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Month: May 2012

thank heaven for little grills

“By enabling farmers to generate food surpluses, food production permitted farming societies to support full-time craft specialists who did not grow their own food and who developed technologies. Besides sustaining scribes and inventors, food production also enabled farmers to support politicians.” Jared Diamond, from ‘Guns, Germs, and Steel’    This is the backyard of a spec home in _____?______. Grass fed beef costs around $25…


the frock makes the man

[flowplayer src=’’ splash=’’] “PROUD PRELATE: You know what you were before I made you what you are now. If you do not immediately comply with my request, I will unfrock you, by God. –Elizabeth” This is a letter Queen Elizabeth wrote in 1575 to a minion who disobeyed her. He was a Bishop, whatever that meant at the time. Elizabeth wanted to take one of…


the artful dodger



“Some people are ruminators and some people aren’t, and the ones who are can turn one bad incident into a lifetime of trauma. ‘You can’t let yourself think how close this shit is,’ O’Byrne explained to me later. ‘Inches. Everything is that close. There’s just places I don’t allow my mind to go. Steiner was saying to me, ‘What if the bullet—’ and I just stopped him right there. I didn’t even let him finish. I said, ‘But it didn’t. It didn’t.’

from War, by Sebastian Junger



grab your partner



I’ve a very pessimistic view of life. You should know that about me if we’re gonna go out, you know. I feel that life is divided up into the horrible and the miserable.


Those are the two categories . . .The horrible would be like, I don’t know, terminal cases.


And blind people, crippled . . . I don’t know how they get through life, it’s amazing to me.


You know, and the miserable is everyone else. That’s all. So when you go through life you should be thankful that you’re miserable, because that’s—you’re very lucky . . . to be . . . (overlapping Annie’s laughter) . . . to be miserable.


Woody Allen, from Annie Hall


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The Brain That Wouldn’t Die

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“His affection for his present wife grew steadily. Her cleverness gave him no trouble, and, indeed, he liked to see her reading poetry or something about social questions; it distinguished her from the wives of other men. He had only to call, and she clapped the book up and was ready to do what he wished.  Then they would argue so jollily, and once or twice she had him in quite a tight corner, but as soon as he grew really serious, she gave in. Man is for war, woman for the recreation of the warrior, but he does not dislike it if she makes a show of fight. She cannot win in a real battle, having no muscles, only nerves. Nerves make her jump out of a moving motor-car, or refuse to be married fashionably.”

E.M. Forster, Howard’s End


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nude human bridge

  Dante: Excuse me, that man’s body is being used as a bridge. Hypocrite: Yes, everyone who comes by here walks on his writhing back. Dante: What did he do? Hypocrite: He sentenced a good man to death. Dante: What about those men over there? What’s their problem? Hypocrite: Religion took them to a dark place. So now they wear heavy robes. I mean, their…

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ear in the grass



“The average number of parts now added is ten. This includes most of the following:
hair, eyes, pupils, ear, two or three parts at the neck, arm and fingers, leg and foot.
The arm for most is placed accurately (in the upper third of the body), points upward,
and is either of the right length or too short. The three fingers may be shaped nicely.
Leg placement and length are improving though the leg may may be too straight and too short. The foot points in the correct direction and is usually of a good length.

Hair is very variable and has not as yet come into graduated lengths.
The big thing here is the increasing expression in the eyes.
Some eyes are oval or approaching an oval shape and have pupils.
Ear shape is improving, and many Eights try to to shape the ear correctly.”


“Completing the Incomplete Figure of a Man,” from Your Eight-Year-Old: Lively and Outgoing


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you’re a dog

“Suddenly we are on that greyish borderland between science and philosophy, where everything depends on how one defines such things as ‘pain,’ ‘sentience,’ and ‘awareness’ in animals when humans have themselves barely begun exploring the nature of their own consciousness. It is a hoary truism that we can never know what it is like to be someone else, not even a close relative, let alone…

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sans culottes

  “Half-way up they closed in on me and started talking. The girl said, ‘Look the crazy girl, you crazy like your mother. Your aunt frightened to have you in the house. She send you for the nuns to lock up. Your mother walk about with no shoes and stockings on her feet, she sans culottes. She try to kill her husband and she try…

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an actor prepares

  “Theoretically you might suppose that the ideal type of emotion memory would be one that could retain and reproduce impressions in all the exact details of their first occurrence, that they would be revived just as they were really experienced. Yet if that were the case what would become of our nervous systems? How would they stand the repetition of horrors with all the…

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“I realize quietly what a terribly civilized person I am—the need I have for people, conversation, books, theater, music, cafés, drinks, and so forth. It’s terrible to be civilized, because when you come to the end of the world you have nothing to support the terror of loneliness. To be civilized is to have complicated needs. And a man, when he is full blown, shouldn’t need a thing.”

Henry Miller, from Tropic of Capricorn


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edith wharton was a hottie



“The real purpose of the window-curtain is to regulate the amount of light admitted to the room, and a curtain so arranged that it cannot be drawn backward and forward at will is but a meaningless accessory. It was not until the beginning of this century that curtains were used without regard to their practical purpose. The window hangings of the middle ages and of the Renaissance were simply straight pieces of cloth or tapestry hung across the window without any attempt at drapery, and regarded not as part of the decoration of the room, but as a necessary protection against draughts. It is probably for this reason that in old prints and pictures representing the rooms of wealthy people, curtains are so seldom seen. The better the house, the less need there was for curtains.”

from The Decoration of Houses, by Edith Wharton (1897)



My Gawd!

[flowplayer src=’’ splash=’’]   He, “Yackety yackety yackety.” She, “Chatter, chatter, chatter.” He, “What I said was, yackety yackety yackety.” She,”And what I said was, chatter, chatter, chatter.” He, “But can’t you see that I’m saying, ‘Yackety yackety yackety?’” She, “So!! Well, why won’t you admit that I’m saying, ‘Chatter chatter chatter chatter?” He, “How can you be so damn stupid?” She, “My Gawd! You’re…

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some kind of animal

“It would be a good idea to clear up one possible source of misunderstanding at the very outset. To some people new to the idea of reincarnation, this concept suggests a series of lifetimes including experiences both as animals and as humans. While some schools of thought do teach that we develop through animal and human incarnations, this is by no means the general view.…

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