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  • Bill shared from The Art Spirit by Robert Henri
    One of the great difficulties of an art student is to decide between his own natural impressions and what he thinks should be his impressions. When the majority of students and the majority of so-called arrived artists go out into landscape, saying they intend to look for a “motive,” they too often mean, unconsciously enough, that it is their intention to look until they have found an arrangement in the landscape most like some one of the pictures they have seen and liked in the galleries. A hundred times, perhaps, they have walked by their own subject, felt it, enjoyed it, but having no estimate...
  • Bill shared from God's War: Bel Dame Apocrypha Volume 1 by Kameron Hurley
    If her team had gotten out, they might have bought enough time to regroup in Aludra and bolt the fuck off to Chenja without any bel dame knowing the wiser. Maybe. A whole heap of maybe. Nyx ducked and rolled under Husayn’s right jab and threw a right uppercut to her body. Husayn blocked with her left elbow and pushed forward again, throwing a left hook followed by another right jab.
    Note: non sequitur ebook error?
  • Bill shared from Johannes Cabal: The Fear Institute (Johannes Cabal Novels) by Jonathan L. Howard
    One day, he hoped and prayed, the boiling light he could perceive but not describe would resolve into coherence, and he would be its conduit. A great poem would pour from him, and leave him empty and peaceful. He also knew his next act would be to burn the manuscript before it could infect anyone else or, worse, reinfect him. As yet he had remained frustrated in this. Every attempt to shake loose the cosmic truth within him had resulted in a garbled mess or, on one occasion, a limerick about vicious but stupid crabs.
  • Bill shared from Johannes Cabal: The Fear Institute (Johannes Cabal Novels) by Jonathan L. Howard
    The journey so far had been low in incident and high in planning. While a staunch proponent of at least some preparation, Cabal had long since learned the utility and frequent necessity of extemporisation. Once one went beyond that, however, one effectively hobbled oneself, leaving oneself vulnerable and liable to one becoming zero, and one wouldn’t like that.
  • Bill shared from Johannes Cabal the Necromancer by Jonathan L. Howard
    All that knowledge needed lots of space inside his head, so it heaved his sanity out of his ears.
  • Bill shared from The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen by Kwame Anthony Appiah
    In a society that denied respect to working people, claiming a dignity for them was a radical proposition. As the arguments for the equal dignity of the working classes developed, women, too, began to argue and then to organize for a place of greater respect in public life. In each of these movements—for the political equality of workingmen and then of all women—the goal was not comparative honor, which depended on special achievement, but dignity, based in grounds that women and working-class men could rightly argue they shared with gentlemen.
  • Bill shared from The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen by Kwame Anthony Appiah
    Where a system of honor is based on esteem (and not just on recognition), the distribution of esteem is comparative. This is obvious enough where the standard that underlies esteem is military prowess, as it was in Wellington’s professional culture of honor. But judgments of esteem, whatever the standard, almost always entail comparison to what the philosophers Geoffrey Brennan and Philip Pettit call a “reference group.”11 Suppose I esteem you for being kind as a nurse. The degree of kindness that merits esteem in a nurse may be lower than the self-sacrificing kindness of a loving parent...
  • Bill shared from The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen by Kwame Anthony Appiah
    The overall effect is, indeed, comical. Newspaper comments and cartoons like these were of crucial significance in the changing response to the duel. The rise of a popular press and of working-class literacy made it increasingly clear—and, as democratic sentiment grew, increasingly unacceptable—that gentlemen were living outside the law. When dueling was an aristocratic practice known mostly only within the class of those who practiced it, there was no place for the attitudes of ordinary people to shape its honor world. The modern press brought all the citizens of Britain into a single community...
  • Bill shared from The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen by Kwame Anthony Appiah
    But there is another kind of respect, “recognition respect,” that involves (to put it rather abstractly) treating people in ways that give appropriate weight to some fact about them. When we respect powerful people—a judge in court, say, or a police officer when we’re out driving—we treat them warily because they have the capacity to compel us to do things. Our respect recognizes the fact of that power. But we can also respect a sensitive person, by speaking to him gently, or a disabled person, by assisting her when she asks for help. Respecting people in this sense, in other words,...
  • Bill shared from The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen by Kwame Anthony Appiah
    It is a central fact about human beings that our societies create codes that are sustained by such patterns of behavior and of feeling; the heart of the psychology of honor—the giving and receiving of respect—is already in you as it is in every normal human being, however enlightened and advanced. That is one reason why I think we need to reckon with honor. It draws on fundamental tendencies in human social psychology. And it is surely better to understand our nature and manage it than to announce that we would rather we were different…or, worse, pretend we don’t have a nature at all....
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