“What I want is a poem long as Seventh Avenue
to sprinkle gold on every oppressed minority,
every young woman’s subtly female hips,
every sad and suspicious American face
and the quiddity of every mud-tracked pizza shop;
proving, block after block, stanza by stanza
that I’m not just one skinny nervous pedestrian
but the one who matters because he sees and says.
I want that. The Avenue grins and says
“You want, that? How does it feel to want?”—Mark Halliday, Seventh Avenue (excerpt)
I took this test and got this response. Some of it is like me, but some of it is so very unlike me. So I took it again. I got a different answer, but had the same reaction. Some of it is like me, some of it is far from the mark. I have come to the conclusion that I don’t like this test.
1) You reach out to the world and pull in experiences of all forms and kinds. Spontaneous, immediate and active, you have a natural tendency to win, whether this is in the business world or on the freeway. In the right context this can be a positive encouragement to those around you. In the wrong context it can lead to a pathetic display of ego and misplaced pride. You are always on the prowl for clues as to how to win. Usually this behavior is unconscious or playful but the sense of play can rapidly disappear if you are found to be losing in the aforementioned contest. Only those who don’t compete are met with derision. You love to be the center of attention. The moment at hand is always of prime concern. Worries about the future or the past, or abstract discussions of philosophical matters are something for others to concern themselves with. Emotions are fleeting and often used as tactics.
2) You are not a leader of men but an organizer of men. You need order and organization to feel secure about your life. You will usually have extensive knowledge of your family history and tradition. You have little use for things that are not useful. Hard work, thrift and dedication are the way to your heart. You will always deal with others in a steadfast and straightforward manner, and will consequently expect others to behave the same way. The strange, the illicit, the unusual, have no place in your mindset. Proper planning and organization is a distinct pleasure to you. Because of your sense of responsibility, you will often accept leadership roles that can be onerous and difficult. Your thinking is sequential. Relationships for you often revolve around a sense of mutual responsibility. Good parenting is of prime importance, as is the duties that one lover has to another. You are intensely loyal, but on occasion can be so obsessed with the duties of a relationship that you can forget to address the private moments that give a relationship meaning. Oddly, you can be extremely sentimental.
Baby, it’s been a long time coming, such a long, long time And I can’t stop running such a long, long time Can you hear my heart beating? Can you hear that sound? ‘Cause I can’t help thinking and I won’t stop now
“But this road doesn’t go anywhere,” I told him.
“That doesn’t matter.”
“What does?” I asked, after a little while.
“Just that we’re on it, dude,” he said.”—Less Than Zero, Bret Easton Ellis (via fuckyeahliteraryquotes)
Currently hashing out an essay of a comparative analysis of the iconographic elements of film noir in The Maltese Falcon, Chinatown, and of course, Brick. You Johnsons are awesome, but at the moment, you’re killing me.