This Week in Review – 11/13/2015

This Week in Review

We thought we’d keep it nice and simple this week, so without further adieu, this week in review:

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This week we posted:

  1. Whatever Happened to Booth Tarkington?
  2. A Pairing: Leonardo Da Vinci + Ross Gay
  3. The Pulitzer Project: The Magnificent Ambersons
  4. Manhattan Beach, California

This weekend, I am going on a class field trip to the Neue, a friend’s spacewarming at her new office, and watching Alabama Football. I hope you stomp in some leaves and drink some apple cider. It finally feels like Autumn in New York!

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A Pairing: Leonardo Da Vinci + Ross Gay

da vinci study of horses

Leonardo Da Vinci, Study of Horses, circa 1490

It was dragging my hands along its belly,
loosing the bit and wiping the spit
from its mouth made me
a snatch of grass in the thing’s maw,
a fly tasting its ear.  It was
touching my nose to his made me know
the clover’s bloom, my wet eye to his
made me know the long field’s secrets.
But it was putting my heart to the horse’s that made me know
the sorrow of horses.  The sorrow
of a brook creasing a field.  The maggot
turning in its corpse. Made me
forsake my thumbs for the sheen of unshod hooves.
And in this way drop my torches.
And in this way drop my knives.
Feel the small song in my chest
swell and my coat glisten and twitch.
And my face grow long.
And these words cast off, at last,
for the slow honest tongue of horses.

– Ross Gay, Becoming a Horse