"Persistence is worth at least as much as talent. The writing life is not a series of gentle encouragements. It's more like a series of brutal kicks in the teeth. Those who grow a thick enough skin to persevere, survive. Those who do not, do not." -- Gardner Dozois (b. 1947-07-23, d. 2018-05-27)
"No one took it seriously. They say I'm trying to teach science like it's poetry, well, science is poetry, and anyone who doesn't see that is dead inside!" -- Cato Weeksbooth, in Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer (2016, Tor Books)
"Oh, thank God I'm not younger than your beard!" -- realinterrobang, 2018-05-14 (phone conversation)
"amber-screen library computer in 1998: type in two words and hit F3. search results appear instantly.
"now: type in two words, wait for an AJAX popup. get a throbber for five seconds. oops you pressed a key, your results are erased
"one of the things that makes me steaming mad is how the entire field of web apps ignores 100% of learned lessons from desktop apps"
-- Gravis McElroy (@gravislizard), 2017-11-06 (start of a very long Twitter thread with examples of loss of usefulness and missed opportunities, not just speed)
"So that's the really important thing about conservatism, is that it is a defense of hierarchy, but we've had defenses of hierarchy going back to Plato and Aristotle. There's nothing new about that. It's the way they defend hierarchy, in this extravagant language that very often mimics, in a really unsettling way, the very revolution that it's opposing.
"And particularly, you mentioned, all of those things about Trump that liberals go crazy about, his absolute indifference to fact and to truth, his complete willingness to contradict himself without a hint of shame or embarrassment, and I include myself, we sit there and it's mind boggling. And you try to wrap your mind ... And you think he's signed his ... Every night on your network they're saying, 'He's signing his death warrant,' and it doesn't affect him.
"And there's a reason for that. It's not about Trump and it's not about our moment, it's that the whole apparatus of conservatism has always been oriented around that hostility to reason, that hostility to factual fidelity, because that was the whole apparatus of counter-revolutionary thought. That we are gonna turn the world the way it is now, we're gonna turn it back up. You turned it upside down, we're gonna turn it right back up. And so there's always been a real hostility to the world as it is, no, we the right are going to imagine a different world and create it."
-- Corey Robin, interviewed by Chris Hayes on Why Is This Happening?, 2018-05-15 (39-minute audio, and transcript)
"I support minorities being able to opt out of paying taxes for the police. Cops do more harm than good in many communities. Why should they have to pay for the privilege of seeing their kids get locked up over a joint or some loosies or nothing at all?" -- Nobdy, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments [thanks to realinterrobang for quoting this earlier]
"Great events make me quiet and calm; it is only trifles that irritate my nerves." -- Queen Victoria (b. 1819-05-24, d. 1901-01-22) 1848-04-04 (letter to King Leopold of Belgium)
[Today is both Western (non-Orthodox) Pentecost/Whitsunday and Pentecost/Shavuot from which the Christian holiday borrowed its name. To my Christian friends celebrating the one today, and to my Jewish friends celebrating the other, I wish you a joyous, meaningful, and spititually inspiring holiday! I didn't come up with a Shavuot quote for today, alas, just one for my own faith's holiday today.]
"It is well known that Pentecost reverses Babel. The people who built the tower of Babel sought to make a name, and a unity, for themselves. At Pentecost, God builds his temple, uniting people in Christ. Unity -- interpretive agreement and mutual understanding -- is, it would appear, something that only God can accomplish. And accomplish it he does, but not in the way we might have expected. Although onlookers thought that the believers who received the Spirit at Pentecost were babbling (Acts 2:13), in fact they were speaking intelligibly in several languages (Acts 2:8-11). Note well: they were all saying the same thing (testifying about Jesus) in different languages. It takes a thousand tongues to say and sing our great Redeemer's praise.
"Protestant evangelicalism evidences a Pentecostal plurality: the various Protestant streams testify to Jesus in their own vocabularies, and it takes many languages (i.e. interpretive traditions) to minister the meaning of God's Word and the fullness of Christ. As the body is made up of many members, so many interpretations may be needed to do justice to the body of the biblical text. Why else are there four Gospels, but that the one story of Jesus was too rich to be told from one perspective only? Could it be that the various Protestant traditions function similarly as witnesses who testify to the same Jesus from different situations and perspectives?" -- Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Biblical Authority After Babel: Retrieving the Solas in the Spirit of Mere Protestant Christianity</i> [via Goodreads]
[It occurs to me that this line of thinking doesn't have to stop at the boundaries of Protestantism...]
"Congress needs to do its own job, instead of mine. I am declaring that I (and other clergy persons) will handle all thoughts and prayers from here on out, and am demanding that congress start working on policies to require licensing of all guns, ammunition limits, background checks for all, eradication of loopholes for gun show purchases, and so on." Rabbi Alana Suskin, 2018-02-14 (public Facebook post -- so, alas, everyone without a FB account and some people with one will have trouble seeing it because Facebook kinda sucks -- but I've quoted the entire entry, so you're just missing the comments)
From "The Libertarian Who Accidentally Helped Make the Case for Regulation" by Rachel Cohen, Washington Monthly, April/May/June 2018:
"I was pretty surprised that we just kept coming up with nothing," Tabarrok told me. "I'm a free-market type of person, so it wouldn't have at all surprised me to find that government regulation is causing decline in dynamism. Ideologically, it fits my priors of the way I would see the world, so, yes, I was expecting to find something."
"Growing up, I witnessed an influential religious right leader flirting with some of my teenage friends and receiving neck and shoulder massages from one of them. I've been expecting a scandal to break with him for years, but in the meantime, this man has put significant time into campaigning for anti-trans bathroom bills while deeming trans people 'predators.'" -- Kathryn Brightbill, "Roy Moore's alleged pursuit of a young girl is the symptom of a larger problem in evangelical circles"</i>, 2017-11-10
"Knock, And He'll open the door
Vanish, And He'll make you shine like the sun
Fall, And He'll raise you to the heavens
Become nothing, And He'll turn you into everything."
-- Rumi )b. 1207-09-30, d. 1273-12-17)
[Ramadan Mubarak, to those who've just started, or are just about to start, their fast! (Looks like UAE and Saudi Arabia are starting Ramadan tomorrow.)]
"Laughter is nothing else but sudden glory arising from some sudden conception of some eminency in ourselves, by comparison with the infirmity of others, or with our own formerly." -- Thomas Hobbes (b. 1588-04-05, d. 1679-12-04)
"I hoped the Trump era would be seen as an aberration and made less ugly by those who might have influence over the president. That hasn't happened. Rather than Republicans and people of faith checking his most unappealing sides, the president is dragging down virtually everyone within his orbit.
"In the latest example of this, a rising number of Republicans are attempting to delegitimize the special counsel's investigation into whether there were links between Mr. Trump's presidential campaign and Mr. Putin's Russia because they quake at what he may find. Prominent evangelical leaders, rather than challenging the president to become a man of integrity, have become courtiers."
-- Peter Wehner, "Why I Can No Longer Call Myself an Evangelical Republican" 2017-12-09
"I don't know what it is about food your mother makes for you, especially when it's something that anyone can make - pancakes, meat loaf, tuna salad - but it carries a certain taste of memory." -- Mitch Albom [via Goodreads]
[Happy Mother's Day!]
"Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons." -- Robertson Davies
"Ol' man Simon, planted a diamond. Grew hisself a garden the likes of none. Sprouts all growin' comin' up glowin' Fruit of jewels all shinin' in the sun. Colors of the rainbow. See the sun and the rain grow sapphires and rubies on ivory vines, Grapes of jade, just ripenin' in the shade, just ready for the squeezin' into green jade wine. Pure gold corn there, Blowin' in the warm air. Ol' crow nibblin' on the amnythyst seeds. In between the diamonds, Ol' man Simon crawls about pullin' out platinum weeds. Pink pearl berries, all you can carry, put 'em in a bushel and haul 'em into town. Up in the tree there's opal nuts and gold pears- Hurry quick, grab a stick and shake some down. Take a silver tater, emerald tomater, fresh plump coral melons. Hangin' in reach. Ol' man Simon, diggin' in his diamonds, stops and rests and dreams about one... real... peach." -- Shel Silverstein (b. 1930-09-25, d. 1999-05-10), Where the Sidewalk Ends (1974)
"Aliveness, he will teach, is a gift available to all by God's grace. It flows not from taking, but giving, not from fear but from faith, not from conflict but from reconciliation, not from domination but from service. It isn't found in the upper trappings of religion -- rules and rituals, controversies and scruples, temples and traditions. No, it springs up from our innermost being like a fountain of living water. It intoxicates us like the best wine ever and so turns life from disappointment into a banquet." -- Brian D. McLaren [via Goodreads]
"I don't want to lie about who I am, even if it doesn't matter. It's who I am. It's part of me." -- John Corey Whaley, Highly Illogical Behavior
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