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If you’ve ever watched a television cartoon, you know that kids don’t appreciate subtlety, though perhaps that’s because they’re not often offered it.

How Children Change the Way We See | The New Yorker 10:21am on December 3, 2017

The website of Zaha Hadid Architects brags that the buildings for a new project are “iconic in both their scale and ambition… creating a unique twisted, intertwined silhouette that punctures the skyline.” But architects should not want to create things that are “iconic in scale” or to “puncture the skyline.” This is precisely the wrong thing to care about; it suggests the architect simply craves attention rather than the creation of perfect beauty and comfort. You’re not supposed to be puncturing! You’re supposed to be adding another delicate and perfect note to the skyline’s gorgeous symphony.

Current Affairs | Culture & Politics 8:58pm on November 2, 2017

A shared egalitarian social undertaking, ideally, ought to be one of joy as well as struggle: in these desperate times, there are certainly more overwhelming imperatives than making the world beautiful to look at, but to decline to make the world more beautiful when it’s in your power to so, or to destroy some beautiful thing without need, is a grotesque perversion of the cooperative ideal.

Current Affairs | Culture & Politics 6:21pm on November 2, 2017

To anyone who has spent time with an animal, the notion that they have no interior lives seems so counterintuitive, such an obdurate denial of the empathetically self-evident, as to be almost psychotic. I suspect that some of those same psychological mechanisms must have allowed people to rationalize owning other people.

A Man and His Cat – The New York Times 8:37pm on October 28, 2017

In the end, the “Before” series embraces what we’d rather forget: every true love story is a story of bad timing.

Moment To Moment | The New Yorker 3:25pm on October 22, 2017

Creative naturalism is the beautiful revenge of people who feel they’re being outrun by time and human opportunity: the real thing speeds past you, impervious, so you reconjure it on the screen, where you and everybody else can live in it forever.

Moment To Moment | The New Yorker 3:22pm on October 22, 2017

In that respect, the movie marked a narrative angle that Linklater has repeatedly returned to: the personal historical present, a kind of Polaroid of the moment developed by a man farther along in time. We’re meant to be fully immersed in the world it portrays, but that world always exists relative to an offscreen future; we know where it leads, although the characters do not.

Moment To Moment | The New Yorker 8:38pm on October 21, 2017

Their love for God was based in their satisfaction with the status quo.

Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang 3:30pm on October 21, 2017

Lines of force twist and elongate between people, objects, institutions, ideas. The individuals are tragically like marionettes, independently animate but bound by a web they choose not to see; they could resist if they wished, but so few of them do.

Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang 3:30pm on October 21, 2017

Why should I leave instructions? The ashes will be my family’s, not mine, the scattering their mnemonic for the idea of me.

300 Arguments: Essays by Sarah Manguso 3:28pm on October 21, 2017

Depression is hard to describe not just because it is complex and abstract but also because it occupies the part of us capable of describing things.

300 Arguments: Essays by Sarah Manguso 3:28pm on October 21, 2017

The trouble with setting goals is that you’re constantly working toward what you used to want.

300 Arguments: Essays by Sarah Manguso 3:28pm on October 21, 2017

After I submitted the final draft of my book about a train-track suicide, the art department produced sketches for my book cover: a needle and a long skein of red thread; a length of fluffy pinkish lace; a yellow hand mirror lying on a patch of green grass. I gave my editor a note for the designers, and the next day they delivered a perfect cover design: a photograph of the book’s subject, a man sitting on a train. This was the note: Pretend this book was written by a man.

300 Arguments: Essays by Sarah Manguso 3:28pm on October 21, 2017

Mothers must have sung to their babies before there was such a thing as music. I wonder what they thought of it, how they understood it, that singing.

300 Arguments: Essays by Sarah Manguso 3:27pm on October 21, 2017

If you can’t be with the one you love, my friend says, love the one who looks like the one you love. Other people call this having a type. It’s an expression of grief for an original loss.

300 Arguments: Essays by Sarah Manguso 3:27pm on October 21, 2017

It’s interesting to watch my friend speak carefully about what he thinks I’ll find interesting.

300 Arguments: Essays by Sarah Manguso 3:27pm on October 21, 2017

Some people love only those they can condescend to, those they can tenderly despise.

300 Arguments: Essays by Sarah Manguso 3:27pm on October 21, 2017

Faced with a camera lens, hideously overwitnessed, I immediately start trying to impersonate myself.

300 Arguments: Essays by Sarah Manguso 3:26pm on October 21, 2017

Talking with someone who reveals nothing, I hear myself madly filling the emptiness with information about myself.

300 Arguments: Essays by Sarah Manguso 3:26pm on October 21, 2017

It can be worth forgoing marriage for sex, and it can be worth forgoing sex for marriage. It can be worth forgoing parenthood for work, and it can be worth forgoing work for parenthood. Every case is orthogonal to all the others. That’s the entire problem.

300 Arguments: Essays by Sarah Manguso 3:26pm on October 21, 2017