Anthony Grafton: The Future of History Books (by hnneditor)
"Let no one say that I have said nothing new: the arrangement of the material is new." Blaise Pascal
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
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.
The Bridge/ Sonny Rollins & Jim Hall (by AKUSEL8), in memory of one of the jazz guitar greats.
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.
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.