Saturday, May 23, 2015

Extraordinary Discourse 226

Deep Chitchat

The mainstream is a sideshow. Boredom on steroids.

Having words for these forms makes the differences between them so much more obvious. With words at your disposal, you can see more clearly. Finding the words is another step in learning to see.
Robin Wall Kimmerer
thanks to Maria Popova

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Extraordinary Discourse 225

Off To The Side

Of all the many subdivisions of comedy, he [Stephen Leacock] excelled at the one we call nonsense, although it often seems to pierce through appearances to a finer sort of sense to any we know in the world of everyday. Consider the quotation from Gertrude the Governess, which is the only piece of Leacock to get into both Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, and the Oxford Dictionary Of Quotations:

"Lord Ronald flung himself from the room, flung himself upon his horse and rode madly off in all directions."
Robertson Davies
The Funny Professor

Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking.
John Maynard Keynes

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Extraordinary Discourse 224

Edge Effects

I like "multi-"...multiplicity, multicultural, multiplication etc. Any contribution to diversification and value augmentation is achievement.
Rossana Condoleo

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Extraordinary Discourse 223

And And And

What sets worlds in motion is the interplay of differences, their attractions and repulsions. Life is plurality, death is uniformity. By suppressing differences and peculiarities, by eliminating different civilizations and cultures, progress weakens life and favors death. The ideal of a single civilization for everyone, implicit in the cult of progress and technique, impoverishes and mutilates us.
Octavio Paz

David Francey, Torn Screen Door

The Bills, Nowhere To Be & All Day To Get There 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Extraordinary Discourse 222

As We Speak

This is the time for every artist in every genre to do what he or she does loudly and consistently. It doesn't matter to me what your position is. You've got to keep asserting the complexity and the originality of life, and the multiplicity of it, and the facets of it. This is about being a complex human being in the world, not about finding a villain. This is no time for anything else than the best that you've got.
Toni Morrison