“Beth’s grandma died a few years ago, I found out, a quick and unexpected death of pancreatic cancer. “Even when she got the diagnosis,” said Beth, “she didn’t cry. We were all bawling—I had to be picked up off the floor—and she didn’t cry at all.” But this piece of information made sense to me: as teenagers, I remember Beth’s grandma telling us not to cry—or at least to try not to cry—because crying made you look ugly, and how could you feel any better about anything when you looked ugly?”—[via Nothing But Bonfires]
“In L.A., the Sun, it follows you everywhere like this perpetual backdrop. You’re happy, it’s sunny. You’re sad, it’s sunny. You screw up a meeting, sunny…Here in New York there’s unpredictable options. It can be 54, optimistic and rainy. It can be 92 with high humidity and a touch of what the hell am I doing with my life. It’s all that contrast that lets you get to know a thing.”—zefrank on feeling uninspired
“The really scary thing about New York is not the fear that everyone is hiding their true self,” she said. “The really frightening thing is that they’re not—that that’s it. That they’ve become whatever person they’ve built up.”—Publicist Sloane Crosley on “empty mask syndrome” in this week’s Observer.
“but if i did have an alarm clock i would want to wake up to that one beach boys song ‘wouldn’t it be nice’ (stereo mix) because i figure that song is so inconceivably happy that i could never again have a s****y day. the song is much too agitating-ly happy.”— Stephen Christian
“We gave these people every benefit of the doubt. Our naturally contentious political arrangement in this country was silenced for well over a year after 9/11. We got hosed. We were manipulated. That trust that we put in these people, they did not deserve.”—Keith Olbermann on why he feels compelled to speak out on the air
“The mass amount of medication and entertainment that the Western culture has cultivated to avoid pain and hurt it reminds me a lot of ‘soma’ in the book. Other relatable topics like a consumer society, a lust for technology, the incompatibility of happiness and truth, and the dangers of an all powerful state, are all located within the walls of this book. Not to mention the fact that Huxley is a master of the English language and I’m naming my first born anything after him.”—Stephen Christian on Brave New World [via Spin]
Ashley Ligas:What do you have to research about gay teens?
Ashley Ligas:Write that they are full of awesomeness!
Zachary Hughes:if a gay straight alliance in high school leads to a more positive identity development
Zachary Hughes:and awesomeness
Ashley Ligas:"After 23 years of intense and detailed research I have come to one definitive conclusion: gay teens possess more pure awesomeness than straight teens and puppies combined. This leads to a future full of fabulosity!"
Zachary Hughes:i think you just wrote my conclusion for me
“The Google will have all the same information currently found on regular Google, but with the added features of not stealing your credit-card numbers or giving your computer all kinds of viruses,” said Rick Tillich, The Google project director. “All you have to do to turn the website on is put the little blinking line thing in the cyberspace window at the top of the screen, type ‘thegoogle.com,’ and press ‘return’—although it will also recognize http.wwwthegoogle.com, google.aol, and ‘THEGOOGLE’ typed into a Word document.”—[via The Onion]
“Be present. Instead of having your mind elsewhere, bring yourself back to now, in this moment, focused on where you are and what you’re doing and who you’re with. We cannot change things that have already happened, and obsessing over them does nothing to help us now. We cannot predict the future, so worrying about it does nothing to help you either. Instead, focus on now … if something is worrying you, take action … but even better, just be in the moment, and live as if now is all there is. Because it is.”—[via Zen Habits]
“Seven blunders of the world that lead to violence: wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice, politics without principle.”—Mahatma Gandhi