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Entries from July 2019

Not to mention luck

July 31st, 2019 · No Comments

“To be able to die of old age and be put to rest with a lavish funeral required exceptional talent.” – Gao Xingjian, Soul Mountain (trans. Mabel Lee) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Verandah

Reach out and touch it

July 30th, 2019 · No Comments

“Non-existence exists so there is non-existence of existence; non-existence of existence exists so there is non-existence of non-existence.” – Gao Xingjian, Soul Mountain (trans. Mabel Lee) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Just as well him as another

July 29th, 2019 · No Comments

“Let’s call it love—you don’t deserve it, you’ve known all along, but then somebody as misguided and hopeless as you are shows up and you think: maybe.” – Kimberly King Parsons, “Wisdom to Know the Difference” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Lit & Crit

Please don’t talk about love tonight

July 28th, 2019 · No Comments

“There’s a reason people in foodwork stay up late, drinking and drugging. Your shift ends and hours later you’re still sweating from those burners, amped up and pissed at whichever customer or coworker screwed you the hardest.” – Kimberly King Parsons, “Wisdom to Know the Difference” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Lit & Crit

Your choice, man

July 27th, 2019 · No Comments

“If you think she is beautiful she will be beautiful, if there is evil in your heart you will only see demons.” – Gao Xingjian, Soul Mountain (trans. Mabel Lee) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Sign me up

July 26th, 2019 · No Comments

“Who doesn’t want to go down in the annals of history and moreover be able to draw advance overtime payments as well as a writer’s fee?” – Gao Xingjian, Soul Mountain (trans. Mabel Lee) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Economics · Gao Xingjian · Lit & Crit

Onward, through the fog

July 25th, 2019 · No Comments

“If they understand anything, writers know that the world is not characterized by absolute clarity.” – Ben Yagoda, About Town Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Lit & Crit

Deus ex machina

July 24th, 2019 · No Comments

“Nuclear energy insists on global government, on law, on order, and on the willingness of the community to take the responsibility for the acts of the individual.” – E. B. White, The New Yorker, August 18, 1945 Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: E. B. White · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law

What’s love got to do with it

July 23rd, 2019 · No Comments

“I went on through the post town of Sekimoto, where the citizens in their rows of houses offer lodgings and wait upon the traveler as their master for a night, while the girls singing in the windows entice him in to treat him as a husband. How sad, to pin such vows of eternal love […]

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Tags: Economics · Verandah

Would you like fries with that

July 22nd, 2019 · No Comments

“The fisherman hauls his nets, tiring his body in the very act of shielding it from starvation; the starving fish takes the bait, its very need for life condemning it to death. Just how much can a man profit in this world; how much can a little fish consume? Each feels the same about existence, […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Verandah

Me Tarzan, you Jane

July 21st, 2019 · No Comments

“Plop a baby human into a group of chimps and ask them to raise him, Tarzan style, and the human as an adult will know how to run around the forest, climb trees, find food, and masturbate. That’s who each of us actually is.” – Tim Urban, “Neuralink and the Brain’s Magical Future” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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In a galaxy far, far away

July 20th, 2019 · No Comments

“No one ever really falls in love with anyone they know. To fall in love with someone that one knows is to fall in love with someone that one already fell in love with a long time ago.” – Tan Lin, “Ambient Stylistics” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Verandah

That’s just, like, your opinion

July 19th, 2019 · No Comments

“There is no such thing as a pure fact, innocent of interpretation. Behind every fact presented to the world—by a teacher, a writer, anyone—is a judgment. The judgement that has been made is that this fact is important, and that other facts, omitted, are not important.” – Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United […]

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Tags: Howard Zinn · Politics & Law

Body attachment

July 18th, 2019 · No Comments

“No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her own body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose conscientiously whether she will or will not be a mother.” – Margaret Sanger, Woman and the New Race Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · The American Constitution

Asking nicely won’t help

July 17th, 2019 · No Comments

“The struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” – Frederick Douglass (quoted by Howard Zinn in A People’s History of the United […]

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Tags: Frederick Doudlass · Howard Zinn · Politics & Law

And that’s the truth

July 16th, 2019 · No Comments

“Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles or gives me any best place. And a’nt I a woman? Look at my arm! I have ploughed, and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And a’nt I a woman? I would work as much and eat as much as a […]

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Tags: Howard Zinn · Politics & Law

The poets studied rules of verse, and the ladies, they rolled their eyes

July 15th, 2019 · No Comments

“To say that the Declaration of Independence, even by its own language, was limited to life, liberty, and happiness for white males is not to denounce the makers and signers of the Declaration for holding the ideas expected of privileged males of the eighteenth century. Reformers and radicals, looking discontentedly at history, are often accused […]

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Tags: Howard Zinn · Politics & Law

It’s that simple

July 14th, 2019 · No Comments

“If the human brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn’t.” – Professor Moran Cerf (quoted by Tim Urban in “Neuralink and the Brain’s Magical Future”) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Open Science Collaboration · Other Stuff

The call of the muse

July 13th, 2019 · No Comments

“There are no empty hopes. But knowing what to hope for is steady work. What was ever so important to you you left your daily life to heed it?” – Joanna Klink, “The Infinities” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Verandah

The thing to do

July 12th, 2019 · No Comments

“If you’ve ever been in a fight with someone you love, each of you holding the pistol of your dignity to the other’s temple, despite, or maybe because of, the width and breadth of that love, which has you pretty sure you’ve been mistaken for her father, while she’s fairly certain she’s again found someone […]

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Tags: Diana Goetsch · Lit & Crit

Matters of equity

July 11th, 2019 · No Comments

“Seamen are a class of persons remarkable for their rashness, thoughtlessness, and improvidence. They are generally necessitous, ignorant of the nature and extent of their own rights and privileges, and for the most part incapable of duly appreciating their value. They combine, in a singular manner, the apparent anomalies of gallantry, extravagance, profusion in expenditure, […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · The American Constitution

Landlubbers ahoy

July 10th, 2019 · No Comments

The crews of large ships are distributed into classes, according to their different capacities; and thus the grade of one’s seamanship may be ascertained by the station he may have held. The classification is stated in Van Heytbuysen’s Marine Evidence, p. 9, as follows: Quarter-masters, Boatswain’s mates, Gunners and Gunners’ mates, Forecastle-men — Best seamen […]

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Tags: Politics & Law

It’s nice when they’re connected

July 9th, 2019 · No Comments

“Intelligence is the ability to solve a problem, to decipher a riddle, to master a set of facts. Judgment is the ability to orbit a problem or a set of facts and see it as it might be seen through other eyes, by observers with different biases, motives, and backgrounds.” – James Comey, A Higher […]

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Tags: James B. Comey · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law

It takes you to a Zen space

July 2nd, 2019 · No Comments

“There is a certain freedom in being totally screwed, in knowing you will be attacked no matter what you do.” – James Comey, A Higher Loyalty Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Be some other guy

July 1st, 2019 · No Comments

“Torture is wrong. Don’t be the torture guy.” – Patrice Comey (quoted by James Comey in A Higher Loyalty) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: James B. Comey · Politics & Law