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"Over his wine Dick looked at them again; in their happy faces, the dignity that surrounded and pervaded the party, he perceived all the maturity of an older America. For a while the sobered women who had come to mourn for their dead, for something they could not repair, made the room beautiful. Momentarily, he sat again on his father’s knee, riding with Moseby while the old loyalties and devotions fought on around him. Almost with an effort he turned back to his two women at the table and faced the whole new world in which he believed."

F. Scott Fitzgerald
Tender is the Night

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"It is not in the nature of man - nor in any living entity to start out by giving up, by spitting in one’s own face and damning existence; that requires a process of corruption whose rapidity differ from man to man. Some give up at the first touch of pressure; some sell out; some run down by imperceptible degrees and lose their fire, never knowing when or how they lost it. Then all of these vanish in the vast swamp of their elders who tell them persistently that maturity consists of abandoning one’s mind; security of abandoning one’s values; practicality of losing self-esteem. Yet a few hold on and move on, knowing that that fire is not to be betrayed, learning how to give it shape, purpose and reality. But whatever their future, at the dawn of their lives, men seek a noble vision of man’s nature and of life’s potential."

Ayn Rand
New York, May 1968
Introduction to the 25th anniversary edition of The Fountainhead

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HISTORICITY (was already taken): This post bought to you by: procrastination from my German homework

historicity-was-already-taken:

I’m sure all native speakers of English who have learned/attempted to learn a second language in the classroom (this excludes you lucky people who are native speakers of more than one language) have at some point thought to themselves “What is up with these gendered nouns? And why doesn’t English…

theatlantic:

A ‘Sneak-Peak’ at Team Romney’s Latest Copy Editing Problem

Mitt Romney’s graphics team misspelled (and randomly hyphenated) the words “sneak peek,” typing “sneak-peak” instead, in a minor campaign graphic this weekend to the glee of snarky political watchers who fondly remember last week’s little “Amercia” incident. This is, of course, the height of inconsequential, but a fun data point as we muse on the end of copy editing.

theatlantic:

A ‘Sneak-Peak’ at Team Romney’s Latest Copy Editing Problem

Mitt Romney’s graphics team misspelled (and randomly hyphenated) the words “sneak peek,” typing “sneak-peak” instead, in a minor campaign graphic this weekend to the glee of snarky political watchers who fondly remember last week’s little “Amercia” incident. This is, of course, the height of inconsequential, but a fun data point as we muse on the end of copy editing.

newyorker:

Atul Gawande writes on how success involves the recovery from failure: 

Scientists have given a new name to the deaths that occur in surgery after something goes wrong—whether it is an infection or some bizarre twist of the stomach. They call them a “failure to rescue.” More than anything, this is what distinguished the great from the mediocre. They didn’t fail less. They rescued more.

Click-through to read “Failure and Recovery”: http://nyr.kr/LeJ3GV

newyorker:

Atul Gawande writes on how success involves the recovery from failure: 

Scientists have given a new name to the deaths that occur in surgery after something goes wrong—whether it is an infection or some bizarre twist of the stomach. They call them a “failure to rescue.” More than anything, this is what distinguished the great from the mediocre. They didn’t fail less. They rescued more.

Click-through to read “Failure and Recovery”: http://nyr.kr/LeJ3GV

10 Latin Phrases You Pretend to Understand

nevver:

  • 1. Caveat Emptor
    (KAV-ee-OT emp-TOR): “Let the buyer beware”
  • 2. Persona Non Grata
    (puhr-SOH-nah non GRAH-tah): “An unacceptable person”
  • 3. Habeas Corpus
    (HAY-bee-as KOR-pus): “You have the body”
  • 4. Cogito Ergo Sum
    (CO-gee-toe ER-go SOME): “I think, therefore I am”
  • 5. E Pluribus Unum
    (EE PLUR-uh-buhs OOH-nuhm): “Out of many, one”
  • 6. Quid Pro Quo
    (kwid proh KWOH): “You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours”
  • 7. Ad Hominem
    (ad HAH-mi-nem): “To attack the man”
  • 8. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam
    (ad-MA-yor-em DAY-ee GLOR-ee-um): “All for the Greater Glory of God”
  • 9. Memento Mori
    (meh-MEN-toh MOR-ee): “Remember, you must die”
  • 10. Sui Generis
    (SOO-ee JEN-er-is): “Of its own genus,” or “Unique and unable to classify”

Definitions

i12bent:

Whitman always revised, revised, revised Leaves of Grass
Via The Trent Collection of Whitmaniana, 1841-1947

i12bent:

Whitman always revised, revised, revised Leaves of Grass

Via The Trent Collection of Whitmaniana, 1841-1947

jtotheizzoe:

amyvernon:

If Dr. Seuss created Star Wars. by Jason Peltz via @ThinkGeek

I can’t even.
Get in my childhood, you epic books!

jtotheizzoe:

amyvernon:

If Dr. Seuss created Star Wars. by Jason Peltz via @ThinkGeek

I can’t even.

Get in my childhood, you epic books!

"On the contrary, orthodoxy in the full sense demands a control over one’s own mental processes as complete as that of a contortionist over his body. Oceanic society rests ultimately on the belief that Big Brother is omnipotent and that the Party is infallible. But since in reality Big Brother is not omnipotent and the party is not infallible, there is need for an unwearying, moment-to-moment flexibility in the treatment of facts. The keyword here is blackwhite. Like so many Newspeak words, this word has two mutually contradictory meanings. Applied to an opponent, it means the habit of impudently claiming that black is white, in contradiction of the plain facts. Applied to a Party member, it means a loyal willingness to say that black is white when Party discipline demands this. But it means also the ability to believe that black is white, and more, to know that black is white, and to forget that one has ever believed the contrary. This demands a continuous alteration of the past, made possible by the system of thought which really embraces all the rest, and which is known in Newspeak as doublethink."

1984, George Orwell (via philphys)

(via philphys-deactivated20120616)

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Criminal Wisdom: FAIT DIVERS

criminalwisdom:

“As I began work on this project, and was paying more and more attention to daily life in Lagos, a peculiar thing happened. I found myself drawn to the “small” news. I began to read the metro sections of newspapers, and the crime sections. In Lagos itself, where there is a thriving newspaper…

(Source: criminalwisdom)

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ShortFormBlog: "Ninjas" suddenly in extremely high demand by tech companies

shortformblog:

  • 2,505% increase in job postings looking for a “ninja” in May 2012 vs. May 2006
  • 67% increase in job postings looking for a “jedi” over the same period
  • 810% increase in job postings looking for a “rock star” or “rockstars” source

» Also in demand: “Gurus,” “evangelists”: If…

logoftheproblematique:

From Kafka on the Shore

logoftheproblematique:

From Kafka on the Shore

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