Stuff I'm reading, looking at, listening to, quotes and other scraps.

07 June 2012

Matt Thomas: “To live in Iowa – and to stay sane requires the cultivation of a vast inner geography.”

yes, exactly, that’s how I survived, isn’t it?


06 June 2012

There is between sleep and us something like a pact, a treaty with no secret clauses, and according to this convention it is agreed that, far from being a dangerous, bewitching force, sleep will become domesticated and serve as an instrument of our power to act. We surrender to sleep, but in the way that the master entrusts himself to the slave who serves him.

– Maurice Blanchot (b. 1907), French literary theorist, author. “Sleep, Night,” appendices, The Space of Literature (1955, trans. 1982).


01 May 2012

“We have to fight making propaganda,” he said to me one night at dinner.

“The media has become such a part of the war machine now that we all have to be conscious of it more than ever before.”

– Tim Hetherington


26 April 2012

“Humans are hardwired for narrative. Narrative is always a lie.”

– China Miéville #facingforward


07 April 2012

What I will say is that, although there is no one future to be predicted or inferred — that the idea of the consensus future is resolutely 20th century and should be put to rest — it’s really nice to see people looking for what’s next again.

Warren Ellis


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