“I think it’s fair to say that most of us spend hours each day shifting content into different containers. Some of us call this writing.”
Never boring ever. Kenneth Goldsmith on his writing process here. 


“I think it’s fair to say that most of us spend hours each day shifting content into different containers. Some of us call this writing.”

Never boring ever. Kenneth Goldsmith on his writing process here


John Moore/Getty Images: Iconic Images from the Iraq War

Photographs of an atrocity may give rise to opposing responses: a call for peace; a cry for revenge; or simply the bemused awareness, continually restocked by photographic information, that terrible things happen.

Susan Sontag, “Looking at War: Photography’s View of Devastation and Death,” New Yorker, December 9, 2002.

The toll of war continues long after the last battle is fought. Mary McHugh, visiting the grave of her slain fiancé, Sgt. James Regan, on the first Memorial Day weekend after his death in 2007, is directly involved in the harsh reality of combat. While the violence and physical danger of the battleground are far away from this frame, Mary is a casualty suffering the direct and utterly unexplainable trauma of losing a loved one. Though this image cannot communicate the reality of such a loss, it reframes the manner in which war is seen and consumed through a carnal yet depressingly familiar barrage of smoldering ruins, bloodied victims, and brave soldiers. There is neither condemnation of nor justification to combat; only an evocation of the incalculable sadness marked with every tombstone.

—Lisa Larson-Walker, Photo Editor, Newsweek & The Daily Beast

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In Focus: Iraq War’s 10th Anniversary: Occupation and Insurgency

A few weeks after the invasion of Iraq, coalition forces began a long occupation, marked by almost immediate chaos. Groups held down by Saddam’s regime rose up, and groups who opposed them struck back. Militias based in Iraq began a long insurgency against the occupation, and terrorist organizations joined the fight, escalating levels of brutality with each attack. Dozens of battles were fought across the country, with mounting tolls on the insurgents, the allied troops, and the civilian population caught in the middle. From 2003 to 2010, progress toward a new government and reconstruction was made in fits and starts, punctuated by frequent bombings, assassinations, and uprisings. Ten years later, we look back in a three-part series. Today’s entry focuses on the period during which the majority of the war took place, after the 2003 invasion and just prior to the 2011 withdrawal. This entry is part 2 of 3, be sure to see part 1 from yesterday, and come back tomorrow for part 3.

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Surrender becomes so much easier when you realize the fleeting nature of all experiences and that the world cannot give you anything of lasting value. You then continue to meet people, to be involved in experiences and activities, but without the wants and fears of the egoic self. That is to say, you no longer demand that a situation, person, place, or event should satisfy you or make you happy. Its passing and imperfect nature is allowed to be. And the miracle is that when you are no longer placing an impossible demand on it, every situation, person, place, or event becomes not only satisfying but also more harmonious, more peaceful.
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Tweet of the day.

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  1. A shape in a drape
    A well-dressed person. “Usually she just wears jeans, but she sure is a shape in a drape in that dress.”
  2. Bright disease
    To know too much. “He has bright disease. Make sure he doesn’t rat us out.”
  3. Claws sharp
    Being well-informed on a number of subjects. “Reading Mental Floss keeps your claws sharp.”
  4. Dixie fried
    Drunk. “It’s Friday and the eagle flies tonight. Let’s go get dixie fried.”
  5. Everything plus
    Better than good-looking. “He wasn’t just built, he was everything plus.”
  6. Focus your audio
    Listen carefully. “Shut your trap and focus your audio. This is important.”
  7. Gin mill cowboy
    A bar regular. (A gin mill is a bar.) “Cliff Clavin was the _flossiest gin mill cowboy of all time.”
  8. Hanging paper
    Paying with forged checks. “I hope that chick who stole my purse last week goes to jail for hanging paper.”
  9. Interviewing your brains
    Thinking. “I can see you’re interviewing your brains, so I’ll leave you alone.”
  10. Jungled up
    Having a place to live, or specific living arrangements. “All I know is that he’s jungled up with that guy he met at the gin mill last month.”
  11. Know your groceries
    To be aware, or to do things well. (Similar to Douglas Adams’ “know where your towel is.”) “You can’t give a TED Talk on something unless you really know your groceries.”
  12. Lead sled
    A car, specifically one that would now be considered a classic model. “His parents gave him their old lead sled for his sixteenth birthday.”
  13. Mason-Dixon line
    Anywhere out of bounds, especially regarding personal space. “Keep your hands above the Mason-Dixon line, thanks.”
  14. Noodle it out
    Think it through. “You don’t have to make a decision right now. Noodle it out and call me back.”
  15. Off the cob
    Corny. “Okay, some of this old Beat slang is kinda off the cob.”
  16. Pearl diver
    A person who washes dishes. “I’m just a pearl diver at a greasy spoon, but it’s a job.”
  17. Quail hunting
    Picking up chicks. “I’m going quail hunting and you’re my wingman.”
  18. Red onion
    A hole in the wall; a really crappy bar. “I thought we were going somewhere nice but he just took me to the red onion on the corner.”
  19. Slated for crashville
    Out of control. “That girl’s been in college for five minutes and is already slated for crashville.”
  20. Threw babies out of the balcony
    A big success; interchangeable with “went down a storm.” “I was afraid the party would suck, but it threw babies out of the balcony.”
  21. Used-to-be
    An ex, a person you used to date. “I ran into my used-to-be in Kroger’s and I looked terrible.”
  22. Varicose alley
    The runway in a strip club. “Stay in school or you’ll be strutting varicose alley, girls.”
  23. Ways like a mowing machine
    An agricultural metaphor for impressive sexual technique, from the song “She’s a Hum Dinger” by Buddy Jones. “She’s long, she’s tall / She’s a handsome queen / She’s got ways like a mowing machine.” (Let us know if any of you ever successfully pull this one off in conversation.)
  24. X-ray eyes
    To understand something, to see through confusion. “That guy is so smart. He’s got x-ray eyes.”
  25. Yard
    A thousand dollars. “Yeah, it’s nice, but rent is half a yard a week. Let’s jungle up somewhere else.”
  26. Zonk on the head
    A bad thing. “It stormed all night and we lost power, but the real zonk on the head was when hail broke the bedroom window.”


People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don’t find myself saying, “Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner.” I don’t try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.
Carl R. Rogers  (via meditationsinwonderland)

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