2 months ago

There’s something called the Round Tower in downtown Copenhagen, which was built because the King liked to look at the stars. They made a tower that is like one long spiralling ramp so you can ride your horse from the street all the way to the top of the observatory without dismounting.

I love it as an idea because architecture is not about repeating something that was right or wrong but about coming up with ideas of how we’d really like to live. Of course in the case of the King, he can do whatever he wants. But I think it should be the same for everyone.

Architecture should be about making the world a little bit more like our dreams. If documentary is about describing the world as it is, architecture is about creating the possibility of something new. The beauty of architecture is that it then turns fiction into fact, just like that round tower.

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3 months ago
But, inevitably, the extroverted cataloguing of everyday minutiae—meals, workouts, thoughts about politics, books, and music—reaches its own limits; it ends up emphasizing what can’t be shared. Talking so freely about your life helps you to know the weight of those feelings which are too vague, or too spiritual, to express—left unspoken and unexplored, they throw your own private existence into relief. “Sharing” is, in fact, the opposite of what we do: like one of Woolf’s hostesses, we rehearse a limited openness so that we can feel the solidity of our own private selves. Cite Arrow Joshua Rothman, Virginia Woolf’s idea of privacy, http://m.newyorker.com/online/blogs/joshuarothman/2014/07/virginia-woolf-idea-of-privacy.html
3 months ago
Inspired by the two fundamental principles of all great provocateurs, (1) that the best place to hide something is in pain sight and (2) that it is both amusing and profitable to épater la bourgeoisie, he appeared in public looking, said his friend the actress Elizabeth Robins, “as though he could bleed absinthe and clotted truffles,” royally ensconced in the center of a circle of youthful male admirers at the Cafe Royal. Cite Arrow Joan Schenkar, Totally Wilde
6 months ago
In his writing, abstruseness, bristling abstraction, and a disorienting use of terms make his essays often difficult to penetrate. This was part of the key to his success: to his American admirers, with their cultural inferiority complex, it seemed that if things were difficult to grasp, something profound was being said. Cite Arrow Robert Alter, Paul De Man Was A Total Fraud
7 months ago
Each generation seems to have its own version of tyranny and needs to know how to resist it. We thought just because we had children didn’t mean that we were exempt from the responsibility of our generation to address these things. There was real temptation to let other people, say, religious people, take care of those things. It was a temptation to say, ‘Let them carry the banner for the rest of us. We’ll applaud them and bail them out of jail when they are arrested, but we’ll not engage in the same activities.’ We thought about that a lot. We thought it would be a cop-out. Cite Arrow Bonnie Raines, one of the eight people who burglarized an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, in 1971, and released the documents — effectively setting the stage for the Church Commission
8 months ago
I looked back at my cousin, who began to ask me things in her low, thrilling voice. It was the kind of voice that the ear follows up and down, as if each speech is an arrangement of notes that will never be played again. Her face was sad and lovely with bright things in it, bright eyes and a bright passionate mouth, but there was an excitement in her voice that men who had cared for her found it difficult to forget: a singing compulsion, a whispered “Listen,” a promise that she had done gay, exciting things just a while since and that there were gay, exciting things hovering in the next hour. Cite Arrow F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
9 months ago

You might say that shadows love masterpieces. They are fixed around them, like a kind of jewelry.

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Auguste Rodin

The sight of the human form feeds me and comforts me. I have infinite admiration for the nude — it is a cult.

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Auguste Rodin

Art shows people their raison d’etre. It reveals the meaning of life to them, and it enlightens them on their destiny and so guides them through existence.

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Auguste Rodin

It is painful to note that we find similar faults in the two opposing schools of thought: the bourgeois and the socialist. ‘Let us moralize! Let us moralize!’ they both cry with the passion of missionaries. Of course, one preaches bourgeois morality and the other socialist morality. From now on art is nothing but a matter of propaganda. Does art have any use? Yes. Why? Because it is art. Is there such a thing as pernicious art? Yes. It is art that disturbs people’s living conditions.

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Charles Baudelaire

Life expressed poetically and real life, that is to say Art and Morality, are two completely different worlds, and it is appalling sophistry to judge the one in the light of the other. The benchmark for real life is goodness in the view of some, usefulness (or truth) for others, whereas the benchmark for art is beauty. […] In practice they [the beautiful and the good] are distinct and cannot be brought together without descending into absurdity. The moment Morality takes it upon itself to dictate terms to Art, I see no reason why Geometry, for example, should not also poke its nose in at an obtuse angle.

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Jean Richepin

The gods envy us. They envy us because we’re mortal, because any moment may be our last. Everything is more beautiful because we’re doomed. You will never be lovelier than you are now. We will never be here again. Cite Arrow Homer, Iliad. (via jaded-mandarin)

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The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire Cite Arrow Ferdinand Foch (via seabois)
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Last night I dreamed about you. What happened in detail I can hardly remember, all I know is that we kept merging into one another. I was you, you were me. Finally you somehow caught fire. Cite Arrow Franz Kafka (via seabois)
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It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Cite Arrow Aristotle, Metaphysics (via observando)
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