"Precisely the least, the softest, lightest, a lizard's rustling, a breath, a flash, a moment - a little makes the way of the best happiness." -- Friedrich Nietzsche
[Happy birthday to zenlizard !]
"Most of the music I've become interested in is hybrid in its origins... Classical music, of course, is unbelievably hybrid. Jazz is an obvious amalgam.. Bluegrass comes from eighteenth-century Scottish and Irish folk music that made contact with the blues.
"By exploring music, you're exploring everything."
"Friends are God's way of apologizing for your family." -- Wayne W. Dyer, The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-create Your World Your Way [via Goodreads]
"The capacity for friendship is God's way of apologizing for our families." -- Jay McInerney, The Last of the Savages [via Goodreads]
"Once again I ask the question of my African-American cis brothers and sisters? When will #BlackTransLivesMatter? When will your trans brothers and sisters see ministers and politicians decry the loss of these lives as loudly as you do for cisgender Black people?" -- Monica Roberts, 2015-07-21
[see yesterday's quotation re: invisibility"]
"I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. Like the bodiless heads you see sometimes in circus sideshows, it is as though I have been surrounded by mirrors of hard, distorting glass. When they approach me they see only my surroundings, themselves or figments of their imagination, indeed, everything and anything except me." -- Ralph Ellison (b. 1914-03-01, d. 1994-04-16), Invisible Man (1952, Random House)</smal>
"Here's the thing about rights: if you don't support them for everyone, including people you deem immoral, you don't support the right. You're just extending a privilege to some folks." -- Daniel B. Holzman-Tweed, 2015-08-20
From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2015-08-06:
"The one-way honor system is when individual workers profess having an intense work ethic that also involves loyalty or identifying with the employers. Many people that I interviewed said that they give "150 percent, or 100 percent, or 125 percent," so the individual is pledging themselves as a statement of personal character. They're saying, "I'm a good person, see how much I identify with work and can be relied on."
"On the other hand, for the last 30 years or so, employers have been pulling away from making any similar pledge. And there's no blame for employers -- even people who had been laid off said it's not the company's job to worry about workers, they have to be lean and mean in a tough economy. Americans appear to have entirely capitulated to the model of the high-performance company that doesn't owe anything to workers aside from, as one woman that I interviewed said, "a paycheck and some respect.""
-- Allison Pugh, sociology professor and author of "The Tumbleweed Society: Working and Caring in an Age of Insecurity."
(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)
[Happy birthday to my bandmate, Becky!]
A comment thread by readers of Skin Horse, 2015-08-07:
|Dave:||Surviving catastrophes is the Skin Horse team's specialty. And if there isn't a catastrophe, then they'll cause one and survive the sh*t out of it!|
|Oakandsage:||But how are they on surviving apostrophes?|
|BrokenEye, the True False Prophet:||Unknown. The great greengrocer's apostrophe epidemic of '63 was a little before their time. The revelation that the outbreak originated from a sample in government deep freeze is what eventually lead to the dissolution of the Office of Grammatical Affair's and the formation of the Federal Grammar Police as we know it today, along with embezzlement scandal involving billion's of dollar's worth of 'misplaced' government modifier's.|
|Trivena:||I see a few of them escaped, and are now surviving in the wild.|
|Kirala:||Feral apostrophes are a real problem. Please, spay and neuter your apostrophes. And slaughter all apostrophe's. For humanitarian purposes.|
|Seph:||No need to slaughter them: if you replace unwanted apostrophes' helium with nitrogen they will float gently to the ground, where they can be carted off and reused as commas.|
|kag:||You have to be careful introducing excess commas into the grammatical ecosystem, you can easily get an outbreak of comma splices.|
"If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow, we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must also leave them a glimpse of the world as it was created, not just as it looked when we got through with it." -- Lyndon Johnson (b. 1908-08-27, d. 1973-01-22; US President 1963-1969)
"Greyhound leans, they're kind of helpful. Highly recommended" -- Robot Hugs, 2015-06-23
"The waste generated by the closet is primarily personal: the waste of a life lived inauthentically. Gay persons know this just as well as others who've pretended to be someone they really aren't. It's remarkable how universal the closet is, and how familiar the experience. I know people whose fathers wanted them in the family business so badly that they gave up on their dreams to become teachers, and others whose parents wanted them to become doctors when all they wanted was to write or paint. The years pass, you get tired of fighting the familial and social pressures ("the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice"), and before you know it you've convinced yourself that you're right where you belong, or worse, right where you deserve to be." -- Dana Beyer, 2013-08-19
"Although the Internet could be making all of us smarter, it makes many of us stupider, because it's not just a magnet for the curious. It's a sinkhole for the gullible." -- Frank Bruni, 2015-07-04
"The demonstrators climbed their way up Churton Street, like the remnants of a whipped army of dreams in retreat from reality. 'Please, how much further is it to the Town Hall?' one red-faced woman, struggling under the burden of her absurdly large flag, asked me - seemingly oblivious to the red string on my right wrist. 'Only about three blocks' I assured her with a sympathetic smile and, then, to her receding back: 'and 150 years....'" -- DocDawg, 2015-08-11 (thanks to fidhle for pointing out this article to me)
From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-07-02:
"I think the deepest sacrifice of those that we ask to go to war is not the possibility that they may die or their colleagues may die, but the sacrifice of their normal unwillingness to kill - and in particular that when they come back we don't want to know what it is that they've had to do."</a> -- Stanley Hauerwas, professor of theology and ethics at Duke University.
(submitted to the mailing list by Mike Krawchuk)
Lupin: "Puck, what can you tell us about girls?"
Puck: [pointing to chart] "Lupin, People believe little girls are made of sugar and spice and chicken fried rice." [looks at Lupin] "That can't be right --"
Lupin: "It's a delicious combination, Puck."
-- from Breaking Cat News by Georgia Dunn, 2015-06-22
"Don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth." -- Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi (b. 1207, d. 1273-12-17)
"I have always said and felt that true enjoyment can not be described." -- Jean Jacques Rousseau
"Bicycling has done more to emancipate women than any one thing in the world. It gives her a feeling of self-reliance and independence the moment she takes her seat; and away she goes, the picture of untrammelled womanhood." -- Susan B. Anthony (b. 1820-02-15, d. 1906-03-13)
"Home is people. Not a place. If you go back there after the people are gone, then all you can see is what is not there any more." -- Robin Hobb, Fool's Fate [via Goodreads]
"Every time you say 'Trump is too extreme a bumble fuck to get elected' the people of Toronto take another drink" -- @LittleMxSurly, 2015-07-18 [ thanks to realinterrobang, who got it from anton-p-nym]
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