In a way, you are poetry material; You are full of cloudy subtleties I am willing to spend a lifetime figuring out.
Johnny Depp Photographed by David Bailey, 1995
In the decades before the Holocaust, national identity and Yiddish spelling were deeply intertwined. When I read Yiddish literature printed before World War II, I can often guess the writers’ political milieu through their spelling alone. In 19th-century Europe, religious writers spelled Yiddish words by imitating Hebrew, using vowel markings where none were necessary so their new writing would resemble ancient Hebrew texts. Meanwhile, Jews who wanted to assimilate into European life wrote in a Yiddish spelling that openly imitated German. This brand of spelling — it used Hebrew letters to represent even silent German characters in shared cognates — subtly announced, as leaders of the German Jewish Reform movement once proclaimed, that “Berlin is our Jerusalem.”
Spelling in the early Soviet Union was even more perverse. There, government control over Yiddish schools and presses led to the invention and enforcement of a literally anti-Semitic Yiddish orthography by spelling the language’s many Semitic-origin words phonetically instead of in Hebrew. (Imagine spelling “naïve” as “nigh-eve” in order to look less French.) It was an attempt to erase Jewish culture’s biblical roots, letter by letter.
Source: The New York Times
Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy. Photographed by Pierpaolo Ferrari.
Cinna Illustrations by Olivier Cinna
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Portal of my own heaven.
sprawled and arched,
on the fringes of an
I displayed a body
unknown to me.
I yearned to please,
titillate and inspire.
I desired greatly to
be flesh poetry.
no dog should ever be homeless
no home should ever be dogless
"You can smile but don’t show your teeth" may be the most government instruction ever.
A little bad taste is like a nice splash of paprika. We all need a splash of bad taste—it’s hearty, it’s healthy, it’s physical. I think we could use more of it. No taste is what I’m against.
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