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Entries from January 2022

January 31st, 2022 · No Comments

“Spending is about the fear of dying. Everything I’ve ever bought is a bet I place that I’ll keep on living. . . . We buy because we want to be here for a lot longer, because what we acquire needs us alive. Things make claims on us. The meaning of life is simply that […]

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Tags: Economics

January 30th, 2022 · No Comments

“I have no qualifications in the career or, rather, pursuit I chose for my journey through life, and I’ve long ceased to think of it in those terms, although I suppose I got off to a pretty good start. In the end, though, I lost sight of my fellow runners, the ones you’re so conscience […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit

January 29th, 2022 · No Comments

“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit

January 28th, 2022 · No Comments

“What a proletarian organ, the ass, the organ you sit on, and even though it seems to work and have working-class awareness, it’s really just waiting to die.” – Pola Oloixarac, “Conditions for the Revolution” (trans. Mara Faye Lethem) Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Tags: Lit & Crit

January 27th, 2022 · No Comments

“is it hard to be you? is it nice to be you? how does it feel to be you?” – Rodrigo Hasbún, “The Place of Losses” (trans. Carolina de Robertis) Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Tags: Lit & Crit

January 26th, 2022 · No Comments

“You are a light. You are the light. Never let anyone—any person or any force—dampen, dim or diminish your light. Study the path of others to make your way easier and more abundant. Lean toward the whispers of your own heart, discover the universal truth, and follow its dictates. Release the need to hate, to […]

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Tags: John Lewis · Politics & Law · The American Constitution · Verandah

January 25th, 2022 · No Comments

“She had never had to deal with a policeman in her life, and it had never entered her mind to feel menaced by one. Policemen were neither friends nor enemies; they were part of the landscape, present for the purpose of upholding law and order; and if a policeman—for she had never thought of them […]

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Tags: James Baldwin · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law

January 24th, 2022 · No Comments

“Don’t fear the dog that barks, but fear the dog that’s quiet.” – Anton Chekhov, “The Chattel” (trans. Constance Garnett) Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Tags: Anton Chekhov · Lit & Crit

January 23rd, 2022 · No Comments

“When women feel that they are in the right, they scold and shed tears; when they are conscious of being in fault, they shed tears only.” – Anton Chekhov, “The Chattel” (trans. Constance Garnett) Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Tags: Anton Chekhov · Lit & Crit

January 22nd, 2022 · No Comments

“It is futile to fight with the state. If it wants to put you in prison, you may be sure that it will put you there.” – Andrey Konstantinov, “In the Law and Outside the Law. From His Cell in Manhattan, Ivankov Continues To Direct His Empire” Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Tags: Politics & Law

January 21st, 2022 · No Comments

“The judge, even when he is free, is still not wholly free. He is not to innovate at pleasure. He is not a knighterrant, roaming at will in pursuit of his own ideal of beauty or of goodness. He is to draw his inspiration from consecrated principles. He is not to yield to spasmodic sentiment, […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution

January 20th, 2022 · No Comments

“The common law is but the accumulated expressions of the various judicial tribunals in their efforts to ascertain what is right and just between individuals in respect to private disputes. The common law, however, is not static. By its nature, it adapts to changing circumstances. The common law is affected by the felt necessities of […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution

January 19th, 2022 · No Comments

“French logic is very simple. Whatever the French do is logical because the French are doing it.” – James Baldwin, Another Country Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Tags: James Baldwin · Lit & Crit

January 18th, 2022 · No Comments

“The trouble with a secret life is that it is very frequently a secret from the person who lives it and not at all a secret for the people he encounters. He encounters, because he must encounter, those people who see his secrecy before they see anything else, and who drag these secrets out of […]

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Tags: James Baldwin · Lit & Crit

January 17th, 2022 · No Comments

“Strangers’ faces hold no secrets because the imagination does not invest them with any. But the face of a lover is an unknown precisely because it is invested with so much of oneself. It is a mystery, containing, like all mysteries, the possibility of torment.” – James Baldwin, Another Country Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter […]

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Tags: James Baldwin · Lit & Crit

January 16th, 2022 · No Comments

“The occurrence of an event is not the same thing as knowing what it is that one has lived through. Most people had not lived—nor could it, for that matter, be said that they had died—through any of their terrible events. They had simply been stunned by the hammer. They passed their lives thereafter in […]

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Tags: James Baldwin · Lit & Crit

January 15th, 2022 · No Comments

“The white South said that it knew ‘niggers,’ and I was what the white South called a ‘nigger.’ Well, the white South had never known me—never known what I thought, what I felt. The white South said that I had a ‘place’ in life. Well. I had never felt any ‘place’; or, rather, my deepest […]

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Tags: Richard Wright · The American Constitution

January 14th, 2022 · No Comments

“Whenever my environment had failed to support or nourish me, I had clutched at books; consequently, my belief in books had risen more out of a sense of desperation than from any abiding conviction of their ultimate value. . . . It had been my accidental reading of fiction and literary criticism that had evoked […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Richard Wright

January 13th, 2022 · No Comments

“Some people derive joy and understanding from the dogmas of different religions, and that’s one way to organize your life. I don’t find that possible because I don’t think any of the received religions do justice to what I’ve discovered about the physical world. It’s not so much that they’re wrong, although many details are […]

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Tags: Open Science Collaboration

January 12th, 2022 · No Comments

“We could only say things about the world as a whole if we could get outside the world, if, that is to say, it ceased to be for us the whole world. Our world may be bounded for some superior being who can survey it from above, but for us, however finite it may be, […]

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Tags: Ludwig Wittgenstein · Open Science Collaboration

January 11th, 2022 · No Comments

“If I were a member of the class that rules, I would post men in all the neighborhoods of the nation, not to spy upon or club rebellious workers, not to break strikes or disrupt unions; but to ferret out those who no longer respond to the system in which they live. I would make […]

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · Richard Wright

January 10th, 2022 · No Comments

“Our too-young and too-new America, lusty because it is lonely, aggressive because it is afraid, insists upon seeing the world in terms of good and bad, the holy and the evil, the high and the low, the white and the black; our America is frightened of fact, of history, of processes, of necessity. It hugs […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Richard Wright · The American Constitution

January 9th, 2022 · No Comments

“Among the topics that southern white men did not like to discuss with Negroes were the following: American white women; the Ku Klux Klan; France, and how Negro soldiers fared while there; Frenchwomen; Jack Johnson; the entire northern part of the United States; the Civil War; Abraham Lincoln; U. S. Grant; General Sherman; Catholics; the […]

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · Richard Wright · The American Constitution

January 8th, 2022 · No Comments

“As long as there’s suffering, you can only be so happy. How can a person be happy if he has misfortune? Does money make a person happy? Some wealthy billionaire who can buy 30 cars and maybe buy a sports team, is that guy happy? What then would make him happier? Does it make him […]

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Tags: Bob Dylan · Economics · Politics & Law · The American Constitution

January 7th, 2022 · No Comments

“In nations where the dogma of popular sovereignty reigns, each individual constitutes an equal share of the sovereign and participates equally in the government of the state. Thus each individual is supposed to be as enlightened, as virtuous, and as strong as every other individual. Why, then does the individual obey society, and what are […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution

January 6th, 2022 · No Comments

“In New England provision was made from the first for the care of the poor. Strenuous efforts were made to maintain the roads, and officials were appointed to monitor their condition. Town governments kept open records of deliberations at public meetings as well as of deaths, marriages, and births of their citizens. Clerks were designated […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution

January 5th, 2022 · No Comments

“It is often difficult, in examining New England’s earliest historical and legislative records, to perceive the bond between the immigrants and the land of their ancestors. We find them regularly exercising sovereign powers: they appoint magistrates, make peace and war, establish rules of order, and adopt laws as if answerable to God alone. Nothing is […]

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Tags: Politics & Law

January 4th, 2022 · No Comments

“Mama says she named me by flipping open her English textbook to a random page and pointing. Angela, it said, like an angel. I know this story is fake, because if it were real, my name would be something like Fish or Lawyer.” – Angie Sijun Lou, All We Ask Is You to be Happy […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit

January 3rd, 2022 · No Comments

“There is no known historical period when the Sahara has not been inhabited by man. Most of the other larger forms of animal life, whose abode it formerly was, have become extinct. If we believe the evidence of cave drawings, we can be sure that the giraffe, the hippopotamus and the rhinoceros were once dwellers […]

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Paul Bowles

January 2nd, 2022 · No Comments

“Security is a false god; begin making sacrifices to it and you are lost.” – Paul Bowles, “Notes Mailed at Nagercoil” Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Paul Bowles