My name is an example of a CamelCase. Apparently CamelCases, or words with Capitals in the middle, will hasten the collapse of literate civilization (or so says the New York Times). I guess you can blame me and iPod’s when everyone becomes illiterate.
I think it was Faulkner who once said that when you strike a match in a dark...– Javier Marias via Flavorwire (via hughbot) This is how I feel about art and religion as well. Even the illuminations of science seem to cast some giant, amazing shadows.
ABNER JAY- The Reason Young People Use Drugs
"You're pretty intelligent for a woman."
A gentleman said this to me today. After we had been discussing politics for 15 minutes. He said I knew more about American politics than he did and then, wait for it, “You’re pretty intelligent for a woman.” I know he meant it as a compliment. But how could it be taken as one? He expected one thing, a general idiot-type of woman. He had labeled me as an unintelligent person...
TimesOnline's list of Best Books of the Decade →
I read 9 books on the list of the top 100 books of the decade. Two of the books we read in my book club, Oscar Wao and Middlesex. But the Da Vinci Code made the list? And Twilight? Analogy for you: Twilight is to The Times’s list of best books of the decade, as Nickleback is to the Canadian Juno Awards. Doesn’t really roll off the tongue, but I think the thought is valid.
I maintain: The Twilight series is dangerous. Not because Bella is a brainless,...– “Ew Moon: Why Twilight Continues to Hurt America” from Masala Skeptic of Skepchick
y00h00: thedailywhat: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: Neil Young performs a haunting cover of the Fresh Prince theme song and, just like that, my life is complete. Also: A rift in the spacetime continuum. [via.]
How Not to Read
(Alternately titled: How to Read so that it will not be enjoyable) I was looking up a few reviews in anticipation for how The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao might be received in Stan’s book club. (I’ll admit it, I was nervous everyone might hate it) (Haven’t heard yet, maybe they did!) And I stumbled across this review. Here’s the opening bit: Did you ever go see a...
If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to...– C.S. Lewis (via psychotherapy)
stanielsbookclub: “That was the September I cut school six times in my first two weeks. I just couldn’t do school anymore. Something inside wouldn’t let me. It didn’t help that I was reading the Fountainhead and had decided that I was Dominique and Aldo was Roark.” (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, pp. 62) It was fate, wasn’t it? Don’t tell me you’re only on page 62 Stan!
“I think 90% of my ideas evaporate because I have a terrible memory and...– Junot Diaz’s writing process
The Lady's Reward By Dorothy Parker
Lady, lady, never start Conversation toward your heart; Keep your pretty words serene; Never murmur what you mean. Show yourself, by word and look, Swift and shallow as a brook. Be as cool and quick to go As a drop of April snow; Be as trenchant and as gay As a cherry flower in May. Lady, lady, never speak Of the tears that burn your cheek— She will never win him, whose Words had shown she feared...
A shark from a New Zealand aquarium shocked viewers when it gave another shark a...– Sharp-toothed shark acts as midwife
Definitive Strategy Guide for Buffets →
We also need to consider proper attire. You’ll want comfortable shoes, running or walking shoes work best and even Uggs or Crocs will do. All clothes should be loose fitting, no buttons, belts or zippers. Sweatpants and large t-shirts work best. It’s important to have an expandable or elastic waistband. Wear items with intricate patterns or designs that will disguise spills and stains (unless you...
Quotation of the Week →
Q: So every Christian is called to be a pacifist? A: Yes, absolutely. Q: So how do you respond to people who say that’s unrealistic? A: Try lifelong monogamous fidelity in marriage. Do you think that’s realistic? Yet we do it. I’m not terribly cowed by the charge of being unrealistic. From an RNS interview with Stanley Hauerwas
cameronr: I wish I could accurately describe the kind of anger and disappointment I’m feeling towards the media as this Fort Hood shooting unfolds. The Vancouver Sun, for instance, mentioned that the shooter was Muslim in the 4th sentence of an article while waiting for the 20th PARAGRAPH to mention he was being tormented by his peers and was about to be deployed to Iraq. I’m obviously not...