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Sad puppies in sepia: sidewalk nap edition. #puppycreepshots #dogstagram #dogspergers

sadpuppiesinsepia:

Sad puppies in sepia: sidewalk nap edition. #puppycreepshots #dogstagram #dogspergers

I put myself through the identical rituals every time, getting on with the same movements, adjusting the earbuds, checking the time — what a tiresome creature I am. I even think this every time. But regularity soothes the soul, and didn’t Gustave Flaubert insist that a writer had to be regular and orderly in his life, like a bourgeois, so that he can be violent and original in his work. Yes, I think, pushing into the first rotation — violent, original. Violent. Original.

The French philosopher Simone Weil said: ‘Absolutely unmixed attention is prayer.’

Sublime

Is romantic love the enemy of a necessary aloneness? Or is it only through learning to be truly alone that we become capable of romantic love? Put differently, is independence a necessary precondition for any relationship or, instead, an end in itself?

The Lonely Ones - how ridiculous, being alone is sublime

I would like to read this (heretofore unwritten) book. 

I would like to read this (heretofore unwritten) book. 

"Now that I feel reasonably safe from attempting suicide again, I wish to join Kay Redfield Jamison and Lewis Wolpert as scientists bearing witness. I now understand that I was brainsick (“diseased of the brain or mind”) when I tried to kill myself. I view my suicide attempt as the end result of mental illness in the same way I view a heart attack as the end result of coronary artery disease. Both are potentially lethal, both have known risk factors, both are major public health problems, both are treatable and preventable, and both generate fear and grief. But the shame associated with them differs greatly."

This is excellent. And Night Falls Fast is one of the most valuable books I have read.

Brainsick: A Physician’s Journey to the Brink 

chamberlain:

Chambaland - “Personal Yeezus” (Kanye West vs. Depeche Mode)

Glorious. 

"What Kierkegaard teaches us is that we cannot deny passion. This can take the form of an impassioned move towards the Eternal, or a perverse turn towards tribal fanaticism. Stripped of its religious content, Kierkegaard’s existentialism terminates with Martin Heidegger or Jean-Paul Sartre, who leave angst-ridden humanity to invent its own identity. Heidegger defended Nazism as the authentic expression of German identity in his time. He "solved" the problem of Non-Being by equating it with boredom, perversion and destruction, an idea he cribbed from Goethe’s Mephistopheles (who in turn cribbed it from Ecclesiastes). Sartre opened a Pandora’s Box of self-invention that inspired the cultural meltdown of the 1960s. It is easy to see why reasonable people would prefer supposed eternal verities of the Greeks to Kierkegaard’s powder-keg of passion. 

The trouble is that the Greeks, like today’s Europeans, died out for lack of interest in their own lives. The Europeans for the most part are phlegmatic, rational, dispassionate and moderate, immune to the blandishments of the tribalism that landed them into two world wars during the past century, and estranged from the religion of their forbears. The Europeans, one might say, are Stoics, adherents of the philosophy that prevailed in the Hellenic world during the three centuries following the Alexandrine conquest. And like the Greeks, they are dying out from their own infertility. By the time the Romans came along, the Greeks couldn’t field a dozen regiments of phalanx-men.”

dispassion kills (oh dear) 

“I don’t want anyone in or out of my family to see any part of me. Could you destroy my body by cremation? I beg of you and my family – don’t have any service for me or remembrance for me.”Evelyn McHale

“I don’t want anyone in or out of my family to see any part of me. Could you destroy my body by cremation? I beg of you and my family – don’t have any service for me or remembrance for me.”

Evelyn McHale

DEATH IN THE GULF STREAM

Charles Baker, in his 1939 classic 
The Gentleman’s Companion included this drink prepared for him by Papa during a Jan 1937 visit to the author in Key West. Hemingway described it as a “picker-upper” Baker writes: “It’s tartness and its bitterness are its chief charm.” In other words – a typical Hemingway cocktail.

2 oz. Lucas Bols Oude Genever

4 dashes Angostura

1 lime

Add crushed ice to a thin tumbler. Lace the ice with 4 dashes of Angostura and add the juice and crushed peel of 1 lime. Nearly fill the tumbler with Genever.

Prescient 

Prescient 

nodus tollens

dictionaryofobscuresorrows:

n. the realization that the plot of your life doesn’t make sense to you anymore—that although you thought you were following the arc of the story, you keep finding yourself immersed in passages you don’t understand, that don’t even seem to belong in the same genre—which requires you to go back and reread the chapters you had originally skimmed to get to the good parts, only to learn that all along you were supposed to choose your own adventure.

tiny little tears in the sarcomeres that make up our awareness

This is delightful

This is delightful

Sad puppies in sepia: bring me out a croissant edition. #puppycreepshots #dogstagram #dogspergers (at Bourke Street Bakery)

Sad puppies in sepia: bring me out a croissant edition. #puppycreepshots #dogstagram #dogspergers (at Bourke Street Bakery)

This works better when we’re in the same room.

This works better when we’re in the same room.

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