Feste's Lute

Scribbles & Sketches of the Unspeakable

Is it “Change Your URL Sunday” or something? I’m so confused…

I need a good ask me anything post to reblog…

Feeling strange today. Something like that sounds fun.


There’s something
harmful at your helm,
something crooked in this
stern attempt to steer
our levity to port.
Sobriety carves our
waves of innocence
like an anchor.
So cast off.


Fascination slips,
slithers from stone
to unturned stone,
eschewing the creeping
creatures underneath
my surface.
On to slighter strata,
garnets in granite
sparkle and call
your attentions,
but know this,
there are always
pillbugs underneath.


Our rhythms sync
in offset,
and unity is only
briefly brushed
in the twilight
between worlds.
The road has split
and split
Now, not just
forward and back,
but left and right
confuse our
messy attempts
at knowing.


Our minds move past
the lights left lit,
long burned out
with our attentions
filaments twisted and charred,
only fit to welcome
cobwebs and spiders

How to be a person/novelist



Murakami on how being obsessed with music helped him be a novelist (emphasis mine):

Whether in music or in fiction, the most basic thing is rhythm. Your style needs to have good, natural, steady rhythm, or people won’t keep reading your work. I learned the importance of rhythm from music — and mainly from jazz.

Next comes melody — which, in literature, means the appropriate arrangement of the words to match the rhythm. If the way the words fit the rhythm is smooth and beautiful, you can’t ask for anything more.

Next is harmony — the internal mental sounds that support the words.

Then comes the part I like best: free improvisation. Through some special channel, the story comes welling out freely from inside. All I have to do is get into the flow.

Finally comes what may be the most important thing: that high you experience upon completing a work.

These are just as important a set of guidelines for music and writing as they are for how to be a person.

  1. Have predictability or rhythm
  2. Find a melody or a narrative
  3. Create harmony to support the narrative
  4. Improvise
  5. Make it public/ship it

[via rgreco]

Finally reached the last stretch of 1Q84, so here’s more Murakami. I’ve never known a writer (or wannabe writer, as the case may be) who wasn’t some kind of music obsessive.

How to be a person/novelist