming longer, and I don't much care what the weather is doing as long as the sun stays out of my way.

Michelle's Spell of the Day
"Any genuine philosophy leads to action and from action back again to wonder, to the enduring fact of mystery." Henry Miller

Cocktail Hour
Reader question of the day Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? Christmas Eve for me.

Benedictions and Maledictions
Happy Wednesday!


Anonymous said...

Life is not what we think it is, it's only what we imagine it to be.--Charles Bukowski.

Charles Gramlich said...

I'm reminded of various SF shows where they show telepathic aliens and how they so often remark about how "alone" human beings are. It's definitely a truism.

Me_Again said...

You are you again. And I am me again. Christmas sucks to me =0)

chris said...

The peculiar loneliness that afflicts us all in an age where are more connected by technology than ever.

Good lord I was just saying to a friend on face book,it really is a small world. I used to loathe computers but the technology really is pretty cool.

I am with you on the colognes. If I remember correctly,that was my day as well.

Thinking about my future as well. I have been doing that a lot lately. I have run my mouth so much about the virgin islands and owning and operating a small bar. It is scary walking away from everyting you have know for the last 20 years,just to start something new.I can say that I used to bust my ass for peanuts and look forward to actually working for a living again.

The days are gradually becoming longer,and I don't much care what the weather is doing as long as the sun stays out of my way.

So I guess you won't be visiting us on the beach any time soon ?

I am starting to think that all I need are my girls,which is my bike and collection of guitars and amps.

You have a wonderful Christmas Michelle. I know it is a long shot but give us a call if you are in town. Oh yeah,I am starting to look like a smurf. Turning blue from holding my breath. Be safe,see ya.

the walking man said...

Hai Karate? Jaysus I thought you were in your 20's.

Day of or Day before?


Scott said...


I saw an ad for Diddy's cologne called 'I Am King'...only in your own delusional mind, Diddy. And your doubly delusional if you think I'd buy that shit. Smelling like a rapper isn't high on my priority list. Usually I get something like Axe (cheap), or I order from a place called Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs...where else can you get scents like 'Odin 'or 'Satyr'? :)

I think most people have at least a bit of mystery about them...and that's OK.

For me, my big day of the holiday will (hopefully) be on the day after Christmas...stay tuned.

Hope you have a great Christmas, Darlin'! :)

Dave said...

I know you know what you know, but you should know by now that you're not me.

--Ron Nasty, "Piggy in the Middle," The Tragical History Tour

jodi said...

Sweetie, both days hold a special magic for me. Amazing that Charles B. is commenting. Wow. Take care, babe. xo