"The story goes that these locusts were once men, before the birth of the Muses, and when the Muses were born and song appeared, some of the men were so overcome with delight ] that they sang and sang, forgetting food and drink, until at last unconsciously they died. From them the locust tribe afterwards arose, and they have this gift from the Muses, that from the time of their birth they need no sustenance, but sing continually, without food or drink, until they die, when they go to the Muses and report who honors each of them on earth." -Plato, in Phaedrus
If there’s already 54 Million images on Instagram tagged #Selfie, that would make the percentage shown on this blog .000038% of #Selfies. If I wanted to be generous and assumed that all of the images tagged #funeral were also #selfies, that would still bring the overall percentage of selfies at funerals to a whopping .38%.
“Monopathy, or over-specialisation, eventually retreats into defending what one has learnt rather than making new connections. The initial spurt of learning gives out, and the expert is left, like an animal, merely defending his territory.”—Robert Twigger, Master of Many Trades
“The Internet is where we live. It’s not a place we go to anymore; it’s a layer over everything. I live in and for screens.”— Sarah Nicole Prickett, on founding Adult, "a new magazine “of contemporary erotics and experience”
“Successful entrepreneurs achieve hero status in our culture. We idolize the Mark Zuckerbergs and the Elon Musks. And we celebrate the blazingly fast growth of the Inc. 500 companies. But many of those entrepreneurs, harbor secret demons: Before they made it big, they struggled through moments of near-debilitating anxiety and despair—times when it seemed everything might crumble.”—
People I work with always presume that I will strike it out on my own and start my own thing. I often feel that they don’t realize the stakes that come with that.
“I don’t think white people know how much effort in my day is put into making them feel comfortable. In general, people don’t know how much of my time is dedicated to making them feel comfortable.Maybe it has to do with being older, but I just didn’t want to do it anymore. I don’t want to make people comfortable all the time. Plus, we just feel like we’re going to die soon.”—Donald Glover, Fear and Trembling
“Sandberg’s definition of feminism begins and ends with the notion that it’s all about gender equality within the existing social system. From this perspective, the structures of imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchy need not be challenged. And she makes it seem that privileged white men will eagerly choose to extend the benefits of corporate capitalism to white women who have the courage to ‘lean in.’ It almost seems as if Sandberg sees women’s lack of perseverance as more the problem than systemic inequality. Sandberg effectively uses her race and class power and privilege to promote a narrow definition of feminism that obscures and undermines visionary feminist concerns.”— bell hooks, Dig Deep Beyond Lean In
“A dozen years ago, when I was approaching forty, my eight-year-old niece Hanna asked me, “Aunt Andrea, are you married?” I said, “No, are you married?!” She seemed alarmed and asked, “Why would I be married?!” and I said to her, “Well, why would I be married?”— Andrea Carla Michaels, Mother to No One
From an interview with designer/artist/soul searcher Elle Luna:
So I was using Uber all the time in San Francisco, even though I hated the design. And then I went to the Crunchies awards ceremony and at a post-ceremony event, where I was in a ball gown, I saw the CEO of Uber, Travis…
And then there was the kid who tried to do this at CP+B and got canned. This is a SF dreamer scenario.