the child grows enormous but never grows up
Like other high-minded people, he failed to recognize when he himself was being ruthless or devious, perhaps because he took for granted that his motives were pure.
Margaret Macmillan describing Sir Edward Grey
im a nondescript sorta guy, average looking, not-too-handsome not-too-ugly, there are 0 words describing my dick in this 400+ page novel, im into jazz
murakami protagonist lmfao 
amnhnyc:

From the Archives: various species of fish from Renard’s Poissons, écrevisses et crabesIn an effort not to disappoint Europeans who saw collections of preserved tropical fish lacking their brilliant colors, Louis Renard (1678-1746) compiled the book Poissons, with fancifully colored engraved plates depicting fish and crustaceans from the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia).Learn more.

amnhnyc:

From the Archives: various species of fish from Renard’s Poissons, écrevisses et crabes

In an effort not to disappoint Europeans who saw collections of preserved tropical fish lacking their brilliant colors, Louis Renard (1678-1746) compiled the book Poissons, with fancifully colored engraved plates depicting fish and crustaceans from the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia).

Learn more.

plasmalogical:

theodore roosevelt was the greatest hunter known to human history, but he never managed to hunt down what mattered most: basic human decency

thenotes:

Again I sat ruminating what I should do. Mortified as I was at his behavior, and resolved as I had been to dismiss him when he entered my office, nevertheless I felt something superstitious knocking at my heart, and forbidding me to carry out my purpose, and denouncing me for a villain if I dared to breathe one bitter word against this forlornest of mankind. At last, familiarly drawing my chair behind his screen, I sat down and said: ‘Bartleby, never mind, then, about revealing your history; but let me entreat you, as a friend, to comply as far as may be with the usages of this office. Say now, you will help to examine papers tomorrow or next day: in short, say now, that in a day or two you will begin to be a little reasonable:—say so, Bartleby.’

'At present I would prefer not to be a little reasonable,' was his mildly cadaverous reply.

Herman Melville, “Bartleby, the Scrivner: A Story of Wall Street”

laceymicallef:

life attitude

laceymicallef:

life attitude

aubreylstallard:

Brain Pickings
brightwalldarkroom:

"I submit that the real reason we criticized and disliked Lynch’s Laura’s muddy bothness is that it required of us an empathetic confrontation with the exact same muddy bothness in ourselves and our intimates that makes the real world of moral selves so tense and uncomfortable, a bothness we go to the movies to get a couple hours’ fucking relief from."
—David Foster Wallace, A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again

brightwalldarkroom:

"I submit that the real reason we criticized and disliked Lynch’s Laura’s muddy bothness is that it required of us an empathetic confrontation with the exact same muddy bothness in ourselves and our intimates that makes the real world of moral selves so tense and uncomfortable, a bothness we go to the movies to get a couple hours’ fucking relief from."


—David Foster Wallace, A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again

Every time I cried, or almost-cried, was a little different, though each contained a similar parfait of feelings: a layer of sadness (for the unreal character); a layer of hope (for the unreal character); a layer of skepticism (what does it mean to feel sadness or hope for an unreal character?); a layer of curiosity, both emotional and artistic (how have I come to feel this sadness/hope for an unreal character?); a layer of pride (I feel things so deeply I can even feel sadness/hope for an unreal character); a layer of shame (I feel more for this unreal character than I did for the homeless man I just passed in the street); another layer of shame, this one more specifically inflected by my role as a consumer (how have my emotional responses been so easily manipulated?) but also — it cannot be denied — a layer of consumer satisfaction: I am having a powerful experience, which is part of the implicit contract made between a film and its watchers. We give our time, and maybe our money, and in return we are given an experience that will somehow make us different than we were before we had it.
Leslie Jamison, "On Short Term 12 and crying at the movies” (The Los Angeles Review of Books)
youraveragefeed:

Hello, I’m Computer Man. We might have been friends at some point, but now I’m more of a catalyst of private criticism and ridicule on your end because I abuse social networking conventions by posting any of the following variety: life brags, post-workout photos, overabundance of food photos, photos of me with my friends having an explicitly better time than you, flyers created for the sole purpose of promoting positivity and happiness which we all know is a thin veil for the terrors of reality, etc. Thanks for letting me fuck up your newsfeed. Computer Man

youraveragefeed:

Hello, I’m Computer Man. We might have been friends at some point, but now I’m more of a catalyst of private criticism and ridicule on your end because I abuse social networking conventions by posting any of the following variety: life brags, post-workout photos, overabundance of food photos, photos of me with my friends having an explicitly better time than you, flyers created for the sole purpose of promoting positivity and happiness which we all know is a thin veil for the terrors of reality, etc.

Thanks for letting me fuck up your newsfeed.

Computer Man

morningwine:

i dont know how to adult myself

wakest:

remix of nicolassassoon.com/BARK

likeafieldmouse:

David Hammons - Bli-zaard Ball Sale (1983)

"The photos portraying Hammons with his neatly arranged rows of snowballs for sale are probably the most frequently reproduced images in the artist’s oeuvre. The piece has become iconic, the single ephemeral work – a work that is essentially about ephemerality – that has come to stand for his entire practice.”