Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Coldest lines: 'Wolf Moon'

Philosophy begins in wonder. And, at the end, when philosophic thought has done its best, the wonder remains.
China’s love affair with hot water is well-known. These days, tourist destinations around the world are flooded with Chinese travelers bearing backpacks loaded with sloshing vacuum-sealed flasks Why do the Chinese love hot water?

'Wolf Moon' puts on a show for skygazers

'Full might': Low-lying coastal areas inundated as sun, moon join to...

“Factuality” in fiction. For Mary McCarthy,novels had to do one thing above all else: communicate the truth, unpopular as it may be Truth Hurts

Power of Foucault:
Foucault is best known as a philosopher of power. Yet he did not offer a philosophy of power, refusing to develop an overarching theory. How is this possible?

 Cass Sunstein on his time in Washington: "It’s my job to put ideas out there. If that comes with the risk that someone is gonna do something horrible with it, well, that’s life” Risks  and life 

Recreating impressions of communism as a form of therapy for those suffering from dementia

Bob Hawke's advice for Malcolm Turnbull: 'resign'

Qantas, Young Rich and Meriton: Best of AFR Magazine in 2017

Sam Dastyari, Harry Triguboff, Jonah Peretti: Best of Lunch with AFR ...

The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.”
~John F. Kennedy, State of the Union (1962)

More Californians living in cars? A ‘wheel estate’ boom is coming. San Diego Tribune. “Wheel estate,” as Elmer Fudd would say. A reader comments: “Hmmmm… California leads the nation in poverty… No mention in the editorial of bathroom access (mentions showers at 24 hour fitness for $80 a month) or the cost of gas for moving the vehicle regularly, both things that were a real problem for me when I briefly lived in my car. Briefly, luckily for me as it wasn’t that great, not to mention the stigma of having a car filled with belongings.”

Caring for older sick relatives can cause symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder, study

Making medical decisions for a hospitalised older relative can be so stressful that about 30 per cent of carers had moderate to severe depression and 14 per cent had symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder even two months after the relative was ...

The Unemployment Conspiracy Counterpunch. Better than the clickbait headline.

Low-Wage Workers Aren’t Getting Justice for Sexual Harassment The Atlantic. “Despite the #MeToo movement.”

“Style is not a glaze applied late in the day to make prose look or sound better.” —Geoff Dyer, “Dead Ball Situation,” Harper’s

“Is there anything less clear than an accusation made when you’re running out the door?” —Durga Chew-Bose, Too Much and Not the Mood

“It was just the usual struggle to stay in love, keep it hot, keep it real, the boredom and revulsion, the afterthought of copulation, the fight for her attention, treating me like a roommate, or maybe like a vision of some shuddering gelatinous organ she’d forgotten still worked inside her.” —Matthew Klam, Who Is Rich?

“He’s trying to choose between three or four different options, all of which are so crusted with ornament that they appear actually diseased, as if King Midas had contracted an STD and then foolishly touched himself.” —Patricia Lockwood, Priestdaddy: A Memoir

“Much happens in dreams that tests the boundaries of believability, and tests them in meticulous psychological terms, eventually bullying us into belief.” —Teju Cole, Blind Spot

“If I were an early person
I’d look for the limits of wisdom
by going to sacred oak trees
or the local blind man with lips on fire.
But this is now. This is N.Y.C.” —Anne Carson, “Clive Song,” New Yorker

“When the door by the grandfather clock closed, and we were alone, the President began by saying, ‘I want to talk about Mike Flynn.’ ” —James Comey inprepared testimony to congress

“A word, like a virus, is a minimal kind of agent: it wants to get itself said.” —Daniel C. Dennett, From Bacteria to Bach and Back

“The strange, violent, beautiful sea: this was what she had wanted Lydia to see. It touched every part of the world, a glittering curtain drawn across a mystery.” —Jennifer Egan, Manhattan Beach

“Saeed’s father then summoned Nadia into his room and spoke to her without Saeed and said that he was entrusting her with his son’s life, and she, whom he called daughter, must, like a daughter, not fail him, whom she called father, and she must see Saeed through to safety, and he hoped she would one day marry his son and be called mother by his grandchildren, but this was up to them to decide, and all he asked was that she remain by Saeed’s side until Saeed was out of danger, and he asked her to promise this to him, and she said she would promise only if Saeed’s father came with them, and he said again that he could not, but that they must go, he said it softly, like a prayer, and she sat there with him in silence and the minutes passed, and in the end she promised, and it was an easy promise to make because she had at that time no thoughts of leaving Saeed, but it was also a difficult one because in making it she felt she was abandoning the old man, and even if he did have his siblings and cousins, and might now go live with them or have them come live with him, they could not protect him as Saeed and Nadia could, and so by making the promise he demanded she make she was in a sense killing him, but that is the way of things, for when we migrate, we murder from our lives those we leave behind.” — Mohsin Hamid, Exit West

“For as long as people have been making stories, they have been inventing islands.” —Malachy Tallack, The Un-Discovered Islands

“I enjoyed playing the smiling girl who remembered things.” —Sally Rooney,Conversations With Friends

“To survive, we have to trust someone. But we have to convince ourselves that absolute trust, of the kind that sometimes happens when people fall in love, does not exist—that the only trust is probabilistic.” —Umberto Eco, Chronicles of a Liquid Society

“im afraid i must say that i do not find the mysteries featured on ‘scooby-doo’ challenging enough .” —“dril” on Twitter

“I don’t believe in not believing in guilty pleasures.” —Elisa Gabbert, “On the Pleasures of Front Matter,” Paris Review

“My aim is to never be caught, as the rappers say. And my ambition is to write both in defiance of tragedy and in blindness of its possibility, to keep screaming into the waves—just as my ancestors did.” —Ta-Nehisi Coates, We Were Eight Years in Power

“Now goddess, child of Zeus,
Tell the old story for our modern times.
Find the beginning.” —Homer, translated by Emily Wilson, The Odyssey

“It’s in the nature of the landscape to change, and it’s in the nature of people to help the process along.” —John Darnielle, Universal Harvester

“Suddenly…everything mattered.” —Cathy Malkasian, Eartha