someone said my uk pictures and the captions for them were boring.
here’s a picture of someone:
Hamish the Highland Cow, Scotland
‘In Your Face Tomorrow, the main subject is the near impossibility of knowing what a face, in a metaphorical sense, can bring us tomorrow. We tend to believe we know what to expect from the people around us, the people we love. Even if we have hints of things we don’t like, we ignore these warnings. One of the things Sir Peter Wheeler says is that people do not want to see any more, they do not want to be alert.’
And every week two women are killed by a current or former partner in England and Wales, and 10 women take their own lives as the only way they know how to escape a violent partner.
For reasons having to do with the peculiarities of our civilization, we pay a great deal of attention to our scholastic educations, which are formal and supervised, and we devote much less public thought to our emotional educations, which are unsupervised and haphazard. This is odd, since our emotional educations are much more important to our long-term happiness and the quality of our lives.
one study has shown that when people use the word “most”, they don’t just mean more than 50%; specifically they mean 80-95%.
for example, when they say “women are mostly scary”, they mean out of 10 women, 8 or 9 of them are scary.
which is why i leave out the word mostly.
I try to understand the ocean beneath the thin layer of ice that is civilization. There’s miles and miles of deep ocean, of darkness and barbarism. And I know the ice can break easily.
there is this theory, believed by many, that doing is more important than not doing.
action speaks louder than words. don’t just stand there, do something. seize the day.
as for me, the things I did not do – did not take credit, did not defend myself, did not spend that money, did not become an asshole, did not lecture, did not expose secrets, did no harm – these are the things i am happiest about.
When the narrator of “The Fling” finally faces up to the fact that he has no love or comfort to give his father, he says of himself, “I was all smooth surface with nothing inside except emptiness.”
Colum McCann on winning the National Book Award:
As fiction writers and people who believe in the word, we have to enter the anonymous corners of human experience to make that little corner right.
(or the day i was defeated by ice cream)
Harrods, Nov 2009
Lady: “You are my happy place. I want to know, what is your happy place?”
Bon Jovi: “I love it when women talk about their happy place.”
[16:49] non-profit worker:: how was ur trip?
[16:49] non-profit worker:: what was the highlight?
[16:50] me: riding the carousel in front of the natural history museum?
[16:50] non-profit worker:: oooo… nice hwat
[16:50] non-profit worker:: so romantic
[16:51] me: it hard’s to romance a mechanical horse
(photo censored since at last count, I have at least 18,000 enemies)