There have been many measures taken to try to turn the educational system towards more control, more indoctrination, more vocational training, imposing a debt, which traps students and young people into a life of conformity… That’s the exact opposite of [what] traditionally comes out of The Enlightenment. And there’s a constant struggle between those. In the colleges, in the schools, do you train for passing tests, or do you train for creative inquiry?
Passing tests doesn’t begin to compare with searching and inquiring and pursuing topics that engage us and excite us. That’s far more significant than passing tests and, in fact, if that’s the kind of educational career you’re given the opportunity to pursue, you will remember what you discovered.”
(Source: , via explore-blog)
— Marshall McLuhan, The Medium is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects, 1967.
“True literature can exist only where it is created, not by diligent and trustworthy functionaries, but by madmen, hermits, heretics, dreamers, rebels, and skeptics.”
— Yevgeny Zamyatin, “I Am Afraid,” 1919.
Spotted this in the bathroom at Brooklyn Central in Park Slope.
I love this.
Henri Matisse, A Glimpse of Notre-Dame in the Late Afternoon, 1902.
The dark colors and somber mood in this painting exhibit what had been come to be known as Matisse’s dark period, a time when he was going through personal difficulties. One personal difficulty was that Matisse was not able to find many buyers for his works, which made it hard to provide for his family. His wife had to open a dress shop in order to help provide for the family. These hardships were compounded when Matisse and his wife, Amelie, were found to be scapegoats for a conspiracy involving Amelie’s mother, a housekeeper for the Humbert family. Amelie was forced to close her shop, and Matisse was left to provide for his entire family again. This can partially explain Matisse’s shift during this time to more saleable canvases.
Goddam, if I didn’t just read the truest poetry.
"Thanks LSBC for the library display idea"
Coming soon, to a library near you!
You know, when I was just an elementary school kid growing up and watching The Simpsons from a more or less naive and innocent point of view, I doubtlessly identified with Bart. As an adult, it’s Lisa who I identify with most (if not, who my conscience wants me to identify with most). Her tastes, her broad-mindedness, her inquisitive and speculative nature; her child-savant erudition and insight. She’s certainly the conscience of the show itself. And I think you’d be hard pressed to deny that her character impacted adults of the ’90s with some sort of important cultural conscience that would have otherwise been in absentia.