When you think about it, why does music have any emotional appeal at all? Why...– Brian Eno (interviewed by David Mitchell)
The one prudence in life is concentration; the one evil is dissipation: and it...– Ralph Waldo Emerson
On Coffee (Honore de Balzac)
… I have discovered a horrible, rather brutal method that I recommend only to men of excessive vigor, men with thick black hair and skin covered with liver spots, men with big square hands and legs shaped like bowling pins. It is a question of using finely pulverized, dense coffee, cold and anhydrous, consumed on an empty stomach. This coffee falls into your stomach, a sack whose velvety...
The Grizzly Bear is huge and wild; He has devoured the infant child. The infant child is not aware It has been eaten by the bear. A.E. Housman
I think a nerd is a person who uses the telephone to talk to other people about...– Douglas Adams
The postindustrial world is not in fact populated … by “bizarre mavericks...– Book Review - ‘Shop Class as Soulcraft - An Inquiry Into the Value of Work,’ by Matthew B. Crawford - Review - NYTimes.com
nickzed: “I go to the library, and I open my laptop, and I sit there, regardless of whether or not I feel like it. I gave a reading at a high school the other day, and one of the students asked, ‘what do you do when you don’t feel inspired?’, and I said ‘I’ve never in my life felt inspired, it’s not a question of inspiration.’ It’s a question of this mundane, or this seemingly mundane act of...
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the...– Winston Churchill (via virtualvdworld)
The Anatomy Of A Nightmare
The old hag-like woman who lives downstairs from me is in my room, curled-up on the floor in a fetal position. She sobs and complains about my television, too terrified to stare at the screen. At first, I am surprised at the sight of her there, but soon the shock gives way to a disturbing fear, almost as if I understand her despair and come to realize the unspeakable horror that she must have...
The Real Badass Ram Joshi in History
The tamasha (a Persian word meaning “fun,” “play,” or “spectacle”) originated at the beginning of the 18th century in Maharashtra as an entertainment for the camping Mughal armies. This theatrical form was created by singing girls and dancers imported from North India and the local acrobats and tumblers of the lower-caste Dombari and Kolhati communities with their traditional manner of singing. It...