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In men whom men condemn as ill I find so much of goodness still; In men whom men deem half divine I find so much of sin and blot…

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chop wood, carry water

    An Die Musik (“To Music”) Oh gracious art, in how many gray hours when life’s fierce orbit ensnared me have you kindled my heart to warm love, carried me away into a better world? How often has a sigh escaping from your harp, a sweet, sacred chord of yours, opened up for me the heaven of better times? Oh gracious art, for that…

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how could it hurt?

“If I am on fire, put me out. If you put me out by rolling me on the ground, do not let me roll down a hill. If I do roll down a hill and get stuck under some bushes, just leave me there; you’ve given me enough ‘help’ already.” –Jack Handey   body worker ≠ sex worker discomfort ≠ pain i like you a…

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Things I Don’t Understand

We all have different experiences that influence our attitude toward something, but the fact is that the world’s most knowledgeable art experts would not disagree very much on which are the best paintings. You can say, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” or you can say “That’s your opinion,” but once two people know all about a subject, they almost always agree. We…

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Wildlife in the Dunes

  “Not that anyone lived far from anyone else on the frontier. Each settler was required to build his home within a half-mile radius of the meeting-house and then as close to others as possible. Living too far out made you an automatic target for Indian attacks. Also, proximity helped keep up spirits and allowed neighbors to keep an eye on each other. In fact,…

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Dredge the Brain

“Because look at me–I’m fucking falling apart. I’m constantly corroding. If you stand still that’s when it really gets you. Take a look at some of those steel buildings that have been there for a long time, they’re just corroding. It’s like a warning to me. Stay still, Shakey, and you’ll turn to rust and dust. So I keep on moving . . .”  Neil…

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Ballet Hangs On

“Ballet’s relationship to time— the fact that the repertory, unanchored by text, is always vanishing, just as the dance image on the stage is always vanishing—forms a large part of the vividness and poignance of the art. We are always losing it, like life, and therefore we re-create it, mythologize it, in our minds. Nijinsky’s life, his rapid self-extinction and the disappearance of his ballets—is…

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Pop Quiz

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People Person

    “Mom used to scream that she couldn’t wait until I had children so I would know what hell was like. My grandma would put her arm around me and laugh.” –-Lynda Barry, from One Hundred Demons    Having babies, then children (grown-up babies): this is a people person’s job. It’s a relationship, you know, between you and each of your kids. People who…

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teachable moment

  “time that has elapsed ⇒ elapsed time a leaf that has fallen ⇒ a fallen leaf a man who has traveled widely ⇒ a widely traveled man a testicle that has not descended into the scrotum ⇒ an undescended testicle a Christ that has risen from the dead ⇒ a risen Christ a window that has stuck ⇒ a stuck window the snow which…

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take a number

  Average people: they tell each other in precise detail what was on their boarding house menu. –Robert Musil,   Don’t you want to be like that cute, average girl who sells Progressive insurance on TV? She’s not a stark raving beauty, but she’s no dog, either. I used to eat at a vegetarian, Chinese restaurant where you could order ox tail soup, ox testicles,…

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cultural contribution

  “I myself am a failure at raising funds and sustaining my work. As a visiting artist I can hardly support basic functions. I do not have health insurance, life insurance, storage or insurance for art works; I do not have savings, retirement funds, medical plan, investments, bonds, etc. It is impossible to produce the new works I envision . . . I’m enclosing a…

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glorified failure

  “Miss Rand provided a handy set of rules for every patriotic moviemaker to follow: Don’t Smear the Free Enterprise System. Don’t Deify the ‘Common Man‘. Don’t Glorify Failure. Don’t Smear Industrialists. Don’t Smear Success.” author Otto Friedrich quoting Ayn Rand      A theoretical American worked: –at a catering company that made fresh pasta. Her long, straight hair got caught in the pasta machine…

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