We know why Basil Fawlty was so frustrated; but what ails the Twitter death squads? I leave that to psychologists of mob derangement to determine. I am concerned in this column – that’s if I am – a) to educate the deranged in the rudiments of civilised conversation, and b) – altruistically – to prevent them wasting what’s left of their lifeblood on causes that aren’t causes at all. See a man on his knees screaming his disagreement with the scent of a rose and you want to help. That’s what I’m doing.
- Howard Jacobson,
The rural station issue is indicative of a wider malaise. There is no planning for anything that might generate short-term discontent, even though the ultimate goal is long term improvement.
In a proper political culture, plans would have been set in train years ago to close those stations. Most of them dated from the 19th century when the motor car was a novelty. The nature of crime was a world away from today. The character of society was also from a different planet.
- Michael Clifford, Irish Examiner
“the Good Friday agreement, not the Rising, is the defining event of contemporary Irish identity.”
Of course, Irish identity and Irish freedom are not contiguous concepts (or realities) by any means. Therein lies a useful and potentially powerful unifying paradox if anyone cares to pick it up and run with it from where it was so recklessly abandoned in early 2011.
You can’t aspire to Bowie’s level of virtuosity in this regard, but it is liberating, especially for a Gen X-er drawn toward the grimly earnest misguided intensity of the authenticity cult, to see life as a playful pageant of role-playing that can be done with more or less art. Bowie is why I tell my writing students that there is no “voice” to find, no voice that belongs to the true you, because there is no true you, only ever versions of yourself you have learned to perform, and the voice of the character you play on the page is up to you. The question is not who you are but what connects, how much courage you have, how much guile, what you can manage to get away with.
- , https://goo.gl/k0exF3
that is to say never exchanged for the real, but exchanged for itself, in an uninterrupted circuit without reference or circumference.
- Jean Beaudrillard, https://goo.gl/TpN9JC
I don’t think common sense can answer these really tough issues.
- Mark Rosenberg, https://goo.gl/FRI3Nu
"I was still wearin’ me Aladdin Sane paint. Across me face, like.
-You were ou’ the night before.
-Not really. Only down the road. Sittin’ on the wall beside the chipper, with the lads. Sneerin’ at the fuckin’ world. But that was what it was like. Bowie was our God."
Roddy Doyle, https://goo.gl/ANlSxT
“...there has emerged what he called the ‘intimate society’, in which individuals treat public matters as personal ones, and their social relations as little more than opportunities for self-disclosure. Narcissism expands and publicness shrinks. As he himself put it, ‘The self no longer concerns man as actor or man as maker; it is a self composed of intentions and possibilities. Intimate society has entirely reversed [Henry] Fielding’s dictum that praise or censure should apply to actions rather than actors; now what matters is not what you have done but how you feel about it.’”
The intimate lives of others
when you realize there's no authority
in art but yourself and even then
you're not to be trusted
even then you're to be trusted.
She said, I left you a note
to read in the morning.
I asked, what kind of note
a poem? She laughed
she said, imagine.
Art cred: [https://goo.gl/kdizkS]
- Slugger ConsultsDirector, 2002 - present
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Managerialism. That’s what they call it. Shuffling the deck chairs with little or no point or sense of long term value other than to perform
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