pls dont ever apologize to me for anything ever again for the rest of ur life by Elizabeth Foster and Stephen Michael McDowell
Elizabeth Foster and Stephen Michael McDowell are two Arbitrary News and Review all-stars. These are people with voices, people not to be ignored. The fact that they made an ebook on New Hive together is one of the truest delights of Summer 2014.
Each piece is titled after a different astronomical sequence, which I think has something to do with galaxies or solar systems, I’m not sure, I didn’t do very well in astronomy. Mentions of the universe and space are common in this ebook, and each reference is stunningly sincere and vast, but a unique kind of vastness. It’s a vastness that does not forget the intimate smallness of individual life, a vastness that exists only because of tiny little moments which feel overwhelmingly powerful.
"the universe wont ever forget our 1st kiss
even when & if our finities do will themselves to”
Something else I got out of this ebook is the idea that everything is united on an atomic level. I could possibly be projecting, because it’s something I believe in, but there is an overarching theme, one that threads together the elements that form all matter. But this theme is approached uniquely, because there always remains an acknowledgment of the self as a distinct entity. Everything is one, everything is not one. It’s a paradox, and I like it.
This ebook could not exist without the internet. I mean, like, literally, ebooks exist online, but also, like, things like the act of deleting emails and visiting Wikipedia are integral to this text. Also Snapchat. And wifi. And there’s heavy usage of “u” and “ur” and even “ngl” once or twice. I like all of this. It’s modern, and an ebook lends itself to modernity. It’s good to know that a book like this could only exist right now, and at no other time in history. It makes it special.
Read this ebook after a quick trip to the planetarium. You went to the planetarium because you wanted to have an extreme experience, and when you got there and saw the crowds, you were initially disheartened, but then you went in the seats and felt like James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause and saw all the fake stars and then everything was ok.
You can read it here.