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This City Never Sleeps

" If you are under the impression you have already perfected yourself, you will never rise to the heights you are no doubt capable of. "

- Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day (via vintageanchorbooks)

In Tavistock Square

I am sleeping in the corner of your ghost house, Virginia.
Your Blitz-bombed house now a hotel full of rooms,
not of one’s own, but for a parade of never-ending strangers.
 
I rub my hand over your hard, slick head in the square,
wet with summer rain, your hawkish nose turned toward
the other bomb site, the metal bus a twisted bloom.
 
Dickens wrote Hard Times on the other side of the trees,
and I find that living here is hard and has no time
for idealistic, broke dreamers. He wrote Bleak House there, too.
 
I am stubborn, Virginia. I come back again and again
even as this city pulls me close and pushes me away,
in love with bellow and uproar; London; this moment of June.
 
Perhaps I should reconsider the scattering of my ashes,
commit them to the breeze that blows through Bloomsbury.
Make me fertilizer; plaster; eye grit; nowhere; everywhere.

– Collin Kelley

Appears in the current issue of Flycatcher Journal. Read more at this link

The beautiful Jessie Ware from the video for “Tough Love.”

The brilliant new song and video “Tough Love” by Jessie Ware. 

Gillian Anderson as DS Stella Gibson on the set of The Fall, series 2. Can’t wait! 

morula:

Aldwych Tube station, London. Opened in 1907, used as a shelter during WWI and WWII, closed and abandoned in 1994. Still a popular filming location.

FKA Twigs - Two Weeks

Brilliant.

Marina Abramovic, 512 Hours at the Serpentine Gallery in London. 

vintageanchorbooks:

James Joyce died in Zurich, Switzerland on this day in 1941, aged 58.

“They lived and laughed and loved and left.”—James Joyce, Finnegans Wake

" And I suppose have only made myself more unpopular: ah yes: but freer. That’s the point. "

- Virginia Woolf, from a diary entry (via violentwavesofemotion)

theparisreview:

A new location (and ambiance) for Foyles, “London’s temple of books”: “Light streams down from rooftop windows on to a spacious white-walled atrium catching the edge of a 1930s dancefloor like a spotlight. It’s a huge change of scene for Foyles … which was once famed for dark forbidding bookshelves and a payment system so arcane that many visitors chose to steal rather than buy their favored paperback.”

For more of this morning’s roundup, click here.

Can’t wait to see the new Foyles when I’m back in London this September.

The first teaser trailer for the new series of “Doctor Who” starring Peter Capaldi. 

Kate Bush on the cover of the new issue of Prog magazine.

Commuters try to get on a train on the District Line of the London Underground during the 48-hour tube strike at London’s Earl’s Court tube station. 

Nostalgia

I always loved you best at a distance
voice a faint radio signal
an image lost in television snow

The idea of you
perfect and acquiescing
sculpted, blonde and grinning

Then you momentarily resurface
tangible, flabby and older
one wrong word and then another

Now you live in another time zone
always behind me
stay in the west

- Collin Kelley