"Let no one say that I have said nothing new: the arrangement of the material is new." Blaise Pascal
Cat posed with Mexican serape, ca. 1862-1868. From the Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photography Collection.
The act of writing requires a constant plunging back into the shadow of the past where time hovers ghostlike.
— Ralph Ellison (via deedixon)
Stop whatever you are doing and watch McCoy Tyner & Ravi Coltrane play “Walk spirit talk spirit” at Jazz à Vienne 2012 (by Zycopolis). It will make your day better.
The words ‘fudge’, ‘nonsense’, ‘oh’, ‘pooh’, ‘sentimental’, ‘superficial’, ‘stupid’, ‘very stupid’, ‘trash’ are among the many pencilled annotations dotting the pages of John Stuart Mill’s personal copies of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Essays.
A classic Chick Corea trio album can make any Wednesday morning better.
Via: Prison Culture:
Over 2.2 million people are incarcerated in this country; representing an over 500% increase since 1970. This number excludes those we imprison in hundreds of immigrant detention centers. Our obsession with locking people up isn’t cheap. States spend over $50 billion a year just on their prison systems. The Federal government also spends tens of billions to police, prosecute, and imprison people. Yet research and anecdotal evidence show that incarceration makes people worse and does not improve public safety. Instead of spending money on drug treatment programs, meaningful employment initiatives, health care, affordable housing, and public education, our tax dollars funnel the most vulnerable populations into the prison system so that they may languish with little-to-no access to needed resources. This is not justice. Nor is it humane. We believe that this must change.