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  • Bill shared from The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer
    Since he started the Cloud Club, Lee has deliberately charged his tenants about a third of the market value rent for each apartment. He not only allows, he encourages the musicians in the house, and our friends’ bands, and our friends’ bands’ drummers’ poet girlfriends, to use the communal space for parties, meetings, and concerts. He never charges anyone for that; instead, he takes an extreme glee in seeing the space used and filled with life. He films the goings-on and uploads them to YouTube. He wants to feel things happening. He makes enough money to cover the expenses.
  • Bill shared from What Is Posthumanism? (Posthumanities) by Cary Wolfe
    Systems theory, instead of being invited to the party reserved for chaos and complexity theory and their interest in the unpredictability, creativity, and emergence of complex nonlinear dynamics, ends up dancing with Richard Dawkins’s The Selfish Gene.
  • Bill shared from The Body Project by Kameron Hurley
    Someone had to be imperfect, or there was nothing to strive for in that big worshipful love letter to God.   Nyx didn’t mind being the broken piece.
  • 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 Book 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 Book 3) 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 Book 3) 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 (Johannes Cabal Novels Book 1) 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...
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