geopsych · 2 days ago
So Bevis sat down on the thyme, and the wind began to sing, so low and sweet and so strange an old song, that he closed his eyes and leaned on his arm on the turf. There were no words to the song, but Bevis understood it all, and it made him feel so happy. The great sun smiled upon him, the great earth bore him in her arms gently, the wind caressed him, singing all the while. Now Bevis knew what the wind meant; he felt with his soul out to the far-distant sun just as easily as he could feel with his hand to the bunch of grass beside him; he felt with his soul down through into the earth just as easily as he could touch the sward with his fingers. Something seemed to come to him out of the sunshine and the grass. “There never was a yesterday,” whispered the wind presently, “and there never will be to-morrow. It is all one long to-day.”
Richard Jefferies, in his book Wood Magic.
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aviationgeek71 · 19 hours ago
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In our crazy world, I always trust the advice of Winnie the Pooh... ❤
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eelhound · 2 days ago
"Tommy J. Curry's book The Man-Not is a remarkable study of the dehumanization of Black men. Curry explores how racism in the United States extends incarceration beyond physical prisons into the psyches of Black men:
Black male death, despite its horror and gruesomeness, is tolerated within America. Many in our society accepted this reality as a norm, but what effect does death have on the lives, the mental concept of the self, that Black males formulate in this violent world? How do Black males regard the future in a world that is so limited by the present? Imagine a world in which any individual, who can be thought of as a victim of a Black male, has the power to define him as a criminal. This is the world many Black males find themselves imprisoned within.
Notice that Curry talks about imprisonment beyond the prison itself. Black men outside of prisons are aware from a young age of the lopsided likelihood of their incarcerated bodies. This is one kind of quotidian violence occurring constantly between revolts. The word 'quotidian' refers to that which occurs every day, appears to us as ordinary, or is so much a part of daily expectations that — even though it may be awful — it becomes mundane. This describes how much of the West looks on violence in the Muslim world. An attack in France is seen as more extraordinary than an attack in an airport in Turkey or an aerial bombardment on Yemen. This is also how much of white America sees poverty in Black cities or Black bodies in prisons: it is something to be expected there.
The quotidian therefore conceals, often very thinly, an everyday racism, or 'the normal racism.' The expectation of imprisonment and brutality that Curry discusses is a quotidian feature of what I would call a kind of 'carceral consciousness' in the everyday understanding of Black men, a consciousness that is acculturated from a young age, regardless of run-ins with the law."
- Richard Gilman-Opalsky, from The Communism of Love: An Inquiry into the Poverty of Exchange Value, 2020.
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ijustkindalikebooks · 28 days ago
“I'll read my books and I'll drink coffee and I'll listen to music and I'll bolt the door.”
― J.D. Salinger, A Boy in France.
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gnossienne · 7 months ago
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Airea D. Matthews, “Select passages from The Holy Writ of Us,” from Simulacra
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auraflora · 21 days ago
jane austen was once alive writing things like “if i loved you less, i might be able to talk about it more” that remain so poignant to this day... her brain... is just enormous
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stoweboyd · 3 months ago
We could describe what is going on at the moment as a crisis of democracy, the collapse of trust: the belief that our leaders are not just corrupt or stupid, but inept. Action requires power, to be able to do things, and we need politics, which is the ability to decide what needs to be done. But that marriage between power and politics in the hands of the nation state has ended. Power has been globalized, but politics is as local as before. Politics has had its hands cut off. People no longer believe in the democratic system because it doesn’t keep its promises. We see this, for example, with the migration crisis: it’s a global phenomenon, but we still act parochially. Our democratic institutions were not designed for dealing with situations of interdependence. The current crisis of democracy is a crisis of democratic institutions. […] Today, every society is just a collection of diasporas.
| Zygmunt Bauman, Social media are a trap
People no longer believe in the democratic system because it doesn’t keep its promises.
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bookaddict24-7 · 2 months ago
Knowing you have something good to read before bed is among the most pleasurable of sensations.
Vladimir Nabokov
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alxraaa · a month ago
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malaikaakram · 21 days ago
“Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. Have the courage to follow your own heart and intuition.”
Steve Jobs
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culturaloffering · a month ago
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."
What was the quotation by Buckley?  
“Decent people should ignore politics, if only they could be confident that politics would ignore them”
Good people are obligated to participate in the process lest it be taken over by those who would make a career of it.  Get in.  Help.  Get out.
Thanks to A Large Regular
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biandlesbianliterature · a year ago
I think a lot about queer villains, the problem and pleasure and audacity of them. I know I should have a very specific political response to them. I know, for example, I should be offended by Disney's lineup of vain, effete, ne'er-do-wells (Scar, Jafar), sinister drag queens (Ursula, Cruella de Vil), and constipated, man-hating power dykes (Lady Tremaine, Maleficent). I should be furious at Downton Abbey's scheming gay butler and Girlfriend's controlling lunatic lesbian, and I should be indignant about Rebecca and Strangers on a Train and Laura and The Terror and All About Eve, and every other classic and contemporary foppish, conniving, sissy, cruel, humorless, depraved, evil, insane homosexual on the large and small screen. And yet, while I recognize the problem intellectually--the system of coding, the way villainy and queerness become a kind of shorthand for each other--I cannot help but love these fictional queer villains. I love them for all of their aesthetic lushness and theatrical glee, their fabulousness, their ruthlessness, their power. They're always by far the most interesting characters on the screen. After all, they live in a world that hates them. They've adapted; they've learned to conceal themselves. They've survived.
“Dream House as Queer Villainy” from In The Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado
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aviationgeek71 · a month ago
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“Never waste any amount of time doing anything important when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under.”
– C. JoyBell C.
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eelhound · 8 months ago
"Business owners around the country are offering up a lament: 'no one wants to work.' A McDonalds franchise said they had to close because no one wants to work; North Carolina congressman David Rouzer claimed that a too-generous welfare state has turned us all lazy as he circulated photos of a shuttered fast-food restaurant supposedly closed 'due to NO STAFF.'
Most of these complaints seem to be coming from franchised restaurants. Why? Well, it’s not complicated. Service workers didn’t decide one day to stop working — rather huge numbers of them cannot work anymore. Because they’ve died of coronavirus.
A recent study from the University of California–San Francisco looks at increased morbidity rates due to COVID, stratified by profession, from the height of the pandemic last year. They find that food and agricultural workers morbidity rates increased by the widest margins by far, much more so than medical professionals or other occupations generally considered to be on the 'front lines' of the pandemic. Within the food industry, the morbidity rates of line cooks increased by 60 percent, making it the deadliest profession in America under coronavirus pandemic.
Line cooks are especially at risk because of notoriously bad ventilation systems in restaurant kitchens and preparation areas. Anyone who has ever worked a back-of-the-house job knows that it’s hot, smelly, and crowded back there, all of which indicate poor indoor air quality. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Environmental Protection Agency recommended increasing indoor ventilation to fight the virus, but such upgrades are costly and time consuming. There is no data available on how many restaurants chose not to upgrade their ventilation systems, but given how miserly franchise owners are with everything else, one could guess that many, if not most, made no upgrades at all.
Ventilation issues are deadliest for line cooks and other back-of-house jobs, but there are other reasons why food workers’ morbidity rates shot up. Food workers are much more likely to be poor and/or a racial or national minority, and poor people and black and Latino workers are much more likely to die of complications from the coronavirus.
Restaurants are often intentionally short staffed, making it difficult to take time off, so sick workers likely still came to work (and infected others in the process). Bars and restaurants are COVID-19 hotspots, and service workers and customers alike get sick after prolonged restaurant exposure. The difference is that many of those customers have health insurance and other safeguards to prevent them from dying of the illness; 69 percent of restaurants, on the other hand, offer their employees no health benefits at all.
When coronavirus is spread at restaurants, and restaurant workers make little money and rarely earn health benefits, it’s no wonder morbidity rates are so much higher for food service workers. But rather than collectively grieve the deaths of tens of thousands of the people who serve us and keep us fed, and keep such tragedies in mind when considering the state of the food-service industry labor market today, business owners and their political lackeys call these workers 'lazy.'
There are, of course, also living, breathing people who have decided they do not want to risk their lives for $7.25 per hour and no health benefits. That is a perfectly rational decision for the homo economicus to make. Given how dangerous restaurant work is during a viral pandemic, if restaurant owners really wanted more workers, they would offer living wages, health benefits, and adequate personal protective equipment. But all the wage increases in the world won’t bring back the dead.
There aren’t enough people working in the service industry, and service bosses have somehow turned that into our problem, into something we ought to be ashamed of. We shouldn’t fall for it. Profits accumulate because of labor — without workers to exploit, the owning class can’t get richer. Capitalists cannot exploit the labor of the dead, so when large swathes of the working class die, they turn their ire on the living.
This is a barbaric response to mass tragedy. Workers across the country and the globe are dead or grieving. We shouldn’t risk further tragedies for a paltry minimum wage."
- Sandy Barnard, "Service Workers Aren’t Lazy — They Just Don’t Want to Risk Dying for Minimum Wage." Jacobin, 5 May 2021.
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ijustkindalikebooks · 2 months ago
Thank God for books and music and things I can think about.” ― Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon.
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gnossienne · 7 months ago
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Violet Trefusis to Vita Sackville-West, Violet to Vita: The Letters of Violet Trefusis to Vita Sackville-West (1910-21)
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thinkingimages · 2 months ago
Theater of Cruelty means a theater difficult and cruel for myself first of all. And, on the level of performance, it is not the cruelty we can exercise upon each other by hacking at each other’s bodies, carving up our personal anatomies, or, like Assyrian emperors, sending parcels of human ears, noses, or neatly detached nostrils through the mail, but the much more terrible and necessary cruelty which things can exercise against us. We are not free. And the sky can still fall on our heads. And the theater has been created to teach us that first of all.
Antonin Artaud (1896–1948)
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stoweboyd · 2 months ago
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bookaddict24-7 · a month ago
Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.
Ray Bradbury
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calyptapis · 19 days ago
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Louise Glück, "A Myth of Devotion" from Averno // Pablo Neruda, Sonnet XVII from One Hundred Love Sonnets (Translated by Stephen Tapscott) // Ocean Vuong, "On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous" from Night Sky with Exit Wounds
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