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Bidness is bidness

April 13th, 2019 · No Comments

“Chiefly in England and the United States, games were built up into a heavily-financed activity, capable of attracting vast crowds and rousing savage passions, and the infection spread from country to country. It is the most violently combative sports, football and boxing, that have spread the widest. There cannot be much doubt that the whole […]

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Same as with elections

April 12th, 2019 · No Comments

“Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence: in other words it is war minus the shooting.” – George Orwell, “The Sporting Spirit”

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A touch here and a sprig there

April 11th, 2019 · No Comments

“When the shriveled skin of the ordinary is stuffed out with meaning it satisfies the senses amazingly.” – Virginia Woolf, Orlando

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Impoverished all

April 10th, 2019 · No Comments

“Within the island of his own nature, no man has enough resources.” – Samuel Johnson, “Skia” (trans. John Wain)

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Shout, shout, let it all out

April 9th, 2019 · No Comments

“I try not to talk about being a woman because I don’t want to be defined that way. I try not to talk about religion or politics because I am at odds with the people where I live. I try not to talk about my opinions, because who cares. I try not to talk at […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Verandah

Stop, children, what’s that sound

April 8th, 2019 · No Comments

“Indifference to objective truth is encouraged by the sealing-off of one part of the world from another, which makes it harder and harder to discover what is actually happening. There can often be a genuine doubt about the most enormous events. . . . Probably the truth is discoverable, but the facts will be so […]

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Tags: George Orwell · Politics & Law

The great zero-sum game

April 7th, 2019 · No Comments

“A nationalist is one who thinks solely, or mainly, in terms of competitive prestige. He may be a positive or a negative nationalist—that is, he may use his mental energy either in boosting or in denigrating—but at any rate his thoughts always turn on victories, defeats, triumphs and humiliations. He sees history, especially contemporary history, […]

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Not enough air in this room

April 6th, 2019 · No Comments

“The intellect, divine as it is, and all worshipful, has a habit of lodging in the most seedy of carcasses, and often, alas, acts the cannibal among the other faculties so that often, where the Mind is biggest, the Heart, the Senses, Magnanimity, Charity, Tolerance, Kindliness, and the rest of them scarcely have room to […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Virginia Woolf

It can’t be avoided

April 5th, 2019 · No Comments

“The first thing that we demand of a wall is that it shall stand up. If it stands up, it is a good wall, and the question of what purpose it serves is separable from that. And yet even the best wall in the world deserves to be pulled down if it surrounds a concentration […]

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Not even impeachable

April 4th, 2019 · No Comments

“In an age like our own, when the artist is an altogether exceptional person, he must be allowed a certain amount of irresponsibility, just as a pregnant woman is. Still, no one would say that a pregnant woman should be allowed to commit murder, nor would anyone make such a claim for the artist, however […]

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Not to mention disgraces

April 3rd, 2019 · No Comments

“Autobiography is only to be trusted when it reveals something disgraceful. A man who gives a good account of himself is probably lying, since any life when viewed from the inside is simply a series of defeats.” – George Orwell, “Benefit of Clergy: Some Notes on Salvador Dalí”

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Go figure

April 2nd, 2019 · No Comments

“Marx’s ultimate motives may well have been envy and spite, but this does not prove that his conclusions were false.” – George Orwell, “Arthur Koestler”

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The worst rash you’ve ever had

April 1st, 2019 · No Comments

“If it is rash to walk into a lion’s den unarmed, rash to navigate the Atlantic in a rowing boat, rash to stand on one foot on the top of St. Paul’s, it is still more rash to go home alone with a poet. A poet is Atlantic and lion in one. While one drowns […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Virginia Woolf

An acquired taste

March 31st, 2019 · No Comments

“It is no use pretending that in an age like our own, ‘good’ poetry can have any genuine popularity. It is, and must be, the cult of a very few people, the least tolerated of the arts. Perhaps that statement needs a certain amount of qualification. True poetry can sometimes be acceptable to the mass […]

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Would you like another cup of tea, dear

March 30th, 2019 · No Comments

“No passion is stronger in the breast of man than the desire to make others believe as he believes. Nothing so cuts at the root of his happiness and fills him with rage as the sense that another rates low what he prizes high.” – Virginia Woolf, Orlando

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Cosmo commies

March 29th, 2019 · No Comments

“All left-wing parties in the highly industrialized countries are at bottom a sham, because they make it their business to fight against something which they do not really wish to destroy. They have internationalist aims, and at the same time they struggle to keep up a standard of life with which those aims are incompatible.” […]

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Tags: Economics · George Orwell · Politics & Law

Men with men with guns

March 28th, 2019 · No Comments

“No one, in our time, believes in any sanction greater than military power; no one believes that it is possible to overcome force except by greater force. There is no ‘Law’, there is only power. I am not saying that that is a true belief, merely that it is the belief which all modern men […]

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Who you gonna call

March 27th, 2019 · No Comments

“In the long run—it is important to remember that it is only in the long run—the working class remains the most reliable enemy of Fascism, simply because the working-class stands to gain most by a decent reconstruction of society. Unlike other classes or categories, it can’t be permanently bribed. To say this is not to […]

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Hold your nose and pass the ammunition

March 26th, 2019 · No Comments

“One of the essential experiences of war is never being able to escape from disgusting smells of human origin.” – George Orwell, “Looking Back on the Spanish War”

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They’re not like us

March 25th, 2019 · No Comments

“Dark came and I asked him what the trees do at night. ‘The sick ones cry,’ he said. ‘And the well?’ ‘The well cry for the sick.’ “ – Michael Hurley, “Saint Francis’ Last Day”

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Verandah

Be careful or you’ll be a writer

March 24th, 2019 · No Comments

“The most ordinary movements in the world, such as sitting down at a table and pulling the inkstand towards one, may agitate a thousand odd, disconnected fragments, now bright, now dim, hanging and bobbing and dipping and flaunting, like the underlinen of a family of fourteen on a line in a gale of wind. Instead […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Virginia Woolf

A rare find

March 23rd, 2019 · No Comments

“What you hope for, from a person sitting next to you on a train, is that he will be thin and will not smell.” – Lydia Davis, “Excerpts from a 1985 Diary”

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A gift for the city

March 22nd, 2019 · No Comments

“In making itself the Trojan Horse of worldwide domination, desire has emptied itself of everything that smacked of domesticity, cosiness, privacy. The precondition of totalitarian reconfiguration of what is desirable has been its autonomy from every real object and all particular content. In learning to train itself on essences, desire has become, despite itself, an […]

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Tags: Economics · Tiqqun

No mo botox

March 21st, 2019 · No Comments

“When the Young-Girl has exhausted all artifice, there is one final artifice left for her: the renunciation of artifice. But this last one really is the final one.” – Tiqqun, Preliminary Materials For a Theory of the Young-Girl (emphasis in original)

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Seducing sexbots

March 20th, 2019 · No Comments

“The spread of the seduction relation into all social activities signals the death of whatever was still living within it. The spread of simulation is also what renders seduction more and more obviously impossible. Now is the time of the greatest unhappiness, the streets filled with heartless sensualists, seducers mourning for seduction, the corpses of […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Tiqqun

You sexy thing

March 19th, 2019 · No Comments

“In the course of its metastasized development, seduction has lost in intensity what it has gained by extension. Never has amorous discourse been so poor as when everyone made it their duty to intone it and comment upon it.” – Tiqqun, Preliminary Materials For a Theory of the Young-Girl

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The skinny on the skinny

March 17th, 2019 · No Comments

“Anorexia expresses in women the same aporia that is manifest in men in the form of the pursuit of power: the will to mastery. It is only that, because of the greater severity of the culture’s patriarchal codification upon women, the anorexic brings the will to mastery to bear upon her body, for she cannot […]

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The incurables

March 16th, 2019 · No Comments

“Once the disease of reading has laid hold upon the system it weakens it so that it falls an easy prey to that other scourge which dwells in the ink pot and festers in the quill. The wretch takes to writing. And while this is bad enough in a poor man, whose only property is […]

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Casting shade

March 15th, 2019 · No Comments

“Green in nature is one thing, green in literature another.” – Virginia Woolf, Orlando

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Can you tie it in a knot, can you tie it in a bow, does it go down low

March 14th, 2019 · No Comments

“The Young-Girl privatizes everything she apprehends. Thus, a philosopher is not a philosopher to her, but an extravagant erotic object, and likewise, a revolutionary is not a revolutionary, but costume jewelry.” – Tiqqun, Preliminary Materials For a Theory of the Young-Girl

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