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lonely, taken out of context clippings. significant or simply reminders

"It’s like being wrapped in a chamois blanket and nestled against a big, generous tit, you know?"

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  1. The Thirteen Commandments of Neoliberalism

    theutopian:

    By Philip Mirowski.image

    Neoliberals are not fundamentalists. But they approach crises with a certain logic—one that is directly relevant to comprehending neoliberalism’s unexpected strength in the current global crisis.

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  2. "

    Beauty is part of the history of idealizing, which is itself part of the history of consolation. But beauty may not always console. The beauty of face and figure torments, subjugates; that beauty is imperious. The beauty that is human, and the beauty that is made (art)–both raise the fantasy of possession. Our model of the disinterested comes from the beauty of nature–a nature that is distant, overarching, unpossessable.

    From a letter written by a German soldier standing guard in the Russian winter in late December of 1942: “The most beautiful Christmas I had ever seen, made entirely of disinterested emotions and stripped of all tawdry trimmings. I was all alone beneath an enormous starred sky, and I can remember a tear running down my frozen cheek, a tear neither of pain nor of joy but of emotion created by intense experience… .”

    Unlike beauty, often fragile and impermanent, the capacity to be overwhelmed by the beautiful is astonishingly sturdy and survives amidst the harshest distractions. Even war, even the prospect of certain death, cannot expunge it.

    What is beautiful reminds us of nature as such–of what lies beyond the human and the made–and thereby stimulates and deepens our sense of the sheer spread and fullness of reality, inanimate as well as pulsing, that surrounds us all.

    A happy by-product of this insight, if insight it is: beauty regains its solidity, its inevitability, as a judgment needed to make sense of a large portion of one’s energies, affinities, and admirations; and the usurping notions appear ludicrous.

    Imagine saying, “That sunset is interesting.”

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    — Susan Sontag “An Argument About Beauty”
     
  3. Perhaps that is what is meant by ‘lonelyness’ — knowing that even at your moments of most exalted emotion, you do not matter (perhaps this is precisely the moment of most exalted emotion) because these things will always be here: the dark trees full of summer leaf, the fading light that has not…

     
    1. Q: What is more important: a heart or a brain?
    2. Thom: A heart is obviously completely useless unless you are in a country and western song. A brain can stay alive even when you're clinically dead and can be used to useful ends such as operating train signals and reading books. If the power fails, it can be hooked up to a car battery or a transformer. A brain pulsates in dramatic fashion when preserved in a bubbling glass container, and there have been cases of a brain holding complete power over an entire nation.
     
  4. Islands by Muriel Rukeyser

    mythologyofblue:

    O for God’s sake
    they are connected
    underneath

    They look at each other
    across the glittering sea
    some keep a low profile

    Some are cliffs
    The Bathers think
    islands are separate like them

     
  5. "Depression is a good lover. So attentive. Has this innate way of making everything about you."
    — Kait Rokowski, A Good Day” (via larmoyante)
     
  6. Carey Mulligan, why are you so beautiful?

    (Source: isisloveforever)

     
  7. tinatiantian:

“When you’re truly happy, you don’t stop to ask yourself, am I really happy? The same goes with love. It happens when you stop questioning.”
- Professor John Lachs on love, Vanderbilt University

Took his ethics class this semester. What a legend. 

    tinatiantian:

    “When you’re truly happy, you don’t stop to ask yourself, am I really happy? The same goes with love. It happens when you stop questioning.”

    - Professor John Lachs on love, Vanderbilt University

    Took his ethics class this semester. What a legend. 

     
  8. "A poem begins with a lump in the throat."
    — Robert Frost (via hopeinspiresme)
     
  9. nevver:

Joss Whedon