"…tiptoe through our shiny city, with our diamond slippers on…"

The National, singing in Fake Empire, a song which recently achieved exposure during the closing moments of Southland, a new cop show set in LA, directed in the unforgiving glare of the sun and the submerged, deep shadows of the LA night, with pin-sharp, brutal clarity. The track contains a multitude of emotions tightly wrapped in the beaten cadences of Tom Waits’ poetry and the loneliness of Jack Kerouac’s American nights. The moment when despair and hope collide and it could go either way. This constant wonder of being alive. Everything is bright, everything is in shadow, and you go quietly through the shades in the valley of the sun, because to go any other way might make it all real, and you don’t know yet if you want darkness or wonder. Tiptoe, then, for now. Just like falling for someone, just like writing a novel; you plunge in with abandon and yet you tread carefully, because you don’t know yet what this thing may be, what it could become. You sense its power but don’t know it, although you want it more than you can say. You can only will it into existence. You want it, you want him, you want her. It’s all so close in your mind, so faraway from where you are. The chorus of the song tells us: “we’re half-awake, in a fake empire.” Maybe that’s the state we’re all in. Maybe that’s what it means to be conscious, to be human. To feel, to be in love. It’s our job as writers to find this out; it’s something only we can do.

5 thoughts on “"…tiptoe through our shiny city, with our diamond slippers on…"

  1. Hi outstanding website! Does running a blog similar to this require a large amount of work?
    I have no expertise in computer programming but I was hoping to start my own blog soon.
    Anyhow, should you have any recommendations or tips for new blog owners
    please share. I understand this is off subject
    nevertheless I simply wanted to ask. Many thanks!

    1. Thanks, Wendi! You don’t need any programming expertise to set up and run a blog like this. WordPress makes it very easy to set up a blog. Just click on the support link, and it will show you how to set up your blog with a name, and a theme/layout. There are many different looks available. If you want to customize the layouts & themes, that’s when you’d get into code a little more. But if you’re happy with one of the “presets”, then it will only take a few minutes to get your blog up and running! Then it’s down to you to write some blog posts! You can mark your blog as private to start with if you want to experiment with the layout and content, before making it public. Hope this helps, and good luck!

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