"She gave him a slit-eyed look. It was a period of looks and glances, teeming interactions, part of the sensory array I ordinarily cherish. Heat, noise, lights, looks, words, gestures, personalities, appliances. A colloquial density that makes family life the one medium of sense knowledge in which an astonishment of heart is routinely contained."
Don DeLillo, White Noise
(This dude can write.)
"The ninth virtue is perfectionism. The more errors you correct in yourself, the more you notice. As your mind becomes more silent, you hear more noise. When you notice an error in yourself, this signals your readiness to seek advancement to the next level. If you tolerate the error rather than correcting it, you will not advance to the next level and you will not gain the skill to notice new errors. In every art, if you do not seek perfection you will halt before taking your first steps. If perfection is impossible that is no excuse for not trying. Hold yourself to the highest standard you can imagine, and look for one still higher. Do not be content with the answer that is almost right; seek one that is exactly right."
— Eliezer S. Yudowsky’s Twelve Values of Rationality
"What people are ashamed of usually makes a good story."
— F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Love of the Last Tycoon (via leslieseuffert)
"I know there are strong feelings on both sides, and I have a great deal of respect for their opinions. But after much thought and prayer on my part this is where I am today."
Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) is the latest politician to endorse marriage equality. Time to update the timeline. (via motherjones)
Bandwagon, but at least she’s on board. Now if she weren’t so influenced politically on environmental issues maybe we could get some solid leadership on fracking in our state, along with a voice against the Keystone XL pipeline.
"For men are made bold in the throes
of madness urging evil, in love
with cruelty, courting sure disaster."
— Aeschylus’s Agamemnon
"Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see."
— Paul Klee