The true novelist is one who understands the work as a continuous poem, is a myth-maker, and the wonder of the art resides in the endless different ways of telling a story.
A Guide to Happiness: Seneca on Anger
Human thought, flying on the trapezes of the star-filled universe, with mathematics stretched beneath, was like an acrobat working with a net but suddenly noticing that in reality there is no net.
—Vladimir Nabokov, Glory
I guess I didn’t have anything better to do this evening so here is my fantasy Apple keyboard — one with fancy dial controls. It also appears that I am the only designer in the history of the conventional full-sized keyboard to split the directional keys and number keypad to leave the essential part in the middle (seems like an obvious choice to me but engineers will be engineers.)
Feel free to pass it along to Jony Ive :P
Apple really needs to make a keyboard with a built-in shuttle wheel — I can’t tell you how many times a day I accidentally interrupt video playback or bump a Photoshop slider with a lazy gesture on my mighty mouse. I’m sure developers would love a new input control to exploit.
But let there be no misunderstanding: it is not that a real man, the object of knowledge, philosophical reflection or technological intervention, has been substituted for the soul, the illusion of theologians. The man described for us, whom we are invited to free, is already in himself the effect of a subjection more profound than himself. A ‘soul’ inhabits him and brings him to existence, which is itself a factor in the mastery that power exercises over the body. The soul is the effect and instrument of a political anatomy; the soul is the prison of the body.
—Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish
256. Quicksand by Nella Larsen
257. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
258. Bodhicharyavatara by Shantideva
259. Noli Me Tangere by José Rizal
260. Brother Jacob by George Eliot
261. The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist
262. Jefferson and the Ordeal of Liberty by Dumas Malone
263. Polk by Walter R Borneman
264. Madness and Civilization by Michel Foucault
265. Glory by Vladimir Nabokov
266. The Pearl of Orr’s Island by Harriet Beecher Stowe
267. King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hochschild
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920/dir. Robert Wiene)
Cowardice rightly understood begins with selfishness and ends with shame.
—José Rizal, Noli Me Tangere