Shorter Excerpts (From A Work In Progress)

Thought leader


Author and New York Times columnist David Brooks, generally considered a thought leader himself,[by whom?] mocked the lifecycle of the role in a sarcastic column entitled “The Thought Leader,” published in December 2013.[3]


Parks and Recreation → 2.13 vs. 6.20

That’s some nice Continuity Porn right there.

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“You Make My Dreams (Which Are Filled with the Faint Memory of Us in Those Glorious Sunlit Days, Before Everything Changed Irrevocably)”

“Rich Girl (Will Suffer)”

“Maneater (Begat by Womanbeaters)”

“Private Eyes (Are Judging This Family, I Hear What They Whisper About Us Behind Closed Doors)”

“Out of Touch (On the Brink of Losing Control)”

“Kiss on My List / Kitchen Knife on My List / Blinding Rage on My List / Momentary Loss of Control My List”

“Did It in a Minute (And I Cannot Undo it Ever)”

“I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) (It’s Hopeless)”

Hall & Joyce Carol Oates’ Greatest Hits. (via nedhepburn)

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“AIM added elements that appeared years ahead of other companies. It rolled out voice chat before Skype. It added file transfer. It launched chat bots people could interact with, as well as a stock ticker and a news ticker.”
The Rise and Fall of AIM, the Breakthrough AOL Never Wanted (via peterwknox)



The Best Pictures Of This Year’s Japanese Cherry Blossoms

The Japanese cherry blossom, known as the Sakura in Japanese, is the flower of a cherry tree that is cultivated for its decorative features rather than for cherries (it doesn’t bear fruit). The overwhelming beauty of the cherry blossom bloom has been known and adored for ages. The blooming period is associated with Japanese traditions, culture, aesthetics, and is a bittersweet metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life itself.

The blooming cherry blossoms herald the beginning of the centuries-old Hanami festival – the traditional Japanese custom of picnicking under trees rich with flowering Sakura branches and enjoying this short but striking first breath of spring. The blossoming wave usually starts in Okinawa in January or February and progresses through all of Japan until April or May. The cherry blossom front (Sakura zensen) can be conveniently tracked every year using this calendar.

Source: Demilked Magazine

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“When I’m disappointed by a novel, why am I disappointed? And it’s really something so simple. For it to be a worthwhile novel, there has to be a reason for it to be in written language. In 1820, that was not one of the demands because there was no other option. That’s what there was as a medium. But now there are all these other mediums. I could hear a song. I could watch a film. I could be on the Internet. You have to give me a reason why you have written this down. It doesn’t have to have an elaborate literary structure. Some of the most simple books… you could make into a movie, but you would be losing something. It had to be in sentences. The sentences were necessary. That’s all people want from fiction, right? The feeling of it being necessary.”

Zadie Smith (via mttbll)

Absolutely yes, but let’s not make the mistake of assuming the above isn’t also a requirement of TV or film or essay writing or journalism. There is no default form of storytelling. 

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Devin Townsend - “Earth Day”