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The ontic telos of need

January 3rd, 2019 · No Comments

“The logic of the present situation is no longer of an economic but of an ethico-political kind. Work is the linchpin of the citizen factory. As such, it is indeed necessary, as necessary as nuclear reactors, city planning, the police, or television. One has to work because one has to feel one’s existence, at least […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · Tiqqun · Verandah

BBQ Beckies all

January 1st, 2019 · No Comments

“Citizens, insofar as they are made to compensate more and more frequently for the failures of the welfare state, will be paid more and more overtly for their work in comanaging social pacification. A citizen’s dividend will therefore be established as a form of coercion to maintain self-discipline, in the form of strange, extremely tight-knit, […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · Tiqqun · Verandah

So don’t

November 9th, 2018 · No Comments

“If you let one demon in the front door, he will let all of his friends in the back door.” – Patrick Glenn Jeffries, “A Mother’s Earth”

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Patrick Glenn Jeffries · Verandah

Try it and see what happens

November 8th, 2018 · No Comments

“To be truly hospitable you don’t ask someone if they’re thirsty or hungry—you offer them food, you offer them drink. They will not turn down what you put in front of them if they’re hungry and thirsty.” – Patrick Glenn Jeffries, “A Mother’s Earth”

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Tags: Economics · Patrick Glenn Jeffries · Verandah

No more and no less

November 7th, 2018 · No Comments

“Always look a man in his eyes. Even when you are afraid of him. After a while you will see he is only a man.” – Patrick Glenn Jeffries, “A Mother’s Earth”

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Patrick Glenn Jeffries · Politics & Law · Verandah

And carry a big stick

November 6th, 2018 · No Comments

“Never talk tough before a fight. Losing a fight is one thing. Looking foolish and losing a fight is another.” – Patrick Glenn Jeffries, “A Mother’s Earth”

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Tags: Patrick Glenn Jeffries · Politics & Law · Verandah

And afterwards, too, sometimes

September 28th, 2018 · No Comments

“Before flaws look like style, they look like flaws.” – Maria Adelmann, “Basket Weaving 101”

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Other Stuff · Verandah · Vizarts

And probably should floss

September 26th, 2018 · No Comments

“A man who resembles a rodent should never wear tweed.” – Mark Helprin, “The Schreuderspitze”

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Pro tip

September 13th, 2018 · No Comments

“Most problems aren’t rocket science, but when they are rocket science, you should ask a rocket scientist about them.” Captain Scott Kelly, “What I Learned in Space” (emphasis in original)

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Tags: Open Science Collaboration · Other Stuff · Verandah

Hard to say

September 8th, 2018 · No Comments

“I think that if people began thinking about death sooner they’d make fewer foolish mistakes.” – Dmitri Shostakovich (quoted by David Dubal in The Essential Canon of Classical Music)

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Tags: Other Stuff · Verandah

A never-ending tale

August 29th, 2018 · No Comments

“Of all minor afflictions, house-cleaning is the worst.” – Rachel Henning, March 1, 1854, The Letters of Rachel Henning, ed. David Adams

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I didn’t want it to turn out like this

August 21st, 2018 · No Comments

“Nobody really says anything honest until they know they are dying.” – Alex McElroy, “Responsible Fear”

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Verandah

Coin of the realm

August 14th, 2018 · No Comments

“Look, the sun is a sort of bribe, you know, and so is a heavy thunderstorm or a snowfall. So is a dawn, though not I think a sunset. So is a warm bath or a shower, and a sound sleep. Bribes all, in the conspiracy of everything to continue to exist.” – Renata Adler, […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Renata Adler · Verandah

In the beginning

August 12th, 2018 · No Comments

“The world is everything that is the case. And in the second place because.” – Renata Adler, Pitch Dark

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And right now

July 28th, 2018 · No Comments

“You must do the things you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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That bush is not burning

July 26th, 2018 · No Comments

“None see God and live.” – Emily Dickinson

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Tags: Emily Dickinson · Lit & Crit · Verandah

Famous last words

July 11th, 2018 · No Comments

“An optimist is not the first to shout ‘hurray,’ but the last to shout ‘we’re finished.’ ” – Andrey Stavnitser (quoted by Tim Judah, In Wartime)

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Out, damn spot

May 13th, 2018 · No Comments

“The past is not made out of time, out of memory, out of irony but is also a crime we cannot admit and will not atone.” – Eavan Boland, “Making Money”

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Verandah

In some respects, they’re all the same

May 4th, 2018 · No Comments

“No one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails.” – Nelson Mandela

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Tags: Nelson Mandela · Politics & Law

Here, there, and everywhere

April 26th, 2018 · No Comments

“You will not be able to find the boundaries of the soul even if you walk every path, so deep is its measure.” – Heraclitus (quoted by John Bussanich in “The Roots of Platonism and Vedanta”)

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Tags: The Ancients · Verandah

Doan dwit

April 19th, 2018 · No Comments

“Girls, never trust a man under 40, because he’s still a boy.” – John Mellencamp (interviewed by Edna Gundersen in AARP The Magazine)

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It’s cold and dark in there

April 4th, 2018 · No Comments

“Marriage is the tomb of love.” – Giacomo Girolamo Casanova, Memoirs

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It’s not hard

March 10th, 2018 · No Comments

“The best of us will try to live by a few simple rules: do justly, love mercy, walk humbly with thy God, and never draw to an inside straight.” – Stephen Jay Gould, “The Streak of Streaks”

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Open Science Collaboration · Verandah


February 20th, 2018 · No Comments

“If you look at the moon, you’ll dream of the animals, and they’ll tell you they’re sorry they died, and they miss you.” – Liam, Facebook, May 29, 2017

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Take me to the limit

February 18th, 2018 · No Comments

The Limits to Human Survival: The Four Threes 1. Three minutes without oxygen. 2. Three days without water. 3. Three weeks without food. 4. Three months without companionship. – from Christy Gutowski, “7 Days Lost”

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What it is

December 10th, 2017 · No Comments

“Love’s service is without eyes, and love is without fear.” – Gottfried von Strassburg, Tristan und Isold

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The crown jewels

November 29th, 2017 · No Comments

Stars, darkness, a lamp, a phantom, a dew, a bubble; A dream, a flash of lightning, and a cloud: Thus should we look upon the world. – from The Diamond Sutra

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Tags: Lit & Crit · The Ancients · Verandah

Keeping a healthy perspective

November 25th, 2017 · No Comments

Make merry, day and night; Make of each day a festival of joy, Dance and play, day and night! Let your raiment be kept clean, Your head washed, body bathed. Pay heed to the little one, holding onto your hand, Let your wife delight your heart, For in this is the portion of man. – […]

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Something durable and modest

November 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

“Truth is a powerful and a dangerous commodity and needs to be adequately guarded. It should be clothed for the occasion, and not indiscriminately exposed.” – M. Esther Harding, “The Way of All Women”

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The tautological law

November 21st, 2017 · No Comments

“Shinto doctrine holds that women should make offerings to aborted foetuses to help them rest in peace. If one believes that abortion is killing and yet is still pro-choice, one could try to use contraception for every single sex act; if one had to undergo an abortion, one could then work to provide contraception, or […]

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Tags: Naomi Wolf · Verandah