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A compendium of things shiny and random, including but not limited to: edibles, readables, listenables, watchables, covetables and ponderables. Please watch your step.

nevver:

Might as well
millionsmillions:

The book club has turned into a form of protest. Inspired by “The Standing Man,” the Turkish demonstrator who stood for six hours in a silent vigil, protesters are silently standing while reading books. The Al Jazeera photo-essay shows Nietzsche, Camus, and Orwell as popular picks.

millionsmillions:

The book club has turned into a form of protest. Inspired by “The Standing Man,” the Turkish demonstrator who stood for six hours in a silent vigil, protesters are silently standing while reading books. The Al Jazeera photo-essay shows Nietzsche, Camus, and Orwell as popular picks.

stfuconservatives:

soychorizo:

“She was the daughter of a single woman, she was a teenage mother herself….It is just unfortunate that she hasn’t learned from her own example.” -Rick Perry. (full quote here)

He really said that today.

stfuconservatives:

soychorizo:

She was the daughter of a single woman, she was a teenage mother herself….It is just unfortunate that she hasn’t learned from her own example. -Rick Perry. (full quote here)

He really said that today.

(via inothernews)

tylerborchers:

A rainbow of lights illuminated San Francisco City Hall last night in celebration of the Supreme Court’s historic decision.

tylerborchers:

A rainbow of lights illuminated San Francisco City Hall last night in celebration of the Supreme Court’s historic decision.

(via tylerborchers)

nevver:

Gradient

“Whatever you now find weird, ugly, uncomfortable and nasty about a new medium will surely become its signature. CD distortion, the jitteriness of digital video, the crap sound of 8-bit - all of these will be cherished and emulated as soon as they can be avoided. It’s the sound of failure: so much modern art is the sound of things going out of control, of a medium pushing to its limits and breaking apart. The distorted guitar sound is the sound of something too loud for the medium supposed to carry it. The blues singer with the cracked voice is the sound of an emotional cry too powerful for the throat that releases it. The excitement of grainy film, of bleached-out black and white, is the excitement of witnessing events too momentous for the medium assigned to record them.”

—    Brian Eno, A Year With Swollen Appendices   (via bbook)

(Source: volumexii, via bbook)

TO THE STACK OF OVERDUE STUDENT LOAN BILLS ON MY DINING TABLE:

realtalkfromyourwriter:

ahabfromthebeginning:

Fuck.

“…writing isn’t only about publishing. It’s about growth. When you write you learn how you feel, and through the process of revision you see how your ideas stand up in the world. Sometimes writing makes us seem like better people than we actually are, even when we write honestly. I don’t necessarily put all my meanest thoughts into the world. I write mostly when I have something to say, and when I’m feeling creative. Which, by definition, is my best self, and so I know I’m presenting someone better than who I am.”

—   The Daily Rumpus
bbook:

Songs are really simple. You hold them in your hand. I can make one right now and finish it. But because they’re so simple, it’s like bird-watching, you know. You gotta know something about birds or you won’t see anything: just you and your binoculars and a stupid look on your face.
Tom Waits

bbook:

Songs are really simple. You hold them in your hand. I can make one right now and finish it. But because they’re so simple, it’s like bird-watching, you know. You gotta know something about birds or you won’t see anything: just you and your binoculars and a stupid look on your face.

Tom Waits

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