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20th August 2014

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19th August 2014

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Too beautiful to be examined

I remain a student of history, more of one than ever, now that our century has torn its way out of its chrysalis and become too beautiful to be examined, too alive to be debated and exploited by played-out intellectuals. The important thing is no longer to predict in what way its grand convulsions might next shake us. Now the important thing is to ride it into the sky.

Denis Johnson, The Name of the World (2000)

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19th August 2014

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Goya, ‘The Fire’, c.1793, oil on tin plate, 50 x 32 cm.
Painted after illness left him permanently deaf.

Goya, ‘The Fire’, c.1793, oil on tin plate, 50 x 32 cm.

Painted after illness left him permanently deaf.

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18th August 2014

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She had a funny way at the ends of her sentences. Rather than a pause, she created a plunge.
— Denis Johnson, The Name of the World (2000)

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17th August 2014

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Larry Trask on descriptivism

Non-linguists often accuse linguists of maintaining that “any sort of language is equally good”, particularly when we decline to join them in their passionate campaigns against whatever it is that has irked them. But this is misguided. Individual linguists have their own ideas about what constitutes good or appropriate usage in English, just like anybody else — except that the linguists’ views are usually far better informed than other people’s. But there is a big difference between expressing opinions and finding out what the facts are, and it is finding the facts that is the primary task of a linguist. Nobody would attack a botanist merely because that botanist was interested in finding out what plants are like, instead of creating beautiful gardens.

R.L. Trask, Introducing Linguistics (2000)

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17th August 2014

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Velázquez, ‘Las Meninas' (1656)

Velázquez, ‘Las Meninas' (1656)

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16th August 2014

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Police brutality is only one facet of the crystal of terror and oppression. Behind police brutality there is social brutality, economic brutality, and political brutality.
— Eldridge Cleaver, Soul On Ice (1968)

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16th August 2014

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Gladstone Pottery, Stoke-on-Trent

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Gladstone Pottery, Stoke-on-Trent

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15th August 2014

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Dying before dying

I understand that the ancient mysteries of death and rebirth, and also the rites of passage of the native cultures, enabled people to go through a kind of dying before dying. The 17th-century German Augustinian monk Abraham of Santa Clara put it very succinctly: The man who dies before he dies does not die when he dies. Once you have this experience, you do not see death as the end of who you are, but as a fantastic journey, as a transition to a different mode and level of existence. Whether this is a profound cosmic truth or a merciful delusion, as some of the materialistic critics of transpersonal psychology assert, it can certainly transform people’s lives.

Stanislav Grof, The Consciousness Revolution: A Transatlantic Dialogue (1999)

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15th August 2014

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Books made out of books

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Books made out of books

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