Religious ideas are usually said to be an argument against what is called...– The conclusion of Paul Berman’s long, brilliant essay on Václav Havel in The New Republic — full text available only to subscribers, alas. This is the kind of thing TNR does best; I wish it did more along these lines. (via ayjay)
Data is not the plural of anecdote.
The real question, John [of the Cross] suggests, is about what you are really...– Rowan Williams, “The Dark Night” (via ayjay)
A gentleman is simply a patient wolf.– Lana Turner (via rulesformyunbornson)
Jusky's New Books: One of my favorite mean things... →
juskysnewbooks: One of my favorite mean things anyone ever said about anyone is when Faulkner described Henry James as “Truly, the nicest old lady I ever met.” Oh, hello, you want more Faulkner shit? How bout this? The story goes that once upon a time it was Faulkner’s daughter’s birthday and there was a party…
Twitter / @faisalislam: Summers fact: Inflation in... →
Inflation in US is index where 1980= 100. A TV is now 11 (a tenth of its price) healthcare is 500+. Relative price shift 50x
You don’t always stride across the Rubicon. Sometimes you slide unwittingly...
Nor are there any cardboard cutout villains, unless you consider naked ambition,...– Epicurean Dealmaker on Margin Call
Although we read with our minds, the seat of artistic delight is between the...– Vladimir Nabokov (via salveo)
On the other hand, his blonde Wasp chick won’t do it at any price, partly from...– Philip Roth
Twitter / @TrueAdolfHitler: I was seriously just... →
I was seriously just showing everyone which way the closest McDonalds was when everyone just copied me and yelled, “HEIL HITLER!” Strange.
Guardian Readers' Editor criticises paper's... →
Chris Elliott quotes from a reader’s letter suggesting there is a cultural problem with numbers among Guardian journalists, citing two corrections published a week ago – one about new floor space planned by big food retailers, the second about emigration from Greece. Both of these errors produced conclusions implausible enough that you might hope somebody – author, section editor, or...