The kind of cultural container you build around it.
— Michael Pollan, "The Joe Rogan Experience #1678 - Michael Pollan"
The notion that the US in "stolen land" is like saying the ocean is wet.
— M*
If she moved rapidly she could out sail news of the fiasco.
— Stacy Schiff, Cleopatra
President Richard Nixon was undone by his attempts to conceal and excise the official record. Mr. Rumsfeld knew better by the time he was serving under Mr. Nixon’s successor. The trick was to marginalize the record, to litter it with so many contradictions that a rebuttal to any future historian could always be found. His memos (known as “yellow perils” in the Nixon administration and “snowflakes” under Ford) would pile up in drifts, disguising the underlying historical landscape. It’s a level of genius that has not been acknowledged in the press — the founder of the Freedom of Information Act is the guy who figured out how to render it almost totally worthless.
— Errol Morris, "Donald Rumsfeld’s Fog of Memos," The New York Times
The American Religion manifests itself as an information anxiety, but that seems to me a better definition of nearly all religion than the attempts to see faith as a compulsive neurosis or as a drug. It is neither obsessive nor intoxicating to ask, "Where were we?" and "Where are we journeying?"; or best of all, "What makes us free?"
— Harold Bloom, The American Religion
— @dank.lloyd.wright
Oh my god, I feel sick to my stomach that he had to do that.
— Lily on a bird flying out of the nest for the first time in a YouTube video
I wish I spent less time worrying.
— Lily's answer to the joke question painted on a shell, "What did the pirate say on his eightieth birthday?"
Page 178 of 178
— Word document
I believe they have more than two eyes.
— Kid on horseshoe crabs
Not a junk cone.
— Emily
From the Nile he extracts a salted, imported Black Sea herring.
— Stacy Schiff, Cleopatra
Fresh Handmade Spaghetti in a Bag
— Menu
During the illness, she said, she had "Genuine revelations of the Will of God." She believed she had died and was reborn as the Publick Universal Friend. No longer would she use the name Jemima Wilkinson.
— Jemima Wilkinson exhibit wall text
History belongs to the eloquent.
— Stacy Schiff, Cleopatra
Even in Cleopatra's day there was such a thing as ancient history... At the same time, the centuries felt closer than they do to us today. Alexander the Great was further from Cleopatra than 1776 is to our century, yet Alexander remained always vividly, urgently present. While 1,120 years separated Cleopatra from the greatest story of her time, the fall of Troy remained a steadfast point of reference. The past was at all times within reach, a nearly religious awe aimed in its direction. This was especially true in Egypt, which had a passion for history, and which for two millennia already had kept a written record. For the bulk of those years the insular, inaccessible country had changed little, its art barely at all.
— Stacy Schiff, Cleopatra
What music do you listen to?
— Kevin to Dad
Like Mark Twain in the overwhelming, overstuffed Vatican, we sometimes prefer the copies to the origional. So did the classical authors.
— Stacy Schiff, Cleopatra
You little humm dinger you.
— Sheila half joking half serious on my youth
from The Wedding as a Funeral series
— Saul Leiter wall text at the Jewish Museum