December 13, 2013
theparisreview:

“To be satisfied with one’s work was to misunderstand the very nature of creativity.” 
In our ongoing collaboration with 92Y’s Unterberg Poetry Center, James Atlas on interviewing Iris Murdoch.

theparisreview:

“To be satisfied with one’s work was to misunderstand the very nature of creativity.” 

In our ongoing collaboration with 92Y’s Unterberg Poetry Center, James Atlas on interviewing Iris Murdoch.

December 11, 2013
"An interesting example of altruism is found in the cellular slime moulds, such as Dictyostelium mucoroides. These protists live as individual amoebae until starved, at which point they aggregate and form a multicellular fruiting body in which some cells sacrifice themselves to promote the survival of other cells in the fruiting body."

So basically slime mould is more cooperative than congress.

"An interesting example of altruism is found in the cellular slime moulds, such as Dictyostelium mucoroides. These protists live as individual amoebae until starved, at which point they aggregate and form a multicellular fruiting body in which some cells sacrifice themselves to promote the survival of other cells in the fruiting body."

So basically slime mould is more cooperative than congress.

December 9, 2013
Ancient Martian Lake May Have Supported Life
The shadow of NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity, looking toward the base of Mount Sharp, which rises more than three miles above the 96-mile-wide Gale Crater floor.
Let me tell you what I think. I think there’s been a steady stream of these articles over the past year, and they’ll be a steady stream for a few more years, so, one day, when they decide to show us the ruins of the ancient civilization on Mars – all the homes and buildings and cities – we won’t flinch. We won’t skip a beat. We won’t freak out and we’ll still go shopping and shrug and say, “Yeah, I figured as much.”
At least, if I was charge of things, is how I would do it… or at least how I’d start the screenplay of the movie about it.

Ancient Martian Lake May Have Supported Life

The shadow of NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity, looking toward the base of Mount Sharp, which rises more than three miles above the 96-mile-wide Gale Crater floor.

Let me tell you what I think. I think there’s been a steady stream of these articles over the past year, and they’ll be a steady stream for a few more years, so, one day, when they decide to show us the ruins of the ancient civilization on Mars – all the homes and buildings and cities – we won’t flinch. We won’t skip a beat. We won’t freak out and we’ll still go shopping and shrug and say, “Yeah, I figured as much.”

At least, if I was charge of things, is how I would do it… or at least how I’d start the screenplay of the movie about it.

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Filed under: sci-fi space mars 
December 8, 2013
nevver:

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December 7, 2013
explore-blog:

Absolutely fantastic: My First Kafka – if Edward Gorey and Maurice Sendak had illustrated Kafka for kids.

explore-blog:

Absolutely fantastic: My First Kafka – if Edward Gorey and Maurice Sendak had illustrated Kafka for kids.

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December 7, 2013
"When I started getting real work done, I realized how much easier it is to write than not to write."

Fran Lebowitz (via theparisreview)

December 7, 2013
pheezy:

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pheezy:

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December 3, 2013
"I think that one of the huge difficulties in modern life is the way time has become the enemy… for me, philosophically, stress is a perverted relationship to time. So that rather than being a subject of your own time, you have become its target and victim, and time has become routine."

Interview with the Irish poet John O’Donohue.

A lot of people talk about stress and time and modern life, but no one has ever summed it up (to me, at least) as well as John O’Donohue did right there. 

November 30, 2013
theparisreview:

“In any language it is a struggle to make a sentence say exactly what you mean.” —Arthur Koestler

theparisreview:

“In any language it is a struggle to make a sentence say exactly what you mean.” —Arthur Koestler

November 28, 2013
"Today I am thankful for social media platforms that allow me to wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving without the laborious hassle of one-to-one notes or the cringe-worthy awkwardness of an actual phone call. But know one thing: I AM THANKFUL FOR (almost) ALL OF YOU!"

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