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A library of collectanea.

Live, [pop music] can provide the kind of indelible, empowering experience that was so beautifully described by the American rock critic Ann Powers on social media in the aftermath of the Manchester attack: “Telling your mom it’s OK and you’ll meet her right after the show, running toward the front hand in hand with your best friend like you don’t even have a mom right now, flirting with the kid who sells you a soda, dancing experimentally, looking at the woman onstage and thinking maybe one day you’ll be sexy and confident like her, realising that right this moment you are sexy and confident like her, matching your voice to the sound, loving the sound, falling into the sound.”

Manchester’s heartbreak: ‘I never grasped what big pop gigs were for until I saw one through my daughter’s eyes’ | UK news | The Guardian 9:48pm on May 24, 2017

“Late capitalism” often seems more like “the latest in capitalism”

Why the Phrase ‘Late Capitalism’ Is Suddenly Everywhere – The Atlantic 1:26pm on May 11, 2017

A government no longer steers towards its chosen destination. The word “horizon”, with its promise of a hoped-for future, has vanished from political discourse – on both right and left. All that remains for debate is how to measure what is there. Opinion polls replace direction and replace desire.

Meanwhile by John Berger 1:10pm on April 26, 2017

The word we, when printed or pronounced on screens, has become suspect, for it’s continually used by those with power in the demagogic claim that they are also speaking for those who are denied power. Let’s talk of ourselves as they.

Meanwhile by John Berger 12:53pm on April 26, 2017

One of the most consoling aspects of animals is that their priorities have nothing whatsoever to do with our own perilous and tortured agendas. They are redemptively unconcerned with everything we are and want.

The Wisdom of Animals | The Book of Life 12:42pm on April 24, 2017

Sometimes it’s hard to draw a line between the specific and the trivial.

Voices of America | New Republic 12:25pm on April 8, 2017

“I say I love writing, but really it is thinking I love – that rush of thoughts – new connections in the brain being made. And it comes out of the blue.” O smiled. “In such moments: I feel such love of the world, love of thinking…”

My life with Oliver Sacks: ‘He was the most unusual person I had ever known’ | Books | The Guardian 1:21pm on March 30, 2017

The most we can do is to write – intelligently, creatively, critically, evocatively – about what it is like living in the world at this time.

My life with Oliver Sacks: ‘He was the most unusual person I had ever known’ | Books | The Guardian 1:17pm on March 30, 2017

You can refine the normal into the sophisticated by pursuing clarity and consistency. Attentiveness turns the normal artful.

Plainness and Sweetness – Frank Chimero 4:06pm on March 28, 2017

There’s a reason most people have “the one who got away”—and why that memory is usually pleasant, rather than painful, though it’s perhaps best left undisturbed. Maybe we don’t want to fulfil romantic fantasies, ultimately—we would rather settle for responsible companionship, with far less risk involved.

Our Lives Might Have Been So Much Different — Bright Wall/Dark Room 1:06pm on March 27, 2017

A giant once lived in that body. But Matt Brady got lost because he looked for God too high up and too far away.

Inherit the Wind (1960) 4:05pm on March 25, 2017

It is the duty of a newspaper to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.

Inherit the Wind (1960) 3:57pm on March 25, 2017

I don’t swear just for the hell of it. Language is a poor enough means of communication. I think we should all the words we’ve got. Besides, there are damn few words that anybody understands.

Inherit the Wind (1960) 3:56pm on March 25, 2017

“Why is it, my old friend, that you’ve moved so far away from me?”

“All motion is relative, Matt. Maybe it’s you who’ve moved away by standing still.”

Inherit the Wind (1960) 3:55pm on March 25, 2017

1. Go outside and walk in the direction that is the quietest. 2. Continue until you’re in the quietest place possible. 3. Take a moment to absorb it.

How To Pay Attention – re:form – Medium 11:29pm on March 24, 2017

Like protons circling a nucleus, the kids grow into themselves but never quite disband from their parents, despite all that movement.

This American Boy — Bright Wall/Dark Room 8:41am on March 22, 2017

The great mass of human beings are not acutely selfish. After the age of about thirty they almost abandon the sense of being individuals at all — and live chiefly for others, or are simply smothered under drudgery. But there is also the minority of gifted, willful people who are determined to live their own lives to the end.

George Orwell: Why I Write 1:28pm on March 20, 2017

Lots of being a kid is watching and waiting, and Totoro understands this. When Mei catches a glimpse of a small Totoro running under her house, she crouches down and stares into the gap, waiting. Miyazaki holds on this image: we wait with her. Magical things happen, but most of life happens in between those things—and this has a kind of gentle magic of its own.

Towards a True Children’s Cinema: on ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ — Bright Wall/Dark Room 11:12pm on March 19, 2017

Whatever we say, we’re always talking about ourselves.

Show Your Work! a book by Austin Kleon 9:55pm on March 19, 2017