Sunday, March 13, 2022
And that I should probably record... sit at his elbow with a notebook. I never did. It seemed formal and inappropriate. It also seemed greedy: that's a good rich story, I'll have that. Anyway, I liked the way that repetition wears things smooth.
— Edmund de Waal, The Hare with Amber Eyes
Saturday, March 12, 2022
Simon indexes, re-creates, photographs, and preserves these centerpieces, linking the grand theatrics of political deal-making and the globalization of world economies to the intricacies of botany and horticulture.
— Taryn Simon wall text for Paperwork and the Will of Capital, Press XI, 2015, Brooklyn Museum
Friday, March 11, 2022
If I do not do it myself it will not be mine.
— Grant on writing his book, via Ron Chernow, Grant
Thursday, March 10, 2022
Endurance lit by flares at night, a shot by Australian photographer Frank Hurley, ca. 1915.
Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Per Liga.Life, Elena was most concerned with correcting claims that the pickled vegetables were cucumbers. She said they were actually tomatoes with plums. "I don't know where the fables about cucumbers came from," she said.
— Mia Jankowicz, "A grandma in Kyiv says she took out a suspicious drone while Russia was attacking by throwing a jar of pickled tomatoes at it," Yahoo! News
Tuesday, March 8, 2022
We see as we are told.
— Ingrid Schaffner, “Wall Text,” What Makes a Great Exhibition, via Orit Gat, "Could Reading Be Looking?"
Monday, March 7, 2022
Still, endings have a disproportionate influence on any narrative.
— Ron Chernow, Grant
Sunday, March 6, 2022
Many covers were addressed to President Roosevelt from collectors and admirers with the desire that they would form a part of his stamp collection.
— "The Postage Stamp Collection of Franklin Delano Roosevelt," wall text, Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History
Saturday, March 5, 2022
He made the comments during a meeting with female flight attendants from Russian airlines before International Womens Day, which will be marked on Tuesday. Mr. Putin has often used such choreographed events to make high-profile statements.
— The New York Times
Friday, March 4, 2022
On Monday, TripAdvisor and Google Maps halted reviews at some locations in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus after pro-Ukraine volunteers targeted the sites to share uncensored information with the Russian public about the war.
— Kate Conger and Adam Satariano, "Volunteer Hackers Converge on Ukraine Conflict With No One in Charge," The New York Times
Thursday, March 3, 2022
Worse yet, contaminated diversity is recalcitrant to the kind of “summing up” that has become the hallmark of modern knowledge. Contaminated diversity is not only particular and historical, ever changing, but also relational. It has no self-contained units; its units are encounter-based collaborations. Without self-contained units, it is impossible to compute costs and benefits, or functionality, to any “one” involved.
— Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, The Mushroom at the End of the World
Wednesday, March 2, 2022
It isn't really about the product.
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Today's the day everyone runs their "Putin's weird table" stories
Monday, February 28, 2022
There are decades where nothing happens; and then there are weeks when decades happen.
— Vladimir Ilyich Lenin via @esaagar
Sunday, February 27, 2022
Oh my god, you'd be so scared wouldn't you.
— Lily laughing as she imagines me in a bathtub full of mice
Saturday, February 26, 2022
I believe there is power in a whisper.
— Ásta, Multiple Formats*
Friday, February 25, 2022
Its technology is how a society copes with physical reality: how people get and keep and cook food, how they clothe themselves, what their power sources are (animal? human? water? wind? electricity? other?) what they build with and what they build, their medicine - and so on and on.
— Ursula K. Le Guin, "A Rant About "Technology"," via Kelli Anerson's presentation at Multiple Formats
Thursday, February 24, 2022
"The first cultural device was probably a recipient.... Many theorizers feel that the earliest cultural inventions must have been a container to hold gathered products and some kind of sling or net carrier." So says Elizabeth Fisher in Women’s Creation (McGraw-Hill, 1975).
— Ursula K. Le Guin, "The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction"
Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Too many times do I hear a fiber artist talk about their work being about labor because their artwork took a really long time to make. This does not make one’s work about labor. Rather, I argue that oftentimes it is about leisure—that one has the choice to commit a large amount of time to making one’s art.
— Aram Han Sifuentes, "Steps Towards Decolonizing Craft"
Tuesday, February 22, 2022
At the same time, coveting the prestige of a temporary cabinet position, Washburne advanced a bizarre proposal: he wanted to serve briefly as a cabinet secretary so he could forever claim the title... Washburne would hold the post for only five days, leading one senator to wisecrack, “Who ever heard before of a man nominated [as] Secretary of State merely as a compliment?”
— Ron Chernow, Grant