— Mark Leidner, The Angel in the Dream of Our Hangover (via lkwldn)
PENELOPISE [aka PENELOPIZE]
1. to undo and redo to gain time; to stall.
2. to create work as an excuse to deter suitors.
Etymology: Greek, from Penelope, the wife of Odysseus, who remained faithful to him during his long absence at Troy (characters from one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer). From Penelopeia, probably related to pene, “thread on the bobbin, weaver”.
Can I offer you a nice egg in this trying holiday?
You remember too much,
my mother said to me recently.
Why hold onto all that? And I said,
Where can I put it down?
— Anne Carson, excerpt from “The Glass Essay” (via larmoyante)
Paysage Orageux (1900s)
Caravaggio, detail from Head of Medusa
Photo by Ellen Von Unwerth