I can love only what I can place so high above me that I cannot reach it.
When reading me, I want you to feel
as if I had ripped your skin off;
or gouged out your eyes with my fingers.
From Whom I Write For by Irving Layton
Even if we love someone very much, at times it happens that we forget about it.
"Being disabled in America is like living in a third world country."
You know when you enter a Starbucks store, it’s usually always displayed in some posters there, their message which is: Yes, our cappuccino is more expensive than others, but - and then comes the story - we give one percent of all our income to some Guatemala children to keep them healthy. For the water supply for some Sahara farmers, or to save the forests, to enable organic growing coffee…whatever, whatever. Now, I admire the ingeniosity of this solution. In the old days of pure simple consumerism you bought a product and then you felt bad. My god, I’m just a consumerist while people are starving in Africa. So the idea was you had to do something to counteract your pure distractive consumerism . For example, I don’t know, you contribute to charity and so on. What Starbucks enables you is to be a consumerist and be a consumerist without any bad conscience because the price for the counter measure - for fighting consumerism - is already included into the price of a commodity. Like you pay a little bit more and you are not just a consumerist but you do also your duty towards environment - the poor, starving people in Africa and so on and so on. It’s, I think, the ultimate form of consumerism.
We took Yuja Wang, the ultra-glam pianist (seriously, those stiletto booties), to the Steinway & Sons factory in Queens to play some fierce and fiery Prokofiev on a new instrument.
After a 20-minute flight over the city of New York, Stephen Wiltshire, diagnosed with autism, draws the whole town with only his memory.
That is the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen
jesus, take the wheel. now put it in first - no, put the clutch in and - jesus, what the fuck, you said you could drive stick
The original character descriptions of Friends
Large corporations would not succeed without subsidies. The dependence upon public money is institutional.