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"Let no one say that I have said nothing new: the arrangement of the material is new." Blaise Pascal

January 4, 2014 at 12:28pm
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Anthony Grafton: The Future of History Books (by hnneditor)

December 24, 2013 at 9:25pm
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(via T. S. Eliot’s “The Cultivation of Christmas Trees”: A Rare Vintage Gem, Illustrated by Enrico Arno | Brain Pickings)

(via T. S. Eliot’s “The Cultivation of Christmas Trees”: A Rare Vintage Gem, Illustrated by Enrico Arno | Brain Pickings)

December 18, 2013 at 8:21am
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These days, when people are alone, or feel a moment of boredom, they tend to reach for a device. In a movie theater, at a stop sign, at the checkout line at a supermarket and, yes, at a memorial service, reaching for a device becomes so natural that we start to forget that there is a reason, a good reason, to sit still with our thoughts: It does honor to what we are thinking about. It does honor to ourselves.

— Sherry Turkle in The Documented Life - NYTimes.com

December 12, 2013 at 10:32am
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(via IBM 224 Dictating Unit, 1960s (dmbb10909) : Duke University Libraries : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive) h/t @andrewjbtw

December 11, 2013 at 3:00pm
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The instrument keeps me humble,” he once told Guitar Player magazine. “Sometimes I pick it up and it seems to say, ‘No, you can’t play today.’ I keep at it anyway, though.

— Jim Hall, Jazz Guitarist, Dies at 83 - NYTimes.com

9:39am
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The Bridge/ Sonny Rollins & Jim Hall (by AKUSEL8), in memory of one of the jazz guitar greats.

December 10, 2013 at 5:48am
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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

December 3, 2013 at 3:55pm
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Currently playing.

Currently playing.

3:20pm
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Historic Maps of Houston, 1836-1977 →

From Houstorian.org

November 16, 2013 at 11:27am
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Cat posed with Mexican serape, ca. 1862-1868. From the Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photography Collection.

Cat posed with Mexican serape, ca. 1862-1868. From the Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photography Collection.

11:26am
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reblogged from writingquotes

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)

November 14, 2013 at 12:36pm
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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.

November 11, 2013 at 9:27am
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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

November 10, 2013 at 7:52pm
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The Unknown Art of Miles Davis →

November 8, 2013 at 8:10am
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(via An Abandoned America Road Trip Is Most Impressive At Night)

(via An Abandoned America Road Trip Is Most Impressive At Night)