“Fifty years after one of the most extraordinary episodes of social upheaval in American history, we seem to have forgotten what activism is.” —malcolm gladwell
“With his needle nose, pursed lips and prim reading glasses, he’s a proud wearer of the “I’m an intellectual, but I’m also a narrow-minded prick” look made famous by George Will” —matt taibbi, on mitch mcconnell
“Like most nerds, Anil seems completely oblivious to the fact that mathematical laws have poor record of mapping to human behavior.” —the angry drunk
“Apple’s stock-market value surpassed that of Microsoft this year, making it the most valuable technology company in the countr y—and the second-most-valuable company of any kind, behind Exxon Mobil.” —farhad manjoo, slate
“… Bob Woodward now makes a very fine living as chief gossip-monger of the governing class. Early on in his career, along with Carl Bernstein, his partner at the time, Woodward confronted power. Today, by relentlessly exalting Washington trivia, he flatters power. His reporting does not inform. It titillates.” —no one is, by now, surprised.
“As far as he’s concerned, either you’re for him or you’re against him. Either you have information that he can use or you don’t. Apart from that, he’s not interested.” —nailed!
“Karl Marx suggested that, in the capitalist age, we began to treat one another as commodities. “The Social Network” suggests that we now treat one another as packets of information.” —the new yorker review
“Infrastructure spending, for example, has dropped from 20 percent of the state budget to 3 percent.” —california is falling apart
Q: Has some sort of law been passed that requires Josh Brolin to be in every motion picture?
A: Yes. The law is a direct result from the repeal of the “Jude Law act of 2004.”” —vanity fair
“The hunting of animals and the processing of their corpses drove the creation of tools, and the need to record and relate information about animals was so important that it gave rise to the creation of language and art.” —3quarksdaily
“The internet is the largest group of people who care about reading and writing ever assembled in history,” posited the SXSW publishers’ panel in 2009. But what kind of reading, what kind of writing?” —n+1: nplusonemag
“The other lie, which you will hear from your male friends, is that a woman can get laid whenever she wants. This is meant to be comforting, I think.” —the smart set
“Your sense of unity, only perceptible to you, is a sheen on the surface, not a deeper layer of reality.” —more
“The evidence supports another view: Our brains create an illusion of unity and control where there really isn’t any.” —david weisman in seed
“The overbranding of femininity is an apology for the loss of masculine prerogative, a way of reassuring ourselves by reassuring them … ‘Don’t be afraid of us.’” —not bloody likely
“You have to reconstruct a picture of the world in order to be conducive to the interests and concerns of the educated classes, and this involves a lot of self-deceit.” —noam the great
“More numerous are the philistines — myself among them — who gravitate toward the more tuneful and simpler Dylan offerings like “Mr. Tambourine Man,” “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” and “Like a Rolling Stone.” —more amazing crap.
“If Bob Dylan hadn’t been so enamored of the self-styled heirs of Walt Whitman and William Blake, we folk-rock fans might not have been saddled with such gibberish-filled songs as “Gates of Eden,” and “It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding).” —amazing crap , but it’s from the national review so what did i expect