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  • James shared from Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation by Bill Nye
    Some of the most wonderful aspects and consequences of evolution have been discovered only recently. This is in stark contrast to creationism, which offers a static view of the world, one that cannot be challenged or tested with reason. And because it cannot make predictions, it cannot lead to new discoveries, new medicines, or new ways to feed all of us.
  • James shared from The Picture of Dorian Gray: The Uncensored Original Text (Annotated) (First Ebook Edition) by Oscar Wilde
    But beauty, real beauty, ends where an intellectual expression begins. Intellect is in itself a mode of exaggeration, and destroys the harmony of any face. The moment one sits down to think, one becomes all nose, or all forehead, or something horrid. Look at the successful men in any of the learned professions. How perfectly hideous they are! Except, of course, in the Church. But then in the Church they don't think. A bishop keeps on saying at the age of eighty what he was told to say when he was a boy of eighteen, and as a natural consequence he always looks absolutely delightful.
    Note: Brilliant
  • James shared from Uncle Vanya by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
    existence is tedious, anyway; it is a senseless, dirty business, this life, and goes heavily.
  • James shared from What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (Vintage International) by Haruki Murakami
    One other project I’m involved in now is translating Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, and things are going well. I’ve finished the first draft and am revising the second. I’m taking my time, going over each line carefully, and as I do so the translation gets smoother and I’m better able to render Fitzgerald’s prose into more natural Japanese. It’s a little strange, perhaps, to make this claim at such a late date, but Gatsby really is an outstanding novel. I never get tired of it, no matter how many times I read it. It’s the kind of literature that nourishes you as you read,...
  • James shared from What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (Vintage International) by Haruki Murakami
    It’s pretty thin, the wall separating healthy confidence and unhealthy pride.
  • James shared from What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (Vintage International) by Haruki Murakami
    Emotional hurt is the price a person has to pay in order to be independent.
  • James shared from a Personal Document
    2B When I lived in Fargo, I had a boring, curious apartment. It was a four-hundred-square-foot efficiency on the third floor of a three-story building. The only two windows were on the north wall, and they were both massive. By chance, the cable TV hookup was directly between these two windows. What this meant was that it was impossible to watch my thirteen-inch television without seeing directly into the opposing third-story efficiency apartment that was fifty feet to the north and identically designed. Everyone who visited my residence commented on this. Unless you had retinitis pigmentation...
    Note: klosterman ftw
  • James shared from a Personal Document
    People wreck guitars to illustrate how important guitars are supposed to be, aggressively reminding us that these are the machines that kill fascists. Sadly, this axiom has proven to be mostly inaccurate; according to the most recent edition of the World Book Almanac, the number of fascists killed in guitar-related assassinations continues to hover near zero.
    Note: Klosterman is a genius :)
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James M. Sumner