SUNDAYS IN OJAI

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MAD WHIPS OF SO CAL

ARTICULATED

Does it matter where you go to college?

A Long Talk with Lin-Manuel Miranda

Cory Taylor | Questions for Me about Dying

Keeping Secrets

Juana Olga Barrios | Laguna, 2016

HOW TO CHANGE YOUR MIND | MICHAEL POLLAN

The usual antonym for the word “spiritual” is “material.” That at least is what I believed when I began this inquiry—that the whole issue with spirituality turned on a question of metaphysics. Now I’m inclined to think a much better and certainly more useful antonym for “spiritual” might be “egotistical.” Self and Spirit define the opposite ends of a spectrum, but that spectrum needn’t reach clear to the heavens to have meaning for us. It can stay right here on earth. When the ego dissolves, so does a bounded conception not only of our self but of our self-interest. What emerges in its place is invariably a broader, more openhearted and altruistic—that is, more spiritual—idea of what matters in life. One in which a new sense of connection, or love, however defined, seems to figure prominently.

I’ve begun to wonder if perhaps these remarkable molecules might be wasted on the young, that they may have more to offer us later in life, after the cement of our mental habits and everyday behaviors has set. Carl Jung once wrote that it is not the young but people in middle age who need to have an “experience of the numinous” to help them negotiate the second half of their lives.

How Does a Writer Put A Drug Trip Into Words?

LADY GAGA | ENIGMA LAS VEGAS

Last night my fab husband delivered us to fab seats to see Gaga perform her Enigma spectacle at the MGM Park Theatre in Vegas. She was fantastic, descending from the ceiling in a David Bowie-like outfit suspended above us playing the guitar. The entire show was high energy and Gaga was in her usual electrifying form. We were all surprised when for her final song, Bradley Copper jumped onstage and sang their Star is Born duet with her which was very sweet and uplifting. Fantastic evening all around!

VOYAGE A ROSSINIÈRE

Balthus! ♥  ♥  ♥

THE GETTY

. . . on a spectacular Southern California winter’s day.

SALLY MANN @THE GETTY CENTER

Oh, Mann! She is a singular American artist at the height of her powers.

MAGGIE ROGERS

Her LP is finally here!

THE END

Not every man knows what he shall sing at the end,
Watching the pier as the ship sails away, or what it will seem like
When he’s held by the sea’s roar, motionless, there at the end,
Or what he shall hope for once it is clear that he’ll never go back.

When the time has passed to prune the rose or caress the cat,
When the sunset torching the lawn and the full moon icing it down
No longer appear, not every man knows what he’ll discover instead.
When the weight of the past leans against nothing, and the sky

Is no more than remembered light, and the stories of cirrus
And cumulus come to a close, and all the birds are suspended in flight,
Not every man knows what is waiting for him, or what he shall sing
When the ship he is on slips into darkness, there at the end.

Mark Strand | Collected Poems

HOPE IS A DANGEROUS THING FOR A WOMAN LIKE ME TO HAVE

BUT I HAVE IT . . .  Lana Del Rey  ♥  ♥  ♥

SUNDAYS IN OJAI