Saturday, June 26, 2021


 Fiction is art and art is the triumph over chaos… to celebrate a world that lies spread out around us like a bewildering and stupendous dream.

— John Cheever, who died in 1982

Wmmna: Art In The Age Of Anxiety

Why You Hate Contemporary

 Architecture Brianna Rennix and Nathan J. Robinson, Current Affairs. Many beautiful and ugly photographs. Oddly, the authors focus their ire on architects, and not on the boards who commission the buildings and approve the designs (and whose, dare I say, souls the ugly building embody, or so Christopher Alexander argues).

The Best Commercial About a Rock Quarry You’ll See Today

This advertisement from Vermont granite company Rock of Ages, featuring views of their majestic quarry accompanied by soaring opera, is way better than any commercial for a local quarry has any right to be.

See also The Quarryman’s Symphony, an all-time favorite post of mine about the hand signals used by a quarry boss guiding his marble harvesting crews. 

Why Design Matters: Conversations with the World's Most Creative People by @debbiemillman, a book version of her long-running interview podcast Design Matters.

A CCTV Company Is Paying Remote Workers In India To Yell At Armed Robbers

TOP AND BOTTOM STORY OF THE DAY:  Salma Hayek Has No Plans To Stop Posting Bikini Photos: ‘I Have No Shame On It.’

Not all those who wander are lost.
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J.R.R. Tolkien

This snippet of lyrical verse is the second line in a poem included in J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Fellowship of the Ring.” The line has been adopted by adventurous travelers the world over who have perhaps never read the poem in its entirety: “All that is gold does not glitter / Not all those who wander are lost / The old that is strong does not wither / Deep roots are not reached by the frost.” Taken as a whole, the poem suggests that there is great value in nurturing “deep roots,” that those who understand their origins will be more likely to persevere through adversity. This is certainly a theme that echoes throughout Tolkien’s stories, as his characters suffer their trials and burdens. It suggests that the interesting question is not whether we wander, but how.

Whether Or Not Men Find You Sexy Has Nothing To Do With Your Size Or Shape.

Almost all furniture is made to measure from solid oak and walnut wood. Emphasis is placed on the processing of detail and the quality of used materials. Everything is based on substance, ordinary, but high quality and beautiful. The technological solution for heating, cooling, and air conditioning corresponds to the current standard

Attic Apartment Vinohrady /

Fish oil supplements may help fight depression.

What Makes A Great Football Anthem?

According to folk singer Martin Carthy, the football chant can be considered one of the last embodiments of the oral folk tradition. – The Conversation

Two Members Of Hollywood Foreign Press Association Quit, Slamming Inaction

“There has been no contrition, no humility, little recognition of our faults, no inspiring leadership. We do not wish to be associated with a group, ostensibly dedicated to honest journalism and free speech, that relies on consultants and lawyers to speak for them in vague, legalistic terms.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“What does story telling do to people? It is making them dream, it is making them suffer as well. But can we stop storytelling? I don’t think so.” — Julie Delpy, actress in and co-writer of the films “Before Sunrise,” “Before Sunset,” and “Before Midnight”, is interviewed by philosophers at AfB