July 10, 2012
"Past the flannel plains and the blacktop graphs and skylines of canted rust, and past the tobacco-brown river overhung with weeping trees and coins of sunlight through them on the water downriver, to the place beyond the windbreak, where untilled fields simmer shrilly in the a.m. heat: shattercane, lamb’s-quarter, cutgrass, sawbrier, nutgrass, jimsonweed, wild mint, dandelion, foxtail, muscatine, spinecabbage, goldenrod, creeping charlie, butter-print, nightshade, ragweed, wild oat, vetch, butcher grass, invaginate volunteer beans, all heads gently nodding in a morning breeze like a mother’s soft hand on your cheek."

The Pale King, David Foster Wallace

June 14, 2012
newyorker:

Last week, our cartoonists were asked to take this assortment of shapes and use the three that they fancied to create something fanciful.
They had a lot of fun with it, and then we opened up the fun to you guys on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr. And, inspired by the cartoonists’ wacky creations, you took a whack at it. Herewith, some results that caught our fancy: http://nyr.kr/OCv42j

newyorker:

Last week, our cartoonists were asked to take this assortment of shapes and use the three that they fancied to create something fanciful.

They had a lot of fun with it, and then we opened up the fun to you guys on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr. And, inspired by the cartoonists’ wacky creations, you took a whack at it. Herewith, some results that caught our fancy: http://nyr.kr/OCv42j

June 14, 2012
When pandas attack.

When pandas attack.

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June 6, 2012
"If you don’t like what you’re doing, then don’t do it."

Ray Bradbury, rest in peace.

(via @michaelhayes)

(Source: theatlantic)

June 6, 2012
m0iety:

Ming the panda taking a snap of photographer Bert Hardy’s son, Mike, 1939.

m0iety:

Ming the panda taking a snap of photographer Bert Hardy’s son, Mike, 1939.

June 5, 2012
To lectures.

To lectures.

June 5, 2012
"I’ve got a book coming out called something banal like How To Study Literature because I fear that literary criticism, at least as I knew it and was taught it, is almost as dead on its feet as clog dancing."

— Terry Eagleton, on the state of literary criticism. Read more, here.

June 5, 2012
"Nothing moves me so much as the quoted axioms of great men [and woman]. I like to rise above myself, to test my mind to see if it contains anything solid or lofty, or stout or firm against ill-fortune, or to find if my mind has been lying to me about itself. And there is no better way of doing this — except by experience, the surest mistress — than by comparing one’s mind with those it would most like to resemble. Thus, as I am grateful to my authors who give me the chance of testing my mind against maxims frequently quoted, so I hope my readers will thank me."

— Petrarch, on quoting authors.

June 4, 2012
"If white people have suffered less obviously from racism than black people, they have nevertheless suffered greatly; the cost has been greater perhaps than we can yet know. If the white man has inflicted the wound of racism upon black men, the cost has been that he would receive the mirror image of that wound into himself. As the master, or as a member of the dominant race, he has felt little compulsion to acknowledge it or speak of it; the more painful it has grown the more deploy he has hidden it within himself. But the wound is there, and it is a profound disorder, as great a damage in his mind as it is in his society."

— Wendell Berry, The Hidden Wound.

June 4, 2012

feist and ben gibbard.

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