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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

"My Love"

Given time his dreams might have come true, and he might have found himself with the woman he loved, but the road was too long and it brought him nowhere.

-from "My Love," by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya; translated by Keith Gessen & Anna Summers, from the collection of stories, There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor's Baby

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Stuff Your Eyes with Wonder

"Stuff your eyes with wonder,' he said, 'live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories..." -Granger, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Kubla Khan

Dream Fact: Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem "Kubla Khan" was written following a dream induced by opium

Read it here

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A 30 Rock Scene, From Tina Fey's Bossypants

Reading Bossypants, the current bestselling book by Tina Fey, I came across this amusing and very dream-typical scene from Tina's show, 30 Rock. It is so clever and accurate, as it demonstrates the sleeping brain's connections, representing an identity with another person's face/body, but they take it a step further and point out how ironic that is-

"Tracy, anxious over this change in his racial identity, dreams that he is on a paternity test episode of The Maury Povich Show with Thomas Jefferson. Played, for dream-logic and financial reasons, by Alec Baldwin.

MAURY POVICH: Sally Hemings just called you a dog, Thomas Jefferson.

THOMAS JEFFERSON (Alec Baldwin): I don't care. This is about Tracy. I rode a horse all the way from Heaven to tell him something. "

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Tower of Dreamers by DancE. MaD. agONy.

A hilarious yet inspirational speech made by Steve Carrel as Barry in Dinner for Schmucks, this is a silent and clever reproduction of his taxidermied mice dioramas and the "Tower of Dreamers" twisted into a wonderful internet delicacy by Dance Mad Agony on tumblr. Thanks DMA for making this and sharing it with the online community!

DancE. MaD. agONy., The Tower of Dreamers

Nightmares and Marriage Proposals?

"Rule number one- don't propose to a girl on a bus. Rule number two- don't tell her it's because of a bad dream." -June Carter (Cash) to Johnny Cash, quoted from Walk the Line

Monday, July 25, 2011

"Sahara Dream" - The Bewitched Hands

A dreamy, choirlike sound... A live video to accompany it!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Monday Morning

"There's nothing to do so you just stay in bed. Why live in the world when you can live in your head?" 

-Monday Morning, Pulp

Friday, June 24, 2011

40 Day Dream

"Well I been sleepin' for 40 days
I know I'm sleepin' cos this dream's too amazing
She's got gold doorknobs where her eyes used to be
One turn and I learn what it really means to see...

Hey I been sleepin' for 60 days
Nobody better pinch me, I swear I'd go crazy

She's got jumper cable lips
She's got sunset on her breath
I inhaled just a little bit
Now I got no fear of death now..."
-40 Day Dream, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

Official video:

A little background information on the group--

Edward Sharpe is an extraterrestrial being who was sent to Earth to help and heal humanity, however, he continually distracts himself from his mission when he falls in love... Lucky for us, he also makes great music! The band is planning for a second album in the near future, as well as solo projects from both Alexander (aka Edward Sharpe) and Jade.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Dreams and Character

You cannot dream yourself into a character: you must hammer and forge yourself into one. -Henry David Thoreau

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Saturday, June 18, 2011

She Comes to Me in Dreams

From the Great Lake Swimmers, here is a really happy, genuine song that sings of love and dreams and embodies the happiness of pre-summer- that we are hopefully all experiencing on this gorgeous Saturday. You can see how deeply they are feeling the music they are playing, how authentic they are. They close their eyes and let it flow through them. It's almost as if they are dreaming while playing!

Check out their website (linked above) for tour dates and album information. If you dig this song, you will love their others--

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Meaning of Life

Perhaps you have seen those little gift books, the type you find in the queue at Borders or Hallmark, with little clever anecdotes or quotes about big-picture-type things, like sisterhood, mothers, teachers, golfing as a lifestyle... or the meaning of life. A good friend of mine suggested I borrow one that someone close to her had given her, and I read it with increasing happiness. I am hardly exaggerating when I say that each line was full of wisdom and inspiration. Please read the following exerpt once or twice and really let it sink in...

"It's incredibly draining to live through the day doing something you really don't enjoy or even care about. But if you follow your dreams, at least you will exhaust yourself doing what you love most...But best of all, ...you will inspire someone to go after their dreams, and that, my friend, is how you change the world!" -Bradley Trevor Greive, The Meaning of Life

Monday, June 13, 2011

Suze Orman on Dreams

Suze Orman was on PBS last night, giving a lecture, as well as involving the audience in a Q & A; various priceless points were made. (Who says there is no such thing as educational television?!) She was promoting her new book, The Money Class, and she talked about many of the things she goes into much greater detail in the publication, which all revolve around the American Dream.

Go to her website and watch the video about The Money Class. You will see how she plans to aid those who read her new book in creating their New American Dream out of the old and dead American Dream...

"We need to live in our truth. That's what dreams are made of."
-The Money Class, Suze Orman

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Barstools are Built for Dreamers

From the restaurant the Mellow Mushroom, a quote painted on the wall...

Friday, June 10, 2011


Watch J. Tillman from the Fleet Foxes plan out his dream music festival, Tillmania!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Lately His Dreams

"Lately his dreams had taken him to the small village in Iceland where he'd grown up. To the jetty and the mountain behind the village. He had no idea why and didn't think his dreams were of any significance." -Walking into the Night, Olaf Olafsson

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Tuesday, May 31, 2011


We are the music makers,
And we are the reamers of dreams,
Wandering by long sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;
World losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.

With wonderful dethless ditties
We build up the wold's great cities,
And out of a fabulous story
We fashion an empire's glory;
One man with a dream, at pleasure,
Shall go forth and conquer a crown;
And three with a new son'gs measure
Can trample an empire down.

We, in the ages lying, 
In the buried past of the earth,
Built Ninevah with our singing
And babel itself with our mirth.
And o'erthrew them with prophesying
to the old of the new world's worht;
For each eage is a dream that is dying,
Or one that is coming to birth.

-Arthur O'Shaughnessy.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Special Agent Dale Cooper's Dream, from Twin Peaks

One of the most mysterious and erie scenes from the early nineties television series by David Lynch, Twin Peaks, in which Special Agent Dale Cooper dreams about the identity of Laura Palmer's killer...

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Hieratica Street

"They dream against warm breasts and empty beds of the four black pools in Orlande's house. They stare straight ahead into her pink and gray-speckled mouth, and the red thread sweeps tight against their wrists. On four laps the frog-oracle lays four cards, but they do not look down, yet."

-from Palimpsest, by Catherynne M. Valente

Monday, May 23, 2011

Jackie Evancho: Chasing Her Dreams

Check out this brief interview with the young and talented Jackie Evancho and find out how she is chasing her dreams. You can also hear part of her original song which is, ironically or not, about dreaming...

Jackie Evancho: Chasing Her Dreams, from National Public Radio's All Things Considered 05/23/2011.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Our Idleness

"It is our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes makes its way to the surface." 

-Virginia Woolf

Monday, January 3, 2011

Dexter's Darkness

Here is an exerpt from the first book in the Dexter series by Jeff Lindsay (yes, this is the same character who inspired the Dexter from the Showtime series, although the novels came first and are quite different in various ways). This is a scene from the first book in the series (ironically?) called Darkly Dreaming Dexter, in which Dexter catches himself having dreamed:

Hello, dear boy, so good to have you back. But where on earth have you been?

That, of course, was the question. I have spent most of my life untroubled by dreams, and for that matter, hallucinations. No visions of the Apocalypse for me; no troubling Jungian icons burbling up from my subconscious, no mysterious recurring images drifting through the history of my unconsciousness. Nothing ever goes bump in Dexter's night. When I go to sleep, all of me sleeps.

So what had just happened? Why were these pictures appearing to me?

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want

Good times for a change
See, the luck I've had can make a good man turn bad
so please, please, please please let me get what I want this time...

Haven't had a dream in a long time.
See, the life I've had can make a good man bad
so, for once in my life, let me get what I want,
Lord knows, it would be the first time.
Lord knows, it would be the first time...