Bob believes—how does he put it: “Excuse nothing. Explain nothing.” So he wanted...– Denise Scott Brown to Architect Magazine
Lessig Blog, v2: Prosecutor as bully →
lessig: (Some will say this is not the time. I disagree. This is the time when every mixed emotion needs to find voice.) Since his arrest in January, 2011, I have known more about the events that began this spiral than I have wanted to know. Aaron consulted me as a friend and lawyer. He…
The world is not to be divided into sheep and goats. Not all things are black...– Kinsey, of course.
This is why you can be at once and without even sensing any contradiction (1) an...– Bruno Latour, “Matters of fact to matters of concern.” Those rare times you read something and it just speaks to everything that has alarmed you.
Archive List of All Sci-Fi Technology →
One of the joys of being in love is that it clarifies your priorities....– Philip Sington, The Valley of Unknowing (via wwnorton)
And at last we draw back from the intolerable disgust with which these sorrowful...– Hegel “Lectures on the Philosophy of HIstory”
I never lie, I just let people be confused.– Joan Fontcuberta, whose hoaxes I am currently writing about with a hoax of my own.
I asked him what ‘craftsmanship’ was. He replied, “It’s...– John Maeda on his father’s tofu making business.
NO MANIFESTO - Yvonne Rainer
NO to spectacle. No to virtuosity. No to transformations and magic and make-believe. No to the glamour and transcendency of the star image. No to the heroic. No to the anti-heroic. No to trash imagery. No to involvement of performer or spectator, No to style. No to camp. No to seduction of spectator by the wiles of the performer. No to eccentricity. No to moving or being moved.
Since you refer to the separation of theory and practice, one might start by...– Jacques Derrida
The path of rationality will take us far, but not all the way. We come at last...– Denise Scott Brown
PoMo architects misunderstood the social planners and disregarded social...– Denise Scott Brown on post-modernism and miscategorization
You always find details that went wrong, that haunt you. I say I’ve never...– Robert Venturi, interview from Perspecta 28.
Pulitzer-Winner Junot Diaz Gets $500,000 MacArthur... →
Congrats Cornell / MIT nerd baby.
I have this kind of fantasy / nightmare where K. Michael Hays doors me and I crash on my bike, and then while I’m getting his insurance info, I say “I got doored by the preeminent architectural historian and theoretician of our day?!”
Most of the scientists I have known well have felt—just as deeply as the...– C.P. Snow. The Rede Lecture.
TODAY WE EXPERIENCE CHAOS. The waste of human and material resources and the...– Georgy Kepes. “Language of Vision.” Something you read something and it sounds like a call to arms. And its been years.
We have all been taught, in looking at pictures, to look for too much. Something...– S.I. Hayakawa, Illinois Institute of Technology. Introduction to “The Language of Vision.”
Who still believes that art, modern art, has to be defined as a mere luxury or...– S. Gideon. Introduction to “The Language of Vision”
I really wish there was one city in the world that has a person I love, my family, really close friends, and a great job. I mean, I don’t even have to live there yet. I just want to know that its a place that I could go to and consolidate plane tickets. When/if you find that place, you should just yell hallelujah, buy a house, lock all that amazingness down and never move again.
According to dictionary definitions, death is indistinguishable from...– Gilpin, “Aberrations of Gravity.”
My love for her is so great that if all the leaves on trees were tongues they...– Grimms’ Tales, “Faithful Johannes.” The King about the Princess of the Golden Roof.
The frankest and freest and privatest product of the human mind and heart is a...– Mark Twain, autobiography.
I am afraid that the following syllogism may be used by some in the future:...– Alan Turing to his friend Norman Routledge, 1952
Your Move, by Tom Mueller →
While reading about AI, I remembered this really good article about programming computers to play chess and about human creativity, pride, computing, and of course, our relationship to robots.
W. W. Norton: In the mail a letter from a... →
wwnorton: In the mail a letter from a twelve-year-old child, enclosing poems, her mother having asked her to ask my opinion. This child does really look at things, and I can write something helpful, I think. But it is troubling how many people expect applause, recognition, when they have not even begun to…
The first inventor of the arts was need, the most ingenious of all masters and...– Abbe Batteux, on architecture first and foremost as shelter, and yet read alone, maybe about our own need for art.
Kakfa’s situation, like his city’s, is mazy, intricate and overly...– Stanley Corngold from “Preface to an Understanding of Kafka.”
The cyborg would not recognize the Garden of Eden; it is not made of mud and...– The Cyborg Manifesto, Donna Haraway
He’s back from abroad at last, from people so removed you might abandon...– The Odyssey. Making me homesick.
Light without shadow generates an emotion without reserve.– The World of Wrestling; Roland Barthes. [ That moment of friday night lights, or when the band comes on, flooded with light. We all know that moment. ]
W. W. Norton: Feast →
wwnorton: —Let me taste the kitchen in your skin. Now that company’s gone & the kids are tucked in, let the real feasting begin. Let me lay you out on the bed like a spread of bone china.—Yes, I want a piece of you. Yes, I do. Give me your garlic, and the sting of your pepper. The plenty of…
The Hundred Year Starship Public Symposium →
This is real.