It was an uncharted wilderness along the Aguarico River—a forest Eden roamed by...– Just recently discovered William Langewiesche, my hero/role model/etc.
We are not built for this. We are not designed, at our core, to be able to...– More than half a century after Henry Miller’s meditation on war and the meaning of life, SFGate’s Mark Morford explores the challenge of exploding your emotional bandwidth at times of violence. (via explore-blog)
Structure and Style: One Art →
structureandstyle: The art of losing isn’t hard to master; so many things seem filled with the intent to be lost that their loss is no disaster. Lose something every day. Accept the fluster of lost door keys, the hour badly spent. The art of losing isn’t hard to master. Then practice losing farther, losing… Love this poem.
An old Cherokee chief took his grandchildren into the forest and sat them down...– Old Cherokee legend, quoted in Someday You’ll Thank Me for This! (via explore-blog)
Responsibility to yourself… means that you refuse to sell your talents and...– Adrienne Rich
Like Omar Sharif materializing out of the shimmering desert as a man on a camel...– Huh?
One source I’m trying to get in touch with has an @aol.com email handle,...– Southern Reporter Friend
People really don’t like to hear success explained away as luck — especially...– Michael Lewis, to Princeton University’s graduating class of 2012. (via theatlantic) So true. Also, kudos to Michael Lewis for being able to admit it. It seems to me that attributing your own success entirely to your own worthiness/brilliance/work ethic/whatever is a great way to end up with a...
In media reports on women’s issues—abortion, birth... →
Self-respect is a discipline, a habit of mind that can never be faked but can be...– Joan Didion (via explore-blog) Perfect.
"You must admit that Kanye West is at least some... →
From The Atlantic: “The impulse to turn a rap song with a good beat into something that actually feels like art is both abstract and liberating for Kanye, for Jay-Z, and for the audience. Anyone who can use Jay-Z as a prop and make him like it—and make the rest of us like it, too—can do anything he wants.”
Too Good To Not Post.
NYC Reporter Friend: so I made sammies for lunch today // and put them in the freezer? // I thought that was a good idea // but now they’re still frozen // so I’m just letting them thaw in the heat from behind my computer // I’m a hobo, is what I’m saying.
To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used...– - Arundhati Roy
In a culture that favors sensation, the fact checker is an anomaly, perhaps even...– On the unheralded work of fact checkers via The Atlantic (via aprilmayparker)
The thing with Federer is that he’s Mozart and Metallica at the same time, and...– David Foster Wallace, Roger Federer as Religious Experience. As someone who loves books AND sports, I think DFW is tops.
Well this made my day. →
This is the worst war we’ve ever seen. And they’re getting away with it.– The late journalist Marie Colvin, as written in a personal obituary penned by Channel 4’s Lindsey Hilsum. Colvin, a reporter for the Sunday Times, was one of two western journalists killed after the shelling of a neighborhood in Homs, Syria on Wednesday. [Channel 4] (via producermatthew)
I’m not going to comb over that.– White House press secretary Jay Carney, when asked about Donald Trump’s endorsement. (via theatlantic)
We’re doing it for the kids– A fourth-grade teacher in Chester, Pennsylvania, explains why teachers and other school staff have agreed to work for nothing. The local school district’s bank account is almost empty, but it owes suppliers $4m. (via theeconomist) So impressive. Where do I donate?
I don’t give a damn about ‘reputation.’ If I’m wrong I correct or re-think. Once...– This is a killer journalism quote that’s likely to be overlooked by the comment that came just before it (no pun intended), from Andrew Sullivan’s live chat. (via newsweek)
A Synopsis of "Revenge"
Me: “So Emily, whose real name is Amanda, was in childhood love with this guy who’s now dating Amanda, whose real name is Emily. Yeah they traded identities, long story. But Emily Amanda can’t date Amanda Emily’s boyfriend because she’s dating the son of this hedge fund manager as part of a revenge plot. The hedge fund manager framed Emily Amanda’s father for...
So, so, so good. →
This essay and Joan Didion’s “On Self Respect” keep me sane. There will likely be more quotes to come, as I’m reading Infinite Jest and it’s just incredible. “In the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And an outstanding...
The King of Human Error →
Here’s what I find funny about this story (link above): author Michael Lewis can’t seem to fathom why such a bright, successful guy is so morose. That’s probably because he’s talking to someone who’s influenced his work, but has the exact opposite temperament. Lewis looks at Kahneman’s life story to find the driver for his current success (and his pessimism),...
I think I just choked on "liberal media...
Coworker: “I had a dream that Rick Perry was mad at me! It was because I wrote something bad about Texas. Oh and THEN Mediaite picked up the story, and the commenters found my OKCupid profile and started photoshopping my picture!”
Discovering Delaware radar
Political Reporter Friend: our senior editor is from Delaware PRF: the guy across from me just said the word Bethany PRF: and from her cube (like 15 feet away) comes this shout, “did you just say something nice about delaware!?!?” PRF: and she pops up from her desk to chime in PRF: we now think she sits there eavesdropping to hear what we say about Delaware Delaware radar is, in...
Mother Jones magazine on Tumblr: The best... →
This is so fantastic. I love that he describes Florida as home to “all kinds of corruption, violence and scumbaggery.” motherjones: You should, like, strongly consider applying to work for this guy: …Every serious candidate should have a proven track record of conceiving, reporting and writing stellar investigative pieces that provoke change. However, our ideal candidate...