Archive for April, 2009

April 28, 2009

“And anyway, who has clothes nice enough to be caught dead in?

Not me.”

~Tony Hoagland, “Suicide Song”

Deep Thought

April 28, 2009

When one calls an act “inhuman,” one really means to say it is quintessentially human.

April 24, 2009

“Proverbially Washington was a poor place for education, and of course young diplomats avoided or disliked it, but, as a rule, diplomats disliked every place except Paris, and the world contained only one Paris. They abused London more violently than Washington; they praised no post under the sun; and they were merely describing three-fourths of their stations when they complained that there were no theatres, no restaurants, no monde, no demi-monde, no drives, no splendor, and, as Mme. de Struve used to say, no grandezza.”

~Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams

Lovely Word Watch

April 21, 2009

quoique; tertulias; ascribe

April 21, 2009

“…cette difficulté à exister, qu’on appelle la banalité…”

~Roland Barthes, La chambre claire

Lovely Word Watch II

April 19, 2009

phaeton; lambent; palomar

Hot or Not?

April 19, 2009

pope

Lovely Word Watch

April 19, 2009

lucubrações; epizeuxis; trellises

April 18, 2009

One of the real perks of an under-developed brain is a constant propensity to misidentify strangers as celebrities going incognito.

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Gives you the satisfaction of having participated in a noble conspiracy, along with the smug pleasure of privately making the spot.

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I saw Ayaan Hirsi Ali at a ski-resort sushi restaurant in Idaho this January, and thought to myself: I’m rooting for her.

April 18, 2009

If people are who I think they are, they are much too beautiful and good to one another.