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Entries from March 2014

If we know what we’re about

March 31st, 2014 · No Comments

“Just as it is not the desire to become famous but the habit of being industrious that enables us to produce a finished work, so it is not the activity of the present moment but wise reflexions from the past that help us to safeguard the future.” – Marcel Proust, Within a Budding Grove (trans. […]

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Marcel Proust · Politics & Law

You may not be able to, anyway

March 30th, 2014 · No Comments

“You can’t learn from your mistakes if you don’t think they’re mistakes.” – Rick Morrissey, Chicago Sun-Times

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · Verandah

Still, there’s a lot about it I don’t miss

March 29th, 2014 · No Comments

“The characteristic feature of the ridiculous age I was going through—awkward indeed but by no means infertile—is that we do not consult our intelligence and that the most trivial attributes of other people seem to us to form an inseparable part of their personality. In a world thronged with monsters and with gods, we know […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Marcel Proust

Ambushed

March 28th, 2014 · No Comments

“The memories of love are no exception to the general laws of memory, which in turn are governed by the still more general laws of Habit. And as Habit weakens everything, what best reminds us of a person is precisely what we had forgotten (because it was of no importance, and we therefore left it […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Marcel Proust

Put that in your grin and bear it

March 27th, 2014 · 2 Comments

“Happiness can never be achieved. If we succeed in overcoming the force of circumstances, nature at once shifts the battle-ground, placing it within ourselves, and effects a gradual change in our hearts until they desire something other than what they are about to possess. And if the change of fortune has been so rapid that […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Marcel Proust

You can’t dodge the one with your name on it

March 26th, 2014 · No Comments

“The soldier is convinced that a certain interval of time, capable of being indefinitely prolonged, will be allowed him before the bullet finds him, the thief before he is caught, men in general before they have to die. That is the amulet which preserves people—and sometimes peoples—not from danger but from the fear of danger, […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Marcel Proust

Cast stones, unclean slates

March 25th, 2014 · No Comments

“There may be vice arising from hypersensitiveness just as much as from the lack of it. Perhaps it is only in really vicious lives that the problem of morality can arise in all its disquieting strength. And to this problem the artist offers a solution in the terms not of his own personal life but […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Marcel Proust

Habits and ruts and if you don’t stop it, you’ll go blind, deaf, and dumb

March 24th, 2014 · No Comments

“Habit forms the style of the writer just as much as the character of the man, and the author who has more than once been content to attain, in the expression of his thoughts, to a certain kind of attractiveness, in so doing lays down unalterably the boundaries of his talent, just as, in succumbing […]

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Valerie June

March 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · Verandah

I’ll be your mirror

March 23rd, 2014 · 4 Comments

“The men who produce works of genius are not those who live in the most delicate atmosphere, whose conversation is the most brilliant or their culture the most extensive, but those who have had the power, ceasing suddenly to live only for themselves, to transform their personality into a sort of mirror, in such a […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Marcel Proust

The opacity of reference

March 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

“Names, no doubt, are whimsical draughtsmen, giving us of people as well as of places sketches so unlike the reality that we often experience a kind of stupor when we have before our eyes, in place of the imagined, the visible world (which, for that matter, is not the real world, our senses being little […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Marcel Proust

The very ground upon which we stand shall shift

March 21st, 2014 · No Comments

“Today’s economic mechanisms promote inordinate consumption, yet it is evident that unbridled consumerism combined with inequality proves doubly damaging to the social fabric. Inequality eventually engenders a violence which recourse to arms cannot and never will be able to resolve. This serves only to offer false hopes to those clamouring for heightened security, even though […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · Pope Francis · Verandah

How safe are the unjust?

March 20th, 2014 · No Comments

“Today in many places we hear a call for greater security. But until exclusion and inequality in society and between peoples is reversed, it will be impossible to eliminate violence. The poor and the poorer peoples are accused of violence, yet without equal opportunities the different forms of aggression and conflict will find a fertile […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · Pope Francis · Verandah

Meet the new boss

March 19th, 2014 · No Comments

“While the earnings of a minority are growing exponentially, so too is the gap separating the majority from the prosperity enjoyed by those happy few. This imbalance is the result of ideologies which defend the absolute autonomy of the marketplace and financial speculation. Consequently, they reject the right of states, charged with vigilance for the […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · Pope Francis · Verandah

Thou shalt not pillage

March 18th, 2014 · No Comments

“Just as the commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’ sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say ‘thou shalt not’ to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills. How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · Pope Francis · Verandah

Waiting is the hardest part

March 17th, 2014 · No Comments

“The man of genius, to spare himself the ignorant contempt of the world, may say to himself that, since one’s contemporaries are incapable of the necessary detachment, works written for posterity should be read by posterity alone, like certain pictures which one cannot appreciate when one stands too close to them. But in reality any […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Marcel Proust

Succinct

March 16th, 2014 · No Comments

“Be humble. Stay hungry. Do more with less. Don’t suck.” – Andrew Sieja, CEO, kCura

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · Verandah

Old and in the way

March 15th, 2014 · No Comments

“In theory one is aware that the earth revolves, but in practice one does not perceive it, the ground upon which one treads seems not to move, and one can rest assured. So it is with Time in one’s life. And to make its flight perceptible novelists are obliged, by wildly accelerating the beat of […]

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The critics howl so prettily

March 14th, 2014 · No Comments

“Given a few fireworks let off prettily enough by an author, and up goes the shout of masterpiece. Masterpieces are not so common as all that!” – Marcel Proust, Within a Budding Grove (trans. Moncrieff and Kilmartin)

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Thank God

March 13th, 2014 · No Comments

“For every sin there is forgiveness, and especially for the sins of youth.” – Marcel Proust, Within a Budding Grove (trans. Moncrieff and Kilmartin)

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The Alpha and the Omega

March 12th, 2014 · No Comments

“There are only two things, really, to ever say to anyone. Try: ‘I’m very happy for you.’ Or: ‘This is just not done.’” – Gary Lutz, “Pulls”

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Freeway’s coming through

March 11th, 2014 · No Comments

“The places we have known do not belong only to the world of space on which we map them for our own convenience. They were only a thin slice, held between the contiguous impressions that composed our life at that time; the memory of a particular image is but regret for a particular moment; the […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Marcel Proust

Bigger than we may have suspected

March 10th, 2014 · No Comments

“The field open to the musician is not a miserable stave of seven notes, but an immeasurable keyboard (still almost entirely unknown) on which, here and there only, separated by the thick darkness of its unexplored tracts, some few among the millions of keys of tenderness, of passion, of courage, of serenity, which compose it, […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Marcel Proust

Call for Vladimir Putin

March 9th, 2014 · No Comments

“All users should consider how their actions may impact the current load in an environment when they kick off large operations.” – kCura, “Infrastructure Solutions for Very Large Workspaces”

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · Verandah

It all goes out of whack that way

March 8th, 2014 · No Comments

“The absence of one part from a whole is not only that, it is not simply a partial lack, it is a derangement of all the other parts, a new state which it was impossible to foresee in the old.” – Marcel Proust, Swann’s Way (trans. Moncrieff and Kilmartin)

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The bar is higher in the financial district

March 7th, 2014 · No Comments

“The belief that a person has a share in an unknown life to which his or her love may win us admission is, of all the prerequisites of love, the one which it values most highly and which makes it set little store by all the rest. Even those women who claim to judge a […]

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Marcel Proust

Forms of dreaming

March 6th, 2014 · No Comments

“None of the feelings which the joys or misfortunes of a real person arouse in us can be awakened except through a mental picture of those joys or misfortunes; and the ingenuity of the first novelist lay in his understanding that, as the image was the one essential element in the complicated structure of our […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Marcel Proust

Surprise!

March 5th, 2014 · 4 Comments

“The body always waits until the last minute to explain itself to you.” – Gary Lutz, “Pulls”

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Tags: Economics · Gary Lutz · Lit & Crit

We’re not really here

March 4th, 2014 · No Comments

“Even in the most insignificant details of our daily life, none of us can be said to constitute a material whole, which is identical for everyone, and need only be turned up like a page in an account-book or the record of a will; our social personality is a creation of the thoughts of other […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Marcel Proust

Ain’t no money in that kind of love

March 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

“What I feel most moved to write, that is banned—it will not pay. Yet, altogether, write the other way I cannot. So the product is a final hash, and all my books are botches.” – Herman Melville, Letter to Nathaniel Hawthorne, June 1851

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