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Month: March 2012

bubble envy

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“To find oneself again in a state of extreme shock, clarified by unreality, with, in a corner of oneself, some fragments of the real world.”

Antonin Artaud

 

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four fiends away

3. Sleeplessness, weariness, and adrenaline are symptoms or paranoia, of engaging in illegal activity in plain sight. ‘Four fiends away’ indicates the distance between me and the street-level action. The implication is that I’m a boss, to some degree buffered from low-level workers who can be easily urged to cooperate with authorities.”

note explaining a line to the song “Can I Live?” by Jay-Z, from Decoded

 

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shut doesn’t go up

  SYMPTOM: The player has difficulty winning at tennis, even if his opponents usually are not as good as he is. ANALYSIS: Chances are our Loser in tennis may be “a loser in life” as well. He’s inclined to embrace defeat of all sorts, and there may be multiple reasons for this: love of suffering, the need to capitulate to certain people in order to…

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this exhibit is indeed a man

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“Revolution in art lies not in the will to destroy but in the revelation of what is already destroyed.”
–Harold Rosenberg

 

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Same Difference

samedifference
 

Fidelity is a virtue akin to habit and rooted in the inertia of animal life, which would run amok without trusty allies and familiar signals. We have an inveterate love of The Same, because our mortal condition obliges us to reconsider facts and to accumulate possessions; by instinct both the heart and the intellect hug everything they touch, and to let anything go is a sort of death to them.

George Santayana, from Cloud Castles, 1919

 

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old flame

  “Birds in flight fascinate me. I admire eagles and falcons. I’m inspired by a feather but also its color, its graphics, its weightlessness and its engineering. It’s so elaborate. In fact I try and transpose the beauty of a bird to women.” Alexander McQueen This is an illustration from a penny broadside, London, 1842. The caption reads, Another dreadful suicide at the Monument. The…

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a failure to communicate

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“This is why men are so sad, why they feel so cut off, why they think of themselves as orphans cast adrift, footloose and stringless in the deep void. What void? she asks. What are you talking about? The void of the universe, he says, and she says, Oh, and looks out the window and tries to get a handle on it, but it’s no use, there’s too much going on, too many rustlings in the leaves, too many voices, so she says, Would you like a cheese sandwich, a piece of cake, a cup of tea? And he grinds his teeth because she doesn’t understand. . .”

margaret atwood, “the female body”

 

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Mister Anger

meanboys

 

“Though a whiz on the court, Big Bill Tilden was so painfully, pathologically shy (weirded out by Mother) that he never stripped in the locker room or shower. He usually did not shower after a fast-and-furious game. His B.O. was legendary: the rank goats leaping from under Tilden’s armpits were enough to make women faint at a distance of fifty feet. If he had any best friends, they didn’t tell him.”

Kenneth Anger, Hollywood Babylon II

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playing alone

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the young earth today

  “Don’t you remember what happens when a Knid enters the earth’s atmosphere at high speed? He gets red-hot. He burns away in a long fiery trail. He becomes a Shooting Knid. Soon these dirty beasts will start popping like popcorn!” As they streaked on downward, sparks began to fly off the side of the Elevator. The glass glowed pink, then red, then scarlet. Sparks…

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i like banana ice cream

diss3

 

“Cognitions must be relevant before dissonance theory is applicable. For example, “I’m a thoughtful person” and “It’s a nice day today” would probably be considered irrelevant—that is, one cognition does not imply anything about the other. Therefore, dissonance theory would not be applicable. In contrast, “I’m a thoughtful person” is relevant to “I forgot my father’s birthday” because the first relates to the second in a psychological sense; therefore dissonance theory is applicable.”

Social Psychology in the 90s

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choices

  “The women’s figures which I see here among the people give me a tremendous urge, much more to paint them than to possess them, though indeed I should like both.” —Vincent Van Gogh in a letter to his brother Theo, 1885   Today I went to an event featuring Clifford Owens, performance artist. I saw his name in a magazine, then watched a you…

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mutual agreement to fight

 

“War is the realm of physical exertion and suffering. These will destroy us unless we can make ourselves indifferent to them, and for this birth or training must provide us with a certain strength of body and soul. If we do possess those qualities, then even if we have nothing but common sense to guide them we shall be well equipped for war.”

Carl Von Clausewitz, On War

 

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right to know

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“freedom of opinion is a farce unless factual information is guaranteed” —hannah arendt

 

 

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quitting the life

alcapone
 

VINCENT
So if you’re quitting the life, what’ll you do?
JULES
That’s what I’ve been sitting here contemplating. First, I’m gonna deliver this case to Marsellus. Then, basically, I’m gonna walk the earth.
VINCENT
What do you mean, walk the earth?
JULES
You know, like Caine in ‘Kung-Fu.’ Just walk from town to town, meet people, get in adventures.
VINCENT
How long do you intend to walk the earth?
JULES
Until God puts me where he wants me to be.
VINCENT
What if he never does?
JULES
If it takes forever, I’ll wait forever.
VINCENT
So you decided to be a bum?

 

from Pulp Fiction screenplay written by Quentin Tarantino

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