“Our tragedy today is a general and universal physical fear so long sustained by now that we can even bear it. There are no longer problems of the spirit. There is only the question: When will I be blown up? Because of this, the young man or woman writing today has forgotten the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself which alone can make good writing because only that is...
when the world is sick, can no one be well? but i dreamt we were so beautiful...– [a silver mt zion memorial orchestra & tra-la-la band, GOD BLESS OUR DEAD MARINES]
For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for...– Charles Bukowski (via fuckyeahexistentialism)
How many of us would choose heaven if we knew the people we loved would be in...– Chuck Palahniuk, Suicide Girls interview
Call me a pessimist, call me Ishmael, but I think that book publishing is about...– Garrison Keillor in the NYT on the future of book publishing, as quoted by The Rumpus, as “blogged like crazy” (crazy!) (as if there were any other way!) by me, swelled up with pride (crazy pride!) at the six hundred and fifty one people who thought the book I am helping to make was worth throwing...
Why Africa Needs Science Fiction « AfroCyberPunk →
“A society without science fiction may be standing in the light, but is surely stepping into darkness. It is clear that exposure to science fiction today has a significant impact on those who go on to build the societies of tomorrow. Had African leaders of the past been given a glimpse of the effects globalized technology would have on our geo-political landscape, we would most likely...
regularmagic: ARCADE FIRE - MONTH OF MAY ...
Senate panel approves bill banning the word “retarded” from federal...– FARK
Lovelife.: I Love You, Bret Easton Ellis
“But, here’s an example. Take THE PUNISHER: here you have a comics character in two movies made within a decade of each other, neither of which is spectacular film making. The first iteration was made by Jonathan Hensleigh and it’s absolute trash. It isn’t even fun. Everything about this movie makes me retch because it took what has been a good idea for action...
Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré: Take punitive action... →
claytoncubitt: “The No. 1 rule when dealing with disaster is to figure out which rules you need to break. Rules are designed for when everything is working. A democracy is based on trust. BP has proved it can’t be trusted. The government needs to change the game and make this a punitive effort. The government has been too friendly to oil companies. The government should immediately...
Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a...– Barry Switzer (via claytoncubitt)
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Nothing in his memory anywhere of anything so good.– cormac mccarthy, THE ROAD
and things are maybe okay? i don’t know. i always say that and then fuck it up....– when tired/triumphant, i write so how was your night? emails in the “voice” of tao lin? (via melissa)
What’s a human being without a story?– tom spanbauer, THE MAN WHO FELL IN LOVE WITH THE MOON
girls against boys, WILMINGTON, from the record...
…why I write[?] Very often it’s just to tell people really neat...– neil gaiman, in PRISONERS OF GRAVITY, 1993
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claytoncubitt: The Specials - ‘A Message To You...
Just out of the shower, I pull on a clean white tee-shirt and clean underpants and low-rise jeans even though I know they’re not what I should be wearing. I don’t care. I look at my phone and it’s almost of it’s mocking me with its silence. It’s Thursday afternoon. I know everyone I know is off work, off school, off anything resembling responsibility. My phone,...
“You’re a unique little snowflake in the middle of a blizzard.” - clayton cubitt “You are not a precious and unique snowflake.” - chuck palahniuk, FIGHT CLUB “One contradiction of the human heart is this: God refuses to see any person as unique in his or her relationship to Him, and yet we humans see each other as bottomless wells of creativity and...
Grant Morrison - the disinfo speech
“…cyberpunk can never really die. There’s just too much human nature embedded within its code – it thrives on uncertainty and unpredictability, on severe human limitations juxtaposed with the radical and unlimited power of our own technology. It will always find a home somewhere on this planet until we collectively reach Utopia – if we ever do – whenever society grapples with...
…Europe is having trouble — and some of it may spill over to America. But...– - Paul Krugman
Interesting, she said, sounding like a forensic pathologist. He had no idea what...– The Boy Who Wore His Heart on His Sleeve — by Susannah Breslin [SIGH!]
Arizona Gov Signs Ethnic-Studies Ban: NPR →
“Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law a ban on ethnic studies in the state’s schools. The legislation was specifically targeted at high schools in the Tucson Unified School District with courses in Mexican American studies. Critics of those courses said they were used by activists in Tuscon to incite hatred, particularly of whites.” [someone need to punch the arizona legislature...
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I’m me, and I’m like nobody else.– [lena horne]
Dear Tumblr… You know, I really like you and all, but your ‘search’ function is pretty much useless. Whether it’s tags or words or phrases, it does not work. I wish you could change that about yourself. I might grow to love you if you did. Thank you…
For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin—real life. But...– Alfred D. Souza (via ldotbean) [all the bad things and good, the beautiful and destructive need to happen to make me me.]
“Tom Wolfe’s A Man in Full, according to Norman Mailer (1998) The book has gas and runs out of gas, fills up again, goes dry. It is a 742-page work that reads as if it is fifteen hundred pages long…. At certain points, reading the work can even be said to resemble the act of making love to a three-hundred pound woman. Once she gets on top, it’s over. Fall in love, or...