July 10, 2010

So you never wanted a regular-type life?

What the fuck is that? Barbecues and ball games?

Exchange between cop Pacino and thief DeNiro in the movie Heat

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July 10, 2010

A person gets uglier, and more disgusting, just walking down these streets.

Manifesto for the Dead by Dominic Stansberry


Dear God! The Human Comedy in its entirety?!

July 10, 2010

The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Works Of Balzac, by Honore de Balzac


July 10, 2010

Although America’s universities are churning out a steady stream of brain-dead simpletons, our society relies almost exclusively on college credentials as the central determining factor of social status and employment opportunity. “A college degree is a signal to employers that you can do what people tell you to do for four years,” Patrick Barkey, Ball State University’s director of business resources, says.

American colleges turn out hundreds of thousands of total idiots every year, and millions of geniuses are working the night shift at Arco. Truly educated people learn on their own — at school, at home, on the bus. Everyone else is just going through the motions. It’s too bad your next potential employer doesn’t know this.

Revenge of the Latchkey Kids by Ted Rall


July 10, 2010

No wonder Ian Duncan had done so poorly on his relpol test. He had been busy practicing on his jug, obviously; Duncan had no time for the commonplace realities which the rest of humanity had to cope with. It must be terrific to be an artist, Stone thought with bitterness. You’re exempt from all the rules and responsibilities; you can do just as you like.

The Simulacra by Philip K. Dick


July 10, 2010

To own a newspaper is to be an important figure, one who lives off his fellows’ intelligence, sharing in its fruits while assuming none of its labors. Nothing is so tempting to an inferior mind as this possibility of rising on the talent of others.

The Wrong Side of Paris by Honore Balzac


July 10, 2010

These findings are counterintuitive. Think about it. Why would asserting one’s intentions undermine rather than advance a stated goal? Perhaps, Senay hypothesized, it is because questions by their nature speak to possibility and freedom of choice. Meditating on them might enhance feelings of autonomy and intrinsic motivation, creating a mind-set that promotes success.

The Willpower Paradox: Scientific American