“The units of which an artificial city is made up are always organized to form a tree. So that we get a really clear understanding of what this means, and shall better see its implications, let us define a tree once again. Whenever we have a tree structure, it means that within this structure no piece of any unit is ever connected to other units, except through the medium of that unit as a whole.”from A City Is Not a Tree, Christopher Alexander
“a house should be a public building”Piet Blom
All of this made it easy for July, at 16, to adopt a new name based on a story in a zine, by her high-school friend Johanna Fateman (who was later a co-founder of the band Le Tigre), about two buddies named Ida and July. She changed her name legally in her early 20s. “It was part of being self-authoring. And it was vanity. I wanted a name that I liked. July looked good on everything and seemed edible. But it’s a 15-year-old’s idea of a great name.
I asked Grossinger if he minded his daughter’s changing her name. “My kids are their own people. Their stories are their own.”
I think there’s something spiritual in a very day-to-day, mundane existence. It’s impossible to articulate, and it’s happening now, almost like a perverse secret… . That’s always sort of fascinating to me.
Sincerity about banality!!! Films with cats as narrators!!!! Making up names!!