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02 06 13 - 12:37Which one of these represents the true voice of the artist?
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It seems that, even in the proliferation of new forms of writing and communication before us, the essay has become a talisman of our times. What is behind our attraction to it? Is it the essay’s therapeutic properties? Because it brings miniature joys to its writer and its reader? Because it is small enough to fit in our pocket, portable like our own experiences?
I believe that the essay owes its longevity today mainly to this fact: the genre and its spirit provide an alternative to the dogmatic thinking that dominates much of social and political life in contemporary America. In fact, I would advocate a conscious and more reflective deployment of the essay’s spirit in all aspects of life as a resistance against the zealous closed-endedness of the rigid mind. I’ll call this deployment “the essayification of everything.” - NYT
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26 04 13 - 19:39“I was smoking pot one day when Jesus appeared to me in a vision,” he recalled. “He told me he was the source of all love, then said, ‘Come follow me.’”
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Do such moments occur in your life?
What would be the best way to make them occur?
How far is this from where you are now?
Can you identify steps to get there?
Conservative life renovation, Agile(tm) methodd.
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'I was her enemy in her life but I will not be her enemy in her death. I am not a coward.'
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Drum roll, please, for this legend in its own mind, a mildly entertaining university town and state capital with fever dreams of greatness, a city whose entire purpose for breathing is to not be like everything else around it. When you're trying to set yourself apart from a place as large and as bold as Texas, you have to work really, really hard. Which could explain why everyone walks around here looking so stressed. Sprawling Austin is one of those unfortunate places that seems really smashing on paper. And then one ruins things by going. You have now been advised.
Read the rest at the HuffingDong Post.
Luckily, there is a solution...
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11 03 13 - 04:57From the bag of the mail:
Let's say you were not married. Would you fuck a cutie, attractive black girl whom you felt attracted to?
There's two questions here. Let me separate them out:
Would you fuck
No, I'd court, which is a gentle form of dating leading to potential marriage.
Dating is a waste of time, and fucking is for animals.
Dating encourages you to attempt pretend-marriage with someone and then at some point decide to use them as a long-term marriage partner, if it works for a number of years. The problem with this is that it breaks the contractual nature of marriage, and as such is always manipulative. With dating, there is no exchange of obligations; there is merely an existing condition that, while convenient, can be perpetuated. Marriage is entered into a a guilt-based obligation, which engenders long-term resentment.
Fucking seems like it would be great. It's fun, right? It's a half-hour of fun that's overemphasized in our society because media and social pressures force us to invent reasons that we're living the good life. We have to come up with the usual suspects: either we're fucking, or we're high, or we're drunk, or we're watching something, or we're eating something great. It's all instagram fodder. In reality, the most masculine among us don't spend much time fucking. They achieve things.
a cutie, attractive black girl whom you felt attracted to
I have known some ladies like this.
I would not court such a person, however, since in the uniformity of my observation the happy unions come from people who are of similar backgrounds. This ensures the greatest ability to understand one another and match one another in abilities, genetic inclinations and even genetics itself.
You could ask this question as well, "Would you court someone from another culture or social class?"
No, to someone from another culture -- having seen this up close, there are too many issues to resolve which can never be resolved. Fundamental assumptions are too radically different.
No, to someone from another social class, whether that would be richer or poorer, for the same reason.