Smartphone Love

I want to be the machine in your hand
And go wherever you go
Your every touch would be my command
And I wouldn’t be so slow…

The Machine in Your Hand
Music by Stephin Merritt
Performed by the Magnetic Fields
Love at the Bottom of the Sea (2012)

Cartoon by Roz Chast: The New Yorker, 27 July 2009

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On Sexual Identity

It takes all sorts to make a sex.

Saki
The Gala Programme (1924)

Music: Andrew in Drag
Written by Stephin Merritt
Performed by the Magnetic Fields
Love at the Bottom of the Sea (2012)

Happy Anniversary

A happy marriage is a long conversation that always seems too short.

André Maurois

The book of love is long and boring
No one can lift the damn thing
It’s full of charts and facts and figures
And instructions for dancing

But I
I love it when you read to me
And you
You can read me anything

The book of love has music in it
In fact that’s where music comes from
Some of it is just transcendental
Some of it is just really dumb

But I
I love it when you sing to me
And you
You can sing me anything

The book of love is long and boring
And written very long ago
It’s full of flowers and heart-shaped boxes
And things we’re all too young to know

But I
I love it when you give me things
And you
You ought to give me wedding rings

The Book of Love
Music by Stephin Merritt
Performed by the Magnetic Fields
69 Love Songs (1999)

For C

Music for Shy People

When you love someone
You can’t always tell the sun
It will be twilight soon
Save a secret for the moon
In a darkened room
Write it on a black balloon
Then watch it fade from view
Save a secret for the moon

Save a Secret for the Moon
Music by Stephin Merritt
Performed by the Magnetic Fields
Get Lost: 13 Songs from the Worst Year of My Life (1995)

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Why Does One Suffer?

What came first, the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns, or watching violent videos, that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss. Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?

“Rob Gordon” (John Cusack) in Nick Hornby’s script High Fidelity (2000)

Song: All the Umbrellas in London
Music by Stephin Merritt
Performed by the Magnetic Fields
Get Lost: 13 Songs from the Worst Year of My Life (1995)

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Looking for Love (in the Hall of Mirrors)

I am surprised this song has not yet been posted to YouTube. It was MADE for the age of Facebook and Twitter:

Music by Stephin Merritt
Performed by the 6ths
Wasps’ Nests (1995)

Painting by Caravaggio: Narcissus (c. 1597-99)

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