Playing tracks by
Lilly Kane, Mychael Danna, Brigitte Fontaine, Big City Orchestra, Constellation Botsu and more.
In the introduction to Clarice Lispector's collection of short stories Soulstorm, Grace Paley writes, “It's not unusual for writers to be the children of foreigners. There's something about the two languages engaging one another in the child's ears that makes her want to write things down. She will want to say sentences over and over again, probably in the host or dominant tongue. There will also be a certain amount of syntactical confusion, which, if not driven out of her head by heavy schooling, will free the writer to stand a sentence on its chauvinistic national head when necessary. She will then smile.“
Perhaps it is easiest to learn a language through a pop song, or a pop song resembling a symbolist poem, that resembles every dream ever, where they only increase in their vividness. Anna Akhmatova writes, “In my dream it kept seeming to me that / I was writing a libretto for someone, / And there was no relief from the music, / And of course a dream is a material thing too…“