TONIGHT

MAD WATCH | LIVING UNDOCUMENTED

TARA

Sweet, feisty, cuddly Tara is four months old and available for adoption at Austin Pets Alive!

THOUGHTS ARE OPTIONAL

Thoughts are *optional.* Nonstop psycho-emotional lather, the mind’s exhausting addiction to processing and internalizing all the wanton things that happen to you, this is but a habit, an entrenched behavior based on the rather silly, reductive idea that the mind is all there is, that logic and reason lead to all possible truths, and all other modes of information and insight – spirit, mystery, subtle body, alchemy, shamanism, mantra, sacred astrology, that time someone you haven’t thought of in years suddenly called you the day after you had a crazy dream about them – are to be considered, somehow, lesser. ⁣

To which the ancient gurus reply: Bullshit. ⁣

Yoga suggests quite the inverse: While logic and reason are indeed helpful tools, it’s only when the mind’s rabid associations quiet down, only when logic relaxes its death-grip on the present moment and the breath becomes much more present, only then can truth, such as it is, reveal itself. Only then can you fully participate in the immediate fullness of Reality-As-It-Is. Only then do the gods shrug in your general direction and you suddenly “get it,” because you finally realize there is nothing, after all, to get.
Mark Morford

READING SLOWLY

JOONS

2015 ♥

JACQUELINE WOODSON

. . . was my first writer’s talk in Austin, sponsored by the awesome independent bookstore, Book People. She was as funny, inspiring, thoughtful, and brilliant as one might be after winning four Newberry Honors among many other literary accolades. Many of the literary events are held at the Presbyterian Church in downtown Austin, a great space to gather and listen.

About to read her new adult novel, Red at the Bone. Read her beautiful memoir this summer, Brown Girl Dreaming. If you don’t know her work, run, don’t walk.

THE PUBLIC HUG

we’re leaving the restaurant
and here is an old friend home from spain
we embrace my luncheon companions
coworkers with the surnames of elizabethan poets
stand aside later there are jokes about men
who hug men in public

listen: i hug men
i hug women children cats dogs drunks and uncles
i know the texture of people’s hair
how much weight their shoulders can support
i’m a patter and a toucher and a kisser
once i playfully punched a friend in the arm
he turned unexpectedly and i smashed his glasses
those are the chances you take

we worked together for four years
maybe bumped in a doorway once
scattering dust from those fragile wings
now i’m gone and you’ll never know
whether my hands are hot or cold
so i’ll tell you: hot and getting hotter

 

Robert Hershon | The Yellow Shoe Poets: Selected Poems, 1964-1999

Juana Olga Barrios | Primitivos, 2018

SARA GIDEON FOR US SENATE

I’ve just donated to her campaign, where she is going up against Susan Collins in Maine. Every bit counts!

MAD WHISK

Here are a few of the dishes Joons + I made this month, plus other food-related articles or videos I found interesting.

Alison Roman’s Chickpea Stew

Barbara Kafka’s Creamy Lemon Pasta

Elise Peterson’s Coconut Black Beans with all the Sides

Adam Rapoport’s Broccoli Bolognese

Jessica Seinfeld’s Sweet Potato + Cauliflower Hash

The Cuban Sandwich Assignment

Finally getting back to my studio. Interesting to see what emerges from being in the beautiful Texas landscapes.

BADASS BRITTANY