Saturday, June 19, 2010

Fellow Princetonians...

Friday, June 18, 2010

Two painters

Slowly. Slowly it builds.

Many Christian women loathe Palin, of course, and many men love her, but a certain kind of conservative, Bible-believing woman worships her. And it is these women Palin has been actively courting as she crisscrosses the country talking about Trig to women’s and pro-life organizations. To millions of women, Palin’s authenticity makes her a sister in arms—“Sisters!” she called out in Washington, as if at a revival—a beautiful, fearless, principled fighter who shares their struggles. To a smaller number, she is a prophet, ordained by God for a special role in the cosmic battle against the forces of evil. A 2009 profile in the Christian magazine Charisma compared Palin to the Old Testament’s Queen Esther, who saved her people, in this case the Jews, from annihilation.

—In which Lisa Miller explores Sarah Palin’s appeal to a certain kind of Christian right woman. (via newsweek) (via ljm)

Metropolis

Metropolis

Still we crave it


Love makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens your heart and it means someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up these defenses. You build up this armor, for years, so nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life… You give them a piece of you. They don’t ask for it. They do something like kiss you, or smile at you, and your life isn’t your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so a simple “maybe we should just be friends” or “how perceptive” turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It’s a soul-hurt, a body-hurt, a real gets-inside-of-you-and rips-you-apart pain. Nothing should be able to do that. Especially not Love.

— Rose Walker in The Sandman, The Kindly Ones

The only people I know who watch Boondocks in real life are racist white libertarians who finally have an excuse to laugh at those wacky black people.

- Someone on ONTD (I can’t be bothered to link)

This is my biggest problem with shows like the Boondocks, or Chappelle’s Show (which is why Dave ended it) or that documentary Good Hair, etc. I love Boondocks and Chappelle’s Show but for some people all it comes to is being able to say “nigga” and attribute it to satirical shows so no one can get mad. The humor goes completely over their heads and it’s very LOL BLACK PPL REALLY ACT LIKE THIS for them. I see it all the time.

This past Wednesday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) delivered a wide-ranging speech at an Orthodox Union event in Washington, D.C. The senator’s lecture touched on areas such as Iran’s nuclear program, the Israel-Palestinian conflict, and several domestic policy issues. During one point of his speech, Schumer turned his attention to the situation in Gaza. He told the audience that the “Palestinian people still don’t believe in the Jewish state, in a two-state solution,” and also that “they don’t believe in the Torah, in David.” He went on to say “you have to force them to say Israel is here to stay.” New York’s senior senator explained that the current Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip — which is causing a humanitarian crisis there — is not only justified because it keeps weapons out of the Palestinian territory, but also because it shows the Palestinians living there that “when there’s some moderation and cooperation, they can have an economic advancement.” Summing up his feelings, Schumer emphasized the need to “to strangle them economically until they see that’s not the way to go”:

Think Progress » Schumer Says It ‘Makes Sense’ To ‘Strangle [Gaza] Economically’ Until It Votes The Way Israel Wants

Outrage anybody?

Queen Esther

Many Christian women loathe Palin, of course, and many men love her, but a certain kind of conservative, Bible-believing woman worships her. And it is these women Palin has been actively courting as she crisscrosses the country talking about Trig to women’s and pro-life organizations. To millions of women, Palin’s authenticity makes her a sister in arms—“Sisters!” she called out in Washington, as if at a revival—a beautiful, fearless, principled fighter who shares their struggles. To a smaller number, she is a prophet, ordained by God for a special role in the cosmic battle against the forces of evil. A 2009 profile in the Christian magazine Charisma compared Palin to the Old Testament’s Queen Esther, who saved her people, in this case the Jews, from annihilation.

—In which Lisa Miller explores Sarah Palin’s appeal to a certain kind of Christian right woman. (via newsweek) (via ljm)

Friday, June 11, 2010

The Holy Grail.

A photograph of me when I was a wee bit younger.

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“ I hate it when people say ‘this is a picture of me when I was younger’. Every picture is of you when you were younger.
‘This is a picture of me when I’m older’
‘… you sonuvabitch… where’d you get that camera?’

— Mitch Hedberg
“ Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.
— Ernest Hemingway

Untitled

Linda's legs

Aphrodite

“ Lastly, in the deepest and dimmest recesses of the unconscious,​ there lurks the nature of man himself. On it, clearly, he will concentrate the supreme effort of his mind and of his creative initiative. Mankind will not have ceased to crawl before God, Tsar and Capital only in order to surrender meekly to dark laws of heredity and blind sexual selection. Man will strive to control his own feelings, to raise his instincts to the height of his conscious mind, and to bring clarity into them; to channel his will-power into his unconscious depths; and in this way he will lift himself into new eminence.
— Leon Trotsky

1802

“ I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.
— Thomas Jefferson, 1802

They ALL are.

“ Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Ya. Ist getruen!

“ For each Joan of Arc there is a Hitler perched at the other end of the teeter-totter.
— Charles Bukowski

See statement below...

Comments anyone?

“ For each Joan of Arc there is a Hitler perched at the other end of the teeter-totter.

— Charles Bukowski

Comments anyone?

Oh lovers! be careful in those dangerous first days! once you’ve brought breakfast in bed you’ll have to bring it forever, unless you want to be accused of lovelessness and betrayal.

— Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

Tom Waits played him later...

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“ Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.
— Albert Einstein (via theidiotsheet)

Comments anyone?

Oh lovers! be careful in those dangerous first days! once you’ve brought breakfast in bed you’ll have to bring it forever, unless you want to be accused of lovelessness and betrayal.

— Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

Comments anyone?

“ You begin saving the world by saving one person at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.
— Charles Bukowski

Comments anyone?

“ Lastly, in the deepest and dimmest recesses of the unconscious,​ there lurks the nature of man himself. On it, clearly, he will concentrate the supreme effort of his mind and of his creative initiative. Mankind will not have ceased to crawl before God, Tsar and Capital only in order to surrender meekly to dark laws of heredity and blind sexual selection. Man will strive to control his own feelings, to raise his instincts to the height of his conscious mind, and to bring clarity into them; to channel his will-power into his unconscious depths; and in this way he will lift himself into new eminence.
— Leon Trotsky

Comments anyone?

“ What is terrible is not death but the lives people live or don’t live up until their death. They don’t honor their own lives, they piss on their lives. They shit them away. Dumb fuckers. They concentrate too much on fucking, movies, money, family, fucking. Their minds are full of cotton. They swallow God without thinking, they swallow country without thinking. Soon they forget how to think, they let others think for them. Their brains are stuffed with cotton. They look ugly, they talk ugly, they walk ugly. Play them the great music of the centuries and they can’t hear it. Most people’s deaths are a sham. There’s nothing left to die.
— Charles Bukowski (via 50yearstorm) (via syntheticpubes)

Generation "Next"

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

“ What a terrible mistake to let go of something wonderful for something real.

— Miranda July (from No One Belongs Here More Than You.)

The greatest of them all.

Slut: A woman with the morals of a man.
Virginia Woolf’s Suicide Note



Dearest, I feel certain I am going mad again. I feel we can’t go through another of those terrible times. And I shan’t recover this time. I begin to hear voices, and I can’t concentrate. So I am doing what seems the best thing to do. You have given me the greatest possible happiness. You have been in every way all that anyone could be. I don’t think two people could have been happier till this terrible disease came. I can’t fight any longer. I know that I am spoiling your life, that without me you could work. And you will I know. You see I can’t even write this properly. I can’t read. What I want to say is I owe all the happiness of my life to you. You have been entirely patient with me and incredibly good. I want to say that - everybody knows it. If anybody could have saved me it would have been you. Everything has gone from me but the certainty of your goodness. I can’t go on spoiling your life any longer.



I don’t think two people could have been happier than we have been.



V

“ What if a demon were to creep after you one night, in your loneliest loneliness, and say, ‘This life which you live must be lived by you once again and innumerable times more; and every pain and joy and thought and sigh must come again to you, all in the same sequence. The eternal hourglass will again and again be turned and you with it, dust of the dust!’ Would you throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse that demon? Or would you answer, ‘Never have I heard anything more divine’?


Friedrich Nietzsche
“ Existentialism is not atheist in the sense that it would exhaust itself in demonstrations of the non-existence of God. It declares, rather, that even if God existed that would make no difference from its point of view. Not that we believe God does exist, but we think that the real problem is not that of His existence; what man needs is to find himself again and to understand that nothing can save him from himself, not even a valid proof of the existence of God. In this sense existentialism is optimistic. It is a doctrine of action, and it is only by self-deception, by confining their own despair with ours that Christians can describe us as without hope.
— Jean-Paul Sartre, Existentialism Is a Humanism, 1946. (via billypilgrim)