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Jazz Icon Sonny Rollins on Giving Up Playing and His Legacy
love him a long time <3

"You know, I listen to the radio a lot and there’s a guy that comes on and says, 'Have a good day today and enjoy.' I hate the word 'enjoy.' Because to me life is not about enjoyment or, in other words, getting for yourself. That’s not why we’re here. The reason of life, to me, is all about giving. Giving is what gives me happiness. Making somebody else happy is the greatest thing you can do."
sonny_rollins  musician  interview  vulture.com  2017  2010s  elderly  jazz  saxophone  health  giving  quote  philosophy  career  brooklyn  archive  1950s  david_marchese  thelonius_monk 
december 2017 by cluebucket
Waging peace is much more than ending war | Aeon Essays
"Peace lacks this analysable ‘thing-ness’: it seems like a non-event, a null set. Characterisations of peace and peaceful societies — from the Eden of the Bible to the ‘radiant future’ of Lenin — look dull and flat, or else gauzy and kitsch. As a child, I would leaf through the Children’s Illustrated Bible in the dentist’s waiting room. Religious peace looks like the beatific expressions of light-skinned people gazing heavenwards in the Eden of those illustrations. Perhaps a lamb sits there, too, legs folded, under a tree. Peace is bland and blonde, fundamentally lacking the dark ring of truth."
aeon.co  essay  peace  war  margaret_paxson  violence  crime  activism  action  anthropology  memory  religion  karl_marx  thought  writing  philosophy  france  refugee  immigration  humanity  2012  2010s 
may 2017 by cluebucket
GRID: Times of Crisis - John Berger and Noam Chomsky (4/22/14) - YouTube
Gender Research Institute at Dartmouth

JB: "ignore. ignore the jailers' talk. of course there are bad jailers who are less bad, and in certain conditions it's useful to note the difference. but what they say -- including the less evil ones -- is bullshit. their hymns, their shibboleths, their incanted words like 'security' 'democracy' 'identity' 'civilization' 'flexibility' 'productivity' 'human rights' 'integration' 'terrorism' 'freedom' -- they are repeated and repeated in order to confuse, divide, distract, and sedate all fellow prisoners. from this side of the walls, words spoken by the jailers are meaningless, and are no longer useful... they cut through nothing. so. reject them. even when thinking silently to yourself."
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JB: "for the mass prison population, the aim is not to activate them, but to keep them in a state of passive uncertainty, and to remind them, remind them remorselessly, that there is nothing in life but risk, and that the earth is an unsafe place. this is done with carefully selected information, with misinformation, commentaries, rumors, fictions. and insofar as this operation succeeds, it proposes and maintains a hallucinating paradox, for it tricks a prison population into believing that the priority, for each one of them, is to make arrangements for their own personal protection, and to acquire somehow (even though incarcerated) their own particular exemption from the common fate. and this image of mankind has transmitted through a view of the world is truly without precedent. mankind is presented as a card: only winners are brave; and in addition, there are no gifts -- there are only prizes.
"but prisoners have always found ways of communicating with one another. and in today's global prison, cyberspace can be used against the interests of those who first installed it. think about it. like this, prisoners inform themselves about what the world does each day; and they follow suppressed stories from the past; and so stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the dead.
"and in doing so, they rediscover little gifts, examples of courage: a single rose in a kitchen where there's not enough to eat; indelible pains; the indefatigability of mothers; laughter; mutual aid; silence; ever-widening resistance; willing sacrifice; more laughter."
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JB: "the fact that the world's tyrants are ex-territorial explains the extent of their overseeing power, but it also indicates a coming weakness. they operate in cyberspace , and they lodge in guarded condominiums, but they have no knowledge of the surrounding earth.
"furthermore, they dismiss such knowledge as superficial, not profound, because for them only extracted resources count. they can't listen to the earth. on the ground, they are blind, and in the local, they are lost.
"for fellow prisoners, the opposite is true, because cells have walls that touch each other across the world. effective acts of sustained resistance will be embedded in the local, near and far. out back resistance. listening to the earth. liberty is slowly being found not outside, but in the depths of the prison."

NC: "...the tory government is trying to turn first-class universities into third-class commercial institutions. it's happening to a lesser extent here, as well. the mentality of the administrative -- state legislators, and trustees -- increasingly is one of improving the bottom line... so, for example, if you can save money by employing ... people who are easily exploitable, who are part of the 'precariat' ... you save money. of course there's a cost, but the cost is to individuals. the cost is to the students, and the faculty. but in the moral calculus of contemporary economics and socioeconomics, that doesn't matter."
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"costs to persons just don't count -- they're not calculated. and the cost to persons is enormous. every person is subjected to this. it's the same throughout society. ... that's a certain kind of, if you like, moral calculus, built into some of the professions like economics, and a large part of the business world. people just don't count. what counts is the cost to institutions... and one of the victims will, of course, be the humanities: our cultural wealth, the reasons for living, the reasons for having a rich, creative life, a life that contributes to yourself and to society and future generations. sure, why should that exist, if it costs -- if you can't sell it on the market tomorrow?

"this, incidentally, is happening in the sciences too. very striking, what's happening... in the united states, the proportion of the national income, national wealth, devoted to research and development has declined by 25% in the last decade. that's mainly under the attack of the republican right wing, which doesn't believe in science, and the willingness of democrats to go along. it's part of the neoliberal assault...

"that's also the basis for the future economy. so, they're perfectly willing to cut out, destroy the future economy, if you can make more money tomorrow. that's the same thing as not caring about destroying the environment, if in fact we can make a little more money tomorrow, by fracking, let's say. well, that's -- it's a way of looking at the world, it's destructive, it'll lead us to destruction. and what you describe about what's happening to the humanities and the arts is just one part of it -- one part of the whole large system which is part of sociopathic society."
2014  2010s  noam_chomsky  john_berger  lecture  discussion  video  youtube  college  crisis  capitalism  society  prison  labor  death  resist  writer  audio  philosophy  thought  dartmouth  safety  fear  nature  power  humanity  environment  q&a  activism  economics  greed  climate_change  quote  education  university  republican  america  canada  england  neoliberal  exploitation 
april 2017 by cluebucket
A Big Little Idea Called Legibility
"The big mistake in this pattern of [the authoritarian high-modernist recipe for] failure is projecting your subjective lack of comprehension onto the object you are looking at, as 'irrationality.' We make this mistake because we are tempted by a desire for legibility."
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"the all-seeing statist eye in the sky"
...
"The reason the formula is generally dangerous... is that it does not operate by a thoughtful consideration of local/global tradeoffs, but through the imposition of a singular view as 'best for all' in a pseudo-scientific sense."
venkatesh_rao  ribbonfarm.com  2010  2010s  james_c_scott  blog  organization  failure  reality  society  philosophy  order  utopia  power  nature  control  government  nomad  gypsy  mainstream  map  structure  germany  metaphor  simple  eye  psychology  anxiety  steven_johnson  brain  pattern  name  philippines  vision  reform  city  urban_planning  book  review  caste  architecture 
march 2017 by cluebucket
sick part of a sick thing, here is something i think people don’t understand,...
"real nazis have this unfortunate, terrifying habit of continuing to be nazis."
...
"no, we weren’t born bloodthirsty, just salivating at the chance to kick a nazi in the balls. we got driven here reluctantly, by history, to a place where violence in our defense can make us weep with gratitude. you drove us here."
priorwaltering  tumblr  nazi  jewish  violence  defense  2017  2010s  fight  threat  hate  writing  philosophy  peace  tolerance  debate  fear 
january 2017 by cluebucket
After the Fact - The New Yorker
"An American Presidential debate has a lot more in common with trial by combat than with trial by jury, which is what people are talking about when they say these debates seem 'childish': the outcome is the evidence. The ordeal endures."

"When we Google-know, Lynch argues, we no longer take responsibility for our own beliefs, and we lack the capacity to see how bits of facts fit into a larger whole. Essentially, we forfeit our reason and, in a republic, our citizenship."
newyorker  philosophy  thought  fact  truth  trial  history  historian  barbara_shapiro  michael_p_lynch  jill_lepore  politician  2016  2010s  america  president  lie  culture  1215  1210s  magna_carta  13th_century  20th_century  debate  data  internet  google  author  paradox  truthiness  2005  stephen_colbert  2000s  enlightenment  politics  essay  belief 
march 2016 by cluebucket
Sasha and Zamani - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Sasha are spirits known by someone still alive, while Zamani are spirits not known by anyone currently alive. Sasha are concerned with, and are expressed as, the present time, the recent past, and the near future; while Zamani is the limitless past."

"Sasha time can extend into the future for about six months or, at the most, one year. Zamani time overlaps sasha time to some extent in the present, but it also goes back very far into the past time."
time  spirit  ghost  past  memory  sasha  sasa  zamani  wiki  wikipedia  society  belief  life  africa  swahili  john_mbiti  james_loewen  death  ancestry  ontology  philosophy  dimension  future  thought  idea  perception 
february 2016 by cluebucket
The New, Ugly Surge in Violence and Threats Against Abortion Providers | MetaFilter #6300938
long good comment (partial excerpt here)

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I hold that the "life starts at conception" model of life, that presents life as a set of instructions rather than a specific, embodied, material entity, is in fact of itself anti-woman, anti-worker, and anti-human. I say this because it neglects the role of work in the making of a human, specifically the grueling, health-wrecking, dangerous work done by women's bodies in realizing a baby through following the fertilized zygote's instructions for babymaking. Because the (fundamentally Platonist) "life from conception" model presents instructions as perfect and complete in and of themselves — as already alive — the only contributions the mother makes are understood as negative. By doing the wrong thing, or eating the wrong thing, or aborting the process of baby-making, a woman might screw up her baby, but all of her positive work done in turning a set of instructions into a real baby is ignored. This is because the baby is already real, in this model, even when it's just a set of instructions and not much else. No woman required, at least not once she's provided the half-set of instructions found in her egg.
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metafilter  abortion  law  belief  technology  you_can't_tip_a_buick  white_supremacy  slacktivist  christianity  protestant  life  pregnancy  human  fundamentalist  misogyny  hate  labor  conception  philosophy  work  comment  feminism  neglect  rights  women  violence  2015  2010s 
november 2015 by cluebucket
Captain Beefheart Issues His "Ten Commandments of Guitar Playing" | Open Culture
1. Listen to the birds.
2. Your guitar is not really a guitar.
3. Practice in front of a bush.
4. Walk with the devil.
5. If you’re guilty of thinking, you’re out.
6. Never point your guitar at anyone.
7. Always carry a church key.
8. Don’t wipe the sweat off your instrument.
9. Keep your guitar in a dark place.
10. You gotta have a hood for your engine.

I am not a guitar player but man I can appreciate that stink.
philosophy  don_van_vliet  hubert_sumlin  howlin_wolf  one_string_sam  guitar  list  lettersofnote  captain_beefheart  1960s  1970s  rule  tip  musician  advice  how_to  commandment  instrument  performance  openculture.com  2013  2010s  devil  bird  stink  music  1974  old_grey_whistle_test  magic_band  moris_tepper  from twitter_favs
november 2015 by cluebucket
The Coquette - There is an ancient custom amongst Zen monks and...
"You know those bumper stickers where it says, 'Shit happens and then you die'? They should have 'em where 'Shit happens and then you live', because that's really the truth of it."
ANS Zen
anna_nicole_smith  quote  screengrab  tv  shit  zen  poem  jisei  death  life  writing  thecoquette.net  blog  tumblr  tragedy  philosophy  bumper_sticker  2000s 
january 2015 by cluebucket
Human Nature: Justice versus Power - Noam Chomsky debates with Michel Foucault
via "Michel Foucault on the police and democracy. "

FOUCAULT:
No, I don't have the least belief that one could consider our society democratic. [Laughs.]
If one understands by democracy the effective exercise of power by a population which is neither divided nor hierarchically ordered in classes, it is quite clear that we are very far from democracy. It is only too clear that we are living under a regime of a dictatorship of class, of a power of class which imposes itself by violence, even when the instruments of this violence are institutional and constitutional; and to that degree, there isn't any question of democracy for us.
antonio_martin  michel_foucault  sean_mcelwee  noam_chomsky  chomsky.info  debate  interview  1971  1970s  democracy  justice  power  human  life  philosophy  philosopher  from twitter_favs
december 2014 by cluebucket
Rick Perry says Wendy Davis should be pro-life because her mother didn’t abort her. We disagree. - Slate Magazine
"To me, the pro-lifer position is 'I love my mother, and I’m so grateful she had me.' The pro-choice position is 'I love my mother, and I’m so grateful she had the right to choose what was best for her and her family.' Both positions are honorable in their way. But only one of them imagines my mother as more than my mother—as a person autonomous of me, and certainly autonomous of the blastocyst that turned into me.

"Before I started writing this piece, I called my mother to ask for her permission. As we were getting off the phone, she said, 'I’m just glad you’re here.' I’m glad I’m here, too. But she was here first."
jessica_winter  2010s  2013  pro-choice  abortion  argument  philosophy  fetus  what-if  double_x  rick_perry  texas  bill  wendy_davis  frances_kissling  derek_parfit  elizabeth_harman  eric_t._olson  slate  life 
july 2013 by cluebucket
languagehat.com: WHY WE ARE NOT TELETUBBIES.
shkrobius: "Our language is not designed for speaking truth, it has no built-in features for trustworthiness and reliability, and it does not even aim at them. It aims at imagining and reimagining worlds."
languagehat  shkrobius  chris_knight  language  philosophy  thinking  teletubbies  truth  humanity  belief  proof  evidence  behavior  communication  oliver_sacks  2013  2010s 
march 2013 by cluebucket
Aimee Mann on How to Be Happy : The New Yorker
Mann thought that happiness was only possible if you didn’t pursue it. “You have to be in acceptance,” she said. “Events of life are mostly not personal, and you can’t take it personally.” She added there was no point in asking why certain things happen. “We don’t get to know why.”
2012  2010s  conversation  review  newyorker  aimee_mann  neil_labute  happiness  philosophy  expectations  life  depression  lyric  musician  john_seabrook  success  calm 
november 2012 by cluebucket
Heat and storm damage translate into parental power outages - On Parenting - The Washington Post
for some parents I know ;P

"There are four basic elements in my approach, which support a parent being calmly and confidently in charge. The first is attachment and connection... The second is … parenting from strength, rather than neediness and desperation.. The third is helping kids handle frustration so that it doesn’t turn into anger and aggression... And finally, I teach parents to stay cool and calm, rather than turning on what I affectionately refer to as “Mom TV.” "
2012  2010s  parenting  washingtonpost  susan_stiffelman  janice_d'arcy  summer  child  power  struggle  fight  argument  problem  philosophy  emotion  authority  frustration  advice  how_to  21st_century 
september 2012 by cluebucket
Think Before You Breed - NYTimes.com
"In fact, people are still expected to provide reasons not to have children, but no reasons are required to have them."
christine_overall  philosophy  pregnancy  childbirth  children  family  birth  birth_control  ethics  society  life  group  2012  2010s  octomom  duggar  responsibility  choice  nytimes  op-ed  opinionator  21st_century 
june 2012 by cluebucket
Jenny Holzer: Truisms
in case this website lasts longer than @jennyholzer's Twitter account - plus, these are alphabetized...
jenny_holzer  text  truism  philosophy  art  archive  list  axiom  motto  quote  1980s  1990s  2010s  war  life  dasburo  english  german  truth  21st_century  20th_century 
may 2012 by cluebucket
Shopping and philosophy: Post-modernism is the new black | The Economist
"But Foucault had belatedly spotted that post-modernism and “neo-liberal” free-market economics, which had developed entirely independently of each other over the previous half-century, pointed in much the same direction. One talked about sex, art and penal systems, the other about monetary targets. But both sought to 'emancipate' the individual from the control of state power or other authorities—one through thought and the other through economic power. Both put restoring individual choice and power at the hearts of their 'projects', as the pomos like to describe their work."
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november 2011 by cluebucket
The Nietzsche Family Circus
pairs a randomized Family Circus cartoon with a randomized Friedrich Nietzsche quote
losanjelous  nfc  friedrich_nietzsche  random  quote  comic  funny  philosopher  philosophy  refresh  generator  weimar  family_circus  bil_keane 
october 2011 by cluebucket

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