Laura Taylor, California Highway Parties, 10.23.13
And I get that Fox opposes a Syria peace plan because its modus operandi is to foment dissent in the form of a relentless and irrational contrarianism to Barack Obama and all things Democratic to advance its ultimate objective of creating a deliberately misinformed body politic whose fear, anger, mistrust and discontent is the manna upon which it sustains its parasitic succubus-like existence. — John Stewart, The Daily Show
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Photographer: Dimitrios Kontizas / Athletes: Hubert Schober, Kedley Oliveti / Location: Zakynthos, Greece
Using a computer would have cheated me out of the feeling of accomplishment that I obtained, because l’ve found that often in life the journey itself can be more gratifying than arriving at the final destination. Mountains are not climbed nor marathons run merely to reach a geographical location — there are much easier ways to accomplish these feats — but as personal and spiritual challenges to the participants. When confronted with a puzzle or problem, we sometimes can lose sight of the fact that we have issued a challenge to ourselves–not to our tools. And before we automatically reach for our computers, we sometimes need to remember that we already possess the most essential and powerful problem-solving tool within our own minds. — CIA analyst David Stein - CIA Releases Analyst’s Fascinating Tale of Cracking the Kryptos Sculpture | Threat Level | Wired.com
One thing that kills me about the Internet is that if you look hard enough, you can find someone to love you. And you will find a website dedicated to you that will tell you that you are the greatest thing on the planet. — An interview with WWE superstar and corporate officer Triple H - Grantland
Lauren Peralta, 2011
You might say, “I hate Lou Reed,” but you couldn’t say, “I hate Lou Reed and I hate all his music.” If you did, it only meant you had terrible taste in everything. This is why Reed’s life was such a profound, unparalleled success: He proved that the only thing that truly mattered about an artist was the art. —
Remembering Lou Reed by Chuck Klosterman - Grantland
Lovely statement by Klosterman, BUUUUUUUUUT no.
Lou Reed perhaps proved that being a significant artist could overcome being a jerk, but let’s not get silly.
Being an artist does not forgive Crime. Really, being an artist doesn’t forgive being an asshole. Lou Reed was notoriously prickly In The Media. That is only a crime To The Media. What kind of person you are Matters, in the same way that Steve Jobs, whatever his legacy may ultimately be, did a disservice to that legacy by being such an unbelievable asshole to those around him.
More importantly, he had to live through that live as an asshole. Maybe this is the nerd So Sure the jock’s future is riddled with pain, but I can’t help but think that treating people poorly So Often takes a toll, tarnishes whatever successes one has. Or maybe being a true asshole means they never really notice.
But the idea that Art is all that matters? That the artistic ends justify the emotional means? I’ll always call bullshit on such a thought. It’s the kind of idea Assholes & Jerks are really into. They write that one into the margins of their dog-eared copy of Atlas Shrugged and smile to themselves.