In the digital universe, knowledge is reduced to the status of information. Who will any longer remember that knowledge is to information as art is to kitsch—that information is the most inferior kind of knowledge, because it is the most external? A great Jewish thinker of the early Middle Ages wondered why God, if He wanted us to know the truth about everything, did not simply tell us the truth about everything. His wise answer was that if we were merely told what we need to know, we would not, strictly speaking, know it. Knowledge can be acquired only over time and only by method. — Leon Wieseltier Commencement Speech at Brandeis University 2013 | New Republic
Historic Maps of Houston, 1836-1977 -
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)
(Source: writingquotes, via profkew)
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. — Mill and Emerson: Sense and Nonsense | History Today
The Unknown Art of Miles Davis
(via An Abandoned America Road Trip Is Most Impressive At Night)
A classic Chick Corea trio album can make any Wednesday morning better.
(via John Coltrane’s Handwritten Outline for His Masterpiece A Love Supreme | Open Culture)
Clean Up Your Mess -
A Guide to Visual Design for Everyone
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.
(via These Proto-GIFs of the 19th Century Put Today’s GIFs to Shame - Megan Garber - The Atlantic)