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Entries from May 2022

May 30th, 2022 · No Comments

“Life passes very quickly. One day, it feels like it is still too early to tell your loved ones you love them, and then, before you know it, it is already too late.” – Mikhail Iossel, “First Death” Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Mikhail Iossel

May 29th, 2022 · No Comments

“Speech conquers thought, but writing commands it.” Walter Benjamin, “The Writer’s Technique in Thirteen Theses” Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Walter Benjamin

May 28th, 2022 · No Comments

“You can’t wait until life doesn’t hurt anymore before you decide to be happy.” – Jane “Nightbirde” Marczewski Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Tags: Verandah

May 27th, 2022 · No Comments

“You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives you nothing back … nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive.” – Merce Cunningham (quoted in “ ‘That Single Fleeting Moment’: Merce Cunningham in Images,” by Melissa Harris) Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Tags: Verandah

May 26th, 2022 · No Comments

“Neurology takes a positive view toward god and prayer. And relinquishing, which is what god and prayer is about. It is always turning your will over to a higher power and letting the will of the world and not your extraordinary manipulations lead you to your desired result. I always say that, it is my […]

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May 25th, 2022 · No Comments

“I am the thing I forgot to do.” – Elizabeth Wurtzel, “I Believe in Love” Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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May 24th, 2022 · No Comments

“The only antidote to panic phenomenologically, the only cure, is love — not romantic love or erotic love (though encompassing these sometimes), but selfless, unequivocal love. The sole basis of faith to live in a universe of hemorrhaging stars, predatory demons, occupying armies, and inevitable loss and grief is connection to other human beings, real […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit

May 23rd, 2022 · No Comments

“You canʼt just write by spilling the words on the page. You have to arrange them. And you have to arrange them not only in terms of one another, but with the sentences that came before, and the sentences you havenʼt written yet. They have a demand.” – William H. Gass (interviewed by Greg Gerke […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · William H. Gass

May 22nd, 2022 · No Comments

“Too many writers write about their lives. Itʼs easier, and itʼs seductive, and it can be catastrophic. ‘It happened to me, and therefore it must be interesting.’ You know, thatʼs sort of awful.” – William H. Gass (interviewed by Greg Gerke in Tin House, Issue #54, 2012) Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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May 21st, 2022 · No Comments

“It’s a favorite myth in our culture that hardship makes you a better person, that it is merely the grindstone on which your essence is refined and polished. But the truth is that scarcity, depression, thwarted ambition, and suffering most often leaves the person a little twisted. That is the territory where mean drunks and […]

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Tags: Jessa Crispin · Lit & Crit

May 20th, 2022 · No Comments

“Let’s say, for a moment, that the character of a city has an effect on its inhabitants, and that it sets the frequency on which it calls out to the migratory. People who are tuned a certain way will heed the call almost without knowing why. Thinking that they’ve chosen this city, they’ll never know […]

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Tags: Jessa Crispin · Lit & Crit

May 19th, 2022 · No Comments

“I don’t see how people don’t write about sex. And also, when are you not writing about sex?” — Eileen Myles (quoted by Jen Graves in “Slog,” November 16, 2012) Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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May 18th, 2022 · No Comments

“running and fuckinghelp clear the headif only I couldfuck and run forever”— Dan Grace, “The Solution to All Our Ills” Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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May 17th, 2022 · No Comments

“We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all regardless of station, race, or creed.Among these are:• The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the Nation;• The right […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law

May 16th, 2022 · No Comments

“Primitive – and not so primitive – peoples commonly attempt to bargain with nature,through prayer, through sacrifice or through ritual persuasion. In doing so they are explicitly adopting a social model, expecting nature to participate in a transaction. But nature will not transact with men; she goes her own way regardless – while her would-be […]

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May 15th, 2022 · No Comments

“It is only through staking one’s life that freedom is won.” – Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, The Phenomenology of Spirit (trans. A. V. Miller) Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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May 14th, 2022 · No Comments

“If you cut infinity in half, each half is still infinite.” – Alan Lightman, “ ‘It Seems That I Know How the Universe Originated’ “ Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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May 13th, 2022 · No Comments

“Judges must keep in mind that poverty is not a crime; it is a condition, and every day presents a struggle for the poor to survive, to cope, to get by until tomorrow. When one is poor, drifting into petty crime can become an option, despite its undeniable risks.” – Justice Michael B. Hyman, The […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · The American Constitution

May 12th, 2022 · No Comments

“If you want to know the law and nothing else, you must look at it as a bad man, who cares only for the material consequences which such knowledge enables him to predict.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, “The Path of the Law” Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution

May 11th, 2022 · No Comments

“What makes robbers bold but too much lenity?” – William Shakespeare, King Henry VI. Third Part Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · William Shakespeare

May 10th, 2022 · No Comments

“It is a mistake to suppose that intellectuality necessarily makes for suspended judgments. The intellect craves certitude. It takes effort to keep it supple and pliable. In a time of danger and disaster we jump desperately for some dogma to cling to. The time comes, if we try to hold out, when our nerves are […]

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Tags: Randolph Bourne

May 9th, 2022 · No Comments

“Mental conflicts end either in a new and higher synthesis or adjustment, or else in areversion to more primitive ideas which have been outgrown but to which we dropwhen jolted out of our attained position.” – Randolph Bourne, “The War and the Intellectuals” Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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May 8th, 2022 · No Comments

“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.” – George Harrison, “Any Road” Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Verandah

May 7th, 2022 · No Comments

“In a war undertaken for any object, even if that object be the possession of a particular territory or position, an attack directly upon the place coveted may not be, from the military point of view, the best means of obtaining it. The end upon which the military operations are directed may therefore be other […]

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Tags: Captain A. T. Mahan · Politics & Law

May 6th, 2022 · No Comments

“Sophrosyne, which to the Greeks was an ideal second to none in importance, is not among our ideals. We have lost the conception of it. Enough is said about it in Greek literature for us to be able to describe it in some fashion, but we cannot give it a name. It was the spirit […]

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Tags: Plato · The Ancients

May 5th, 2022 · No Comments

“The pretzel is said to have been invented almost fourteen hundred years ago in a monastery in southern France where a monk frugally twisted leftover scraps of dough into a shape like that of arms folded in prayer, with the three openings representing the Trinity.” – James and Kay Salter, Life Is Meals Share this… […]

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May 4th, 2022 · No Comments

“The result of planting apple seeds is a series of trees whose fruit is unpredictable.” – James and Kay Salter, Life Is Meals Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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May 3rd, 2022 · No Comments

“I would love to see all exotic wildlife in zoos allowed to live out their lives in peace and comfort and then not be replaced. Instead, have the zoos and aquariums be places where people – especially children – go to interact with animals that actually like us and want to be around us and […]

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Tags: Verandah

May 2nd, 2022 · No Comments

“Good troops have often made amends for bad generalship; but in the end the better leader will prevail.” – Captain A. T. Mahan, The Influence of Sea Power Upon History 1660-1783 Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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May 1st, 2022 · No Comments

“Seaports should defend themselves; the sphere of the fleet is on the open sea, its object offence rather than defence, its objective the enemy’s shipping wherever it can be found.” – Captain A. T. Mahan, The Influence of Sea Power Upon History 1660-1783 Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Tags: Captain A. T. Mahan · Economics · Politics & Law