"Instead of dirt and poison we have rather chosen to fill our hives with honey and wax, thus furnishing mankind with the two noblest of things, which are sweetness and light."

Jonathan Swift (via mycolorbook)

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"“Now” is not only a cognitive illusion but also a mathematical trick, related to how we define space and time quantitatively. One way of seeing this is to recognise that the notion of “present,” as sandwiched between past and future, is simply a useful hoax. After all, if the present is a moment in time without duration, it can’t exist. What does exist is the recent memory of the immediate past and the expectation of the near future. We link past and future through the conceptual notion of a present, of “now.” But all that we have is the accumulated memory of the past—stored in biological or various recording devices—and the expectation of the future."

There Is No Now (via Allan R. Bevere)

[Now is not a point on a timeline. How Euclidean! To be slightly less reductionist, one could say that now is a standing wave of awareness in the flow of time. Of course one could say many other things, and still not get to the root of now.]

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50 Books By African Women That Everyone Should Read (Part 1)

thefemaletyrant:

Just ahead of Africa Writes - quite possibly the UK’s largest celebration of African books and literature, we teamed up with the Bookshy Blogger’s Zahrah Nessbit-Ahmed to compile a list of 50 books by African women writers that we think everyone should read – before they die. It was definitely an interesting exercise to decide on the titles for myself, and Zahrah; some of them came to mind quite instinctively.

The more recent novels by Adichie, and Bulawayo, can’t help but press themselves against the imagination – but there are also older titles which deserve to be read, and read again. There are some omissions because wherever possible we’ve avoided more than one entry from an author, especially where neither of us has read their complete ouvre. While this is predominantly a list of novels, there are some non-fiction, and poetry titles which just had to be on the list because of their contemporary or lasting impact.

Now, it’s not definitive, exhaustive or even representative – but we hope you enjoy reading these titles (because you will read them all, right?) – and feel free to join the conversation about the list on the Africa Writes facebook page, as well as ours!

The only compilation of books that has me excited. I’ve read most of the books on the list and am familiar with most of the authors. I can’t wait to read the ones that are new to me

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"The problem with banishing members of the tribe for this thought crime, though, is that it gets everyone else thinking about it too. And now, thanks to those hyper-vigilant gatekeepers and those hysterical fundraisers and apocalyptic political campaigners, everyone has had a chance to think about this a bit more for the past 10 years. It turns out that 10 years is a long time to think about something you’re expected and required to oppose without at some point along the way noticing the utter lack of any convincing argument against it."

Gatekeepers are losing their grip (via azspot)

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Porsches, Potholes and Patriots - NYTimes.com

oinonio:

"America’s infrastructure is now so wretched that, in some areas, the only people to drive straight are the drunks. Anyone who is sober swerves to avoid potholes."

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salon:

Ronald Reagan pretty much ruined everything for millennials.

He fucked the middle class and they cheered him on. *brays laughter*

LMAO, right? From ‘trickle down economics’ and onward. There are reasons why I knew people do did a soft shuffle when he died.

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Classical music world cup, Day 27: Russia

Composer: Милий Балакирев [Mily Balakirev] (1837 - 1910)

Work: Увертюра на трёх русских народных песен [Overture on the themes of three Russian songs] (1858)

Performer: USSR Academic Symphony Orchestra; counducted by Evgeny Svetlanov

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"Snowpiercer": The Best Post-Apocalyptic Film About Class Warfare You’ll See All Summer

In the future, a corporate attempt to reverse the devastating effects of global warming goes horrifically wrong: The experiment ends up murdering most of the planet. Survivors live aboard the Snowpiercer, a train—equipped with a perpetual-motion engine—where the rich and pampered live at the front and the poor and unwashed at the rear. Bloody class warfare ensues…
Basically, it’s an action movie in which corporate power takes extreme measures to attack the climate, instead of overhauling the way they do business for the sake of the world. They screw over human civilization, and the rest of the film goes the class-division route. “The poor are in the back and the rich are in the front,” [director Bong Joon-ho] told CraveOnline. “So this created an opportunity to talk about the political ideas involved and really examine human nature and why those systems exist. What would we actually discover if they were taken on? We don’t know because it’s so large and affects billions of people. Having a few survivors is a sci-fi element [that] makes it easier to explore these ideas.”

smdxn:

"Snowpiercer": The Best Post-Apocalyptic Film About Class Warfare You’ll See All Summer

In the future, a corporate attempt to reverse the devastating effects of global warming goes horrifically wrong: The experiment ends up murdering most of the planet. Survivors live aboard the Snowpiercer, a train—equipped with a perpetual-motion engine—where the rich and pampered live at the front and the poor and unwashed at the rear. Bloody class warfare ensues…

Basically, it’s an action movie in which corporate power takes extreme measures to attack the climate, instead of overhauling the way they do business for the sake of the world. They screw over human civilization, and the rest of the film goes the class-division route. “The poor are in the back and the rich are in the front,” [director Bong Joon-ho] told CraveOnline. “So this created an opportunity to talk about the political ideas involved and really examine human nature and why those systems exist. What would we actually discover if they were taken on? We don’t know because it’s so large and affects billions of people. Having a few survivors is a sci-fi element [that] makes it easier to explore these ideas.”

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White supremacy stripped bare: What “Do the Right Thing” tells us 25 years later

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In indexing the social palatability of the destruction of black communities, Lee’s film has proved prescient in more ways than one. Three years after the film’s release, Los Angeles erupted in race riots that lasted for six days after a jury acquitted four officers for the brutal beating of Rodney King. Much as Lee’s film had foreshadowed tensions between African-Americans and Korean American shopkeepers in Brooklyn, during the L.A. riots, businesses owned by Korean Americans were one of the many targets of rioters.

The film also acted as a visual prelude to the current gentrification of Brooklyn. Much as Sal, the police and others treated Radio Raheem’s unapologetic hip-hop aesthetic as an unwanted intrusion, a troubling set of behaviors to be disciplined away, or snuffed out, rather, by the force of a billy club, in contemporary Brooklyn, the gentrifiers in Notorious B.I.G.’s former neighborhood refuse to even name a street after the place he made famous. Meanwhile, tales of police brutality – from Amadou Diallo to Sean Bell to Kamani Gray — are so regular, that they are treated mostly as an inconvenient truth of New York life rather than a practice worthy of the committed resources necessary for eradication.

(thanks to protoslacker for calling attention to this essay)

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Nine killed in massive Israeli assault on Gaza

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

At least nine Palestinians have been killed on Tuesday in a massive Israeli air and naval assault against the besieged Gaza Strip, bombing over 50 targets, including homes.

One attack that killed four people and wounded 15 “targeted the house of the Kaware family in southern Gaza,” Ministry of Health spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP, saying children were among those hurt and possibly dead.

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dailyclassicalmusic:

Classical music world cup, Day 26: Portugal

Composer: João Domingos Bomtempo (1775 - 1842)

Work: Rondo. Allegro brillante from Concerto para Piano No.1 em Mi Bemol Maior (1804)

Performer: Nella Maissa, Nürnberg Symphony Orchestra; conducted by Klauspeter Seibel

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lonequixote:

Metamorphosis of Narcissus ~ Salvador Dali

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Metamorphosis of Narcissus ~ Salvador Dali

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snowce:

Francis Bacon, Portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne, 1966

snowce:

Francis Bacon, Portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne, 1966

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magictransistor:

Francis Bacon. Second Version of Painting. 1946.

magictransistor:

Francis Bacon. Second Version of Painting. 1946.

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