Two considerations dissuaded him: the realization that the task was interminable, and the realization that it was pointless. He saw that by the time he died he would still not have finished classifying all the memories of his childhood.
— Jorge Luis Borges, "Funes, His Memory"
And yet he aspired to this level of transparency. He says that we should imagine someone asking “What’s going on right now in your mind?” without warning and that we should be able to answer truthfully without feeling the need to blush.
— Donald Robertson, How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius
Wop bop a loo bop a lop bom bom
— Little Richard, "Tutti Frutti"
“The Best Circular Bike Ever Made” 2003...
I built this circular bike as an undergrad at UCSB. Twenty years later, as an Artist in Residence at Olin College of Engineering I brought it out for Olin’s Fall Gathering celebration so a new generation could ride.
The title emerged from a conversation I had with my college professor about my disappointment in learning that a circular bike was not a wholly original idea. I came to it honestly, but my professor was able to point to a few artists who had created similar things in the past. In fact, I learned that as early as the 1900’s people were making ‘velocipede carousels.’
Making this circular bike taught me a lot. I learned to weld, and how to fix bikes and most importantly I learned it’s not so important to be 100% original, in fact it’s impossible. We walk the same paths, we explore the same themes, we make the same mistakes and we relive the same histories. This is not the first circular bike, and it won’t be the last, and there is no best, just variations on an idea.
— @wechslerart
CHILDREN: Do not sign until age 18 or your first job, whichever is earlier.
— Social Security card stub
The other is that all these things, which thou seest, change immediately and will no longer be; and constantly bear in mind how many of these changes thou hast already witnessed.
— Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
And that it makes no difference whether a man shall see the same things during a hundred years, or two hundred, or an infinite time.
— Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
For photographers who want to show what they're seeing or make pictures about the experience of how they are seeing, phones are perhaps the perfect medium.
— George Miles via Stephen Shore, Modern Instances
It was, in the end, Rockwell's great theme: the possibility that Americans might pause for a few seconds and notice each other.
— Deborah Solomon, American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell
He wanted to sell as many Rockwell paintings as he could, to disperse them among collectors. In addition to mounting a show at his gallery, he believed he could burnish Rockwell's salability by arranging for certain tributes and events, the kind that most people assume originate on the basis of pure merit and without interference from the Bernie Danenbergs of this world.
— Deborah Solomon, American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell
I was recently asked, “what’s your next project?” Next? 😳 But I’m making a language, one’s lifetime is not enough for one language. In the past 5 years of Coral Dictionary, there has been slow development as well as stubborn standstill: I’ve been rereading my journals and notes from 5 years ago, immersing myself in the afterimages in forms of sound/photo/video, and retelling the story of my initial encounter with corals over and over again. Repetition isn’t always mechanical, for every iteration is charged and renewed. In Coral Dictionary, I’m learning to stay behind rather than to move forward, to stay the same rather than to update.
— @yuchenyuchen
You're still young, that's your fault
There's so much you have to know
— Yusuf / Cat Stevens, "Father And Son"
The definition of a normal person is the person you don't know well.
— Bagel guy from Bagelworks
What was I thinking about a year ago?... Last spring...
— Glenn Ganges, Kevin Huizenga, The River at Night
If Mark Twain's "Huckleberry Finn," or Dostoyevsky's "Crime and Punishment," can be scrunched down to a near-minimum, for speed-reading and easy listening, is that a travesty or a useful prop?
— @newyorkermag, Anthony Lane, "Can You Read a Book in a Quarter of an Hour?"
The kids are beginning to object to my posting them! This is all I have!
— @rick2243 Instagram caption
COLUMBIA: Yes, I heard the whole thing.
HOUSTON: Well, it's a good show.
COLUMBIA: Fantastic.
— "Voice From Moon: 'Eagle Has Landed'," via @ericdoeringer "Someone cracked the #onkawara code and it all goes back to the July 1969 issue of #madmagazine!! Yes, the same month as the first moon landing, which was obviously very important to OK. And, of course, one of Kawara's long term projects was titled "| READ" while this cover proclaims, "I will never read" (also possible inspiration for #johnbaldessariart's "| will not make any more boring art" a couple of years later). It's a mad mad mad world! Full story on the #codebreaking at"
I look at every poop I've ever had. And this has been in me for longer. It's very detailed.
— Lily
Any description of a photograph occurs in linear time: one element follows the other in sequence.
— Stephen Shore, Modern Instances
I remember the feeling of passing ducks on the way to physics tests and thinking "I want to be you." Not once but regularly.
— Lily