"If we make money the object of man-training, we shall develop money-makers but not necessarily men; if we make technical skill the object of education, we may possess artisans but not, in nature, men. Men we shall have only as we make manhood the object of the work of the schools… lest the child and man mistake the means of living for the object of life."

— Dr. WEB DuBois (The Talented Truth, 1903)

The building in which all of my classes take place this semester is made up of rooms labeled not with a number, but with the name of a famous person. The room where I take Travel Writing is the T.S. Eliot Room. How appropriate.

The building in which all of my classes take place this semester is made up of rooms labeled not with a number, but with the name of a famous person. The room where I take Travel Writing is the T.S. Eliot Room. How appropriate.

(Source: invisible)

The Super Thin

What a crazy couple of days this has been. Particularly events that took place last night. A few friends and I wanted to see Into It. Over It. play the TLA but we dragged our feet getting tickets and the show sold out. Since @Katelynn_Kelly and I had already cleared our plans for the evening, we decided to go out for Indian food on South Street. Over dinner we continued a conversation that the two of us have revisited several times throughout the past couple of weeks. Katelynn had been unhappy with the boring monotony that had overtaken her life recently and wanted to break the school-work-sleep-repeat pattern she had fallen into. We talked about the Steve Jobs biography she is currently reading and how his beloved phrase “stay hungry, stay foolish” has been getting a lot of attention lately. Craving spontaneity and taking that philosophy to heart, Katelynn said “What if I got that tattooed on me right now?” to which I replied, “WHAT IF, you got that tattooed on you right now?”

Thirty minutes later we were down the street in No Ka Oi Tiki Tattoo and the picture you see above is what Katelynn walked out with. It was a great night and I think a wonderful exercise in knowing that you have the power to change something about your life that is making you unhappy at a moment’s notice. Go out and do something for yourself tomorrow. Stay hungry. Stay foolish.

"The noise of their laughter roared like the sea in his ears. He wanted it louder and louder; he wanted them to drown out the war with their laughter. If they could shout loud enough, they might bring the world back to its senses; they might laugh loud enough to raise the dead."

— Sebastian Faulks (Birdsong)

"Our ability to tell a story - and to tell our story - is essential to us as human beings. That is central to our construction of our identity and therefore part of what it means to be human. Communication is a part of what is natural to being human."

— Sut Jhally

"The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn’t understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had."

— Eric Schmidt

"A couple of guys in a coffee shop set out to write a gag; a couple guys with a camera set out to film a gag; a couple of guys in an editing room set out to make sense of the trash that’s been dumped on their desks. That’s moviemaking in its entirety - anything else is just ‘the suits.’ Through it all the clock is ticking: so many days and they take away the camera, so many days and the studio needs to release the print."

David Mamet (Bambi vs. Godzilla, pg 108) (via davidseger) (via fuckyeahdirectors)

"All that we see or seem, is but a dream within a dream."

— Edgar Allan Poe