reader definition: knock you up
english2english: When I was a new immigrant to Canada (1969), a female colleague was amused at my suggestion that I would “knock you up in the morning”. UK: knock on your door to wake you up. US/Canada: father your child in the wee hours. (Advantage: UK) (Photo: Getty)
Research/Interest: Toil; avant pulp; Asiatica; off-kilter Englishness;...– just a reminder that English scholars are RIDICULOUS
All that philosophy can do is to destroy idols. And that means not creating a...– Wittgenstein, “Big Typescript Sections 86-93” in Philosophical Occasions, 88. (via eto-ee-eto)
Just had to explain to dena that I COULD NOT read her greek vocabulary in the...– Text from Nick
His steps up the stairs are like summer thunder one or two lakes away. He comes...– “Who” by Marie Howe
Overheard in the English school bathroom
Chinese student: Vincent! Vincent!
From the stall: Yes? What do you want?
Chinese student: What are you doing???
From the stall: Shit!
Chinese student: Oh...Vincent! Vincent!
From the stall: [exasperated] What??
Chinese student: Enjoy time! [runs out of the bathroom]
And we can prevent misunderstandings by saying: “This colour is called...– From part of #29 in Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations There *is* a last house, a last definition— it is the definition that is sufficient for your understanding. There is no endless deferral, no endless interpretation. In the end, we do not understand through interpretation, but through...
What one has loved with youthful infatuation, what one has admired with youthful...– “The Immediate Erotic Stages,” Either/Or
CHAD! Look at this card…it looks like it’s made out of wood! CRAZY!...– First sentence of a card from Dena with a wood grain design on the front, a weirdly profound statement about all of our lives.
You think this happened only once and long ago? Think of a summer night and...– “You Think This Happened Only Once and Long Ago,” from Poems from the Life of Mary by Marie Howe (via nools)
Lord, my heart is not haughty, Nor my eyes lofty. Neither do I concern myself...– Psalm 131
Then Christ will say to us, ‘Come you also! Come you drunkards! Come you...– Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment (via eto-ee-eto)
The Impossible Decision
newyorker: Joshua Rothman on “the impossible decision” of whether or not to go to graduate school, and tough decisions in general: “There are too many unknowns…It’s too unclear what happiness is…These bigger mysteries make the grad-school decision harder.” http://nyr.kr/10x9uqf
Everywhere one seeks to produce meaning, to make the world signify, to render it...– Jean Baudrillard, Simulacra and Simulation (via heteroglossia)
Stick a shovel in the ground almost anywhere and some horrible thing or other...– ― Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin via SLAUGHTERHOUSE 90210
Faith comes and goes. It rises like the tides of an invisible ocean. If it is...– Flannery O’Connor (via thedappledthings)
Reading craigslist missed connections from Eastern Montana with Abram and they are amazing: “Oh how I’ll miss all the ways you would avoid my loving gaze Every time I’d ask how your day was and I know it’s because you were shy… but darling, shhhh don’t cry shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh (I too, was afraid of our love)”
It was a sixteen-inch ling cod that the eagle dropped near our feet at the top...– “Eagles” by Raymond Carver For some reason, I like that exclamation point in the sixth line. Also, ling cod is so good, you guys don’t even know.
hazel-motes replied to your post: The Great Gatsby movie posters are an Art Deco… they are the vegas casino version of “art deco” seriously.
The Great Gatsby movie posters are an Art Deco nightmare.
The less you know, the sounder you sleep.– Russian proverb (via c-oquetry)
I’m teaching a new basic reading and writing class at work, and these are the unit themes in the textbook, no joke: advertising, fraud, sports fanaticism, gender, ecotourism, an entire unit on Kafka’s Metamorphosis, the Amish, “finding a spouse,” climate change, and punishment. Keep in mind this is for 18-25 year old ESL students.
All I want to do is get drunk with my wife An endless glass of wine both...– Hafiz, 14th century Persian mystic/poet/nerd comes to the ultimate nerd realization translation by Matthew Rohrer
“Amo: volo ut sis.” (I love you: I want you to be.) — Martin Heidegger,...– Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism, 1951 (via heteroglossia)
The hook of adrenalin shoves into the blood. Man’s will, long schooled...– “Anger Against Beasts” by Wendell Berry
Alyosha read the note with surprise, read it a second time, thought a moment,...– The Brothers Karamazov, Part I, Chapter 11
See, my servant shall prosper, he shall be raised high and greatly exalted....– Isaiah 52:13-53:12