"But I don't want comfort... I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin."

The findings of an art history student with a love of art, feminism, equality, opera, music in general, religion, mythology, sociology, medieval manuscripts, books, the body, and human love of all sorts.

The Conflict by Elisabeth Badinter – review ›

Badinter’s concern is not to discourage the minority of parents for whom such natural parenting methods prove easy, satisfying and convenient, nor to persuade women against having children at all. Her focus is the woman in the middle, who finds herself subject to the “conflict” of the title: trying to live up to the standards of a culture of “overzealous motherhood” that can require obsessive levels of immersion and self-sacrifice, while simultaneously preserving her own “personal pursuits” – her career, her sex life, her identity as an independent adult woman.”

I think I’ll read this when I decide to have children. The current culture around child-rearing is overwhelming; I identify with this conflicted “middle” woman.

I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares.

LRB · Mary Beard · The Public Voice of Women ›

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You’re going to come across people in your life who will say all the right words at all the right times. But in the end, it’s always their actions you should judge them by. It’s actions, not words, that matter.

Nicholas Sparks, The Rescue  (via elige)

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#quote  #actions  #words  


SHARY BOYLEThe Cave Painter, 2013
Multi-media sculptural installation on view for the Venice Biennale, Canadian Pavilion

I remember seeing this and being really impressed with our contribution to the Biennale.

Music video by The Civil Wars performing The One That Got Away.

I’ve been in a sappy, romantic mood over the past few days. Without my person to be sappy and romantic with, I’ve been trying to fill the emptiness with movies of first love and young love. Both “Tuck Everlasting” and “The Spectacular Now” left me even more empty. I just want a well-acted romance movie about young lovers that ends happily, or at least hopefully. Does anyone have any suggestions?

I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.

Roald Dahl (via moaka)

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Wedding Ensemble


The Cincinnati Art Museum

The “Terminator” franchise proposes a future in which humans are fighting against Sky Lab, an Artificial Intelligence. At least that’s what the humans think they are fighting. An alternative way to think about this future, is that there is no Artificial Intelligence. Instead, the elites have separated themselves from the proletariat and have begun a genocidal war against them using killer drones. Which future is more likely? A menacing singularity or a group of resistance fighters being hunted down by drones from an unknown enemy? I imagine that it must feel a lot like the latter in Afghanistan. Polls show that 92% of Afghans have never heard of 9/11. They are presently fighting a war with no history, and no future.

Talking at the Movies: Drones

"Polls show that 92% of Afghans have never heard of 9/11. They are presently fighting a war with no history, and no future."

Wow. Just wow.

Really great blog, glad I followed over to have a root around.

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The Kim Sisters

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[The Kim Sisters] were a South Korean trio who had a successful career in America during the 50’s and 60’s. To support their family during the Korean War, they performed songs for American GIs who then spread word of them after returning home. They were signed to a contract and went to the US, eventually performing 22 times on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Can I just add how much I love that they were successful Asian-Americans in the mid-20th century? Also I’m glad vintage style inspiration isn’t spared for Asian women!

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Avoid the friendship of those who constantly inquire and discuss the flaws of others.

Arabic Proverb (via dopatonin)

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Is anyone else sick of the jerk genius?

You know the one. He’s unprofessional, lazy, selfish and rude, and even makes frequent sexist and racist remarks against the people around him, but that’s OK, because he’s a genius. He’s the best doctor/detective/scientist around, so everyone will put up with his jerkitude. Respect for others is the foolish pastime of the less intelligent.

We’re clearly meant to admire these (exclusively male) characters, or at least be amused by their social ineptitude. Their dismissive attitude to others, and especially their sexist jokes to others, are aspirations. They’re geniuses, observant and intelligent. They are just telling it like it is!

Which is one of the reasons I really love Sherlock Holmes in new CBS drama, Elementary. Yes, he’s a genius, and yes, he’s kind of a jerk at times. But he isn’t allowed to get away with it. His rudeness, his laziness… these are clearly character flaws, and his (female!) partner isn’t afraid to call him on his nonsense. And in return, he says things he shouldn’t, but he also respects her, he listens to her, and he even apologizes for things that he does. He isn’t a genius running rampant in the city, above the concerns of all the other silly humans. He’s an intelligent, observant, but flawed human, and he has to follow the same laws of decency as the rest of us.

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